Archive for October, 2006

Am I ready for a REAL winter?

Patti wrote and asked me if I was prepared for the drastic change in climate that will come with my move to Minneapolis. I was cruising blogs the afternoon after my lovely hike with temps in the high 60’s when I came across this entry from May Britt

and this one from Rebecca
I don’t think that I can even image how cold it will get in Minnesota!

A walk in the woods

I should have spent the afternoon packing or quilting but instead I took a 6 mile walk in the woods and this time I brought my camera along.


I’ll miss these trails.

Collections

I think Nancy was was the one who first asked what we collect.

I started collecting t-shirts from cities I was visiting a few years ago when I began traveling with my husband on his business trips with the intention of eventually making a t-shirt quilt. Shortly after that I was given a coffee mug from Hawaii by my sister in law as thanks for watching her son while she and her husband went there on vacation. So now on my trips I collect coffee mugs, my t-shirt collection has expanded to include sweatshirts and I get to relive memories of my trips each morning as I choose which cup to use that day.

I plan on gathering all my t-shirts together as I get ready for the move and maybe actually make the quilt when I get settled in Minneapolis. Right now there are t-shirts in my studio, in my closet, and in my dresser and I don’t even know how many of them I’ve collected at this point.

UFO #11

This was a project started at least a couple years ago. I’m getting close to the top on the Stashbusters UFO list so I pulled this one out; finished ripping the stitches that needed to come out and bound it.

This is the 11th UFO finished this year but I don’t feel like I’m making much progress as there are still 17 UFO’s on my working list and probably several more sitting around not yet counted.

Wedding


The wedding went well and the kids are off on their honeymoon. Everyone else left this morning including Keith so Chesty and I will have a quiet week.

I don’t have pictures from the wedding yet but this is a good one of my family. Keith and I were very fortunate that all of our siblings were able to attend the wedding but it was such a short weekend we didn’t really have a chance to visit as much as I’d have liked.

Thank you

Before the wedding frenzy begins I wanted to thank you all for your encouragement and support. This is a great group and I feel very fortunate to belong to Stash Quilts and the larger Internet quilting community.

I’m finishing up my last tasks before the wedding. Today I had a pedicure and had my hair done. I also finally hemmed my dress for the wedding along with the pants I’m going to wear to the Rehearsal dinner. I can’t sew so hopefully no one will look too closely at either job! Tomorrow I have laundry and some final cleaning to do and Chris and Becky will arrive after midnight.

Let the fun begin!

Closing Ceremonies where the walkers and crew formed the outer rings and the participants who were breast cancer survivors (in the pink shirts) marched in last.
I don’t have the words to describe this weekend. It was an amazing, emotional experience to participate in the Breast Cancer 3 Day and I’m so happy that in spite of my doubts I decided to jump in and try.

I was proud that I could honor my Aunt’s memory and do something active in the fight against breast cancer – that my efforts helped to raise funds for research and awareness.

Keith was supportive from the time I told him I wanted to sign up all the way through the event. He gave up many of his weekends to train with me and when I asked him to participate, he agreed to work the event as a crew member. It was wonderful to come back to camp each day to find him there cheering my efforts. As a member of the camp services team, one of his duties was working the towel station hence his new name – towel boy!

I did it!

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Packed and ready to go


I’ve checked off all the items on the packing list and the bags are packed. I haven’t slept in a tent in many, many years so this should be interesting!

Keith has to participate in a Crew training day tomorrow and we have to report in on Friday morning at 5 AM (the actual walk takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).We’re staying in a hotel near the starting point tomorrow night so this will be my last post until Sunday night or Monday.

Wish me luck!

Another Dog Sweater


I had planned to make Chesty a turtleneck sweater out of this yarn but realized the pattern called for a different weight yarn so I made him another hoodie – I made this one longer both on the back and the chest.

These are fun and easy to make – I’ve already bought some green yarn to try that turtleneck next!

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