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.