Thursday, March 29, 2007
Thirteen places I have been on vacation:
4. Puerta Vallarta, Mexico
5. Cruise Ships
6. British Isles
8. Washington D.C.
11. Whistler, Canada
12. Cozumel, Mexico
13. New York City
WOW - that was harder than I thought it would be!! Mainly because of my self-imposed criteria that it had to be an actual VACATION trip. I have travelled alot because of my Air Force career and quilting/stamping conventions, but that was business (supposedly, hahaha).
Vacations that I dream about...
* Baby K's first trip to Disneyland
* Australia and New Zealand
* Italy with my brother and SIL who are both architects
* African Safari
I am a big fan of "The Amazing Race." We just got a DVR box with our cable subscription last year, which makes it MUCH easier to follow a sequential show. I saw all of season 10, and I am cheering on Uchenna and Joyce in the All-Star Race. The show feeds my love of travel, although I know the participants can't really enjoy the spectacular places they are visiting.
Books that fuel the travel bug:
Eat, Pray Love. I just finished it...and I can't recommend it highly enough! Imagine spending 4 months in Italy, then India, then Indonesia. What a year of experiences.
The Ladies #1 Detective Agency. I got such a sense of Africa from this series. I haven't read all of the books yet, so I'll have to get back to that one of these days. Not much action in the books, but you feel like you are transported!
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
This is what I found when I was looking for a picture to put in today's post. (Search for the "Stars" can) How cool is that - a cola tribute to quilters!
Background: while driving to the Pancake Supper on Shove Tuesday, B. and I had a discussion about what to give up for Lent. (We are Episcopalian, so we kind of pick and choose which Catholic traditions to observe, LOL.) I decided to give up french fries, which wouldn't be too difficult since we are cutting way back on how much we eat out. Then I decided I needed more of a challenge, so I pledged to give up Pepsi. It hasn't been too bad, I just had a one-can-a-day habit...but let me tell you, I will really enjoy a big cup fresh from the soda fountain after church on Easter Sunday!
I was going to continue the "fast" after Easter by not keeping soda in the fridge at home, but I may have to get a quilty Pepsi can, just for show!
And in case you are wondering, B. gave up candy, which expanded to all sweets. Too bad we got our Girl Scout Cookie order right after Lent started! His one exception has been a cake he baked from scratch. I have provided terrible temptation though by keeping chocolate in the house. He's a trooper!
Sunday, March 25, 2007
I put Kerstin's top together! It sure reads orange, LOL. She picked the fabric...I just sewed :-) The next step is a small black border, then a slightly larger orange border (she loves the daisy print) and then 6-inch piano keys with all the scraps.
I finished the first of the Rockin Socks! They're a little tight going over my ankle, but I didn't want to go up a needle size and have them slide down my leg. They fit perfectly once they're on! I immediately cast on for it's mate. B. is amazed that I may actually finish this pair before the second kit arrives! Thank goodness for March Madness and Spring Break that allowed me some quality knitting time.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Then counted and recounted my blocks, and found a mistake in the pattern! Looks like I need one more block to fill in the blank space. I did some minor shuffling after this picture was taken and I have plans for the borders. Stay tuned!
Baby K got some new clothes this week so we are having a fashion show.
I am much too practical a mother. Dresses like this are for pictures only! K. is on the go non-stop now, so we keep her in cotton onesies. Thank goodness baby clothes are relatively cheap. It's about time for a garage sale to make room in her closet!
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
"Sunday Morning Sudoku" by karen G. Fisher. This looks like a fun technique for playing with color placement. It won third place in the Small pieced, machine quilted category.
You need to click for the larger version to see the amazing quilting in the alternate blocks! This is "Spanish Crosses" by Marlene Cordes. She won an Honorable Mention in the Small Quilt, Mixed Technique, Machine Quilted category.
Finally, I enjoyed the color play in these non-traditional log cabins! I am drawn to the strong geometrics...things I could display in my classroom! "Log Cabin Goes Round" by Vera Smith.
What would you do now?
Finally, I'll end on a high note. Can I just say that I love pantographs for my longarm??? This quilt is 60x60, and it took me about two hours to quilt. Love that!! It's a shop sample. I'm not sure what fabric line it is, but I think it's gorgeous.
Monday, March 19, 2007
This is called "Basket Case" by Sharon Brooks. (Third place in the Theme category "Out of the Attic - Old and New")
Next is "She's a 30's Star" by Debbie Stanton. First Place - Large Quilt, Pieced and Professionally Quilted. Beautiful trapunto work.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Now that she's mobile, she like to crawl across the room and get into her toy box.
