Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Oh NO!! I could cry!! SOB!!!

On an earlier post, here, I mentioned how I knitted a doubled breasted cardigan for my then 7 month old grandson. It was knitted in size 1-2 years, but unfortuneately it was to small for him, so my daughter asked me to make another one for him.

So I did, this time making it size 6-7 years, knowing he will grow into it one winter. I have literally finished sewing it up tonight, buttons and all. Then it struck me, a MAJOR error...

Can you see the error????

There is NO WAY I am making a third one.

Until next post....

SOB!!!... Jewells

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Secret Santa Ready to Go

I am in the Chooky Blue SSCS.
The above picture is a sneak preview of what I have made to send to my partner!

and the picture below is another sneak preview of what I also made to send the same person as the ornament.
This was so much fun! Thanks Chooky Blue!

Until next post...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

First and Second Awards for Patchwork Quilts at Show

This weekend was the local Annual Show, so I entered 3 of my quilts and was very lucky to receive First Prize with this quilt under the section "Christmas Article Sewn".

Here is what the whole quilt looks like. This pattern was designed by a friend of mine, Toni, who designs and sells quilt patterns on her blog "The Red Boot Company". This quilt pattern was designed for a Mystery Block of the Month for an American group and I proof read the pattern for Toni before she sent each installment... I found the easiest way to proof read was to actually make it along the way. I was very happy with the end product!

(You can click on the image for a larger picture).

...and I received Second Prize with this quilt under the section "Patchwork Quilt-with Embroidery-Machine or Hand".
I embroidered the animals with 2 strands of thread in back stitch, but didn't realise when the quilt was quilted, I would loose the stand out feature of the animals... I now embroider with 3 strands of thread. The animals don't show up very well in the photographs, but to the naked eye, they are more noticeable.
I used a "Ella & Skysie Designs" pattern for the embroidery and the alternate squares, then added my own ideas to make this a larger quilt.
Again, I have no idea what to do with the quilts... I am thinking of holding a quilt selling day and sell off my quilts at cost price so I can have spending money to make more quilts that I have no idea what to do with...sounds familiar?? My biggest expense is getting them quilted, as I don't like doing that myself.
Until next blog.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Update on seeds from Dishcloth swap

Look! green shoots, that are the beginning of my carnations!
The terracotta pot has the other seeds I received (Love in the Mist), then the black pot is the carnations, and next to that is a climbing rose.
Now here is the "vegetables", from left to right is a choko, basil, dill/sage and lastly a cherry tomato.

and lastly, here is a pot full of "Impatience" at my front door.

I'm afraid I can't take credit for the survival of all these plants... thankfully my boyfriend always waters them when he comes to my place.
Until next post..