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Aching muscles

I really need to get more exercise, but since getting out and walking in the neighborhood requires the ability to breathe fairly well, I can’t do that.  I’m afraid I’ll get out away from the house and be unable to get back home.  So I purchased a recumbent bicycle and it should enable me to get more exercise and keep muscle tone.  So far it’s working and I haven’t even gotten on it yet.  I spent most of yesterday assembling the bike and today I’m reacquainting myself with muscles that I had forgotten I had.

Edge 595 Recumbent Exercise Bike

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Haven’t been able to spend a lot of time working on the jungle motif, but I’m still making knots whenever I can.  The green thread on the hut’s roof are basting stitches, to keep from messing up the raffia while stitching.

More knots added to jungle motif

More knots - click image to enlarge

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I’ve been stitching the background for the jungle motif of “A Crazy World” and that means hundreds and hundreds of little french knots.  Probably not a very interesting picture right now, but in a couple of days I should have something worth posting a pic.

In the meantime I’ll post pics that I’ve taken in the past week.  Last Friday I went to the Oklahoma City Winter Quilt Show with Carol Ann and Melissa.  We had a great time, but it seems like there were fewer quilts this year.  There were over 2/3 more vendors than quilts.  I was worn out after the 3 hrs it took for us to see everything.  So to relax and feed our growling tummies we went to Chellino’s in Bricktown for really good Mexican food.

I used to take lots of pictures at quilt shows, but for the last few years I’ve started just taking pics of the really impressive ones or detail shots of techniques I want to remember.  Therefore, I only have two quilt show pics to post.  Click on images to enlarge.

The first quilt “Circle of Friends”, was made by a group of six friends from Newton, Kansas they combined their skills for the piecing and applique and then shared the hand quilting.

Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends

 The next quilt “Brown’s Star” was made by Janet Brown of Gainesville, TX and was visually stunning.  We were all surprised that it didn’t get any awards.  Turquoise and brown is one of my favorite color combinations, although while in high school (during the dark ages) when I wore those colors I was always told that they didn’t go together.

Brown's Star by Janet Brown  Gainesville, TX

Brown's Star by Janet Brown Gainesville, TX

Last Saturday was Skrappy Ladies workday so I headed south to Lawton.  We discussed Super Secret Skrappy Stuff for our next challenge and I managed to get a little more piecing done on the fall mystery.  Carol Ann finished piecing all of the components for her mystery and laid it out on the floor.  It’s hard to take a good photo of a large quilt top laying on the floor.
Carol Ann's Mystery Quilt

Carol Ann's Mystery Quilt

Toby has a new favorite napping spot, it’s the back of Bill’s chair.
This is MY chair.

This is MY chair.

 

You're disturbing my nap.

You're disturbing my nap.

Just finished reading a very good book by Brunonia Barry, “The Lace Reader”.  It has gotten mixed reviews, but I liked it.  So today I need to return books to the library and pick up a couple I have on hold.  One book is “Company of Liars“, by Karen Maitland.  I read a few chapters on a book site and it drew me in and made me want to read the rest.
Thank you’s to Judy, Darlene, and Susan for your recent comments about the jungle motif. 

 

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I keep mentioning a knitting project, stitching, etc….  But I haven’t had any pictures to show you.  Our old digital camera was getting to where it just didn’t take good pictures anymore.  I have a great Minolta 35mm camera, but waiting for film development is a pain.  Then we discovered that since Sony had bought Minolta they came out with an A series digital SLR camera, and that my collection of lenses for the 35mm will work on it.  Santa was very generous this year and brought me the new Sony camera.  I really haven’t been anywhere to take any really good pictures and Toby is getting to where he runs when he sees the camera come out.  The Winter Quilt Show in Oklahoma City is this weekend, maybe I can try out the new camera there.

In previous posts I’ve mentioned a knitting project that I kept making stupid mistakes on and had to keep frogging.  Well I’ve finally gotten to where I can show you actual progress.  That, and the fact that it isn’t a surprise anymore because I had to try it on Jess to get measurements.  The pattern is the February Lady Sweater and it’s being knit with Cascade 220 Quatro in a dark burnt orange.  Actually the yarn reads as burnt orange but  is spun using 4 different shades of orange which gives depth to the color. 

February Lady Sweater for Jessica

February Lady Sweater for Jessica

I’ve also worked a little on the mystery quilt from the Skrappies fall retreat.  Nothing worth showing pictures of yet.  I’ll work on it a little more tomorrow and then on Saturday is Skrappy PlayWorkday so I will do more piecing of the top then.  Also on Saturday we will be getting more details and getting ready for our new Panel Mystery/Challenge for 2009.  For this challenge we will each pick a fabric panel, mine is an oriental theme with a geisha.  Then each panel will be passed around among the participants along with a collection of envelopes.  When the panel is received you open one envelope and follow the instructions inside.  The instructions could be “make x amount of flying geese or nine patch blocks or even just have a word and then you interpret that into something for the project.  There are quite a few of us involved, so these projects won’t be revealed until at least the end of the year or longer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
The jungle house on “A Crazy World” actually got it’s roof finished.  There are still a few more small things to stitch on the house, but I went ahead and started work on the trees and greenery because it will take a while and when I get tired of making french knots or detached buttonhole leaves, then I can work a little on the house. 
Raffia roof on jungle house

Raffia roof on jungle house

Only two different colors of variegated thread were used to stitch the tree and the foliage.  I’ve found that when I stitch with two strands of floss, if I will reverse one of the threads it will give more variation in the colors.  Especially when working with floss that has longer color gradations or when working on small projects.  The tree is a little less than 1½” tall and you can see the different shades in the bark and foliage.
Tree and foliage - detail
Tree and foliage – detail

The detail pic is a little blurry, I need to work more on my macro photos. 

There are errands to run, a cat to be fed and I need to get busy.
Later.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Hoping everyone has peace, love, health and happiness in the coming new year.

Today I am planning on spending the day in a way I hope will be the norm for 2009.  After a small bit of straightening I plan to get back to stitching on “A Crazy World”.  So, while the black-eyed peas and collard greens (for luck, health and wealth) are simmering away in the kitchen, I am headed to the den of good intentions for a little stitch therapy.

Once again, Happy New Year.

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