Wednesday, May 25, 2016

More May Finishes

Since the end of the month is just around the corner it is time to show you the rest of my May finishes.
Looking back on the month I feel I've accomplished quite a bit.

First up the 4th of July quilt.
I appliqued the cornerstones and added the borders.

Here is a clearer picture of the attached cornerstones.

It was quite an experience appliqueing them and then attaching them to the top and bottom border before attaching these borders to the rest of the quilt top.
Next week we will learn how to sandwich and quilt.

On June 17 our granddaughter turns four. 
Like most girls her age she is a big fan of Elsa from Frozen so granny made her an Elsa cape.
Please be proud of me as although the finished project looks like it could be stitched within an hour this is not the case.
The organza is horrible to work with. It slips and slides every which way and several times I didn't pin enough or watch the material closely enough and found myself frogging.
The picture does not do it proper justice as the satin blanket binding I used shows up much more than the organza.
There was glitter everywhere when I was finished and I will not be using the rest of the organza. Done with it!!

Last but not least a knit scarf for a local charity group.
It was knit with "Autumn Red" Simply Soft by Caron on 5 mm needles.
The scarf is 64 inches long.

For my birthday last week my children and grandchildren spoiled me with five new books. 
All my life whenever I was asked what I wanted for my birthday my answer was "BOOKS"!
They are truly and obsession. I can just sit and lovingly gaze at my wonderful collection.

I received:
"The Little Paris Bookshop" Nina George
"A Man Called Ove" Fredrik Backman
"The Summer Queen" Elizabeth Chadwick
"The Signature of All Things" Elizabeth Gilbert
"Big Magic" Elizabeth Gilbert

Oh my, how well DS and DD know me. :)

Although I didn't have time this month to read as many books as I usually do I will share my favorite read of the past month:


Amy Tan's book from 1991 has been sitting on my shelf for a few years just waiting to be read.
I loved it!

and the book I am currently reading:

This is the first in the "Annie's Attic Mysteries" series which was written by various authors.
It is a sweet story and I am sure I will read some of the sequels.

Well friends that just about sums it up for the month of May.
I hope you are all well and enjoying life.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Bookshop

Just finished page 7.

The Bookshop will go back to being my evening project for a while.

Tomorrow the sewing machine is coming out and I'll be working on the quilt tops every afternoon until they are completed.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Back already!

Yesterday I finished knitting the cowl while chatting with my Critters friends.
Those Monday mornings at the Sew and Quilt Shop are such fun.

After I got home the hard part of the project began as I now had to make that straight piece of knitting into a faux mobius cowl.

At the beginning of the project I used the I Knits provisional cast on
Now I started searching the internet for the correct way to graft the ends together and found the perfect instructions at Knitting Kitchener Stitch
Now mind you, it took me two hours to graft two ends of 40 stitches each together but I am very pleased with the results.

It has been great fun learning some new things during this project.

I'll bring the finished cowl to Critters next Monday for Show and Tell and then get it into the mail to our daughter.
Although it is summer in Norway now (temp on Mothers Day was 20C) and she won't need it for another 4-5 months I'm anxious for her to see it.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Plenty of action

It has been a very busy and very fun month. Not only did I spend time cross-stitching, I started a knitting project and quilting lessons.

First up, my progress on "The Bookshop"

Of course I intended to be further along with this project since I would like to have it completed by the end of July but a few new projects got in the way.

Projects like these:

 4th of July Fence Rail for Uncle Sam Nutcracker table

Thanksgiving Fence Rail for Thanksgiving Nutcracker table

If someone had told me six weeks ago that I was not only going to start quilting but loving it I would have laughed. No way - not Margaret - no quilting for me - I have so many other things I love to do - why should I bother?
I remember talking to Dorothy in the morning and discussing our hobbies (D quilting and me cross-stitching and reading). And what did I do that afternoon - I signed up for a beginners quilting course. And oh my goodness, I'm loving it. Now I must tell you that I truly feel that the experience is so good due to the teacher I have. Kelly is gifted not only in her quilting habits but also in her teaching ability.

The 4th of July fence rail is my original project.
For those of you who are looking at it and thinking "oh no, she hasn't cut the borders long enough!" have no fear, there is method to my madness.

Kelly suggested we make a second quilt at the same time in order to get practice what we had learned.
Well I had enough fall colored fabric from a applique quilt I thought I would be able to make in 2005. Of course as a beginner that didn't work out but I can now put that fabric to good use.

Our next lesson is on May 24. We will then learn how to sandwich and quilt.
By that time I have to have at least on quilt top completed.

As if that wasn't enough I've also started knitting again.
Monday mornings a group of us get together at the Sew & Quilt shop for Critters (crocheters & knitters).
So I pulled out a skein of bouclé that I bought while we lived in Michigan and started the Faux Mobius Cowl (pattern included with yarn). The yarn is incredibly soft - love it.
When the cowl is finished I will be going to our daughter as I know she will love it for the cold winter days.

Of course I'm reading too.
Brenda chose such a wonderful book for our children's classics read.
This was truly my favorite book since I last posted.


Currently I am reading:

Cover art

This coming Monday our book club will be discussing:

Well friends that brings April to a close.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter

Easter Hugs Pass Them On

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Launch of SES-9

The SES-9 rocket was launched last night after 3 cancelled attempts over the past 10 days.

 launch picture at Cape Canaveral 
taken from

The weather for the first three attempts was picture perfect. Unfortunately last night is was cloudy and foggy in the distance.
The following pictures show what was visible from Flagler Beach (about 90 miles north of Cape Canaveral). Still quite impressive. Especially IRL.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Busy but fun month.

February was a very busy, but also a very fun month.
DH's brother and SIL from Michigan visited us from the 10th until yesterday.

On Valentine's Day we drove down to Fort Lauderdale and boarded the Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam for a 7-day cruise through the Caribbean.

J&C and DH & I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversaries within six months of each other and they suggested we take a cruise to celebrate. 
It took us a little longer than expected to actually go. Between our move to Palm Coast last year and our children and grandchildren's visit here in December we didn't have time for a cruise.

However, in February we finally put everything on hold for a little while and away we went.
We visited Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay and had a great time - good company, delicious food & wine and lots of long (and I mean long) walks on the various islands seeing the sights.

I did manage to stitch during the month as well.
Actually, I met my February goal by completing the 2016 ornaments for the grandchildren.
I hope to finish/finish them during March.

I imagine I don't have to tell you which one is for our granddaughter and which one is for our grandson.

During the last week J&C were here we took day trips to St. Augustine, Kennedy Space Center and Amelia Island.

We also spent several evenings at Flagler Beach hoping to see SpaceX's SES-9 communications satellite in the sky after it was launched from Cape Canaveral.
Sorry to report that the launches were scrubbed as it would have been so nice for our Michigan family to be able to experience this.

My favorite book this past month was:

"The Glass Kitchen" is a quick read. It will make you smile, shed a tear and surprise you with a few twists and turns.

Currently I am reading:

Point of interest
On our visit to Amelia Island I found out that both David Baldacci and John Grisham have homes there.

As soon as I have a pictures of the completed ornaments to share I will do so. 
Should we see the SES-9 from Flagler Beach as it shoots into space I will also try to post a picture.

Until next time - happy stitching, reading and everything else that makes your life GOOD!