I used the second half of the two hand dyed balls of soft cotton yarn I had to make Astrid to make a modified triangle scarf with a scalloped edge. It is blocking as I write this so will be added to the 'take photo' pile of finishes. I love the colors which range from light lime green to medium-dark olive green, from pale pink to dark raspberry.
I spent the weekend in pajamas, somewhat like last weekend, taking it easy and trying to recover from my cold. My husband has it now and is struggling with his sinuses as is usual when he gets a cold. Monday was sunny but chilly. I had Wool Club to attend at Springwater Designs (third out of four sessions) at long last! It was a delight to get to meet with the group again, now being run by a new person I had not yet met (the former facilitator moved out of state). Carrie, who is leading the group, is working on a really fun project for which she gave me the template:
She made a Sue-Spargo-esque background and then crabs (for Maryland) in the foreground. I love the design and have put it on my 'list' of things to make. :) Everyone in the group had brought something different to work on and share. The sharing is the very best part of any meeting like this - getting to see what others are working on and how they approach designing, color selection, etc. :)
I took my mosaic applique wool stitch sampler which I have been carrying around for a couple of years now. Makes good pick up work. :) I negelected to photo it ... will have to remember to do that as I've probably completed one third to one half of the shapes now.
The folks at Springwater were giving out a pattern for a nice Valentine design:
Simple but charming, imho. ;)
I picked up some bits of fabric I need to make a birthday present for a friend and also two lovely lawn prints by Heather Ross from a collection called Sleeping Porch (what a romantic title!:). Here are the two I bought:
I have not worked much with lawns but I could not resist the colors of these two. I've been admiring the patchwork snail pattern over on Gnome Angle's blog - my kids used to keep snails as pets when they were little. I've always thought their shells were lovely. :) This snail print would make a great border or backing for pieced snails. The butterflies I just love - soft, lovely colors ... what's not to like? :) Don't know how I will use it, yet, but I will. :)
Unfortunately, I was in a fair bit of pain Sunday and yesterday - somehow I've managed to strain my lower back muscles and can barely stand to move. Driving the car home after club meeting was painful - every bump sent zips of electricity up my spine. Grrr. So, instead of going to guild meeting last night, I took a muscle relaxer and stayed still. Yuk.
Today I was moving very slightly better so I carefully moved downstairs, ate breakfast and went to working on my Modern guild swap quilt. I pieced the back, basted and quilted the baby by the end of the afternoon. I decided to do spiral quilting as I had never done that before. I quite like the way it turned out. Here are some not-too-great partial photos:
I situated the beginning of the spiral off-center on the quilt, kept the lines closer together in the beginning, moving to a bit farther apart and then closer together again in the corners. I think it looks like pond circles from raindrops. :)
Tomorrow, assuming I can move ok, I will square up and bind this quilt. I cut out the wool circles for applique this evening while watching tv so I'll sew them on tomorrow and start in on the big stitch hand quilting. I'm eager to finish this as I want to see how it comes out. :) Mailing dealine is looming, too.
Today would have been my Grandma Hampton's 113th birthday. Her full name was Edna Mae Pennington Hampton and she was my Dad's mother. She taught me to embroider and to do string piecing by hand and was a wonderful grandmother ... a good cook and loving housewife to a large family. I miss her. :)
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