Thank goodness for the weekend. It’s been a busy week at work. Will I get to any quilting this weekend? Time will tell. There’s still some of the closets and cabinets I want to get cleaned out and cleaning supplies and some new plastic storage containers were purchased in anticipation of actually getting that done. I really do want to at least make a start on quilting my niece’s wedding quilt. It’s basted and ready to go and I’ve got the thread I want to use so hopefully at some point this weekend I’ll make start. There’s also a quilt pattern to write up which I’ve got about half way figured out.
Went out tonight for a belated birthday dinner with a friend and got a wonderful birthday goodie bag. Bags of flavored Starbucks coffee I’ll break in tomorrow morning. A box of wonderful Candinas chocolates – a local chocolatier. They will be divied out a little at a time. Yum. Two movies and a lovely birdbath made by her niece, a very talented artist in many mediums. It’s made from cement and a huge rhubarb leaf is used for it’s shape and to give it the veining, etc. It’s then painted and sealed and has a bird attached to it and has a little stand it sits on. So cute – I’ll have to take a photo once it get it set up and filled. Hopefully the birds will like it.
So for tonight I’ll pop in one of those movies and hopefully finish off the last of Mom’s shawl. I’m in the home stretch but it’s a long way across one of those rows. And I discovered I must have gotten off on one row so part of the design ridges is on the reverse side. Only I probably notice it and since I did an entire repeat of the pattern that way, it sort of looks like it was meant to be that way on the edge of the shawl. It’s too hard to take it out and try to get the number of stitches right so it’s going to stay. But just a couple more rows and I can bind it off and block it. I don’t know that I’ve ever blocked anything before – if I did it was long ago and something simple – so this will be an adventure getting this all laid out so the design opens up a little.
As many of you discovered, I forgot to add the template pattern to the Crocus Clusters instructions. It’s now loaded.
Go to the Crocus Clusters link under Pages on the right sidebar. Then go to the bottom of that page and click on Instructions for the file download. The leaf template is a separate download on that page below the instructions.
Two more red pear tomatoes from the garden tonight. I really hope some of the other tomatoes start to ripen soon – those plants are loaded, but there’s a whole lot more pear tomatoes waiting to ripen too. I may be toting some of the excess into the office if they all ripen at the same time. The pear tomatoes are really good tho – just was them off and pop them in your mouth.
I’m hoping this weekend to finally get back to some sewing. Other than two test blocks for a new quilt pattern, that’s all I’ve sewn since the beginning of the month! Withdrawal is definitely setting in! I don’t know that I’ve ever gone so long without working on a quilt. But pattern writing has taken precedence. I’ve got one design for Hoffman I need to write up and then I can get back to qulting. It’s now the end of July and I STILL have not started quilting that wedding quilt. Still a month and a half before I need it but I need to get busy soon!
The day started with many treats from the gals at the office so we munched all day on good stuff – carrot cake, raspberry pie (one of my favorites) chips and salsa, dips, crackers, spinach dip (another favorite), cookies, chocolate (of course), banana bread — all good stuff!
But on to the important stuff you’re waiting for.
First, Crocus Clusters instructions are posted! Go to the Crocus Clusters link under Pages on the right sidebar. Then go to the bottom of that page and click on Instructions for the file download. Enjoy!
And, just in time for my birthday,
the two Snowglobes kits finally arrived!! So my plan – use the random number generator to pick a winner based on the number of comments on the post about the give away. There 39 total numbered comments, although some of those were my replies, so if I landed on my numbers, I’d just pick another. So the first two random numbers landed on my comments. Wouldn’t it figure. Keep picking. The third time was a charm. #24 is the lucky winner Kim Petershack! Congratulations Kim! It will be coming your way soon! It’s great fun to actually see the fabrics in person – even more gorgeous in person than the image I was working with – with all their gold glitz in them.
Check out the great birthday tote Anita made for me. It’s just so bright and fun. Carried my birthday treats to the office in it and I think it will now be used for my knitting. That fabric just has to make you smile.
And here’s the new yarn I got this week from the Loopy Ewe. It’s called Sweet Potato Pie by Fiberphile. Can’t wait to get started knitting with it. I plan to make this Boxleaf Triangle Shawl. First I need to finish off the shawl I’m currently working on tho.
Now I think it’s time to break out the birthday wine glass and celebrate.
Tomorrow’s the big day – my 50th birthday. It seem sold when I say it but I don’t feel old so I guess that’s a good thing. LOL I just finished the final changes to Crocus Clusters so the directions will be ready to post tomorrow. Look for them tomorrow evening since I won’t have time to post them before then. I’ll be toting my treats to work in a cute little birthday tote a quilting friend made and send to to me – bright balloons all over it. It’s just a happy bag! Thank you “bad” Anita. 🙂
Still waiting on those Snowglobe kits to arrive – they must be circling the globe. Hopefully tomorrow.
My Loopy Ewe yarn and pattern I ordered did arrive so I’ve got a new shawl to work on. If I get it done in time, it will be the perfect color to go with my dress for my niece’s wedding in September. That’s a big “if” tho but there’s that week at a cabin which should give me lots of knitting time.
I found one definite change to the Crocus Clusters yardage while writing the directions. See the Crocus Clusters page on the right sidebar to get the new download. One of the measurements was 1″ short of what you actually need. There are some additional notes added to the yardage page to help you decide whether you want to add a little more yardage for security in case you make a cutting error.
How long does it take to write directions – well I’ve been at it for almost 9 hours today! It just needs a final proofing with a fresh eye. If I get it done before the 28th, I’ll post the cutting instructions ahead of time. Otherwise, look for the directions on the 28th!
As an added bonus for those who finish making this top before the end of 2010, if you email me a photo of your top to share on the blog before the end of the year, I’ll email you back a lablelyou can print on Printed Treasures or other printable fabric that looks like this…. with your name filled in on it.