April 26, 2008

Bound and Determined

Starting to bind the Dear Jane
...to finish this Dear Jane by the end of May!! I don't want to be stressing out about finishing it in June, as it will be a busy month getting ready for our trip, celebrating birthdays, weddings, and first communions, not to mention Aine's ballet recital... I really hope I can just focus on it now and in May and get it done. I am back stitching the binding onto the quilt for extra strength, so it is very slow going. The inside corners are not perfect, but they aren't horrible so I will continue. Any tips for getting them nice and smooth? I am doing something that Katy suggested: putting the binding on the quilt and sewing it down around the back as I go along, so that I don't have to go all the way around the quilt twice, lol, can get it totally done a little piece at a time.

 Gorgeous Bag from Marian
I got my gorgeous bag from Barbara's bag swap! Marian was worried about the bag as it took a few weeks to arrive from Holland, but it made it here. It was filled with a pattern, some chocolate and some Holland Drops licorice, most of which has disappeared already!

My socks are coming along well, on the second one, nearly down to heel flap. Any knitters reading this: which way do you prefer doing your socks? I would like to try some other ways of doing them, and have heard of socks on 2 circular needles, or one long one (magic loop), or doing two at the same time. What are your favorite ways, and any good links to the instructions (though I plan on Googling before my next pair of socks...)

A big THANK YOU  to so many of you that have sent or are sending mom a card! When I was in Bend I helped her start a blog for her journey to keep friends and family updated. If you are interested in checking in with her or saying hello, you can find her blog Cancer Warrior here. You have all been a wonderful support to me, for that I am very grateful.

Thank You Cards and Banana Breads for the Mommas
Last weekend I did a marathon baking session and gave out some thank you cards and banana bread to the moms that helped me out, 11 of them in total. I used my new Xyron machine to make recycled card graphics into new cards, and to make thank you stickers...what a cool toy for crafters!

It was a busy week with the kids, so I haven't done as much as I wanted to but made progress on socks and binding and that is pretty cool. Here is a gratuitous photo of the girls, cuddled up under the Dear Jane quilt after I had marked the scallops and cut it out. Aren't they cuties?
Girls Hanging out Under the Newly Marked Scalloped Dear Jane

20 comments:

Jane Weston said...

Look at those cutiepies under that gorgeous quilt! You should be really proud of yourself getting a DJ completed...not an easy task.

Cheri said...

Clare was right -- that is an AWESOME Dear Jane! And your daughters are adorable!

I'm not much of a knitter, but my daughter knits and she made me a pair of socks. They are soooooo comfy that I'm thinking of learning to make them myself. I'll be interested in following the comments on the preferred method.

Sarah said...

Glorious quilt! I am inspired even more to get mine going. We have HOP SHOP this weekend--8 quilt shops in all from Bend to Crescent. I made it to two so far but almost went stash crazy!

Check on my craft blog about socks. I have too much info to leave in the comment box here.

Please email me your mom's address as I like to send her some cheers.

Helen said...

The Dear Jane really looks great. Still dreaming about making one myself, but have so much other things to do. Good luck with the binding, I hope you finish it in May. Luckily May has 31 days!! How big is the quilt?

Karol-Ann said...

Lots of love to your Mom, she's being very brave!
Every time I see your Dear Jane, I wonder if I should do one, but alas I do not honestly have the time :-(
Good luck on the binding - you can do it!!!

May Britt said...

Your DJ is georigius and so is your girls. I more and more thinks about starting another DJ quilt with the repros I received. Love that quilt.

anne bebbington said...

What better way to display your DJ than with your two cheeky monkies underneath it - made me smile big time :o)))

Barbara said...

Oh my gosh, Cathi, that picture of your kids under the quilt is GREAT!!!

Holly said...

Gorgeous girls and awesome quilt. What kind of batting did you use for your DJ? Thanks for the link to your mom's blog.

Bubblesknits said...

The quilt is amazing! And the girls look so comfortable cuddled up underneath it. :-)

nicky said...

Good Luck! I have all my fingers and toes crossed that you will get it done. It is just a beautiful quilt.
Nicky

Clare said...

I couldn't work out why you weren't posting. It turns out that I'd put your blog in the "when I get round to it" folder by mistake!

The photo of the girls is lovely.

Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt. I can't believe it's over 2 years since you started it.

Connie W said...

You are my Dear Jane inspiration as I've mentioned before. Your progress on quilting it has been amazing with all that you do. It looks very good. Your daughters are sweetie-pies.

Tracy said...

DJ is looking fabulous, Cathi...home stretch now! The bag is wonderful...and such great treats! Your girls are so sweet...Happy Day to you all ((HUGS))

Thimbleanna said...

The girls look so cute under that fabulous quilt! I'm just learning the magic loop method and will post on it soon and I just got a xyron a few days ago -- haven't even used it yet. I love how you used it for the labels!

Susan Shepard said...

Thanks for posting, Cathi, and I'm looking forward to getting your parcel!

ruthsplace said...

Love the pic of the girls under your fabulous quilt.

I love dpns top down for my socks, but I'm leaning towards trying toe up...

Collectincat said...

I'm new to ALQS and visiting as many blogs as I can to get to know my fellow contestants. WOW is that quilt beautiful! and looking very difficult. I have actually never heard of a DearJane quilt. Gonna have to google it up.
As for the socks, got into making them last year. Tried all three methods mentioned, and prefered the DPN way, top to bottom. Love to do the decorative part first. Might be tempted to try toe up someday.

Must go and get to work on my LITTLE QUILT.

Elly said...

Wonderful Dear Jane quilt. Congratulations and well done on your completion. Still way off getting mine finished but yours gives me courage to keep at it.
Love your web page and will bookmark it.
Cute kiddies you have also :-D
Elly in Scotland

lisakingsley said...

The kiddos look so cute snuggled under such a beautiful quilt. Congrats on the beautiful finish.