Tuesday, April 22, 2008


I will be taking a bit of a break as this week Orthodox Christians throughout the world celebrate Holy Week and Pascha (Easter) on April 27.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Where am I?

Golly it's been so long since I've blogged that I don't remember what photos I have taken to share with you. I guess I'll just have to go browse and see.
Hmm, well, I guess I don't have any new photos taken; I'll need to wait until daylight to take some to share with you. I do have a couple things to show you once I get those photos taken.
I have been to a beginner's machine quilting class and had lots of fun with free motion; I need a lot of practice to get the hang of it, but it's definitely in my future for my smaller size quilts.

In the meantime, remember the baby blankets that I knit in December for the expected twins of my daughter's best childhood friend?

I was so honored this week to receive the birth announcement with her twins wrapped in these very blankets! Sorry, I wouldn't share the photo without her permission, and I'm sure she's got a lot more to do than talk to me when she's taking care of 2 month old twins!

So tata for now, and I'll see you again after I've had my camera out and busier.

Friday, April 4, 2008


No way. I couldn't believe what I was hearing, basting my quilt binding in place with school glue? Well, I decided to try it and it does work-- quite well, in fact.

I learned of this method from an on-line quilting friend who pointed me to Sharon Schamber's U tube site demo which gives an excellent 3 part tutorial. I was readily convinced to use this method for the machine stitching; I wasn't quite so sure about the method for the final hand sewing in the back side. (My previous trial with the baby blanket I had done stitch in the ditch for the final step, so I didn't have a trial run for the hand stitching yet.) Well, after gluing only one of the four sides for the final step, I pinned the other 3 sides--creature of habit, unwilling to change, you know. I must say, I wish I had glued all 4 sides. It is really a great way to do it.

No matter how I did it, though, it is done! YIPPEE.
Not sure exactly how I am going to leave it in its home. It's a bit more pink than I like it the room,

so my inclination is to keep it folded at the end of the bed. What do you think?

Meanwhile I am still knitting with 3 WIPs:

a baby blanket, my granddaughter's sweater, and some 6x9' blocks that will be part of an afghan for one of our soldiers. I learned about this project from yet another on-line friend. If anyone is interested, come along and join us in giving back just a bit to those who sacrifice so much for each of us.