January 16, 2010

Surfacing in 2010

Boy I have really let my blog slip on my priority list! It is coming up on 2 months since I posted last. Again, I have been steadily working on a few little projects, hence finally getting up off my heiney and updating!

We have had a lot of extra time off of school, lots of sub zero weather and ice and one nice day of snow. Here is a collage of our snow day, the girls had a blast!
Collages

I finally finished the pair of broadripple socks I was working on for Kate's November birthday :). Yup, you have seen this pattern before, as they are a pattern made for the cotton yarn that I use and they look nice, so have done Katy three pairs!! (One for her 40th bday, one for an exchange and one for this birthday...hope she hasn't gotten bored with the design yet...next time a new design I promise, though I might make a twin pair of these socks in this pattern for myself!)
Kate's Socks

I finished the hand quilting on my tree of life quilt and love it. I took it on my week-long visit in DC in early December and finished sewing down the binding on the plane.
Tree of Life Wallhanging

I also finished these two blocks which I am making for a Dear Jane themed quilt for President Obama with this Yahoo group. Took me ages to finally sit down and do them, but as of this week they are flying over to the coordinator of the group quilt in Tennessee.
My blocks for the Obama quilt

My lovely friend Barbara sent me a quilt kit she made up for me of a drunkards path quilt, perfect for hand piecing. Again, I brought these for hand work on my DC trip in December and worked on them on the plane, in airports, on trains, and the odd quiet minute on the rest of my trip. I rented a car (a red PT Cruiser is what I ended up with, cute!) and saw different friends for lunch and dinner, I kept moving all the time and had a great time! I was glad though, after all that driving (from Northern VA to North Baltimore) that we had a break coming up from school and we could have lots of lazy mornings!!

Drunkards Path Blocks

I saw two quilting friends, one of whom was my best friend in kindergarten who after receiving a very imperfect quilt from me for her daughter a few years back, took quilting classes and is now the Vice President of her Northern VA quilt guild!!!  Bonnie and I did a bit of shopping (including some really nice Donna Sharp handbags!)... I also got a chance to meet up with Toni in Mt. Airy and did a bit of damage in her quilt shop then went out for the yummiest barbeque I had in a long time!! Here is a pic of us at her shop, I am sporting my new patchwork handbag, lol.
Meeting Toni at Patches

Look at my haul!!
My haul!

I have finally put my ocean waves quilt on my big quilting frame and marked the celtic knot design I wanted in the open muslin spaces. I have put in my first thread and hope to start doing at least one thread a day on the quilt.  I am also working on a red wholecloth little quilt as well...
Ocean Waves on the Quilt Frame
Closeup of Celtic Knot pattern...
Christmas Wholecloth

I am slowly working on a knitted celtic knot designed pocket for my felted bag I have been working on for years now it seems...nearly done with that one...woo hoo!
Felted Bag, starting on two color pocket...

As far as resolutions for 2010 for me, I want to eat more healthily, swim more often, and continue knitting and quilting as often as I can. I am thinking of starting a Baltimore Album style quilt...but still a little scared!!

I was going to wait and post this after the weekend when I plan to finish a bunch of little projects for the girls, but this is getting way too long, so will possibly do another post on Sunday, imagine that!! I am not going to promise anymore about posting more often, I am just going to try!  I am very active on Facebook most days if you wanna see what we're up to round here, click on the link here and sign up or add me as a friend!

17 comments:

Evelyn said...

Looks like lots of fun and lots of projects! I find that when I am busy creating or doing things - I blog less. Only so many hours in the day! I like the sock pattern how the stripping yarn zigs and zags like that! Hard to believe the kids just(?) had Christmas break and now we are fast headed into Feb. break. Cheers! Evelyn

Lissa said...

Hi Cathi

there is a beautiful and FREE patern on sentimental stitches for a baltimore style quilt.. it is lovely... dont ask me what it is called, but its beautiful! looks like you've been so busy and what a haul!!!

lissa
in sunny australia

Dawn said...

Oh Cathy you have been busy... the snow looks wonderful, sure beats a heatwave of 44C... a Baltimore... how lovely.... and your Ocean Waves looks fab... a stitch a day is better than none..Lol.
Hugs and sweet Blessings Dawn x x x

Mary-Kay said...

You do beautiful work as always. Glad to see you back and posting. Have a wonderful weekend.

Mama Spark said...

You have been busy! You should not be afraid of a BA after doing a Dear Jane. You can do it!!!

Jane Weston said...

Welcome back! I was just thinking I hadn't seen anything here for awhile...and now I can see why...you have been busy! Hope you are keeping well and Happy New Year!

Karol-Ann said...

Happy New Year. As always such a packed post with lovely photos of the girls in the snow and so much crafting!!!

Hedgehog said...

Happy New Year! It was fun to see what you've been up to - love the Ocean Waves!

Marie Evans said...

So great to see your post, miss seeing yor special works but then I see you on facebook and really was tickled to chat the other day. Love all your projects you stay very busy with the girls and all. Look forward to chats again. Take care my sweet friend. Hugs, Marie

Barbara said...

One remiss blogger to another saying "hey!" ;)

ruthsplace said...

Wonderful haul of fabrics! So glad you had a great time in the USA.

I must shift broadripple up on my project queue.

colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Love the socks and your ocean waves....looks wonderful. The pictures of the girls.... and the snow.... wondeful too!

Jenny McH said...

You have been busy! Your Ocean Waves quilt looks wonderful now, imagine how wonderful it will be when you have finished quilting it. Best wishes for a great year ahead.

Lucia said...

Beautiful projects! No wonder you haven't ahd time to post. I'll be back

Julie said...

Your socks are lovely. Very pretty blocks for your Obama quilt, and your hand celtic quilting is wonderful!

Jennifer said...

Your ocean waves quilt is gorgeous! What a nice quilting design you chose.

julie said...

Love your lovely headbands for the girls, that is really a great idea. I have just joined weight watchers, and I am in the 4th week. 5 pounds down...I am so glad! Good for you for doing it too!