Saturday, May 28, 2011

Here's What Has Been Keeping Me Busy

Working on another candidate for our quilt guild potholder swap.

The pieced strip is a leftover from something or other.

Enough for these four potholders -
plus the piece I'm holding
that is
just the size for

Mug Rug

Think I'll make a few more pot holders then cut the binding strips.
Yes, I'll be cutting those strips with the GO! cutter and die.

I'll machine sew the first side of the binding to the potholders
then finish by hand stitching
while I sit in the evening.


Hang Ten
at the point where the gusset is finished.

This is the first time I've knit the heel in this manner.
These sox are worked from the cuff down.
The cuff is resting at the bottom of these pics.

The photo below shows
The center of the heel is located at my thumb

with the gusset increases between my thumb and index finger.

Just one row short of being ready to begin the
heel portion that curves around my heel and becomes the sole

I hope to make fast progress and finish these by next weekend.

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French Kiss -  -  -  -  -  -  -  Don't You Wish

Bought French Kiss last week and got around to putting it on
Went shopping the next day and picked up Don't You Wish
to tone down the blue.

Yep!   Lookin' Good ! ! ! 

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More gloom and rain .  .  .  . sigh .  .  .  .

Hey,Thanks for stopping by.
Love when you visit.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

This Afternoon

Right after we drove into the garage from having lunch out
the tornado siren went off.

Spent the next two hours downstairs listening to the scanner and radio 
for storm reports.

While there was no extreme weather in our neighborhood,
just west of town a sheriff's car was turned onto its side with the deputy inside.

However, Mother Nature showed her nasty side.
About fifty miles to the west a tornado touched down and did it's damage to part of a neighborhood.

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Once the siren's ceased to blare and the sky turned from black to just cloudy and rainy we saw that we had received an inch of rain.
No wind damage.

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So this is what I worked on
the rest of the afternoon.

Our quilt guild is having a pot holder swap so
I'm playing with some ideas
while hoping to end up with potholders
that I can use to swap.
Otherwise family will be getting potholders.

Not certain how many layers of Insul-Brite and batt to use.
Any suggestions?



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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Fancy Threads art quilt group challenge

Just got home from our monthly get together of Fancy Threads.
Our group of quilters who our interested in stretching our creativity
gave ourselves of bit of a challenge last month.
We each brought a twelve-inch-square of fabric and one embellishment.
A half dozen of us took up the challenge.

Our challenge is to make a 'quilt' any size from 4"x6" to 30" square
using a bit of each fabric
each of the embellishments
and any other fabric/embellishment of our choice if we feel the need.

Here's most of my background using four of the six fabrics

Not too bad a selection, right ?

Well, here's where it gets to the challenge

These are the two remaining fabrics 
and the embellishments.

and a little closer view

How, oh, how am I to integrate this into 'art' ! ! ! 

Oh, I do love the challenge ! ! ! 

I'll keep you posted, hopefully my idea will pan out.
It needs just a little more tweaking.

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Susan , who IMHO is a mistress of longarm machine artistry,
Okay, okay, see for yourself if her recent quilt isn't wonderful, take a visit to Susan's Sunrise Quilt Studio
but don't forget to come back here and finish reading my post.
Anyway, Susan brought her copy of 
[so many ideas, so little time]
this issued is packed with wonderful creative ideas
So the three of us who came to today's group
Annie, Susan and me
decided to use this issue as a basis for our next several months.
The first thing we're going to attempt
- - -  ta-daaaa - - - 
photo-transferring to fabric using Ink Jet printing.
wooo-eeeee ! ! 

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Recently Interweave had a couple of video's for a dime each.

was one of the artists
Much to my surprise when I downloaded her video for a dime
the dang video was some like an hour long
[Actually the other video about the same length
features  Malka Dubrawsky ]

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So, I've had this foil since forever wanting to give it a try but not really understanding the instructions.

Look at the selection!
Just sitting, waiting for it's time to shine.

Lo and behold, Lyric shows how to foil using WonderUnder.

Today was the perfect time to give it a try
not one of the three of us had 'foiled'
I traced out a star onto WonderUnder,
cut it out.
Applied it to my fabric
laid the foil [color side UP ! ! ]
placed a piece of parchment paper atop, just in case,
and pressed using my iron
Let it cool and pulled off the foil sheet

in the light enough to shine

not so much in the light

and a closer view.

The fabric is still soft and pliable.

There's no stopping me now ! ! ! 

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

1 Choice 4 Quilting

1 Choice 4 Quilting
is having one honking giveaway
there's no way we can not win !
Check it out

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Winners - We have WINNERS ! ! !

Here's the BIG announcement ! ! ! 

