Thursday, June 2, 2011

The latest baby quilt

Here's the latest baby quilt. I just gave it away yesterday. I used fabrics from two different collections. One was by Jason Yenter, called "Camelot", for In the Beginning fabrics. I can't remember the other one's name! It was a woman that designed it. When I figure it out, I'll let you know. But, they are gorgeous fabrics in my humble opinion! These pictures never do justice to the piece. I realize, now, that I should've taken a close-up of some of the fabrics. :(

I have "key-tags" that my local quilt shop, Boersma's, sells for $1.00. (Yes, they should give them away, but.....) I think I have six of them saved up now and when they are full (which mine are!), they are good for $25.00 worth of merchandise!! I've been wanting to make a quilt for my husband and I, but our bed is king-sized, so I knew that I'd have to quilt it on one of the long-arm machines.

So, I'm going to get the top all sewn together, first, then go take a class on how to use those machines! My SIL has used them a bunch, so she will help me, if I need it.

The other cool thing is that if you shop on your birthday, you get 25% off of everything! So, I'm going to go in on my birthday (I hope!!) and buy all the fabric then. I think I'm going to use a Fig Tree Quilts pattern with Fig Tree fabrics. Not sure, but I have to get it all figured out before my birthday!! Oh-no!! Wish me luck! (I only have eight days!)

Enjoy the day!

~ Teri

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The socks are done!!

My socks are done! Yes, I knit them myself!! I am SO excited!! I'd just done another pair, out of this gorgeous blue yarn (similar to this green, but in blues), but they were too small!! That's when we realized that even my 10 year old son has bigger feet than I do. (And, mine have grown by 2.5 sizes since I've had kids!)

Anyway, I digress. These are so comfortable! They're a washable wool. Yes, that means machine washable and dryable (is that a word??). But, I'm trying to get into the habit of hand-washing them, because I plan to have many more pairs and they may not all be machine washable!

I'm working on summer-socks right now. I can't remember what those kinds of socks are called... you know, short socks. They barely poke out of the top of your shoes. Anyway, that's what I'm making now... out of a cotton/nylon blend. I figured I wouldn't want to wear wool in the summer.

I just finished up a project I've been working on for some time now. Well, I hadn't actually been *working* on it - that's why it took me so long to get it finished!! I hate when I do that!! I'm too easily sidetracked! Anyway, I can't tell you what it is, yet, or show you any pictures. The recipient will get it today. After that, I'll share pictures.

Besides that, I've been working on an altered-book Round Robin! There are six of us, including myself, that chose books and our own themes. I'm hosting it, so I figured out whose book goes where, and it what order....and now they are making their way all across the US and into BC. And, I mean *all* the way across the US.... there are two of us in Oregon and one guy in Maryland.

I've done two of them, so far; am waiting on the third to arrive. Should be here tomorrow or the next day! I'm so excited! It's been so fun to do this! I've been collecting supplies for about five years, but had only done a couple of small pieces. So, doing this RR has really made me jump in and play; figure out just how to do this type of art! It's amazing to see a piece come together. Even if you aren't sure where it's going when you start.... you just start playing and pretty soon all these ideas come to you! Before you know it, it's done!

So far, I've worked in books with the themes of: "There's No Place Like Home" and "Questions of Love". I'm waiting on "Hats, Teapots and Teacups", "Magic" and "Vintage Sewing". Oh, and my theme is "Victoriana"....anything Victorian. I'll share photos later, when the whole thing is done!

In the meantime, I'm hoping to get my tomatoes planted in the next couple of days!! It's supposed to be in the 70's the next few days.....I'll believe it when I see it. :( 80's over the weekend. Again, I'll believe it when I see it. It's so hard for me to imagine weather that nice right now. It's been so long! I think I've forgotten what it feels like! As you can see from my previous post, though, things are coming alive, once again, and blooming!

So, out to the flower garden for some weeding....until that altered book arrives!

Enjoy the day!

~ Teri