I feel like I've been dwelling inside a mushroom lately with all the family stuff going on, its been a tad busy! But you knew, sooner or later, I'd be back in the saddle again, blogging and designing again. I want to share the various mumbling I've had over the past months and all the craft related fun I've been having anyway!
This new shrug of mine looks better on me, but I'm not so hot taking photos of myself yet. So you get the idea. I found the pattern in 2016 Spring issue of a crochet magazine bought at The Wool Shop in Victoria and sadly can't connect with that magazine right now, so I can't share the designer. This shrug is very easy to do and lovely to wear, very snugly and its adjustable to fit your measurements.
If you click on the link on the word shrug, you'll visit a site with loads more of crochet patterns that keep calling me back to crochet. Also, you can visit the page in Pinterest and see all of my boards there. I have listed this crochet shrug of one big granny square under Clothes I Want to Make.
Maybe you are familiar with this pattern and can share the designer's name in comments!
I pulled out my Sashiko Sockeye project that I did with European designer using her paper pieced bowls pattern. Regina Grewe is outstanding in the paper piecing feild and do encourage you to visit her site!
Ideas are always welcome on background suggestions for my fish!
You know how you go through phases of development and learning all the time. Your own styles and preferences do come to play after quilting for this long. I've decided I really like thread painting, crazy quilting and English Paper Piecing. So you're going to see a lot more of this type of blog posts coming up.
I started doing Quilty 365 as an exercise in getting my hands ready again to do extensive hand stitching. I wasn't committed to the project or anything like that, but over time its becoming a summer quilt for our bed.
I soon realized that some of my Hexie Flowers from other projects could find a home in this new quilt.
I have pulled out the two blocks from summery feeling couple of Snowball Blocks to decide on where they are going.
And then again, I'm waiting with baited breath for Karen's Quilt Along from Faeriesandfibres blog. These three fabrics are forming the main background for the various funky stuff going into the quilt Karen's making for the quilt along. Where can I go with these colors from here is how I often start all of my projects. I like to mull over auditions from my stash to mix and match and find just the right combination for me.
Lets end off this post with some crazy quilting! This is a close up of My Purple Quilt that is in a private collection.
Happy Quilting Everyone, talk to you all soon again!
I've been struggling to get motivated for exercise lately, I admit it.
Its really hard to do the daily's of life with all its complexity. I discovered the bouncy beat of dancers online while helping my son one day. His life is filled with active music, he's thin though thinks he's got a few pounds to loose anyway!
As we get older, we age, yes we do and suddenly parts of me that used to react, now complain! I have read bloggers who promote fitness and many of them refer to motivational music to help you relax and get into the zen of exercise. For me, the last thing I need to do is relax about my exercise routines. I need something jazzy and music with a good beat.
Please watch this dancer Parov Stelar doing his thing and maybe it will help promote you to get up and dance!
Happy dancing everyone, I'm back home soon and will have a campfire post for you, take care!
As you know, I've been working on multiple quilting projects! And this has been going on for years. I've sewn and quilted all the way through raising a family and working full time.
We, the young couple grew older together.
Our children became adults and moved into their own lives.
We are doing something that most families don't do, its live together! Now, this is very funny when I hear about parents talking about their college graduates moving back home and don't leave again. That is another whole subject, this is our sons saying "come, move in with us"
When parenting our sons in the early years, we made a commitment to holding each \Sunday evening, a family meeting. We've returned to what worked for us in the past. Communication is key in this plan and these are the things keeping me busy outside of quilting.
All of my sewing machine type sewing is packed and ready to be moved.
I can only do hand work and that is satisfying at this time, so I still keep my hands busy!
Thank you to all of my loyal readers for sticking with me while on this latest transition!
Blogging time has taken a back seat in so many ways. I just do not have any time to work on major projects because I'm so busy with all the other family projects which are so interesting, but not in a crafty way!
I've barely been able to read the occasional blog of those I've faithfully followed and commented on things you are all doing, please forgive me for just reading and dashing....
Rusty is used to running beside my car clocking 22 km/per hour down our lovely dead end road, to keep her fit and lean that we've all had to adapt to new ways of getting exercise.
Then, let me tell you about the dental appointments I've become so familiar that the entire dental office staff knows me by my first name!
Only to discover that a root canal done back in 1980 was only half done and now, its become an abscessed tooth, its schedule for extraction new week.
I've been on antibiotics for this and sinus infection too.
I was sniffling along waiting for the next dental appointment and one morning I work up three weeks ago to have the ceiling spin like a unwinding clock. I've been rocked by vertigo three times before and suffered.
I was instantly depressed! OMG, what next is going to happen!
Three weeks later, I've come full circle and received some excellent maneuvers from Ross Baines of PhyioPlus on Fairfield Rd in Victoria that I must tell you, its worked!! But not before I needed to have two sets of maneuvers, with a series of throwing up, feeling like ^%$# for days sitting upright. Sleeping only on my left side, propped up and not to turn to my right side. If you have an vertigo symptoms, find a therapist who knows how to do this maneuver really well otherwise, its ineffective and you'll go without knowing this can work to get the crystals in your inner ear back where they are supposed be. Maneuver here on youtube.
I little quilt given to a good friend made a couple of years ago.
This bag was discovered at a modern quilt guild meeting last year and I will find it online.