Friday, December 31, 2010

Raggedy and Friends

The weather here was as good as it gets yesterday, well at least in the winter, snow on the ground, no wind and big blue skies. My husband and I decided to go cross country skiing at Mountain House just outside of New Paltz New York. We have only been once before (2 days ago) but felt that we should tackle an intermediate trail. We did about 3 miles on the intermediate and then repeated the beginner run from Tuesday. By 2pm we were starving and tired so we drove home.

Nice picnic lunch then upstairs to catch up on some sewing. I am doing the BOM from the Painted Quilt thanks Kaaren and good luck in your new home. I am a few blocks behind so I made a start on block 3. Here is my progress to date, it is fun to combine the machine quilting with the hand stitched panels. The bottom panel is partially stitched the top panel is just marked up ready to stitch. One of the ladies on Kaaren's blog recommended a great product, its called Transfer-Eze. you can either print or photocopy your design onto these special sheets , peel off the backing paper then stick them onto your panel. I then stitch through the sheets, they are a little stiff so I find I do not need to hoop my work. When you have finished the stitching they just wash away. Very easy.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

2011 UFO's with Patchwork Times

Just joined the UFO project with Patchwork Times and Judy Laquidara. As it is not yet New Year it does not count as a resolution so hopefully that improves my chances of getting the work done. So here goes, this is my current UFO list

  1. Holly hobby quilt
  2. Layer cake quilt
  3. Accuquilt test quilt
  4. Woodland scene
  5. Raggedy Anne
  6. Blue and white squares - This is the January challenge -- I have stated and so far created 20 16patch blocks
  7. Redwork Christmas runner
  8. Asian Chocolate
  9. Christmas stockings
  10. Christmas place mats
  11. Christmas Snowman tiles
  12. House Wall Hanging

Actually I do not feel so bad now, I thought I had more unfinished work than this. Maybe I should add my own list for knitting and other new projects that I hope to start .

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

If I start this now ....

Then it does not count as a new year's resolution and should mean that I keep it updated. Well that's the theory....

Last weekend before Christmas I had a mad spurt of energy and tried to finish some projects before the holidays, I made a nice cushion, Xmas table runner, 2 sandwich wrappers and a snowman soup sack. Have not completed my place mats and additional stockings though. Ah well there is always next year.

Sunday night we had friends to dinner and we had slow cooked tangy chicken with couscous, it was a great evening and we rounded off the meal with some very decadent cup cakes from culinary creations.

I have spent the past few evenings trying to complete the binding on my Hunter Star quilt, I seem to have more holes in my fingers than stitches in the quilt but I will persevere. I have yet to find a thimble that works for me. Went to Quilters Attic in Pine Bush and they had oval sticky pads for your fingers, They worked very well and I was at last able to finish the Hunter Star. I could enjoy the holidays knowing I achieved most of my goals