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Sunday, March 31, 2013


First of all, I hope everyone who celebrates it is having a wonderful Easter. :)

But, getting to the title of my post, I've finally made a decision on how to quilt the background of my plumeria! Whew! Making this sort of decision is always the hardest part for me. I've settled on two motifs, rather than one. I'm doing pebbles and swirls; the pebbles represent the earth where the plant is growing, and the swirls represent the water surrounding Hawaii. I've spent quite a bit of time working on this today, but I'm not yet finished.

And, of course, I still need to make a final decision about what to quilt in the border… ;)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Just what I needed!

I've begun the free-motion work on the plumeria quilt I began some time ago, and one of the motifs I used just isn't cutting it. I'm going to have to take it out, which isn't good news, since the lines have been stitched over several times. Ugh. But it has to be done.

Just as I was deciding this, though, my doorbell rang, and there was my not-quite-six-year-old granddaughter! She'd ridden her bike over to a nearby park with her father, and they stopped here on the way home. But they didn't just drop in for a visit; my granddaughter had picked some flowers for me at the park. It's just what I needed to cheer me up. :D The purple ones smell heavenly, and there's a cheerful little yellow daisy (stemless!) floating in the water, too.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Time flies! … and a quandary

I can hardly believe it's been a month since my last post! But I've been busy, and time has slipped away. After finishing the shawl I posted about last month, I decided to teach myself to knit in the continental style, so I researched lots of videos on YouTube (what a great resource!), bought some dishcloth yarn, and set about practicing. I figured that making a mistake on a dishcloth wouldn't be a disaster, and I needed new ones, anyway! Win, win, right?

Latus scarf
The practicing went well, so then I tackled a little scarf, the yarn and beads for which I'd won back in January.  That's now finished; I'm planning to give it as a gift. The pattern is by Laura Nelkin and is called Latus.  I'm pleased with the way it turned out; all of those short rows really add a lot of interest! This is, of course, a closeup of the scarf so that you can actually see what I mean; there are ten of the triangular sections, each separated from the next by a double row of beading. It was made in two "halves" and then put together with kitchener stitch.

Which set?
I do have a couple of quilting projects in the works, of course. My plumeria quilt is still in the "pondering" stage as I debate with myself how I'm going to do the quilting. My original idea has been replaced by another, and I'm currently trying to work that one out. I also have another small project begun — just barely. I found the lovely blue print in this photo and picked some fabrics from my stash to go with it. Then I played with the Double Diamond ruler to make some accent strips, and now I'm having a difficult time deciding which set I like better. What do you think: are the strips with the lighter background  better with the blue print, or are the ones with the dark background better? By the way, that's not a gap between the floral fabric and the one on the left; it's a light print I'll need for this piece. ;)

One last photo to try to make up for my lack of recent posts. This is my sweet little cocker spaniel in one of her favorite snoozing spots — though I woke her up when I took the picture. The chair is in my sewing room, and she loves to be in there with me, either on her quilt behind this chair or on the chair itself. She tends to think the chair is hers! LOL!
Silly girl!