April 30th, 2009 - Rolling Along

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments about my quilt. If anyone is considering trying it, go for it! It is a well laid out pattern and pretty simple. The hardest part is picking all the colours.

A couple of weeks ago my neighbours little one turned two. Knowing that she was going to get a ton of huge gifts from family and friends, I wanted to make something simple that would get used. So I thought another crayon roll was just the ticket.

I liked the colours in this fabric and hoped a two year old girl would too.

This one holds 8 crayons, which I thought would be good to throw in a purse or diaper bag.

Sewing these are a lot of fun, because they are so quick to complete. And what can I say, I like rainbow colours. Not that you can tell from three of the posts this month or anything.

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April 23rd, 2009 - Pretty Colours

When I first saw Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts, my very favourite project was the Color Wheel Quilt. I knew for sure that I was going to make it, and once I finished my beginner quilting class I felt that I had enough skill to get a finished object that I would be happy with.

What, you would like to see it closer?

In the sun?

Just the greens?

The pinks?

The funky stripes at the end?

My very favourite part of the whole quilt, the centre?

I am so in love with this quilt. I love the colours, I love the pinwheel in the centre, the wrinkles, everything. The original pattern for the quilt is a 56" square. I added some length and width to it so that it would fit over the double bed in my guest room. I think it is the perfect design for this size bed, as it makes the wheel sit right in the centre. Any larger a bed and there would be too much white on the sides. Any smaller and it would hang over.

The biggest piece of the work was basting. I did pin basting, but the only place large enough for me to spread it out was my dining room floor (we don't own dining room furniture). There was a lot of crawling around on the floor as I put in over 200 safety pins. It was worth it though as it doesn't have any weird spots that bunched.

The back is just a plain white Kona cotton, and the white on the top is actually a nice muslin I found. The colours are from all different projects I have done and one good fat quarter sale. Thank you all for helping me out with the order, we did a good job.

One more shot, just for good measure?

Love this thing.

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April 15th, 2009 - Howdy

So, I've been gardening. In a relatively new subdivision in Virginia. Which means this is what I have been faced with.

Would you believe me if I told you that was my lawn? I wish I was joking. Over the last couple of weeks the pick axe and I have become good friends. I have dug out a new garden by the mailbox, transplanted several plants and put in some new ones. Then there was the lawn.

It all started with the raking. I decided the front lawn (which looks thankfully better than the above picture) needed to be raked. What an exhausting job. I probably should have stopped when I felt something sort of pop in my arm but I didn't. I was in so much pain for the next couple of days I was walking around with my right arm pretty much useless. It started to get better and then this past weekend TJ and I put a ton of mulch down on the gardens, 7 yards of soil, two bags of grass seed, one bag of fertilizer and two bales of straw down on the lawn. And I cooked and hosted an Easter dinner. Can you say dumb?

So crafting has been minimal over the last little while. The arm is healing slowly, albeit it would happen faster if I would let it rest. So that is why the silence over the last couple of weeks.

In lieu of knitting or sewing pictures, here is some photography I have done for a project I am working on. I need your opinions on which shot you like better.

Number 1:

or Number 2?

I think I know which one I like better and then I end up changing my mind. So someone else decide, k?

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