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Tuesday
Jan262010

Blankie

I can finally write about a secret project.  Not one of the ones on my list over on the side.  This is a different one.  I gave it away just before Christmas to baby Wade.  It is my first knitted afghan and it turned out a little bigger than baby size, but that's o.k. because babies grow.   I just kept knitting until I ran out of yarn, I just couldn't stop.   Perhaps I overestimated on the yarn a bit, but I'm new at this.  And running out of yarn in the middle of a project is really bad. 

I used Frog Tree 100% alpaca wool in this lovely blue color on size 5 knitting needles.  It was wonderful to knit, so soft and cuddly.  It washed really well too.  I just put it in the washer on a hand wash setting and laid it out flat to dry.  I love this yarn.

I started at the end of June and finished it in December.  It was my "watching T.V." project.  This is a close up of the stitch pattern.  It's called basketweave and is really easy to do as long as you remember where to switch from knits to purls.  I couldn't, so I had to have a stitch marker every 8 stitches to remind me.   Who would have thought counting to 8 was so difficult?

Stay tuned, another secret project is being delivered soon.

Sunday
Jan172010

Not Current

Now, about what is not current.  That would be blogging about the goings on in my life.  I went to the Houston Quilt Show in October and not a word has been posted here.  There are several other things I want to write about too like a completed secret project, a trip to Washington D.C., a completed quilt, and a few other odds and ends.   I'm going to try to get caught up, so we'll start with Houston.

Going to the quilt show is one of my favorite things to do.  I get to see my dear friend Diane, somehow she escaped the camera.  Ummm, that would be because I forgot to take a picture.  We get to catch up, eat, and see the show.  We have a great time.

Sometimes I get to see my Aunt Elaine and Uncle John there.  They live in Louisiana and I don't get to see them very often.  My Aunt Elaine quilts too and they try to make it to the show every other year.  Here we are coming back from lunch. 

I also get to see another friend, Nancy.  She used to live in New Jersey, but she moved to Wisconsin.  I had a very good picture of Nancy, Betty, (my good friend that came to the show also) and me, but I can't find it anywhere.  I know I downloaded it somewhere (well, I'm pretty sure I did).  Ahhhh technology.  I try to keep up but sometimes its hard.

Another thing I like about the Houston Show is that not only do you get to see quilts, frequently you get to see and chat with the quiltmakers.  The first time this happened to me was several years ago.  Diane and I were admiring a quilt and we were leaning over the rope to get a closer view.  The quilter had done lots of threadpainting and there were small animals and insects all over the quilt.  The White Glove lady came over and asked if we'd like to see the back and we mentioned again how cool the quilt was.  She seemed really pleased that we liked the quilt, then she told us that she was the quiltmaker and explained how she got the idea and how she made the frog.  

We got to watch demonstrations by Jane Davila and Susan Brubaker Knapp.  Both these ladies were so nice and willing to share information on the techniques and products they use in their art.  It was really fun to watch them create.  Both of them have blogs, go check them out.  You can find Jane's blog here and Susan's blog here.

This quilt is "Grandmother's Legacy" by Gail Thomas.  Here she is encouraging a young quilter. 

I love the quilt because it reminds me of my Granny and her teaching me to embroidery and crochet.   I remember she wouldn't teach me how to single crochet until I could make a perfect chain stitch for at least 12 inches.  Then, I had to make perfect single crochets before I could learn to double crochet.  Embroidery was the same, I learned each stitch one at a time to her satisfaction before she would show me the next one.  I loved it. 

Here is one of the amazing quilts that inspires me to try new things, things that I would never think of doing myself.   It is "5 Pebbles" by Dianne Firth.  It is all about the thread and how you can use it. 

Here is a detail shot of her work. Just look at those stitches!  Look at how she uses the different colors.

We saw a lot of special exhibits.  One thing that bugged me a little bit was that in some of the exhibits, the name of the curator of the exhibit was far more prominent than that of the quilter.  I know that must be a hard job, but shouldn't the quiltmaker get at least equal billing?  I thought the curator was making quilts like crazy until I read the small print on one of the quilts.

My favorite exhibit was "Forest Fabric" by the Groebenzeller Quiltgruppe from Germany.   The quilts represented trees and were hung suspended from the ceiling around a campfire.  

