Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fall Color for 2009

Busy busy week, huh? Got the Pretty Thing cowl done. But I don't like the gauge I did it almost chokes me! So might have been a bit too tight, huh? So I'll try again. It took very little yarn - made it out of leftovers from a pair of Christmas Socks. And if it fit - it would've been gorgeous! Oh well, live and learn.

Today, I'm working on a couple of quilts. I wish I could post a picture of the one on the frame, but I don't have her permission. But her piecing is beautiful, very intricate and very precise. I'll never be that good at piecing...I'm an exuberant quilter, not an exact one.

Just a quick post today, but I didn't forget about the fall color pictures. I think yesterday was the last day of good color, pouring rain, so I'm sure a lot of the color is on the ground today. But in memory.

And in the true spirit of the fall season - Football! My grandson's team leaving the field in victory...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

the Weekend

Well, the long awaited weekend is here...and once again, I've got it so packed full of planned activites, it'll be gone before I get half of them done.

First on the list is my grandson's football game. And while I'm there, they have some alterations they need done on some curtains. Then it's home to get a quilt on the frame. And log into my other job and see if there's any reports that I need to get out. Then up in the morning for a Sun. morning conference call and off to quilt with friends for the afternoon. Sun. afternoon I have my standard call with my mom. And in here somewhere, I plan to finish a vest I'm knitting on, a cowl (the 'Pretty Thing' pattern from yarnharlot) and fit some studying in for the next part of my new job. I love weekends!

And - I'm thinking about buying a new digital camera. I'm thinking of tons of reasons to talk myself into it...1st off - the football game. It'd be nice to get some good shots of him playing. And then there's this new blog. It just screams for some new pictures of quilts and knitting. And I'd be doing my patriotic duty by spending and boosting the economy.

But I'm going to be honest here. The trees this week have been GORGEOUS in the Pacific Northwest. The colors are just glorious. And I'd love to post some pictures here and send some shots to my mom - and maybe some to my aunt and uncle on the other coast. I have some pictures from a couple of years ago - but for some reason - the early cold maybe - this years colors are amazing. So - for now, I'll post an old picture to whet your appetite, and check back in a few days to see the new shots taken with the new camera - and we can compare.

Happy Saturday!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

My first thoughts

I've been thinking about doing this for - like forever. My good friend Trisha has a blog which a lot of you probably already read - and I love keeping up with her knitting and quilting on it. She's been telling me for ages to write a blog myself and post my quilt pictures to promote my business. I kept telling her I was too busy, but honestly, I think I was just afraid to try. But you can't live in fear forever - so here goes. (I don't think I'll be as good a photographer as she is - but then, that might be an excuse for me to buy a new camera! )

A little about me. I've been a quilter since 1982 when I was managing a Meals for the Elderly and took classes with some of my clients. Most of them didn't continue on with quilting, but I was hooked. At first I did everything the classic way(which could also be read as old-fashioned). I cut out shapes with cardboard templates, hand pieced them and hand-quilted them. After about 5 yrs., I finally purchased a sewing machine and there was no turning back. Now I have 2 that I use for piecing and one on a frame that I use for quilting.

One of the other fibers in my life is wool - When I'm not quilting, I'm knitting. And now I'm learning spinning. More on that later...

Have to go check on the cat...