It's so crazy to think I have been blogging for 10 years now. TEN whole years! You can read my very first post here.
You have been with me through my ups and downs. With me through some of the losses I have suffered with my dear dogs and the joys of bringing new members into our family.
I have also met the most wonderful people while blogging and many of you have become my dearest friends even though some of us are separated by many miles. I am so thankful every single day for these friendships.
I am going to do a fun giveaway as a way of thanking my readers for taking the time out of their day to see what is going on in my little corner of the world.
The giveaway includes one of my big bunny bucket bags, 2 skeins of Airy in the Water Study Colorway and a bar or Snowflake soap. All you need to do is to leave one comment between now and 6 pm (EST) Monday. I will use a random generator to pick the winner.
This is a quick post as I am elbow deep in dyeing and skeining yarn, but remember last week when I told you I was going to get another quilt right on the frame so I wouldn't forget again how to do it? Well here she is. :)
The fabric line is one of my most favorite lines, "The French General" by Moda. It was my first experience with using pre cut fabrics and I made a few mistakes...those darn pinked edges really threw me off, so this is a practice quilt for me and one that I will either cut into pillows or bind and give it to one of my kids who I know will love it, imperfections and all.
The video is set to the music, La Mer and really takes some concentration. It looks very simple but takes a lot of hand control, so I am happy to have this quilt to practice on. As you can see, I'm a bit sloppy still, but with each crank of the frame, I feel a little more confident. Very enjoyable!
Next week I will share some tools that have really helped me with becoming more accurate in my machine piecing along with a few other little tidbits.
Normally I am not a person who does join alongs. Mostly because I know how easily I get distracted and don't want to set myself up to fail. This month however I have joined 2 "join alongs". The yarn above is going to be used for Kirsten Kapur's 2014 Mystery Shawl. Kirsten is using a set of gradients for her shawl. I was going to give dyeing gradients a try, but I had these 5 colors right in front of me that I thought would look nice together, so I went with these. The pattern so far has been fun and easy and having the clues come in spurts makes me think I will get this done..yay! When I come back from the Squam show this weekend, I think I may give dyeing gradients a try, it seems like a fun challenge. If you are in the Squam area on Saturday, stop by and say hi! The art fair is open to the public.
I also joined this AB challenge. Now this one will be a bit more challenging for me. I have modified the sit ups to crunches on the ball to protect my back, which so far has remained comfortable. I think I may have to find a way to modify the leg raises though so they don't pull on that weak area in my back. I'm sure I will be able to find something on you-tube.
So there you have it...I am officially a "joiner" .