October 4, 2008

Are You Still With Me??

What was that about trying to do weekly or more posts? I have fallen far short of that goal. It has been a busy month, lots to do but not a lot of crafting to show for it. We have also had our fair share of colds and flus coming through and holding on to reinfect us...the joys of seasonal changes.

One thing DH got done for me was getting my Dear Jane up on the wall!!Dear Jane on Display at Home

I'm making progress on the pink Marilinda sock, I've done the heel and am working on the foot now, then to start the second sock...ugh...I do like that 2 socks at once thing...I like finishing a pair together. It is a complicated pattern, but I am enjoying it, keeps me on my toes. I think that I will do some more scrubbies and facecloths for Christmas gifts, but my next project to start will be a felted bag, it will be weird using big needles again!! I also need to make some socks for Aisling and ballerina slippers for Aine...add to this list all my quilting and stitchery stuff and I need 48 hours in a day!!
Marilinda Sock

Last weekend I decided to make a few birthday presents. I had some insulbrite for ages and so made 6 potholders. Two to replace the sad ones I have (why it took me years to do this I don't know). I did some green ones for my mom's kitchen, some purple and turquoise ones to match a tea cozy I knitted for Dave's mom, and some red ones for me, and just free pieced them with scraps and some pieces that I had in my scrap stash already pieced by other quilters and passed on to me with fabric scraps I got!! I used them as practice for my free motion quilting...I think they are actually a bit too big, so I may have to whip up a few smaller ones next week...
Quilting on Potholders DSCN2098 DSCN2108 Potholders for Maura

I also did a little DIY decorating for the girls room a few weeks back...some dust ruffles for their bed to hide the ugly storage containers I have under there... I used pink scraps, and then put the gorgeous quilts Barbara made them on top.  I like it much better than the Dora and Tinkerbell covers!!
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I also got a Betz White covered tape measure kit on Wednesday and whipped this up in record speed...aint it cute!!
Betz White Cupcake Tapemeasure Kit
I also have to say a big THANK YOU to Paula who sent me some great Civil War repro fabrics from Australia, I owe you big and will gather some embroidery goodies to send back in return!!
Fabrics from Paula
I am very excited about a road trip to IKEA up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I am going up with the girls for DH's mom's birthday tomorrow and DH will be home from his weeklong trip to Barcelona for work (poor guy had to have a sea view at his hotel and visit a winery too!). Sunday he is taking the kids for the day and I am doing a road trip!! I will take my sister in law with me and get some bookshelves, and then just browse and get tons of little bits and pieces too I am sure. We should eventually get an Ikea in Dublin, hopefully next year...

I really hope I don't take 3 weeks again for my next post. I am going to make an effort to finish the 21 blocks I need for my ocean waves quilt, so maybe next week I'll have that to show!

I'll leave you with a quilt I made in action at a teddy picnic... More soon, sooner rather than later, I hope!!
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26 comments:

Jessi said...

Still here! I think we're all busy lately. I haven't been posting much either. Must be the time of year or something. lol

Wow! The Dear Jane looks gorgeous on the wall. :-) And what a cute tape measure!

Sarah said...

WOW...I love everything you've made! And the sock is amazing--now only wish I studied and memorized the pattern when you were here. Fortunately for me, I (probably the only one I know) am NOT big on IKEA. Otherwise, I can imagine hubby would divorce me LOL. Many times, I visit my friends' homes; I feel like I am in IKEA store.

Stay well, my friend. Send our loves to the girls.

Lynne in Hawaii said...

Sure glad you back. You know you dont't HAVE to have craft related pics in every post. Just check in more. Missed you! Your Dear Jane looks absolute fabulous hung up in your home!

Barbara said...

Cathi, it is just so darn good to hear from you! I've meant to write an email and check if everything is okay, but I swear my days are approximately 12 minutes long and I hardly manage to get a thing done. LOL!

You've been very productive! I just love everything. That fabric you recieved is gorgeous and I can't wait to see what good use you put it to! :D

I hope your mom is okay. Haven't heard anything from her lately. Best wishes to her and you and the whole family!!

