Last night in agility Molly was a star - she has her mojo back! It has to be the change from 12" jumps to 8" jumps. My teacher said in a couple of months I can try to move her back to 12" but by then I might have a novice title on her and won't want to redo it for 12" (I hope, I hope!). Of course she started something new over the past few weeks - she has been coming to a complete stop at the top of the A-Frame! Now you just have to picture this, the a-frame is over six feet tall at the peak and here is this little dog just standing at the top looking down at me. It's like she is saying, Look at me! I'm king (or queen) of the mountain! It's hard to be mad at her when she is having so much fun and when she looks so cute, but it's a bad habit I have to try to break quickly. It should be easy, I just have to give her a treat at the bottom of the a-frame everytime she gets there. Then she will stop playing king of the mountain.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
Then Saturday evening I turned my attention to my SAL January ornament. I was going to do one of my topiary trees but last month's three took at least 12 hours to stitch and I didn't want to put that much time into it this month so I stitched Christmas Heart from La-D-Da from the 2005 JSC Ornament issue. I did it on Silkweavers 28 count in Heritage - one over one! My first one over one. I think it turned out ok. It's so tiny, I should have put a pair of scissors next to it. It's smaller then they are.
On Sunday I wanted to do something from my "waiting in the wings" list rather than start a new chart (I was thinking Drawn Thread's Sampler of Stitch ABC, DEF) so I pulled out the Tin Pin Carrot - another over one kit from Twisted Threads. I did it on 32 count Dirty Linen using the recommended threads. I even managed to make it into the tin pin on Sunday night. That makes two over one projects this week! Yeah for me.
For my train project this week, I tossed in my bag My Workstation from Judy Odell. I need to finish part 3 by Thursday so I'm current with the SAL. No problem. Nothing much to show yet, I'll take a photo tomorrow.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
On Saturday I machine quilted the backing for my dog bed. I used a wool batting and it turned out so nice. I did a simple grid pattern and after I washed it up and dried it on low, the pugs laid right down on it. It really is soft and warm with the wool inside it. I need to quilt the sides and still take care of the top. This is starting to feel like the project that never ends. :-)
On Saturday evening and most of Sunday afternoon (while I watched the BEARS! GO BEARS!) I worked on block 9 of the Village. I'm pretty close to finishing this block up because all I have left do to is fill in some more grass and the letters at the top of the piece. I'm thinking about five to six hours. I hope to finish it during the evenings this week so I can spend the weekend doing my Christmas ornament of the month with my SAL group.
And then on Sunday morning, I wanted to do some sewing but I didn't really feel much like quilting. I did sew a little on a JoAnn Fabrics Block of the Month quilt that I've had sitting around for ever but after an hour or so I wanted to move on. So I looked under my sewing table and found a tote bag that I had cut out at least a year ago. And here it is! The pug fabric is a Lee Jofa called Pugs & Petals - those of you in the UK should recognize the designer. Super expensive - I picked it up on eBay for around $30.00 for an entire meter! What a deal. I need to take better photos - my camera ran out of juice while taking these pictures.
And of course to work on the train this week - or until I can't stand it anymore, is Blackwork Fantasy Garden. I would like to pick up a project from my "Waiting in the Wings" list but I really want to work on the new loose feathers - my threads should be at my house today or tomorrow.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Well.... On Saturday I just didn't feel like working on any of my WIPs including Moonlit Garden so I went through my stash and looked for something that would only take a day to stitch. And I came up with a Lori Birmingham basket I had purchased at Hobby Lobby several weeks ago. Since my Hobby Lobby for the most part, getting rid of their cross stitch section, I picked this up for less than $15.00 for the entire kit including the basket . So this is what I did on Saturday. I think it turned out cute. I even lined the basket. :-) I might go back to Hobby Lobby and pick up one more - this would be a cute shower gift.
