Posts Tagged ‘Quilting’

…and maybe a little wiser…

Thursday, I met my friend Kristy in Janesville, WI for lunch, shopping, and general merriment. We met at The Dragonfly Yarn Shop, a wonderful little yarn store (and there was a bead shop right next door! Heaven!) owned by Kerri, who is one of the nicest people ever. Kristy is not a knitter, so Kerri and I were very amused at Kristy’s take on things (she thought the ball winder and swift were simply mesmerizing). I splurged and bought myself a hank of 100% silk lace weight yarn:


Then Kristy and I headed off to lunch at Red Robin:


On Friday, I had to go and sign the divorce petition, so I scheduled a massage immediately following the lawyer. Then that evening I finished my quilt:



Saturday, I went and got a reflexology session from my friend Sue, then headed to Rockford to spend the evening with my sister Amy. We went to dinner at TGIFriday’s:


Look at that steak sandwich! She, of course, told the waitress it was my birthday, and at the end of our meal we got a small sundae and the waiters sang Happy Birthday to me. I was a little buzzed at that point (their Blackberry Margaritas are to die for!), so I didn’t get too embarrassed. Then we went and saw Julie & Julia, which was sooooo excellent. Really, go see this movie! Meryl Streep was just phenomenal in it. After that was drinks at Big Al’s Bar, then we lost steam and were back at the hotel at….10:30. Yes, I’m getting old.

I couldn’t sleep very well, and Amy was up early, so I was up by 8am. We went to breakfast at IHOP, then both headed home.


I puttered around a bit, then took a nap. It was so nice to sleep in the air conditioning at the hotel, I didn’t want to come home. At least we got more rain today, which cooled things off a bit. I was going to go see another movie (I really want to see Harry Potter in the theater), I should’ve gotten groceries…sigh. Woulda, coulda, shoulda! But I had a great birthday.



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Not a lot going on here. Work is busy this week (good!), I am going to Wisconsin tomorrow to meet up with a friend I haven’t seen in a long time, and my birthday is Saturday (which is kind of bringing me down…I always miss my mom on my birthday). I’m also sad that my best friend L is moving away in two weeks. I didn’t think she’d be leaving so soon.

I decided on the “Sevens” layout for my quilt and have it all sewn together. All I have left is to finish adding the binding.


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I am trying to decide which quilt layout to use, and it’s not easy. I think they all look good! What do you think?


^ Pinwheels


^ Zig Zag


^ Furrows


^ Sevens


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Let’s see…

  • I’m working on a quilt (and already have plans for two more, but we won’t talk about that)
  • Working on a shawl (Frost Flowers and Leaves. Not loving it –I think it’s the color– but am sure if I don’t want it, someone in my world will!)
  • Got the retainer check from STBX for the lawyer. Just have to wait til the 7th to get the papers signed and the divorce actually in process! Not really what I had in mind for the day before my 35th birthday. Whatever.
  • Still no ring. Hopefully tomorrow.
  • Still no A/C. The window unit I bought for my office doesn’t fit right because the window frame is really weird. B said to call the repair guy and have him refill the central air, and see how long that lasts.
  • A guy flirted with me yesterday! I was taken aback, as I have not had a man show any interest in me in quite some time. It was nice. Send some mojo so maybe I’ll get a few dates….maybe more wink wink. It’s been seven months….I think my virginity’s growing back.
  • Went to my friend Becky’s tonight to sit and knit, and ended up staying for dinner (at her invitation). Quiche and salad. Yum!
  • Gave my friend Linda the blue Aeolian shawl the other day, and she flipped out! She kept hugging me. I like surprising someone with something for no reason…isn’t that the best?


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A bit of both

I finished the KISS Purse a few days ago, and even felted it, which is amazing for me.


I really like how it turned out EXCEPT I think the top is a bit ripple-y. That’s my own fault though, I didn’t put the cord in. Bah. Now all I have to do is make the holes for the strap and add some snap closures.

I started on my quilt:

quilt strips

Aren’t these backing fabrics cute?! The one with the cat faces is also going to be the center block on the log cabin squares:

backing fabrics

Other than that, I have just been spending WAY too much time on Ravelry.

Hubby is so excited the Steelers won yesterday and are going to the playoffs.I wish I could post a video of him when he watched football, but he would kill me! I think it’s hilarious how he yells at the players when they screw up, and tell them ‘good job’ when they do well, like they can hear him.


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Back to work

Wow, I never thought I’d say it, but I’m glad to finally be “back to work”. The past two weeks have been so slow because of the holidays, but this week looks to be a good one….lots of appointments. School starts next week (yay), and I’m only taking two little 3-credit-hour-classes. I’m still trying to decide if I should get a CNA job, or just let that coast for a while. There’s no real rush. Eh, I’ll wait and see. Don’t need anything else cutting into my crafting time 🙂

I am almost done with my KISS Purse. I just have to make the second bottom piece and the i-cord (and felt the whole shebang)!

About a week ago, I was at Joann Fabrics, and a bunch of fabric followed me home. Yep. Enough for a whole quilt, actually. I was going to start cutting it this weekend, but ended up nursing a cold instead. Blah. I can’t believe I was sick AGAIN–I just had a cold in October(?)-ish.


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Not knitting

On Sunday I had to pull out the sewing machine to hem some pants that B got over a month ago (yes, he asked me then to hem them. What of it?!). After the 20 minutes that took, I decided since the machine was out, I’d finally quilt this cross-stitch a lady from Stitch-In made for me close to two years ago:

I added the wording at the bottom, which says, “Remembering is an act of resurrection/Each repetition a vital layer of mourning/In memory of those we are sure to meet again/In loving memory of/KH”. I can’t believe this has been sitting in a drawer for so long; I even bought the fabric not long after it was finished. It turned out beautiful, if I do say so myself! Too bad I can’t show Dorothy, the wonderful lady who made this for me. She passed away a few months after finishing it.

Working on the wall hanging gave me the quilting bug. Except for the memory quilts I made after Mom died, and the wall quilts (I’ve done two of those now), I have always wanted to make a real quilt. I think quilting is an amazing art, and while I’d never do the fancy stitch designs on them (I stick with plain old stitch-in-the-ditch finishing), if I could make one that looked anything like these, I’d cherish it forever.

I’m really leaning towards some version of this, a Log Cabin Quilt, for my first:

But I also like these:

This, the Wedding Ring Quilt, is probably the “ultimate quilt” to me. I have always loved the graceful curves in this design. It, of course, is also one of the hardest quilts to make. Not that I’d let a little thing like difficulty stop me. I’d jump in full-tilt and only stop when the desire to cut every involved piece of fabric into confetti was raging inside me:

So maybe I hold off on that quilt for a while 🙂


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