I've been reading Kris's blog Simplify on her new sewing room and the quilt pieces she's been working on. I don't know how to quilt; or much about quilting for that matter, but it's made me curious about my family antique quilt.
I keep it in my bedroom over an antique oak rocker.
(I refold it periodically to rotate the creases.)
I believe the pattern is called "Flying Geese"? It is hand stitched, look at those tiny stitches...
and, on the cream part, there is a leaf and berry motif.
I was hoping someone out there with some quilting expertise could give me some information on my quilt. Maybe roughly how old it is, what the pattern might be called, etc.
It is thin; a front and back with no batting in between. The back is solid cream, same fabric as the cream blocks on the front.
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Hubby and I have been trying to make the new house more of a home.
Last weekend, we moved furniture around and hung up more pictures.
I've been struggling with how to decorate the house. Most of our things are old or antique in darker wood. Trying to find the right location for pieces has been a challenge.
I've got three different styles in this photo alone. Most of it has been gifted to us from family. I have Early American, 19th Century antique and modern traditional....
Celestial Seasonings and I have been close companions over the past few days.
It seems like fall is here to stay. Our days have been cooler lately and averaging in the 50's.
I don't want to "jinx" anything, but I feel like some of my crochet mojo has returned. I hope it plans on staying around a while.
Work continues on both the scarf and the cable afghan; I'm making incremental progress on both.
I'm trying to enjoy the process more and not just the end result. Crochet can be a wonderfully relaxing hobby, but I often find myself rushing to the finish line which robs me of the joy of the process. Kind of like it's the "journey", not the "destination" type thing.
I've been itching to do something for Christmas and I've had my eye on this pretty pattern for a long time. It's a Freebie, so what's not to like!
The yarn is working out fine so far. It is a rich deep cranberry color which goes well with the furniture we have in our family room.
I'll keep you posted as I journey through my projects.
Wishing you a blessed day and if you need a cup of tea, put the kettle on!
I started thinking about Christmas gift giving....
I've been happy with how my scarf is turning out (in the background), so I thought I'd make some as gifts.
I went ahead and ordered some more of the Palette yarn to make them in. I've really enjoyed using this yarn; it is 100% wool though, so it isn't machine washable. But a scarf is small and easy enough to hand wash in the bathroom sink with a little Woolite. The "heather-ed" colors are my favorite so far.
I also ordered some yarn to make the Holiday Cables Throw. I'm trying Brava for the first time. It's an acrylic yarn and I'm kind of wishing I'd spent the extra money for a wool-blend. This pattern is "wool-eater" though and uses more than 3,000 yards of yarn.
The verdict is still out on the Brava yarn. I'm only on Row 4 in the pattern, so we'll see. I did skim the reviews for the yarn on Ravelry and someone said their Brava yarn was made in Turkey. The label on mine says it's made in China. Not sure where the discrepancy lies. I tend to steer away from things made in China anymore. Who knows though, maybe a lot of yarn is made in China and I'm just not aware of it...
Are you making any Christmas gifts this year? Have you started on them yet?
I'm making some headway on my scarf, but I do have a long way to go. Since I'm using a fingering weight yarn, the stitches are smaller. But that is OK, I'm enjoying the project and there isn't any rush.
I do have a "funny" (not so much) story to tell.
After I posted about starting my scarf, I set the project on an end table. It wasn't too long, and the dog got a hold of it and bolted; bounding through the house. I could hear the stitches being ripped out and when I finally got a hold of her (hiding under the dining room table), what was left was soaked with dog slobber. I felt like Charlie Brown; "Ugh!"
But, I persevered and started over.
And, I'm keeping it on a higher table when I'm not working on it.
On the reading front, the only reading I've been able to fit in lately is my daily devotions. I enjoy "Our Daily Bread", and reading the scripture verses that go along with the thought for the day. Today's readings were from Matthew 8:1-4; 9:9-12.
When Jesus heard that, He said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick."
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Our weather has been gray and rainy so far this week. We did have a brief break from the rain late yesterday afternoon and there was a double rainbow behind our house. I ran to get the camera, but was only able to capture what was left as the sun quickly was going under the clouds again.
I want to thank you all for your nice comments on the scarf I started. I'm still working on it and will share the pattern (and more about the stitch pattern) once I have it complete.
This past Saturday, my sister and I got together for a fun "girls" day outing.
We started the day at Panera for coffee and a bagel and chatted about life. Then we headed to Kohl's armed with our 20% off Friends and Family coupon. We both got some great buys there and fully utilized our in-store coupon.
After a quick lunch, we thought it would be fun to go to a local thrift store and see if we could find any "treasures."
We both found some fun things.
I got the Mickey Mouse sweatshirt for $3.99. It's all laundered and ready for a cool fall day.
I found a large turkey platter (made in Portugal) for $5.99. It will come in handy in another month and I may get a plate holder to display it while we wait for Turkey-Day to arrive.
I also found a gray turtleneck; brand new. It still had the size sticker and retail tag on it.
But, the most exciting thing I found was this glass bowl...
for .99 cents!
The inside of it had dried glue in it, but I thought it would clean up nicely, and I was right! It's a very heavy piece of glass and when I pulled it out of the dishwasher last night, I thought, "This looks a lot like Sterling Cut Glass." So I pulled up their website and guess what? I believe it is, check it out, same shape and everything, plus, it is beautifully etched.
Not a scratch on it.
I think I'll either put some small glass Christmas ornaments in it, or maybe some pine cones when we decorate for Christmas.
It was such a fun day. It got to be fairly late in the afternoon and both our hubbies called wanting to know what was for dinner. We knew it was time to get home.
Some of you with bigger projects on your hooks might be saying "wow"; but it's a breakthrough for me.
I've had this yarn since early summer. I've never used it before, but the color selection is tremendous. It's Knit Picks Palette in Verdant Heather. It's a pretty olive-green with some warm browns mixed in.
Wish me luck!
We are in for a relaxing evening tonight; a cup of tea, warm fire and a little crochet will be in order. (Our temps are in the 50's.)
It's that time of year for scrumptious comfort food in the forms of soups, stews and breads. This is one of our favorites; it's called Pumpkin Spice Bread. The recipe is from Taste of Home's website and can be found HERE.
It makes two loaves, one for tonight and one for another night (or save in the freezer).
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I decorated for fall a few weeks ago.
I lean more toward fall than Halloween; although I did get this jack-o-lantern at a garage sale years ago and enjoy his cheery disposition.
My sister-in-law sells Celebrating Home products and I bought this cute Oo La lamp from her with the Fruits of the Spirit sleeve when she visited this summer.
It's a nice reminder when my day gets a bit harried.
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I ordered a cute Christmas tree ornament kit today from Posie Gets Cozy.