September 10, 2008
I have been away for far too long, but we made it home safely from America after a fun road trip to see cousins and friends. The airplane trip was long and not as great as the one over, but the girls and I survived and I got my Featherweight home in my carryon with no major hassles at security...no one even opened the box!! Amazing. Here are the "few" things I scored on my trip to the States. A lot of the FQs are for the girls...from a bargain bin and very ugly, eek!!
I managed to finish AIne's socks since returning home. Sarah, can I borrow the needles a little longer to make Aisling's pair?? I have to figure out how to do toe up socks on two circs again all by myself, scary!! It was great having Sarah and the knitting group in Bend to help me out this summer!!
Stina, can you believe that I have finally started the Angel Story quilt?? The bond-a-web, vliesofix, wonder under, heat and bond stuff I bought in the States has not worked at all...I remember buying the cheapest wonderunder stuff before and having no issues, went for heat and bond (more money) and it hasn't worked at all...reduced to using craft glue for temporary adhesion till I can get to local quilting lady. What is the best to use for machine applique?? I'd love some tips. Also, do most folks use pencils for tracing stitcheries?? And what about the bits that are on the fabrics that are appliqued, do you just draw them in by eye?? I am such a novice to this type of quilting and the book has basic info but I'd love any good tips from other stitchers!!
Here is my little lap desk I will use downstairs to hold the stitcheries in for livingroom sewing. Can you see my cool new little computer? It is the size of a paperback book and runs Windows XP, I love it!! I got a design put on the top of it, such a geek am I!! Can you see my applecore quilt on it?
I'll leave you with a photo of a sad demise. My favorite water bottle I used all summer from the Sisters quilt show...I guess Irish dishwashers are set a little higher?? I has become a little mangled. Wonder if I can still get one of these from the Stitchin' Post ?? I'd love another one!!
Hope to get back to weekly or more posting soon, and more family photos and updates. The girls are adjusting well to school. AIne has already been to 2 birthday parties (we're not back 2 weeks yet!) and has 2 more in the next week...geesh!! Aisling is not too keen on her new montessori but is slowly adjusting and has a friend or two now. Me, I am starting Weight Watchers again tonight and hoping to stick with it this time. Patchwork group is great, and I will be doing a little class on hand piecing for the local ladies so that will be fun...
Hope everyone is doing well!!