I'd like you all to welcome a new blogger to blog land! She's really not new, as she's been around quite a while visiting lots of blogs. She finally has her own now though! So, head on over and say hello to Diane!!
My mom was here the last 5 days or so and we enjoyed our visit together, even if it was too short! She's a knitter and crocheter, so she always brings a project or two along wherever she goes. We watched the Olympics in the evenings and worked on our projects. I was able to get the binding sewn on these:
This mini is called Puzzling the Old Maid. Robin and I are doing this as a Quilt of the Month from Temecula Quilt Shop. Check out Robin's blog and see how different it looks with different fabrics. We were surprised to have received such different fabrics from the same BOM!! But we're both happy with what we each received. :)
I call this table runner my "deployment runner." I ordered it on a whim a few days before Travis left for his deployment. I needed it for moral support. LOL It's actually a kit called Homefront Stars from Main Street Cotton Shop. The name is pretty appropriate though, dontcha think?
While my mom was here, she taught me how to knit....again. I know she (maybe my Nana) taught me once before, but I never really showed much interest in it. I decided to take another shot and I made this dish cloth! I enjoyed making it, but I really don't see myself becoming a knitaholic anytime soon. I do enjoy crocheting and I just don't have the "umph" to get hooked into another hobby and all the paraphernalia that goes with it!
As you can see, Smokey would adjust quite well to "knit inspector" if need be. Why oh why are they so nosey! LOL Not to be outdone, as soon as I put this mini down after getting the last stitches in, Whiskers had to test it out. I'm lucky to have such faithful helpers. :P
Confession time here...lintmaggedon has arrived at my house! I'm ashamed to say I don't know the last time I took the plate thingy off my machine and cleaned out the lint. When I finally did it the other night, this is what I found:
So girls...this is my weekly public service announcement: Take off your plate thingy and clean the lint out of your machine! :) Hey, change the needle while you're at it!
Okay...back to our regularly scheduled programming.
First of all, I have to thank all of you for the nice thoughts and prayers you all offered after my last post. The amount of support and friendship I have received from all of you was just beyond anything I ever expected! Quilters really are an amazing group of caring, thoughtful people...I don't say that lightly! I've come to really value all the friends I've made through quilting and "blogland." I love you all!
Two of my bestest friends, Peggy and Robin, sent me this beautiful bouquet of sunflowers the day Travis left for his deployment! Aren't they gorgeous? It was just what I needed for a pick me up. :)
Another blogging friend, Diane (no blog, but she needs one!!), sent me this amazing card and beautiful fat quarter. The front of the card says, "The way to be happy is to make others so." That is just so true! Such a thoughtful thing to do and it put a big smile on my face! Thanks Diane!! :) The FQ is gorgeous...I'm going to find a special project just right for it.
I haven't been sewing too much lately, but I'm doing a little here and there. I did finish all the 2009 Thimbleberries Club blocks...so now all that's left is to set them. These are pics of the October, November, and December blocks, but I'm pretty sure they are out of order.
Here's a pic of all the 12" blocks together. I'm kinda thinking that I won't set them the way the pattern says to...I might come up with something else. They need to marinate in their box for a while, then I'll decide. :) I also have a table runner that just needs the binding stitched down and I'll have a picture to share. My mom is coming for a visit this week, so I should get some embroidery done while we watch TV in the evening. She's a knitter and crocheter so she always has projects to work on too!
By the way, Travis is doing well in Afghanistan. He said the pace is extremely busy, but he likes it that way as it makes the time go by fast!
Hope you have a great, quilty week! You are the best!!