Happy Friday everyone!!! I don't know about the weather in your part of the country, but it's an absolutely beautiful day here. Sunny, warming up, snow melting! In the 40's all weekend!! Definitely has to put you in a happy mood. For some reason I keep hearing Martha Reeves and the Vandella's singing Heat Wave! LOL But it's also made me have Spring fever in the worst way, so I have barely spent a minute in the house the past week and when I have, all I can say is that you can see your reflection in my shower tiles - okay, maybe not, but they're clean! LOL I even tried to clean up my blog, but I'm not sure that I like it. I'll just have to play with it some more. It also made me clear out my change basket for some goodies, but I'll get to that in a bit (beware - a lot of pictures).
I didn't get a lot of stitching done this week. Another night or two and this baby will be finished:
Quilting is going slow too. I've made a little bit of progress. I went from this:
Kind of crazy blocks, don't you think? I have a hard time with combining all these crazy fabrics together. As we all know, I'm anal - I like things to match up, coordintate, live in perfect harmony when finished. This doesn't even come close - not even the circles match up because you cut them freehand! So this is a real learning experience for me - learn not to be anal! I hope to have the whole quilt pieced in the next couple days - that is if I stay home long enough to do it!
Yesterday, I had my rug hooking class, and I just love it. Problem is that rug hooking doesn't seem to like me. This is my progress or lack of progress. Instead of going forward, I've gone completely backward. In other words, I sheared my sheep:
Kris is a great teacher. Yesterday we learned about binding our rugs. I think I'm a long way off for that! But you may want to check our her blog. She's posting a rug a day and her rugs are just beautiful. So beautiful in fact, that I just had to pick up this baby:
Anyway, Spring brings change, and I had a whole lot of it:
First stop was a quilt store that I had not been to before as it's quite a distance from my house, but near my rug hooking class, and well, you just have to kill two birds with one stone, right? So I came home with this:
Then I had to make a couple trips out to my not so local LNS' to see what new Market goodies there were. Now mind you, I wasn't going to buy a thing (yeah, famous last words):
Becky RAK'd me with a gift certificate to Down Sunshine Lane that I have to use and I did do a little bit of web surfing too. I just had to have those scissors to add to the collection, and the sheep and tape measure just because, well, I'm a hooker now too. And I love, love the BBD book. So many great projects to do in that book. I can't wait to dive into it! Most of these goodies came from Stitches 'N Things, but I also picked up a few things at the The Rocking Horse This store is a feast for the eyes, but the only thing lacking is that they don't carry the linens us sampler lovers love. But here are a couple pictures:
This shop has a ton of things in it. I forgot to take a picture of the Shepherd's Bush area, but I think you can see that it's full of eye candy. Models are hanging all over the shop. But they're not into the sampler things that I particularly like, but still fun to go to.
So that's been my week! I definitely had Spring fever. I'm exhausted. All that shopping can really tire you out! LOL I do try to rationalize these purchases with the thought that my summer is really crazy with the kids and road trips are not something that usually happens. So I need to stock up now!
Well, I'm off to catch up on everyone's blogs. I've barely read anything in the past few days. Tomorrow I'm going for a make-up hooking class, and I'm hoping that my sheep will look sheepy again. And on Sunday I'm going to rest and play with all my goodies. Okay, I lie. I see a lot of laundry (oh, maybe more change too) and more cleaning in my future, but I can think about all the stitching goodies. Maybe next week I can play with them - I'm not getting back in my car except for my hooking class if I can help it.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments when you do. I do love hearing from everyone. Have a wonderful weekend, and I hope that it's warming up in your part of the world too!