On to the knitting! I kept measuring and trying on the sock to see if it was time to start the heel. This looks about right, but I went ahead and knit about 4 more rows to get the exact measurement.
You can see the heel taking shape...just a few more short rows and I'll start my first cable, woo-hoo! The curved needle in front is the stitch holder. Quite a pain to juggle that...I'll try waste yarn on sock #2. And I'm not a big fan of the Susan Bates metal DPNs that I'm using. My hands get sore! Any Rockin Sock knitters out there - I've seen alot of comments about going up to a size 2 for the leg...pros and cons??? Take a look at my yarn "cake" on the left. It's starting to fall apart and become a cone! I'll post a better picture this weekend. Spring Break has arrived, thank goodness. I'm planning to visit Stitch-n-Bitch this week after months of being too busy!
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Our school district did a very mean thing. Our spring break is next week, and they gave the students a half day yesterday...which means that today feels like Monday and no one feels like working because vacation is almost here!! I don't have any big plans for the time off other than a movie date with my girlfriend. And lots of baby time, of course.
Our big quilt show is this weekend. I am going to the Preview Party tonight, which will be loads of fun. It's a catered dinner, with a band, and several hours to see the quilts on display. I also need to visit one of the longarm dealers to pick out some thread. I find that PermaCore works best for me. A friend of mine has a thread chart, so it's easy for her to order online or over the phone, but they no longer make the charts. I was so bummed when I heard that! I am slowly building my thread stash by ordering several shades of whatever I think will work. But, I never seem to have what I need these days. I'd also like to buy more pantographs, but I don't know if any of the show vendors will have those. I know of several sites online where I can shop for patterns, but that's on the "one of these days" lists, not urgent yet!
So, you can look forward to LOTS of pictures tomorrow. (Aunt Gretchen, I'll even include some of Baby K in between the quilts!!!)
Sunday, March 11, 2007
I did find time for knitting on the Rockin Sock "inside out":
I was hoping for pooling of the colors rather than stripes, but either way it's fun to watch it emerge. Today is NCAA Selection Sunday, which means the next three weekends will be full of basketball and primo knitting time!
Baby K has had a bad rash over her chest and back, plus some diaper rash, so we spent some time in the fresh air. B. installed screen shades on our patio, and that's a shop cooler behind me, so it's very pleasant throughout most of the hot summer. Of course, it's been a beautiful weekend, with temperatures in the low 80s. Our poor snowbirds are in a tight spot...it's getting too hot here in the desert, but it's too cold to go up north!
Friday, March 09, 2007
I think (I hope!) I will have more pooling rather that stripes, but again, it may be too early to tell...stay tuned :-)
I had a problem with the pattern for the set-up row...when I finished the 4 repeats of (k2, p2, k1, kfb) I had 7 stitches left! I just repeated the k2,p2 once more, but when I knit my first round of the sole, the stitches were off (knitting the bumps instead of purling them). It certainly doesn't bother me, and I probably miscounted - I was running up and down the stairs since Baby K didn't want to go to bed. We'll see how the second sock works out.
I am soooooo tempted to bring my knitting to work...my students are testing today, but I have piles of homework to grade, so I will be good. The Suns are playing tonight and that makes for quality knitting time! Although I'm torn...I have 2 quilts to put on the longarm. Mom needs them for shop samples ASAP. I will have to set a timer and knit for an hour, then quilt for an hour!
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
This is the best part:
Here's the real thing: Blue Moon Fibers' Socks that Rock in the Monsoon colorway.
Hard to tell colors on the computer, but another club member said it reminds her of her military camo uniform. That is a very good description! It's an earthy blend of greens and browns. I saw a green sky once, and it was during the summer monsoon season, so I guess that's a good name. The pattern uses cables, which will be a new skill, but one I have been anxious to try. I am stopping at the shop tonight to get needles - I hope they have the small size I need!! Then I will swatch and probably wait until the weekend to cast on the actual socks... I'll need time to concentrate on the toe-up instructions.
Work has begun on Kerstin's Squares Squared:This will be a very BRIGHT eclectic quilt, LOL. It's kind of small, so I will add some plain accent borders then some piano keys to finish it off.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
No sewing going on. B. is attending a job fair on Monday so I helped him write his resume on Tuesday night, and Wednesday is choir practice. I put the Hidden Stars away so I can start on the gifty quilts. I can start cutting bright orange fabric this weekend if I get busy and iron it all tonight! Of course, the iron gets put away and the knitting comes out during Grey's Anatomy!!
So, in lieu of fiber content, I will leave you with a picture of Baby K's new trick. She is discovering all sorts of new facial expressions!