Wednesday, August 18, 2010

And the race is on!

Last weekend started the Northern Michigan shop hop. We went to seven different quilt shops over two days. Mom, Dad and I went to five on Saturday then took little man with us on Sunday to the remaining two. I will post pictures of the shops and their quilts as soon as I can. Right now I'm charging my camera, it died. Bought some souvenirs at each of the shops and had a wonderful time. The shop hop ends this Saturday. I will be working.

Hubby is over in Wisconsin picking up his units equipment from Iraq. He will be back Friday. Little man really misses his daddy.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Ready, get set, go! (But not yet)

It's almost go time for our areas local shop hop and I can't wait.

Updates include my dad visiting for a while and just in time for the Amazing Quilt Race 2010. The Amazing Quilt Race starts this weekend, August 14, and lasts one week. There are seven shops involved and include: the Quilt Cottage, Hearts to Holly, Renee's House of Quilting, Interquilten and Liberty Bell Quilts. If you are in the area this coming weekend or this upcoming week you can stop by any store and pick up a passport and participate in the shop hop. You get a stamp on your passport at each shop and each shop comes up with a block to sell for about $5.00. The blocks arrange into a possible quilt top. Each shop also has their own way of arranging and finishing the quilt. All the shops sell their finishing kits as well.

Pictures to follow of course.

On the craft front still crocheting, knitting and quilting

In the past the fabrics have been correlated so that all fabrics from each shop goes well together. Each shop hands out door prizes and their is a drawing for a grand prize

Little man will be spending the day with grandma and papa while mom, dad and I go quilting. So I anticipate everybody having a good time.

On the crafting home front I am still working on the same damn projects. I either need more hours in the day or less sleep. (Although I'm sure my family wouldn't appreciate the side affects of sleep deprivation.)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Turning a corner (or a heel)

Today was my day off, which was absolutely lovely. I got to spend the morning with little man and we did some crafts and he discovered temporary tattoos. We got our ice maker fixed finally and just in time. It's been hot as hades here in northern Michigan.

This afternoon I went to a sock knitting class at Imagiknits in Gaylord, MI. I learned how to turn a heel and do the gusset. Afterwards I came home and made dinner. Mushroom risotto and braised chicken.

The reason for the gap in blogging is due to life getting in the way as well a military function. This past weekend my hubby's unit had a "mandatory fun" weekend at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City, MI. We all had a great time despite the mandatory briefings we had to attend. Yes we as in my husband and I. (Did I mention I am no longer a member of the armed forces?)

My plans for this upcoming weekend are going to be spent working at my hospital. Hopefully all goes well and everyone stays healthy and uninjured.

Completed Projects
Finished craft projects include:
* A couple of dishcloths that will be given out as Christmas gifts. (Yes I am one of those odd ducks who makes and buys gifts year round.)
*I also finished a crochet vest made out of Lion Brand organic cotton.

Works In Progress
*My first pair of socks
*Crochet top in the round using Shepard's Wool in a gorgeous salmon color
*Hand embroidery Christmas scene from Crab Apple Hill. (No guarantee it's going to be finished in time for this Christmas.)
*Civil War BOM (block of the month) from Hearts to Holly quilt shop in Charlevoix, MI.

If I have a slow weekend maybe I'll get to try and catch up on some of my UFO's (Unfinished objects). Otherwise I have Monday off.