Tuesday, January 17, 2017

quilt basting and power sewing

I basted two quilts over the weekend.  The first challenge was to find the four old kitchen chairs that I set the quilt frame on.  Two were in the guest bedroom and one in the closet but where was the 4th????  I looked in every room of the house twice and no chair.  So I made the rounds again there it was in plain site in the family room downstairs with the fan positioned to hit the elliptical.  I use it everyday well I did take a week off because I had a cold and just didn't have the energy.  I finally found the obvious.  After putting away all the chairs and frame parts it was on to power sewing.  It is warming up here temps in the upper 20's and 30's  I'll have to go for a walk outside today.  --Ann--

Friday, January 13, 2017

On the Needles

More socks on the needles imagine that! The grey socks are for son with a birthday in February.  The red, yellow and grey are for no particular reason except to try a slip stitch pattern that would be much more interesting on a narrower stripe.  I did a slip stitch heel not knowing how the stripes would change when I was knitting in the round again, I got little black dots! The left sock had one row of black before the yellow and the right sock had 2 rows of black.  Belated reveal of secret Christmas knitting...........

 The gloves are locally grown and spun Alpaca yarn, I'm going to be getting more of that yarn they felt like a dream.  The mittens are alafosslopi yarn and I used a double strand because it was not as bulky as the Swedish Lovikka yarn.

And sweater for darling husband,  always the goof in front of the camera,  I got the deer in the headlights look instead of the turning his head or if we had been outside the slipping his cap down look.  It wasn't finished before Christmas but I put it in a box and wrapped it anyway.  The kids gave him a hard time about knitting it himself.  He has worn it everyday since I finished it and we are not disagreeing  about the setting of the thermostat.

There are snowflakes in the air again.  The weekend forecast is perfect for hunkering down to knit a little, quilt a little and read a little or a lot.  Everyday is a snow day here on the prairie --Ann---
 Linking to Judy's OTN

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

snow day

I sat in the sunroom with my coffee and felt warm and cozy as the snow blew around me.  The swirls of snow came up the steps of the deck then danced a litttle until she got tangled in her train of snow and fell, sometimes she would start on the deck and pirouette across then descend the stairs to vanish as quickly as she came. And then far too quickly my coffe cup was empty so I vanished to my sewing room.  --Ann--

Monday, January 2, 2017

Design Wall 9 patches

After all that relaxing.......... a couple days of putting the pedal to the metal for some power sewing.  Piles of 9 patches, more 9 patches than I need but then I don't think there can ever really be too many 9 patches there are so many fun ways to arrange 9 patches.  Then there are double 9 patches and 9 patches with sashing.  Back to the sewing room for more power sewing, the gentle roar of my machine is so relaxing until I get a cramp in my foot.  --Ann--  Linking to Judy's Design Wall Monday

Friday, December 30, 2016

Reading list

Ahhh relaxing after Christmas...................
  1. Everything You Never Told Me by Celeste Ng dysfunctional family 
  2. Christmas Bells by Jennifer  Chevarini each chapter is a character sketch of a character and their part in the events before the children's Christmas concert so ther is a lot of repetition.   The chapters in between tell the story of Henry Longfellow and writing the poem Christmas Bells during the civil war.
  3. The Tour: a Trip through Ireland by Jean Grainger
  4. Letters of Freedom by Jean Grainger
  5. Angels at the Table: a Shirley, Goodness and Mercy Christmas Story by Debbie Macomber
  6. Angels at Christmas by by Debbie Macomber 
  7. Shirley, Goodness and Mercy by Debbie Macomber 
Relaxing some more........................
Happy New Year   

Saturday, December 24, 2016

In a Stable

In a manger a child is born.......................
Peace on Earth

Friday, December 23, 2016


There is my Christmas tree skirt and all the leftover yarn is now in my last needlepoint Santa.  My Santas are in front of the fireplace,  below the stair rail, on the window sills in the sunroom which did not photo well, in and on the secretary and sadly a few are still in boxes.  But this is a jolly bunch.      Merry Christmas.  --Ann--