Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Imagine my surprise....

when a little birdie told me it had been a month since my last post! I'm still not sure I'd believe it if the date wasn't on it, I would have guessed 2 weeks...tops!

But, a month it was and a busy one at that.

My focus right now is finishing a quilting job, I have a self imposed deadline of March 20th. The friend for whom I'm quilting is not in a hurry, but I'll be taking a 4 day, 3 night trip with my 3 daughters to Mall of America and payment for the quilt will add a nice little sum to my spending money!

13 of 20 blocks are now quilted, a beautiful feathered border finished it off

Also in the mix is knitting...and a fair amount of it at that. I've been knitting socks and shawls. The first shawl was ok, I didn't really like the yarn and it didn't fit or hang like I'd imagined so I'm giving it another go. I have two on needles right now and a pair of socks that is almost finished. Waiting in the wings is 3 more skeins of yarn for socks.

Shawl number one didn't come out quite as I'd imagined

Quilting is never put aside for more than a day or so, Rachel's wedding quilt isn't nearly as far along as it should be so as soon as this quilting job is done, hers become the focus until it's finished. Joshua and Kayla got engaged on Saturday, so right on the heels of Rachel's quilt is another wedding quilt.

Add to that my plan to make new Christmas stockings for the entire family (11 in all with the "inlaw kids,") with handmade socks and hats in them, and my year is pretty well planned out in the project deparment.

I had really hoped to spend a lot of this year finishing old projects, and piecing a couple of new designs, but those will have to wait until next year, which should be decidedly quieter. One can hope, anyway!

She loves having her wet hair wrapped in a towel like the big girls!

Ruthie continues to do well and seems rather unaffected by all the hoopla around here. She keeps herself busy with her little toys (she loves any little figures that are 1"-2" high and is becoming very good at pretend play...something we weren't sure she'd really do,) her movies, and chattering with everyone. She's recognizing some letters, and her speech becomes more understandable and her sentence structure better with each passing week.

Ruthie often takes up half my sewing table with her toys and food,
though generally she's not actually ON it!

One of these days I'll get my act together and get posts out as often as I plan to! In the meantime, I'll be quilting and knitting my poor fingers to the bone!
Happy Quilting!


Mad about Craft said...

It's lovely watching Ruth growing up, she's lovely!

Winona said...

Sue, I am so happy to see your post. I guess I have missed your past couple of posts. Bren told me last night that she had a lovely visit with you this weekend. I love seeing all the lovely things you make. I just barely knit. Scarves and dish cloths are my limit so far, but some day I want to learn to knit socks. Ruthie is growing up so fast, and cute as ever. Have a great day.

~Bren~ said...

It just dawned on me that Rutie will be the only girl once Rachel moves....wonder how she will deal??? She loves those sisters!!
The quilt is beautiful and your quilting, which I saw in person, really makes it!!! I love the shawl...I bet it looked amazing with your black dress!

karylsquilts said...

I havent tried the knitting yet, still to many ideas for quilts !
fun to see all your kids growing up and your busy days with Ruthy.
We are moving back to Iowa this summer !

Teresa said...

What a beautiful quilt!