yarn along

I’m joining Small Things today for a Yarn Along.

In her words:

The Yarn Along began in early Fall 2010 as a way to share knitting projects and good reads; motivating ourselves, and inspiring each other.  Every week knitters, and a few crocheters as well, link up and share a photo (or two) of what they are knitting and what they are reading.  Knowing that Yarn Along Wednesday is coming up is a great way to stay motivated to finish those projects!  And I, for one, am always on the lookout for a great book recommendation as well.

There’s a link in the side bar if you want to join as well.

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This week I ‘m continuing the re-working of my Canary pattern (in the side bar).  The Scarlet Letter is about half read.  Since I’m reading it on my ibooks app, I didn’t post a picture of it.  I also added to my reading, maybe we should call it drooling, 101 Log Cabin Blocks by House of White Birches Publishing House.

My quilting extraordinaire neighbor got it for me.  I’m so excited because my laundry room/quilting room is almost free of clothing, thus I can actually quilt soon :)

What is on your needles/hook and coffee table?

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a project for the year

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I have fallen in love…with a book. Have you ever done that? The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt is the read in which I speak.

Their letters recorded in this book, are responses to a magazine inquiry in the 1920s.  The magazine asked it’s readers if they would wish their own daughters to marry into the life they are currently living.

The warm letters are written in such a way that I fall more in love with this life just by reading them.  An added bonus, is that on each page is a quilt block inspired by the detailed descriptions of the letters.  It also came with a CD for 106 paper piece templates, and instructions for assembly for lap-size to King-size blankets.

This is my project for the year (or perhaps years) to come.

Do you have any grande plans for crafting in 2013?  What are they, do share.

sewing mama

Just before Christmas I learned a new sewing skill or two.  My very sweet neighbor taught me four quilting techniques.

Paper piecing:

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All Piece Quilting:

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Applique: (the hearts shown)

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I’ve sneaked down the street a few times as of late.  Not only is her house draped with decades of beautiful quilts, but it’s silent.  It’s good for mama to escape into quiet moments now and then.  Just cheerful chatter and the humming of a sewing machine can refresh even a most filled and exhausted mind, such as this one.

What have you been stitching?