Thursday, November 29, 2007

Back!

My Thanksgiving break was great! I did a bunch of homework for a few days and then Lucas and I traveled to Kalamazoo, MI for some quality time with our families and friends. Very little work was accomplished during that time, thank goodness.

I didn't make any real progress on my quilts during that time; however, I did go in search of quilt-making materials. I made the rounds, stopping at my favorite cross stitch shop, Distintive Stitches, a favorite yarn/cross stitch shop--Stitching Memories, and my other favorite--the fabric store-Fields Fabrics. In the process of all of this shopping, I managed to acquire these:



And these....


And of course, after all that shopping I had to eat a lot of food. Luckily, my mother-in-law has a new kitty and we attempted to work off some of the calories by entertaining her. Actually, I think we wore her out.


Now we're back to the grind for a few more weeks. Lucas has two weeks of teaching left this semester and I have two weeks of class and an exam week. On one hand, it's a relief to think the semester is almost over and it's also scary because I've still got a lot of work to do before it's over. I'm trying to keep my sanity now that school is back in session by working on a cross stitch project and slowly making progress on the baby quilt for Madison. I'm also seriously thinking of signing up for a rolled brim hat knitting class that begins next week.

I managed to put the Christmas tree up and it is in a state of incompletion because I ran out of lights. Also, we have less room in our apartment this year (now that I've taken up quilting and need space for my sewing machine) so, to squeeze everything in we've elevated the tree by stacking books underneath the tree stand. I'm looking forward to finishing the lights and adding the ornaments. Also, I finally get to use the tree skirt I finished this summer!

I've just joined my first challenge and am looking forward to its start in January. It is SharonB's "Take it Further" design challenge. I'll be blogging about my ideas and posting photos of my progress. I haven't decided yet whether I will do a crazy quilt or possibly some type of quilt sampler. I wanted to sign up because I've been following the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge and thought it was a good way to try new things and work outside of my comfort zone alongside (in cyberspace) others. If you think you might be interested, do check out SharonB's page dedicated to the "Take it Further" challenge.


Friday, November 09, 2007

I'm a fan

I saw this quiz (see picture below) on the Anne of Green Gables Knit & Read Along. For one, I am a huge fan of the Anne series and I have also read several of L.M. Montgomery's other books (Emily, Pat, short stories). The fact that a bunch of people are knitting and listening to/reading these books is totally awesome in my opinion. Whenever I need a little comfort, I go rent the series. Or, I watch the unsurpassed BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, which I proudly own. I read the book for fun and then I became hooked on the film adaptation as well 11 years ago when it first aired on A&E. The quiz is a rating of which Jane Austen character you would be. I, of course, would be Elizabeth because I love Pride and Prejudice and I think Elizabeth is such a fun character.






Which Jane Austen Character are You? (For Females) Long Quiz!!!
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You scored as Elizabeth Bennet

As one of Austen's most beloved characters, Elizabeth Bennet represents what most women would like to become: strong, independent, and loyal. Of course, she has her faults including a stubborn will of iron and a clinging to first impressions. Overall, Lizzie is bright and lovable...something to admire and aspire to.


Elizabeth Bennet



78%

Elinor Dashwood



59%

Marianne Dashwood



53%

Jane Bennet



38%

Emma Woodhouse



38%

Charlotte Lucas



31%

Lady Catherine



22%




I'm such a big fan of Jane Austen that at times over the last few years I have contemplated how I might become president of JASNA (The Jane Austen Society of North America) one day. I have met many other devoted fans here in Pennsylvania and that makes me very happy.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Voila!

I have been busy and I actually have accomplished some things!

My new niece, Madison, arrived safely into the world on Thursday night. My brother just sent me some pictures and it was fun to see her. I went right out, of course, and bough fabric for a baby quilt for her. I'd been agonizing about what pattern to use but finally made up my mind to do a Quilt in a Day Pinwheel pattern that I rather like (although, undoubtedly, it will take me far more than a day to complete). I'm planning on a cream background with dark mauve and light pink-colored pinwheels. If I can finish it by Christmas, I'll be happy. :)



I finished putting the binding on a Christmas present. If you are reading this blog and you know my mom, please don't tell her about this because it is a surprise. I have to say, the colors are a bit more like something I'd choose for a younger person than my mother; however, the yellow background fabric has goats on it and that was why I chose it. (My mom has a goat farm.)



I also put the inner and outer borders on my paper piecing project (Yardbirds Circling the Cat). I sept most of today working on it and considered the hour I gained from setting the clocks back a bonus hour of sewing. I'm pretty happy with how it has turned out. I am not sure how I will quilt it yet but considering that I haven't purchased batting, backing fabric or binding, I think that is the least of my immediate concerns.

I got sidetracked from my intent to learn applique in my spare time by a desire to take up crazy quilting. I've been admiring some of the embroidery of many bloggers and then found some beautiful crazy quilts and was hooked. I joined a yahoo group (but have been too timid and too busy to introduce myself), and read the online tutorial. I bought a book on stumpwork and ribbon embroidery for embellishing and now I just need to find a store where I can purchase some supplies.

That's all for now. Have a great rest of the weekend!