Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Longer than...

I did the math, and I need to knit 1 inch per day on the ordination stole so that it's finished in time for the service. I've been bringing it to work and I can get the 6 rows (which equal one inch) done in about 10 minutes. Right now, the stole is longer than my computer! (yes, that would be more interesting with photos, but I'm blogging from work. Check out Ms. Imbrium - I totally got the idea from her!!)

Since I listed my other deadline projects in the last post, they have been on my mind and I am starting to freak out a little bit. Yikes! I really need to spend time at the sewing machine during the week after Baby K goes to bed...

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Back to Normal

It's amazing what you can get done in just one hour without interruptions! Baby K went to bed, and I squared up all these t-shirt blocks and got the top finished. It's one of my March-deadline projects, ready for the longarm. Another deadline project is knitting. My friends Julie is at seminary and she will be ordained as a deacon in June. I am making the stole for her to wear during the needs to be about 100 inches long. Good thing I have a few months to work on it!
Thanks for all the get-well wishes. Baby K bounced back on Thursday after the fever broke and we had one bad night of teething (2ndd molars, ugh). We're putting shoes on for a trip to Grandma's house.
My next March deadline is the IMQA fabric challenge. I've had the design mentally prepared for months, and even purchased the fabric last that the deadline is right around the corner, I may actually get it done!

Monday, February 18, 2008

On the homefront

I had grand plans of quilting all day while B. was a work and K. was at daycare. Then, K and I got sick, so she has to stay home. It's a day and night regimen of Tylenol and Motrin trying to keep her fever under control. She is in good spirits today. There was one period yesterday when her fever went up above 102.5 and she got pretty lethargic. We try to sponge her off continually, and she enjoyed playing with the washcloth!

Yes, she's going through a "stripper"phase where she takes off all her clothes. Yet another reason I'm thankful to live in Phoenix with the balmy winters!

Tonya came up with the idea of a housewarming party for Bonnie, who just moved. Here's my first attempt at a wonky free-pieced house. It was a fun, quick block, but I didn't pull out my whole scrap bin to work with, which limited my options. On the next one, I'll make the roof wider and make the door and window out of different colors.Another suggestion from Tonya was to send Bonnie any orphan blocks we have from the patterns that she offers. (If you haven't visited Quiltville, go now! Bonnie has terrific suggestions for organizing your scraps and she has put together an extensive library of free patterns using those scraps. The gallery is full of inspiration!) I'm sending one of my boxy star blocks.

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Happy Valentine's Day! Hubby came through like a on the counter when I got home and chocolate, my favorite flavor:Although a girl at school gave me a new flavor of Hershey's Kiss. Have you tried the CHEESECAKE ones??? Yummy filling!

Last weekend I was able to get some quilting done. I'm hoping to teach Karla Alexander's Aurora Aura quilt next month. I put wavy lines in the "ocean" part and flame/vines in the Aurora Borealis sections. I am very pleased with the result.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Cutie Pie

I've done very little quilting or knitting recently...even though my "must-do" list gets longer rather than shorter! I had hoped to get a class sample quilted today, but I napped for two-and-a-half hours with the baby instead. Sometimes you just have to listen to your body...

Baby K didn't like the Gerber version, but she chowed down on Mott's applesauce. I am trying to expand her diet from the greens...beans, peas, brocoli, etc. She keeps our hands full as well as her own. I looked up one evening this week and she had stripped down to her diaper. Shoes and socks don't last long, especially when she's strapped in the car.
Here she is with a new sweater that Grandma Mary made. Perfect timing for our two weeks of "winter" - actually it hasn't been above 70 degrees since the beginning of December, which is a definite cold snap here in Phoenix.
Enjoy the most American of holidays - Super Bowl Sunday. I live about 15 miles north of the stadium and my mom's shop is about 5 miles west. It's fun to see your hometown on TV! We're staying home to avoid the crowds.