Sunday, February 27, 2011

Spring Flowers?

More snow! I am focusing on these gorgeous flowers called Urban Chiks. Fred gave me a jelly roll of this fabric in my stocking this year. I made it for my mentee, Lauren. She loves to craft and she loves pink! I hope she likes it.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

More Mittens

Here are some more mittens from Favorite Mittens. I am making the Sawtooth mittens for my dear friend, Pat who is turning 30 for the second time and on his birthday, is announcing for a curling tournament on his birthday. He is going to love having real Canadien mittens for the event! Also, his mother lived on Swan Island and I used Swan Island wool! I have to get the other one done pronto! The second set is called Labrador Diamonds and I wasn't wild about how they turned out...but that is the creative process...sometimes your ideas blossom into what you have imagined and sometimes it disappoints. But at the end of the day, they are warm and cozy!

February Break Projects

I decided to learn how to do stippling this vacation. I wanted to make a quilt for a gal at work who is getting married in the Spring. I found this pattern, Hammock, in the Gentle Art of Quiltmaking by Jane Brocket. I used Laurie Wisbrun's Tufted Tweets in greens and blues. I am excited about how it turned out!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Pizza and Movie Night

Aretha attempting the Anna Marie Horner Flirty Skirt before making pizzas to go with our movie night. I Love You Man is going on the big screen tonight! So great to have Aretha for the weekend! If I am looking a little serious about my pizza, its because pizza is serious business!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Machine Quilting

Ok, I admit it...I just can't get the hang of machine quilting. I have tucks and bunches on my bottom layer. I have weird tension on my bobbin stitches. I can't get the hang of the stitch regulator. My darn machine beeps at me every half a row, telling me to re-thread the machine and I can't find the right thread. Sigh. I have just finished quilting my Grandma's Kitchen Turning Twenty kit I bought from Alewives. Can't decide what color to use for binding. Thinking about chocolate brown. Pouring large glass of red wine now!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sunday Projects

My girl, Aretha loves Victoria and Albert. So when I saw these reproduction fabrics on Fabricworm, I had to order them. I am making a quilt with 4 inch squares. There is something so comforting about methodically cutting and sewing the same size squares together.

And then I had a little left over Melody Miller which I fashioned into one of Amy Butler's bags from her new book. The only problem is that I can't get my hand into the purse! Must find person with small hand for the purse!

Two things to Share

Here is my second pair of mittens from Robin Hansen's Favorite Mittens book this winter. Made from more Swan Island wool-which I love because it is kettle dyed and organic and the sheep are raised out on my friend, Ralph's fishing island in Maine. While the effect is not the most glamorous, I have to tell you that these mittens are so warm and they wear like iron.

Can you believe this hat is 30 years old? My former husband called and said, "Cindy, remember that green hat you knit for me? Well it is my favorite and there is a hole right where my bald spot is. Can you fix it?" I couldn't even remember knitting this hat til I saw it...Remember Bartlett Yarn and Penny Straker? Anyway, the tippity top where you thread the last stitches and pull through had worn out. Not bad for 30 years of wear and tear in Vermont winters! I do have to mention that I also think that Tom had not washed this hat in thirty years, so I did a quick swish in some Eucalan and I won't even mention the color of the water, but here it is ready to be returned to Tom . Wonder if it will last another 30?