On Sunday and Monday I worked on Marquior ABC part 4 and finished it! Yeah! And on time - my goal was to have it finished by the 15th. The new part comes out today. I'm 25% done with this piece! I only have a year to go (yikes). I really love how the red turned out. I will start to remove the blue in part 1 when I have time.I also managed to get the backside of my pug quilt marked for quilting. I'm going to do a simple grid pattern. I wanted to mark the top also but of my four blue marking pens, only one worked and I needed all the ink for the back. bummer
For my train ride this week, I plan on finishing up Moonlit Garden - I have twenty stars to go and then I plan on getting back to Judy Odell My Workstation project. I need to get part 3 finished before the end of the month.
Friday, January 12, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
I also worked some more on Moonlit Garden. Hopefully soon it will start to look like something! :-) It looks so sad now... I'll finish up on the tree to the left of the house on my way home from work tonight and start on the house tomorrow I think.
Monday, January 08, 2007
Here is the quilt top I made for my pug's dog bed. The fabric is from the Buttercream and Figs line from Fig Tree Quilts. The two blocks I used are a simple nine patch and a nine patch variation. I'm a little disappointed in the fabric line I picked out. It's much more yellow than I wanted and actually I'm wondering what in the world I was thinking when I purchased it. I actually thought I had picked out a Blackbird Designs fabric line but when I pulled out the package this is what was in there. I'm still waiting for my wool batting to arrive - next weekend I will draft the quilting patterns on the top and bottom. I don't think I will get to any quilting though.
On Saturday and Sunday evening, I worked on Marquior ABC. I'm going to add a little more red to part 4 and that means to match it with part 1 I have to go back and frog a little. I figure around 200 stitched need to come out of part one. But it will be worth it I think to have a bit more red thru out my piece. I've seen some with extra color and I like it.
And lastly, my train project for the week, Moonlit Garden Loose Feathers #22 from Blackbird Designs. I'm not going to do the words at the bottom but add a bottom border of more stars. I can't stand that saying.... To each his own! The change was good - I didn't get the least bit sleepy this morning stitching.
Friday, January 05, 2007
I worked on Blackstone Fantasy Garden this morning but have to admit, I fell asleep again. In an effort to stay awake, I thought I would start on one of the blackwork sections and I planned on working from the inside out. The first one I tired was the center in Elk Snout (how about that for a name) but the movement of the train combined with the bad lighting and light colored thread I had a hard time seeing and counting what I was doing. So I went back to the cross stitches and promptly fell sleep. LOL! At least I don't drool!
No major plans for the weekend. I do have my monthly pug meetup tomorrow and then I plan on starting my dog bed quilt. I have a lovely selection of pastel prints and I'm doing a pretty simple pattern with a scrappy plan. I'm planning on quilting it in a circular feather pattern since the finished bed will be a 40 inch circle. I'm using wool batting and making a removable pillow insert with a stuffing of feathers and down. It will be reversible and I'm quilting that side also in a nice block pattern also with wool batting. I have a really pretty green and cream twill for that side. Only the best for the pugs. :-) For stitching, I'd like to do the center motif for Blackstone in the Elk Snout where I can see it and start working on part 4 of Marquior ABC. I'm way behind - it's a good thing part 4 is a less heavy stitched part or I'd have no chance of getting part 4 complete before part 5 comes out on the 16th.
I was super bad yesterday. I was just killing some time at work looking at the Needlecraft Corner website and I found one of the Barnyard Wool Whimsey's on sale - the chicken. I had to have it. I love these little guys. I plan on getting all four and stitching them together in the same piece of linen. It will be so cute in the kitchen. Anyway, since I was going through all the trouble to call Drema (who now knows my voice! that makes me laugh!) I thought I would pre-order the new Drawn Thread Sampler of Stitches, part one and part two along with the 18 x 20 inch piece of 30 count Custard Cream Dower Quality Legacy Linen so I can stitch all 9 pieces together (it will go 3 charts by 3 charts on the linen). I didn't order the NPI silk - I'm hoping Vikki Clayton will have a conversion. I almost purchased Toccata Number Three but I have to get real here. I need to get some other things finished first.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
I think I might use this color in one of my upcoming projects, Celtic Birds by the Sunflower Seed. I had been planning on using the Gator Green from my Blackwork Fantasy but I really like this seaweed color more. I'll have to do a test and see if it works. I didn't want my Celtic Bird to be to splotchy if you know what I mean but this skein I have of the Gator Green just might work out great.