Clare said...

Oh my favourite quilt in Blogland!

What is it about girls and putting stuff on their beds? I'm surprised they can get to sleep. DD was the same. Thank goodness no longer, but you couldn't see her or the duvet for pelouches.

Connie W said...

The Dear Jane looks magnificent on the wall.

sherry said...

wow kudos to Dave for the wall hanging. That quilt is gorgeous and it is so nice to see someone really display well. so often they end up folded somewhere. Beautiful!
and busy you!

paulahewitt said...

The Dear Jane looks great up on the wall. glad you liked the fabrics - you can start a Dear Cathi now.....

The Chocolate Cat said...

My goodness you have been busy, I am exhausted just reading what you have been up to and what you want to get done!! Hope it was a successful trip to Ikea. Somewhere I want to go soon!! Love your Dear Jane on the wall.

Thimbleanna said...

Boy, you've been a busy girl Cathi! Love the sock and isn't it the truth -- I think we could all use 48 hour days! Love the teddy picnic too and the dust ruffles are just too clever!

Nancy said...

OMG!!! I love the Dear Jane.......... now that makes me want to make one all the more.

Congratulations!!!

Sarah said...

I completely understand the time thing. I am so glad Blogger made that little thing to tell us when people update as it reminds me to post every once in a while.
That is a very lovely sock- I still haven't tried socks. In fact, my knitting is not getting much attention. Or anything else. Maybe it is the change of the seasons? Or maybe it was just that kind of summer.
Have fun on your trip for furniture :)

susan shepard said...

How nice that you have a wall big enough to hang your Dear Jane, and a husband handy enough to do the work.

Wonderful sock. I can just about manage a scarf or simple hat.

Karen said...

The Dear Jane looks wonderful. With all the work you put into it, it should be hanging on the wall. I'm just starting to work on some Dear Jane blocks.

susan shepard said...

I've been thinking of you and your mom lately Cathi, since I've been doing some hat knitting.

Joyce said...

I just found your blog by searching for Dear Jane quilts. I love seeing your quilt hanging in your home!

I just started my DJ in January. I got a bit behind and just have 50 blocks done. I'm glad this isn't a race. ;)

You do beautiful work!!

Tracy said...

Hi, Cathi! Great to see you back here...But so sorry you all have been sick :o( It's that time of year...DJ looks fantastic as wall are by your stairs. And the patchwork ruffles on the girls' beds are wonderful, so pretty. Hope all of you get well soon...and that you mom is holding steady. ((HUGS))

Cheri said...

Wow, you have been amazingly productive! Your girls' room is adorable, they must love it. And your DJ looks great hanging there. What a pleasure to see it every day, eh?

Michelle said...

The Dear Jane looks fabulous!

Karen aka Grammy Mac said...

Love your pink socks! Dear Jane is a favorite of mine;)

colleen said...

That DJ looks so good on the wall.I am so trying to get mine started in Jan. Love your free hand quilting. I am going to expiriment to see if I can baste a larger quilt on my longarm... to do on a domestic machine...so that I can offer that service to some of my domestic quilting buddies. It would have to be easier than moving all those pins! Love the sock...

Hedgehog said...

Still with you! Lovely things you've been up to. The quilt looks gorgeous on the wall!

Ruth said...

Still with you too! The DJ looks stunning on the wall, and I prefer a bigger potholder, so yours look fabulous to me.

Evelyn said...

Hooray for DH for getting that beautiful DJ on the wall! Love the teddy bear picnic quilt - in use! I see you have lots going on - plus the joy of re-introducing the girls to school - the stewpot of all colds and flus, I am convinced. Enjoy your roadtrip!!!
Cheers!
Evelyn

Julie said...

Your dear jane is so wonderful, I admire it each time I see it! Your have finished some lovely projects...I love to have time to do this! Your ocean waves is wonderful, too.

Cheri said...

Those may be the best Halloween bags ever! Really cute. :)