Hubby has the task of drawing the winning name.
He's picked the WINNER of the Fabric and pre-cut tumbler blocks:

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! ! ! ! !! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

She's a quiltartist, embroiderer, crocheter, knitter, sewist and blogger.
Debbie, send me your mailing info
and I'd really, really appreciate if you send me some handi-dandi tips on the best way to send this to you.
You can use my email address found on My Complete Profile page.

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The rest of you can turn those frowns into smiles
since I want to send a little something to each of you.

you lovelies who entered and did not win the BIG prize
please, send me your mailing info so that I can get a envelope out to you.
You can use my email address found on My Complete Profile page.

In the meantime, perhaps you'd like to take time to visit each other's blogs

 Tracey, whose blog clover is all about her
love of photography, gardening and family.
She lives in the Southern Lowcountry.

 Paula's blog, JC Earth Angel
Paula has not been blogging too long and is getting into the swing of posting.
She lives here in mid-Missouri.

 is Marie's blog.  Marie lives in North Carolina.

 Don't forget to take a swing by Debbie's blog.

If you gals send your mailing info I can get  an envelope out right away.


Monday, May 9, 2011


Oh, this one's a whole lot easier than 
Goldenrod Pointelle.

Hang Ten
designed by Wendy Gaal
see my previous post
Knitters Brewing Company
caught my eye at very first glance.

Though it was shown in a wonderful shade of blue,
this minty green Cascade Heritage that I used on Hedera III
is such a great yarn to work with that I decided on using it for my version.

This is how it looks with the cuff chart completed.

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Now I'll begin the leg portion
which involves
Chart A,
Chart B
and, Chart C.

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Everything else is on hold for the time being,
even the painting of my ex-darkroom.

Since photography  - b&w, slides, etc. - has gone by the way-side
I've been using the room for other hobbies.

I've gotten the bug that I want the room 
with pink accents
so yesterday I cut-in the ceiling and walls.

Will roll the rest when the mood strikes.

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It is HOT IN MID-MISSOURI ! ! ! ! 
90  plus a little bit today
very, very high 80s yesterday.

What happened to spring?

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Strick-ly Socks and 36 Hippos

Recently while browsing around, 
I joined a

You know how it goes
 one click lead to another
and I found myself reading
Knitter's Brewing Co. blog
I don't know whether it was this podcast

but as soon as I saw these blue nails and then the blue sox
I knew those sox were destine to get cast on my needle.

Several days late it was announced that Hang Ten was this month's KAL
I was IN!
even if I do have four pair actively on needles

I cast on right then and there.
[photos later]

Would you believe 
the next day I received a note from socalknitgal - Wendy.
Wendy is the Moderator for the Rav group

Wendy wrote to say
I had WON ! ! ! ! 

Looky, looky,  look what I won! ! ! !   
Just as soon as this book hits my mailbox, yahoo ! ! ! 
More sox, here I come

Strickly Socks by Candace Eisner Strick.  

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Okay, alright.  I hear you.  Enough about me


to say



GIVEAWAY ! ! ! !

What say, the thirty-six 6.5" tumbler blocks in this print

[these were cut with my Accu-Quilt GO! cutter die, by the way]


the thirty-eight 6.5" tumbler blocks in this Kona solid

also cut with my GO! die cutter


two yards of the Kona solid

is going to make up The TUMBLER BLOCKS GIVEAWAY

wow! isn't that an imaginative title ...

I really want to call it the 36 Hippo Giveaway

but in truth, not each block has a hippo   >( 

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Just to be fair,
let's call the cut-off date for Comments for this you-do-the-work giveaway

Saturday morning, whenever I get up and around to read my g-mail.

Hubby will dip his hand into the basket of names 
and will pick
the winner ! ! 
I'll do a quick blog post letting everyone know
I'll e-mail the winner so that I can have a mailing address.
THE package will be on it's way to YOU Monday morning.

Oh, yes, the Saturday morning in question is
Saturday, May 14th.

If you are truly interested in winning this giveaway
be certain to have your Comment
include a link to your email.

No Link, No Chance.
Comments are now closed.
Hubby will draw the winner right after we eat dinner.
Who's it gonna be ! ! ! ! 

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Guess what Hubby just brought in from the mail box.
It's the Strick-ly Socks book ! ! 
Wendy just notified me of my winning on the 4th
and here it is the 7th
Thank you, Wendy.

Hugs to every one,

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Another Row

Before dawn's early light this morning
I added a round to the entire six socks.
i.e., a round means one round.  
Doesn't sound like much
one by one by one does make headway - - - -

The heel flaps are finished and now it's 
Gusset Time.
Once the extra stitches that were picked up on each side of the heel flap
are decreased away
it will be smmoooth sailing for the foot section.

Keeping the yarn organized is taken care of by
keeping the yarn ball inside each sock.

Oh, Rats, my lovely Pink has an orange tinge here on the blog.
Trust me, it is Pink.

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