Tuesday, January 28, 2014

MQG Riley Blake Challenge

My Modern Quilt Guild participated in the Riley Blake fabric challenge and I took a packet...
The rules were you could add solids and it had to be at least 15" square quilted and finished.  I decided to use a pattern I had from the internet.  Circle of Squares  I chose solids and made the 6 blocks.  I wanted to make something other than just a quilt.  I quilted each block using different decorative stitches and putting the color name in the center.

 After seeing them completed I decided to make a cube for a fun thing and just not the usual.  I have made so many soft blocks for baby showers and I love the ease of them and the reactions of people that are amazed at how they are made.
 It was a fun challenge and I love the pattern and will use it again for sure.  My quilt guild had a great time and lots of creative finishes....
Fort Worth Modern Quilt Guild  January 2014
Riley Blake Challenge Participants 

Monday, January 13, 2014

YES - Honey Cowl Around My Neck

Very warm 
Yes, the first completed knitting project for 2014. It has been cold and I love a neck warmer (cowl).  If my neck is warm I seem to be warm too.  I used yard that I got from Maryland Sheep and Wool a couple of years ago from The Plymouth Yarn Co. www.plymouthyarn.com   The yarn is Plymouth Earth ranch...Yarns from Nature ...Natural Fiber Natural Color and is 100%Alpaca in a grey and white. (no longer available, I bought it at closeout)  I used two skeins.  The Honey Cowl by Madelinetosh is now around my neck.  This pattern is a free download on Ravelry.  I was warm and cozy.
A simple slip stisch pattern creates a dense waffle-like fabric. 

Yes, it was fun to knit and I will certainly use this pattern again.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Yes, New Year ~~~ Yes is the New Word

The word for 2013 was Enter and I did enter a lot of new places and times in my life.  It was a perfect word for me and I will miss it; but, I like to focus each year differently.  2013 went out with 15 family member gathering for New Year's Eve's traditional lobster and Dom dinner.  Tables were set

 The dinner was fun and as usual all had a great time.   Poppers were set off  and dining room chandelier was again decorated to bring in the new year.  Everyone read their "fortune" for the year, toasted in the new year and celebrated all the blessing of the last year.

And so I have chosen for the year 2014 the word:  YES
as in Yes Virginia there is a Santa Clause...Yes, that is a good idea; Yes, let's do that; yes, I like that ; yes, you are perfect just the way you are.  Yes, 2014 will be another great year.!

A good time was had by all.  The light of the night will shine for the year with all our fun hanging out on it.