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Thursday, February 11, 2016

On The Needles

During a conversation with my seven year old granddaughter, she mentioned that she would really like a new pair of knit socks.  Of course, I said I would make her a pair!  There's nothing better than having one of your grandkids ask you to make something especially for them.  These socks work up quickly with worsted weight yarn and size 5 needles.  It's probably a good thing they are a quick knit, because once Miss Four gets her new socks, I expect that I'll be getting a few more requests for new socks from the other girls.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Ready To Quilt!

The t-shirt quilt for my friend's family is finally on the frame and ready to quilt!  

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Silent Sunday

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Border...Problem Solved!

I have been trying to figure out how to put a border on this quilt for the past week or so. I was at my wits end while working on it last night and about to give up when Hey Jude came on the radio. Long story, but it's one song that always makes me think of Tami. Tears immediately came to my eyes, but I started singing along and out of the blue, how to piece the border came to me. I don't know if it was Tami letting me know how she would like the placement or not, but I'm glad the problem is solved!

Monday, February 1, 2016


Remember the Moda Sampler Block Shuffle that I started back before Christmas?  Don't feel bad, if you don't...I had nearly forgotten about it too!  I did keep up with printing the patterns, but because life got in the way, that was about all I was able to do with the project.  I decided the best way for me to keep moving ahead was to cut each block into a kit.  Now when I have a few extra minutes, I can just grab a block kit and stitch it together!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Silent Sunday

Friday, January 29, 2016


The top of the t-shirt quilt is finally stitched together, but it's a little on the small size...only 45" x 55".  I think I'll see if I can use the leftover backs of the t-shirts for a border to make it just a little bit bigger.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Quilters Are Everywhere!

Thanks to a kitchen remodel, cutting and hauling firewood, and just general cold, dry, winter weather, my hands are a sore cracked mess!  I stopped into our local drug store the other day to shop for some heavy duty hand cream.  I was standing in front of shelves and shelves of lotions when a clerk asked if she could help me.  I told her what I was looking for and she recommended O'Keeffe's Working Hands by saying, "Quilters swear by it!"  Confused, I asked how she knew I was a quilter, but as it turned out she was also a quilter speaking from her own experience.  Of course, that led to a half hour conversation about quilting, an invitation for her to join the guild, and me leaving the store with some quilter recommend hand cream (which is helping heal my dried out hands)!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Designing Process

Now that the interfacing is fused on to the wrong side of the t-shirts, I can start cutting blocks and try to figure out what is going to go where.  I'm not sure that this will be the final layout, but I think I'm getting close!

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