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Sunday, November 25th, 2012

It has always been a tradition in our family for the Grandma to knit a Christmas Stocking for the grandchildren, for their first Christmas. It has to have their name. My kids still have the ones my mother knit. I knit them for Mia and Miles. I had Mia’s done, except for the name. Stephanie would not tell me the name until she was born — December 17th. I had  a week to knit in the name, Miriam.

I don’t know why I have waited this long to knit one for Paige. I have been looking for just the right pattern and finally found it. I am ding the one on the right and it will say Paige instead of Peace.

I have gotten this far, tonight.

I am ready to knit in her name, but I have to graph it, first.

I am loving these new-fangled yarn bobbins that I purchased when I bought the yarn.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on yesterday’s post if you would like  a chance to win the drawing for the Winter 2013 Art Quilting Studio magazine. It is a huge issue and retails for $15.98 – sort of an art quilt book!

Kathie wondered how I finished the edges on the 3 x3’s. I don’t. I plan to put them all together in an installation of some sort. I might just seal the edges with gel medium.  It has been very rewarding to have this daily practice. I hope to figure out something to do next year.

Back In Action and a Give Away

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

I took a break from the studio and blogging. It was nice to have family time. You can see photos of our day on Stephanie’s blog, here. Here are Mia and Miles sipping sparkling apple juice and waiting for the adults to sit down.

Yesterday, Mr C and I went to a matinee showing of Lincoln. It is a marvelous movie. Daniel Day Lewis was a fantastic Lincoln. I was most interested in how Congress was just as dysfunctional then as it is now.

Today, I made a huge pot of turkey soup with the leftover carcass. I have enough to feed the whole neighborhood. I also picked up some yarn to knit a Christmas stocking for Paige Ada. More about that later.

I also got back down to the studio and got caught up with my 3 x3’s. Here are the rest.

I feel as if I have had 3 Saturdays in a row and it is finally Sunday, tomorrow.

I was sent 2 copies of the Art Quilting Studio magazine because I have two articles, I guess. If you would like a chance to have my second copy, leave a comment between now and Tuesday, 9 pm PST, and I will do a random drawing for the winner.

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Family Time

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Today is Miles’ 11th birthday. Time flies. I remember the week of his birth like it was yesterday. I left Santa Rosa at noon to drive as far as Ashland. I had some car trouble which turned out to be a loose battery cable and made it to Ashland. I got up early the next morning and drove to Portland, arriving just in time for Steph and Jack to leave for the hospital. Miles was born that afternoon or evening. It was the week of Thanksgiving, like this year. Steve and Mark drove up to spend Thanksgiving with us. It was very hectic for Steph with a new baby, but we survived. The weather was a lot like this year, too. Steve and Mark barely made it back to California because of snow. The next week, when I drove back, I made it over the Siskiyous with snow coming down. There was eventually so much snow that I-5 was closed for several days. I had friends who got stuck in Oregon. So, every year when Miles birthday comes around, I remember that wild week.

Look at how happy this boy is. He is such a sweet kid.

He doesn’t like cake so Steph made him a birthday mud pie. It was delicious.

I finished my shopping for Thanksgiving dinner. Tomorrow, the cooking begins.


I’m in Print

Monday, November 19th, 2012

I am pretty sure my friends are tired of hearing about this, but for me this is pretty darned awesome. I have two articles in the Winter 2012 issue of Art Quilting Studio. I received my copy today. It will hit the newsstands December 1. One article is about how I turn my art cloth into art quilts. I also have a tutorial on discharging.

The other article is about my Aspen Quilts.

In the back of the magazine is section titled Patchwork where several art quilts are featured. I have two pages there.

The issue is large and packed with wonderful articles, many of them by friends so I feel that I am in such good company — Connie Rose, Katherine Sands, Rayna Gilman, Kathie Briggs, Arlee Barr, Ellen Lindner, Dominie Nash, Natalya Aikens, Roxanne Lessa, Laurie Brainerd, Gloria Hansen, Clairan Ferrono and others I don’t know that well. Ricë Freeman-Zachery has two articles featuring Sandra Meech and Jenny Hearn.

This morning, I had my hips x-rayed and am waiting to hear what it shows. Then, Mr C and I got the Twelve by Twelve Colorplay quilts packed up and sent them on their way to Brenda Smith in Australia.

I still had time to work on the organ quilt. I finished the background quilting and started working on the embellishments. Here is a section of the wood filigree that will be fused in place and stitched.

And, here is today’s 3 x 3.