Saturday, July 12, 2014

Gala Red Carpet Premier of "Leah and the Real Dog"

Leah, Nessa Rose and Hamish arrive on the Red Carpet

This past Monday night I attended the Red carpet premier of Leah Epstein's short film, Leah and the Real Dog.  It was held outdoors at The Ridge at Tewksbury and was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.  The highlight of the evening for me was the formal attire on the canine star of the movie, Hamish MacDougal MacDuff.  It is difficult to see in the picture but he has on a kilt complete with formal jacket and miniature bagpipes!  My daughters and their husbands appeared in the movie as well as two of my granddogs, Wolfschmidt and MacDonwald.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Lightning Fast Blocks

This has to be a record for me, 63 blocks in only 3 days! They're all over lapping so its hard to see what they really look like.  Block A has a rectangle 4 patch in the middle and Block B has a large white rectangle in the center.  I tried to use alot of assembly line techniques and strip piecing ala Eleanor Burns.  I will always associate this quilt with 4th of July weekend and the Wimbledon men's final.  I thought Roger Federer would win in the beginning but sadly he lost.  I wonder what I will be working on during the U.S. Open!  I'm hoping to have this ready for the shore house by next week.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Summer Quilting for the Beach House

I have been collecting blue fabrics ever since I started quilting over 10 years ago.  I finally found something to do with them.  This quilt will be folded across the bottom of one of the twin beds in the "blue bedroom."  It is actually the master bedroom in the house but it has traditionally been where all the kids sleep.  It's difficult to see the overall pattern from the nine blocks I've made so far so I've posted the image from Google that inspired me.  I apologize if this is someone's original design but I don't know where I got it so I can't give them credit.  The thing I liked about the design was how inticate it looks, but it is relatively simple to constuct. It's only two simple bocks that can be strip pieced.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Patrick says Happy 4th of July!

Patrick is ready for the fireworks.  Are you?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Best Time of the Year!

The last week of June is definitely the best time of the year as far as I'm concerned. I have the whole Summer vacation ahead of me with what seems like unlimited time to quilt and it is light so late, I can ride in the evening and not a trace of seasonal affective disorder.  But the best part of all is cherry season!  I would rather eat these than cookies any day and they are guilt free.  I love this bowl they are in that I got at Wegman's.  Until they go back to $5.99 a pound and are past their prime, life really is a bowl of cherries!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Custom Cable sweater sleeve #1

This is the beginning of the sleeve for the custom design sweater class from Craftsy.  I really like doing the cables since I learned to do it without a cable needle.  The sleeve cap has to wait until the top of the front and back are done so it will be on the yarn stitch holder for awhile.  I may have to take a break from knitting because the Summer heat is about to set in and  I'll be sewing two baby quilts over Summer vacation.  That and finally restoring the shore house from Hurricane Sandy damage should keep me busy.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Ready to Start Cable Sweater

This is the guage swatch for my cable sweater.  It is from a combination of Craftsy videos, Explorations in Cables and Custom Cable Pullovers.  The stitch is from the Vogue Stitchonary.  I think it's number 98.  The yarn is Caron Simply Soft which is really soft and has a little bit of a sheen.  I hope I can knit through the hot weather so I can have it finished to wear in the Fall.