Thursday, April 21, 2011

MAKING A BIG CHANGE.............



All the posts from this blog have been moved.

The reason for this change is complicated, but something I have wanted to do for a long time.

I will continue to post pictures of my quilting, knitting and stitching on the above referenced blog, and I will also be adding some personal thoughts now and then.  

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Stitching on The Book Store

Moving right along on my stitching of The Book Store by Country Cottage Needleworks.  It has been cold and rainy and grey where I live, so sitting in my cozy home and stitching has been delightful.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

A little of this, a little of that........

While listening to Car Talk and Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me on public radio this morning I did a little red work.  This afternoon I spent some time on my Book Store counted cross-stitch.  It doesn't look like I made much progress but you didn't see all the stitching I did on the tree to the left of the house and then discovered I had missed a whole section so had to take my stitching out.  Three steps forward, two back.  Then tonight I worked on my knitting.  It was a day of making little bits of progress on three projects.  

It was a good Saturday.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Book Store

Are you the type of person who works on one project until it's done?  Oh how I wish I could stay that focused.  Not only do I not finish projects that I start, I don't even stick to the same craft.  Right now I am working on four zillion quilts, several knitting pieces, some red work, some yo-yo's and I have picked up one of my many counted cross-stitch projects again.  Eventually I finish most of the projects, but because I go back and forth between projects and crafts, it seems like I seldom finish anything.  All this does not take into account the reading I do and the writing, and did I mention I like to sleep?

Here is the counted cross-stitch project I picked up the other day.  I'm really enjoying getting back to some stitching.  This little Book Store piece will fit nicely in my home.  Everyone who knows me knows that my favorite retail therapy is going to a book store!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Quilt top done

Finished this colorful quilt top today. 
 (Pattern name - Hometown Parade, designer Avis Shirer, in, June 2008 issue.)

Also started working on Yo-Yo's for another quilt I plan to make.  I decided that I want to use white for the background.  This will be a hand project for the most part - a good project for taking on my vacation this year.

When I go on vacation I always take three or four books, a few hand sewing projects, some counted cross-stitch and at least one knitting project.  Now ask me how much I get done!  I'm ALWAYS optimistic.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

What's going on here.......

Yesterday I posted pictures of checkerboard houses and log cabin blocks.  The idea and instructions came from a June 2008 magazine article by designer Avis Shirer of Joined At The Hip.  I cut it out of the magazine so I'm not sure what magazine except that the name in the lower corner is "".


I saw this magazine cover and fell in low with the quilt - made with hundreds of Yo-Yos.  

The Yo-Yo's can be easily made using Clover's Yo-Yo maker.

I have an overflowing container of 5 inch scrappy squares that are perfect for Yo-Yo's.  

This is a great take-along project and a project to pick up at odd times when I have a few minutes.  I can make a Yo-Yo in less than five minutes - and that's at my slow leisurely pace!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Checkerboard houses

Today I finished cutting strips for some log cabin blocks.

Sewing the blocks together didn't take as long as I thought they would.

And here are the checkerboard houses I made previously.

Here are the blocks up on my design board.

The pattern is from a magazine.  I am upstairs and the magazine is downstairs, so I will have to give the credit tomorrow to the designer and the magazine.  There is a pieced border yet to be made.  Stay tuned.