Here is a close up of Unterhaching.

One very important thing I discovered was my new favorite shoe.  After walking on concrete for 8 hours or so, my little feet were sore.  I had a new pair of shoes that I was afraid to wear the first day because they were new.  (That makes perfect sense, doesn't it?)  The second day I decided to try them for the morning.  Well, I didn't take them off until I went to bed.  My feet actually started feeling better as I wore them.  If you don't have a pair, run get some Dansko clogs.  They are expensive, but your feet will be sooo thankful.

This is only a tiny sample of the things I saw in Houston, things that had the biggest impact on me.  There were hundreds of beautiful quilts and I could go on and on, but that's probably enough or this post will go on forever.  I should also mention that the winning quilts were stunning, as usual.   Now I'm looking forward to October when we get to do it all again.  Can't wait to see you Diane!

 

Monday
Jan112010

Generation Gap

Yesterday, my youngest son (22) was getting ready to go back to school (Penn State for those of you that don't know).  I asked if he had deposited his checks from Christmas yet.  No, he hadn't because he didn't have any pre-addressed envelopes to mail them to the bank.  He was waiting to get back to his apartment.  I had some, so I got one out for him.  He rummaged around and found his checkbook so he could copy his account number on the deposit slip.  He made a mistake and needed to start over. 

My husband pointed out that in the back of the checkbook were preprinted deposit slips and all he really needed to do was fill in the amounts.  He was shocked.  He had never written enough checks to get to the back of the checkbook and had no idea they were there.   I was amazed that he didn't know this, that he hadn't used a checkbook's worth of checks.  He has grown up with direct deposit, debit cards, money machines, automatic payments, on-line banking, and internet shopping.  In fact, he has never actually been inside a bank.  I, on the other hand, remember being suspicious of all these things as they were introduced.   

Friday
Jan012010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!!!  I suppose that I ought to post a list of things to accomplish in 2010 but I already posted my top 10 projects a few days ago. 

So, here I am, current with my Saturday Sampler.  These are the blocks that I finished in November and December.  The November block is called Infinity Wreath.  It was a fairly simple block and a little plain, but there's plenty of space for quilting in the center.

The December block is Barn door.  I like the colors and the complexity of the block. 

So far, I've been keeping up and my blocks have been free.  I haven't quite finished the January block, but it should be done by the end of the week.  I still don't have the finishing kit for the extra blocks, but as you can see from my list, there are two secret projects to work on while I wait.

Wednesday
Dec232009

Top 10

I have been noticing all sorts of Top 10 lists lately.  Top 10 news stories, Martha's Top 10 Cookies, Top 10 web searches, etc. etc. etc.   Well, I like lists.  Lists are good.  They free up space in your brain.  Space that you can fill with other totally useless information, like the fact that tonight is The Night of the Radishes.  (Go ahead, Google it.) 

If you know me well, you know that I have lots of lists.  If you know me really, really well, you probably wonder how many trees I've killed just to keep my lists.  You might also wonder how many lists I really have and how I keep track of all of them.  Ummm, that's my secret and I'm not telling.

I don't have a list on my blog yet, so it's time for a list here.  These are the top 10 projects that I want to get completed:

  1. A secret project.
  2. Another secret project.
  3. 2010 Saturday Sampler - I am current with these blocks, I just haven't blogged about them for a while.
  4. 2009 Saturday Sampler - All the blocks are done, I only need to do the setting, quilting and binding.
  5. A second 2009 Saturday Sampler - what was I thinking.
  6. Lizard Ridge Afghan - the squares are all knitted and blocked, just needs to be sewn together.
  7. Knit a pair of socks - cast on in Washington D.C. last weekend.
  8. Houston Sweater - I've had this yarn some time and I cast on and have knitted about 1 inch so far.
  9. Granny's Wedding Quilt - my granny gave me this quilt before she died with the condition that I had to finish it.  The blocks were all embroidered by her friends and family.  None of them are the same size, but now I have a plan.
  10. Birds in the Air quilt - 12 blocks are all done, but it seems kind of small.

With any luck, I will be able to figure out how to post this on the side of the block so you can keep track with me or keep me on track as the case may be.