Saturday, February 28, 2015
I finished another hat for the donation project at work and spent a bit of time on my current shawl. I found time to get a bit more machine quilting done and plan to cut my binding this afternoon. I had some things to read for work and decided to spend the same number of minutes on reading for pleasure. And since quilting and knitting and reading are not very aerobic, I am balancing that time with some time on the trail or working out in my little home "gym".
Tomorrow is a new month - how will you find balance and celebration?
Monday, February 23, 2015
I also got my mystery hat packed up and ready to mail. This is a swap I did on Ravelry. I haven't done a swap in a long time but a hat seemed very do-able. We were given a short list of color, style, and yarn preferences and then asked to knit a hat without knowing the name of the recipient. I chose a pattern on her list and some new to me yarn. The pattern was just enough of a stretch for me that I felt I was sharpening my skills as I knit. Hope to get to the post office this afternoon.
I got my quilt about 1/3 quilted on Saturday evening. I took a break yesterday - forgot how hard machine quilting can be on the shoulders and neck. I hope to get a bit done in the evenings this week and ready for some binding by next weekend.
Question - Are you part of a knitting or quilting group? Tell me what you love about your group. My quilting friends are scattered and busy and we rarely meet but I feel like I need a bit of community for the journey.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
I started pinning my quilt before heading out for breakfast with my quilting buddies. After breakfast, we headed to a quilt shop where I found the thread I was hoping to use on this quilt. Should be done with the pinning and ready to begin stitching this afternoon although with the sun making an appearance, I might need to head to the trail for a quick run too. Lovely options!
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Yesterday Lori wrote about orphan blocks which led me to dig around for a quilt top. I made a few large applique blocks inspired by Jan Patek and Sue Spargo. I added some circles and pieced blocks that were leftovers or made to try out a fabric or pattern. Add to that enough fabric for a backing, an unused roll of batting, and a full box of basting pins. The only thing I don't have to make this happen is thread and that can easily be picked up this week. Stay tuned.
Now I am off to get a new pair of running shoes and visit mom. The sun is shing so we shroud have a lovely walk.
Monday, February 16, 2015
And then the sun came out. Who would have thought we would get such beautiful weather in February? I tend to get sidetracked by the sunshine but I kept moving in the direction I had set:
finish a hat - check
put notes in the mail - check
gather the files for the taxes - check
clean up the kitchen - check
laundry, change the sheets, clean the bathroom - check, check, check
The weekend was humming along. There was time to read and knit and putter in my sewing room. I did some cooking for next week, cleaning out the fridge along the way. Today's task was to create something for the swap next weekend. As each layer was drying, I checked grocery store, exercise, and practice drums off my list.
And here I am, a list completed, time for a cup of coffee and a blog post, and one day left in my long weekend. I am not making a list for tomorrow.