Friday, October 24, 2014

Let's Make Baby Quilts! {10/24/14}

While I've been up to my ears in life, the rest of you have been making some great quilts. 

Look at this star quilt that Dee Dee made... 

Let's Make Baby Quilts Linky Party Rules: 
Link directly to your post or specific Flickr photo. Your post can be about a baby quilt that's finished, or in progress, or you can be writing about what you have planned,  as long as it's about baby quilts. You're welcome to link to baby quilt posts that aren't brand new, but please don't submit the same post or picture more than once. I'd love it if you linked back to my site, either with a text link or the Let's Make Baby Quilts! button.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

that strange scraping sound...

Look what I found at St. Vincent's: 

We don't own a record player, so I don't look at the records, but this was sitting over in housewares where someone else had abandoned it. I had the 45 RPM storybook version when I was little and it gave me chills. It was that strange scraping sound as the stone door slid open and the goblins grabbed Bilbo and the dwarves. (I found a video of the one I had on Youtube and immediately had a little boy at my side watching. Records that go along with books are a hard concept to explain to a modern eight-year-old, even one who's grown up on old time radio shows and Grandma's antique mall!)

And Gollum. In my mind, this is always going to be what Gollum looks like.

It shows how different I was as a child from my own children. When the Lord of the Rings movies came out I was thoroughly convinced that they were too dark and scary for my children's little eyes. I was wrong. They love the movies.

I don't know quite what I'm going to do with this, but I knew I'd regret leaving it behind.

This post is linked to Vintage Thingie Thursday, Thriftasaurus, Share Your Cup, Ivy and Elephants, We Call it Olde, Savvy Southern Style, Thrifter Maker Fixer, Coastal Charm, Thrifty Life Thursday

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

And Another Pair...

I'm not even asking myself why at this point. 

Over the past week, I've been reading the Hope Street Church mysteries by Ellery Adams. In the first book, The Path of the Crooked, Cooper Lee is invited to the church by one of her clients, Brooke Hughes. When she arrives that Sunday morning, she learns that Brooke has been murdered and Brooke's husband has been arrested for the crime. Unable to believe that the man Brooke described in such glowing terms when they met could have committed the crime, Cooper joins the bible study group and the murder investigation.

When I started reading, I wasn't quite sure what I was in for. There are a couple of passages in the first book that scream "Christian Fiction!" as Cooper finds out what it's like to shop for a Bible and why the church uses Power Point.  Other than that, these are really well-written books with fully developed  characters who happen to attend a weekly bible study. The reader learns a bit about the Bible and, in the scenes where Cooper is working, about repairing office machines.

The Way of the Wicked, the second book in the series, the bible study group volunteers for Door-2-Door, a group that delivers meals to shut-ins. When two clients are found dead, Cooper and her friends investigate. Again, it's a satisfying mystery with some interesting twists and turns.

I read the first two books back-to-back and plan on starting the third as soon as I finish with some library books that are going to be due soon.

These are updated versions of books that were originally published under slightly different titles by St. Martin's Press. The author makes that clear in all of the marketing materials and in the introductions to each book.

For more pretty knitting projects to drool over, check out On the Needles at Patchwork Times and Work in Progress Wednesdays at Tami's Amis.

Disclosure -- the publisher provided me with ARCs

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Bonnie Challenge Quilts

I won't be doing the latest Quiltville mystery, but I'm sure I'll love the finished quilt and wind up buying whatever book the pattern is reprinted in -- that happens every time!

Jo from Jo's Country Junction has challenged the rest of us to finish up some of our Bonnie Hunter WIPs before the challenge starts. That works for me even if I'm not planning on doing the mystery. I've been dying to get back to my lozenges.  

The last time I counted bow ties, I only needed another hundred and sixteen. I've made a handful since then, but have no idea how many. Guess that means it's time to do another count, as much as I dread the idea. Counting pieces just isn't fun.

It feels good to be sorting and cutting fabric again! I'll see which quilt I wind up making more progress on.

A Halloween Finish

Look what I finished this week! 

This little Mill Hill beaded cross-stitch kit is one of my oldest UFOs. I found the real oldest UFO a while back and it'll get its own post eventually, but this one was old enough to be ashamed of.

Or not. At the time, I absolutely couldn't finish this project. I didn't give up or get bored, I backed myself into a corner with some mistakes in my counting and stitch placement and didn't know how to get back out.  The best options were packing it in the bottom of a sewing basket or throwing it away.

This is how it looked when I pulled it out of the sewing room earlier this month --

This was a bandwagon I probably shouldn't have jumped on, but these designs are adorable and some of the stitchers I'd met online were talking about how quick and fun these kits were... So when I saw them in the local shop, I splurged and bought two. I think I gave the other one away after getting myself into so much trouble with this one.

Ten years later, I was looking at it through different eyes. The money was long since spent, I wasn't going to beat myself up over counting mistakes I'd made that long ago. I grabbed the chart, figured out where the pumpkins should have been, and started stitching them without the beads or fancy details. About halfway through that process, I kept looking at the bats and concincing myself that I should bead the rest of the vines, even if I wasn't going to do the pumpkins.

Would you believe that the beads, which sat in a little glass dish on top of my computer cabinet at the old house, were still sitting on the high shelf in that same dish? It took me about two seconds to decide that I wasn't going to sort through them and figure out which shade of green was which.


I wedged the pumpkins in where they would fit, added the vines I had enough thread for, decided to skip the rest of the flowers, and I'm calling it good. It's not the way the designer intended, but I think it's good enough to hang on the wall. Not bad for something I considered a lost cause.

Those Mill Hill kits have gotten even  cuter over the years. I caught myself drooling over their new magazine ads before I remembered how much of a project this one was. I know more about stitching now than I did then, and I'm sure I could pull it off better the second time around. I'm just not sure that I want to.

For more finishes, check out Sew Much AdoFinish it Up FridayCan I get a Whoop Whoop?,  and Freedom FridaysWonderful at Home, and Inspired Friday.

Which quilts are they sleeping under?

Jo is doing another one of her What's on Your Bed? linky parties, so I took a peek into the kids' rooms.

 Teenage Daughter has been sleeping under my Bento Box (when did I give her permission to use that one?) and a log cabin that she made and long-arm quilted herself.

Quinn, much to my shock, has been sleeping under his Scrappy Trip Around the World. The one I made for him just before he decided that green was no longer his favorite color.

Heath has Simple Pleasures and Madder Snowballs. (Again, when did I say those were fair game?) and a quilt that my mom made for one of this brothers.

And Leif has my Blue Bargello and Fun With Bricks.

If you're keeping track, that means that only one of my kids is sleeping under the quilt I made him. Which is why I rarely make quilts specifically for one kid anymore. I figure that they'll latch onto the ones that they do like.
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