Saturday, February 20, 2010

It feels like Christmas morning.

I woke up early today and I don't ever remember being so anxious to get up. It felt like Christmas morning! I couldn't wait to look around.

I had LASIK yesterday. I've been wearing contacts (or glasses) since about 1987 and couldn't see clearly past about 10" from my nose without them. Today I have 20/15 vision in both eyes. Isn't technology amazing?

Other than having my eyes zapped with a laser, I didn't get much done yesterday. The postman did bring me some new Cotton Ease colors for the ripple afghan.

This afternoon, I'm going to use the "I had surgery yesterday" excuse to take a nap. After that, I'll use my new eyes to start working the new colors into the afghan. Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Happiness is...

a twelve pound box of fabric!

Does anyone have the number to Fabricaholics Anonymous?  Things might be getting out of hand around here.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Productive weekend

After finishing up the Katie Jump Rope pillow on Saturday morning, I picked up a couple of my craft books to look for ideas for the rest of my day. The Color Wheel Quilt in Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts caught my eye.

By noon, I had 52 fabrics pulled from my stash.

On the way to and from lunch, I worked on my crochet ripple. I wasn't driving.

And by evening, I had my quilt top.

And that's when I went crazy. I decided I want to hand quilt it. I've never hand quilted a quilt before, but this one seems like a good place to start. Straight lines radiating from the center and then a row of stitching on the inside and outside of the wheel. 

I took a hand quilting class last week at my LQS. A very sweet woman who has been hand quilting longer than I've been alive gave me more information that I could have ever obtained in a book. My stitches were a little long, but she said they would get smaller with practice and to concentrate on keeping them consistent rather than being concerned about the stitch length. She even customized my quilting thimble for me.

So, I've been thread basting today.

My fingertips are so sore!