The Yellow House Sampler
35 ct. Pearled Barley and DMC Threads
This sampler isn't large at all, but it gave me more fits than my kids do!! The chart was a little mixed up as far as colors go and just about drove me to distraction, and then I made the fatal mistake of saving the border pretty much until the end! DUMB! Not loving borders, that was a lesson learned. Don't do that again!!! Anyway, this would have been finished during the Super Bowl when I parked my butt in the stitching chair, but I ran out of the green thread for the leaves!!! I tore my stash apart, every project, every conceivable place where floss may be, thinking that surely I would have the color! NOPE!!! Thank goodness the boys were engrossed in the Super Bowl because I'm sure that they would have had me committed or gently led me to bed and told me to sleep it off! Anyway, a quick trip to Joanne's yesterday remedied the situation and I did something I never do - slapped my behind in the stitching chair, turned on the noon news and finished the baby up. For all the fits, I do love it!!!
Michigan is finally, yes, finally getting some snow today!!! I know, you people on the East Coast are probably mumbling obscenities under your breath at me (or possibly speaking in loud, nasty tones), but I'm thrilled. I'm so tired of seeing brown grass! I am hoping that the snow gods will look kindly me (and all the other mothers) and not give us enough snow that the kids have to be home tomorrow! LOL But they're predicting 6 to 10 so we'll see what happens.
On the quilting front, I have almost all the blocks assembled for my quilt:
I just have to finish up sewing the last row on the blocks, and it's time to line them up and put the baby together!
The scrap bowl is overflowing!!!!
I'm already dreaming about the next quilt. I've got a few lined up, but the one that calls me the loudest involves loads and loads of circles, but I think this is going to be a fun one:
You basically cut out three sizes of circles, sew them on top of each other on a square base, cut those into quarters and reassemble. You don't have to line the circles up, just go for it! Sounds kind of fun, doesn't it? After quilting, you throw it in the wash and because you sew 1/4" from the edges of the circles, the circles fray giving it a time worn look! I can't wait to get started. I'm so anal though, the directions say to cut the circles freehand. Yeah, right! My severe anal side probably won't let me do that.
And speaking of quilts, I was just minding my own business last week, taking an innocent drive (well, maybe not so innocent, I was in pursuit of spending money on stitching supplies - fabric to be exact), and I came across a quilt store that I hadn't seen before. I don't drive up to this town very often, so that could explain why I never saw it. But don't you just love coming across something unexpected like that - ah, the small joys in life! Well, I hesitated checking it out because I know me, and the end result could be a smoking charge card. I don't know what happened, but that darned van, she just turned the corner, went into the parking lot and refused to budge! LOL So, of course, I had to get out and investigate the store. And after an hour, I came out with this - some Sweet Things - Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes:
I have been very intrigued by the new things out in the quilting world, like Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, etc., since I haven't done much quilting for the past few years. But they sound good enough to eat, don't they? Well, I couldn't pass up this Layer Cake from Moda called Aster Manor! Ten inch squares of loveliness packaged together. The colors aren't very true, due to no sunshine here today, but I just love the fabric, and of course, I needed a pattern for it!
I also had to pick up a Jelly Roll (on the right) - it was on sale, (and you know when it says it's on sale, I'm drawn to that word like a magnet), a book with different Jelly Roll quilt patterns, and then BBD's When The Cold Wind Blows book that I've wanted to add to my collection for some time!! Ahh, quilty goodness!! This store has the greatest things, so I'm sure that I'll be back there again (and my DH hopes that it's none too soon!!!).
Then I went to Stitches N Things. The shop is small, but she's the only game in town for hand-dyed fabric. I don't know how I managed not to come out with anything but the BBD book, Joyeaux Noel (love the cardinal piece in the book), but I did come out with the highly coveted fabric:
Do ya think I bought enough? Well, I was so desperate for linen, and I'm not a fan of ordering through the mail, especially for a pattern where the fabric is no longer available and I don't have a clue what to order for it. At least here, I can floss toss, etc. And I love looking at all of it - touching, etc. And btw, they do let you touch the fabric there!!! Anyway, I don't think there is going to be any excuse for not getting in a lot of quality stitching time!!! Now I'm wondering if I can convince DH that these were fraudulent charges. A couple of weeks ago, our charge card was compromised with some lame brain charging computer supplies. Do you think I could get away with telling DH that some crazed woman went on a craft rampage and the charges are all fraudulent? Nah, he'll know it was me! LOL
Well, that's all for me this week. Stay safe and warm, especially everyone on the East Coast. I hear that you're in for even more snow!!! I can't believe all that you're getting. And to all that read my blog, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving the wonderful comments that you do.