I layered and did the quilting on this RWB quilt except for the border 2 weeks ago. At first I was debating how to quilt the border – decided that rather than a meandering design in the border, I wanted some type of straight line quilting like I’d done in the quilt center. Thought about piano keys or a chevron and either would have worked but in the end I just did a couple spaced lines around the entire border. I finished the binding last night and my oldest UFO (from 2008) is now finished!
I’ve shared before about how bad I am about weaving ends in and blocking my knitting. I had a goal of finishing two projects by the end of February that have been waiting … both of these only needed the ends woven in, no blocking, and still I waited until the last day of February.
Be Simple Variation – it’s a free pattern on Ravelry. I’ve made 3 of these now – it’s simple knitting and variegated yarns work well and sometimes it can be hard to find a pattern that does work well with them! The knitting on this one was finished in November. LOVE the colors in this one – yarn is Wollmeise pure – a fingering weight yarn.
This one is the TGV shawl although it’s more of a scarf. Believe it or not it’s been finished since early 2013 except for weaving the ends in. There were 3 knots in the single skein and the yarn wasn’t the softest so after finishing the knitting I stuffed it in a bin. Now it’s done and in the bin with a pile of other scarves and shawls that need to be donated! I really need to find a place to send them! Yarn is Zauberball®Crazy and I haven’t bought any more of it. Not a fan of the knots or the texture although I loved the striping effect.
The kids left this morning for GA although Rae was not happy and wanted to stay with Gram and Pop. Luckily, we’ll see them again on Saturday – not bad for living in two different states!
Thanks for all the comments on Finn. We’re getting into a routine and he’s pretty smart. Since he has to go out so frequently, we’ve decided on patch of fake grass on the patio with a pen surrounding it. It’s easy to take him out and drop him in quickly – he jumps up on the grass and does his business. Easy clean up too.
We spent time in the sewing room today – this little pen is perfect and we’ve been using it on the porch too. When we’re not playing or holding him, he goes into one of the pens – no unsupervised roaming!! He crys if you’re not in the room but as long as he can see me, he settles down quickly for a nap.
The border on the RWB top is quilted, the binding is on, and after playtime and a potty break, we’re upstairs again – he’s napping and I’m hand stitching the binding down. Looks like I will get this UFO finished before the end of the month after all.
Is it any wonder I’m not getting any sewing done? Company, a new puppy, and my walking – well today it was more of a walk/slow jog as Keith, Chris, and I did the Gasparilla Half Marathon – 13.1 miles. My only goal for the race is to keep my pace below 16 minutes/mile and I was successful finishing with a pace of 14.46 minutes/mile. Not impressive from a running standpoint but since my goal is to walk it and only run enough to keep my pace under 16 I’m happy.
There will be a return to quilting content here on the blog. I have a little work to finish up here and then I’ll be quilting in GA by the end of the week.
Yesterday was a busy day and the rest of the weekend will be too. Kevin is still here visiting and he went with me to pick up Finn while Keith was working. Of course as soon as I got home Keith was waiting for us and spent a little time with him.
We love the Columbia restaurant! We took Kevin tonight and watched the flamenco show during dinner.
Looking forward to Chris, Becky, and Rae arriving tomorrow night. I did manage to get 5 miles in today. The half marathon (13.1 miles!!) is Sunday and hopefully I’m ready. I’ll walk most of it but will run just enough to keep my pace within the allowed timeframe.
Keith took off a couple afternoons and we’ve been enjoying Kevin’s company. Yesterday the beach …
And today… fun at the driving range. Neither of them have played in years but I think Keith was surprised that Kevin won 3 out of 4 of our driving contests. Me – I’ve never played golf although Chris worked at a driving range when he was in high school so I have hit some balls before. I wasn’t any competition for them but I had fun when I wasn’t worrying about falling off the 3 story high ledge!!!
We started talking about dogs last night and I went to pull up a local breeder of Bichons to show Kevin and Keith and made the mistake of looking at their available puppies. We knew we didn’t want another dog that looked like Chesty and we weren’t supposed to get another dog at all but I couldn’t resist little Finn.
He’s a Havachon – part Havanase part Bichon – and we should be able to bring him home in a week.
My brother Kevin arrived yesterday for a visit – I’m so glad he was able to come down and we’re enjoying our time together and the nice weather.
I’m also so sorry I can’t be with my boys today – their father died in Virginia during the night. They knew it was coming and had gotten up to see him one last time about a week ago. It’s never easy when there’s a divorce and the boys were really young at the time – Chris was 3 and Adam was a year and a half – but they were able to sustain a relationship with him through the years and I’m so sad for their loss.
It took me a while but the 1000 Pyramid top is done. I will probably end up trimming those sides even but I haven’t decided for sure so I’ll leave it for now. I like the irregular edges on the tumblers but I think I’m going to like this one better with straight edges.