Saturday, November 24, 2012

Lots Going On

Once again it has been ages since I've posted.  The time just seems to fly by.

Today I am posting about the hat I am knitting for a friend who was recently diagnosed with cancer.  She knew she would most likely lose her hair so I volunteered to knit a hat.  She wanted bright colors so I chose these:

Now she can be a red head or a blonde depending on the day.  :)

Here is a picture of the first hat - it is almost completed but doesn't look like much on the needles.

I found the pattern at Head Huggers: Knit Pattern:  The "No-Hair'Day" Hairy Chemo Cap.

Be sure to head over to Judy Laquidara's blog ( find out what is on others' needles

I did a good bit of knitting this week while waiting to hear about the birth of my great nephew.  He was born on Wednesday and weighed in at 7 lbs. 1 oz.  He is a real cutie.  His parents took him home from the hospital last night - I certainly remember that first night at home!  They didn't get much sleep and they are all adjusting.  It may take a few days but I know they will all come through with flying colors.

Happy Holidays to all.

Friday, September 21, 2012

On My Needles

Judy Laquidara has started a new challenge - it's called "What's on Your Needles?" and she posts it every Friday.  I have been trying to post for the last few weeks but never seem to get it done.

Today is the day.  I have been knitting a good bit lately and have completed a couple pairs of socks and a baby blanket.  I am currently actively working on a baby sweater for my first great niece or nephew due in December.  I am also finishing up a pair of socks that a friend started but put aside.  Here they are:

The sweater should be a quick finish - it is so small.  The socks are made with worsted yarn and are going very quickly.  Hopefully I can post the finishes and the new baby blanket that I will start next week.  Go to Judy's post to see what others are working on:

BTW, we had a very hot, dry summer here in Indiana.  The rains have finally arrived along with cooler weather.  I am delighted - I love cool/cold weather. Here is a picture of the hailstones that we had on our patio tonight.  The storm moved through very quickly with 50 mph winds.  No damage here thankfully.  

Have a great weekend.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Two Finishes

I've had a great weekend.  We came to Maryland on Wednesday to volunteer at the 200-mile relay in which our son ran.  It was a lot of fun and I met lots of nice people.

I brought my small Janome and finished sewing on the binding for a snowman quilt I made for my daughter-in-law.  She bought the fabric a year ago last Thanksgiving and I worked on it during my bee retreat in March.  Then I really got started and sewed down the binding for two quilts - hers and my April UFO!  I am so excited to finish my UFO - I started it in the mid-90's.  It was a block of the month from Quakertown Quilts in Friendswood, TX.  I had to complete the last block in 1999 because there were no zeros or twos on the instructions.  :)  If you look closely you can see that the bottom left hand block is dated 1999. I have looked at it for a long time trying to figure out how to quilt it.  I finally decided that stitch in the ditch was the best so I dove in.  I am very pleased with the results and delighted that it is one more project off my  To Do List.

I was also a good grandma while I was here.  I mended three pairs of pants (for the adults) and repaired Bunny and sewed a wheel back on a car that is loved.  I figure I earned my keep.  :)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bonnie Hunter's Yard Sale

Bonnie Hunter is having a yard sale today and we can link to it.

I am selling this set of patterns that make up a wonderful lighthouse quilt as shown below.

Patterns: "Pieceful Harbor" by The Quilt Company (8 patterns) (#8 is not in the picture but I have it)

The price is $30.00 plus $5.00 shipping by USPS Priority Mail.

Here is a picture of the finished quilt:

Be sure to go to Bonnie's blog ( and check out the other bargains.

Sunday, February 5, 2012


Hi All,

I have entered my snowman quilt (Farewell Carol Victory) in a contest that is conducted every week.  I would really appreciate your vote for my quilt.  Right now I am only 15 votes out of first place!  It would also be great it you would pass this along to your friends.

Here is the link:

The contest closes at midnight tonight.  Sorry for the late notice.  I will try to do better the next time as I have a heart quilt that I will be entering in a couple of weeks.

Thanks a lot.


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

2012 UFO Challenge

Can you believe that it is February already?!?!?!  Where does the time go?  Also where has winter gone?  I don't need a blizzard but it certainly would be nice to have some snow that lasts more than a day.  It was 60 degrees today - much too warm for January - but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this weekend.

OK - on to the important stuff.  I finished my January UFO.  This year I decided to try to complete a bunch of smaller projects that I keep putting aside because "they won't take too long" and then they never get done.  Here is a picture of Santa (at least I'm ready for next Christmas which will probably be here before we know it!!):

Hop on over to Judy's blog Patchwork Times to see some of the other finishes.

Monday, January 2, 2012

2012 UFO Challenge

Well, I decided to join this year's UFO Challenge that is sponsored by Judy Laquidara

I have chosen mostly smaller projects that often get postponed when I am working on larger projects.  I hope that I can work them in in between quilting, knitting and cross stitch projects.

I have finished two projects so far this year and am going to try to get a third one done tonight or tomorrow and then I will post pictures.  I really enjoy knitting and cross stitching as much as I like to quilt so it is often hard to make time for all three.  And, besides, I still haven't taken down my Christmas decorations.  The tree was so pretty this year I hate to dismantle it but I will this week I think.

Wish me luck.  I'll try to post on a more regular basis this year.

2011 is over already!!

I can't believe that 2011 is over and we are already two days into 2012.  I have taken a few minutes to look over my lists from last year.  Overall, I am pleased.  I listed 13 projects on Judy Laquidara's ( UFO Challenge and I completed 9. Between the quilt show in the end of October and three major events at home (dinner for the quilt show committee, Christmas lunch for my bee and an open house the week before Christmas) I didn't have a lot of time to sew.  I did finish a few projects for Christmas though.  Of course, I forgot to take pictures - I'm hoping that the recipients will help me.

I created a Project List for 2011 and made some good progress on it also.  I didn't get quite as much knitting done as I had hoped but I made several things - again no pictures.  I will try to get better at is this year.

I think I am going to join Judy's 2012 UFO Challenge if for no other reason than to spur on myself to complete some small projects.

My bee is going to have a PIGS Challenge (Projects in Grocery Sacks).  We will all put in $3 each quarter (the equivalent of a fat quarter) and Jack or Jenna will draw a number (1-4) each quarter. At the end of the quarter everyone who has completed her project will have her name put in the hat and one lucky person will win the $$$.  I have been giving lots of thought about which projects I will list.  I keep sorting through my bins - I have more than enough to qualify.

I hope all of you had a productive year and will make good progress this year.

Happy New Year!