Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Murphy Bag Knitting Needle Case

I've learned so much in the year I have been taking knitting classes at the Franklin Mill Store. This is my most recent project, it's a swing coat with the softest Marino wool yarn and old mismatched buttons from my button box. 



I've also been busy making knitting needle cases. My knitting classmates have been spreading the word. I always appreciate a referral.

I've been enjoying revisiting fun fabrics from my stash and combining them in fun ways. 


I machine quilt each one and add some Swarovski crystals for good measure. 


Each case has a zippered pocket to hold all the small notions.



 They're 20"x16" designed to hold your straight and circular needles, crochet hooks, and notions. 








I plan to write a pattern so you can make your own, I will work on this in May. 






 You can see more examples in my 









Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Funny Valentine


Every January my guild holds a Secret Valentine swap. We pick a name and send them a Valentine. We reveal ourselves at the February meeting.

This is what I made for my Valentine



When we submit our names we also submit some likes and dislikes. My valentine like black-and-white's so I went right to my studio and put black-and-white fabrics to make her a big large black and white bag tote. Shortly after beginning her bag I took a workshop with Sue Pelland from suepellanddesigns.com I'm lucky to say that Sue is a friend and a member of my local quilt guild Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild, Mendon, MA. The workshop was on her new tool HEARTS AND MORE (TM) - once again Sue has invented a brilliant tool that allows you to make so many shapes including circles - one of my favorites! 
We made this quilt top in the workshop. While I was finishing it at home I thought it would be perfect for my Valentine so I finished it, wrapped it up and mailed it anonymously to her. A day or so later as I was cleaning up I saw the paper with her likes and dislikes and as I was throwing in the trash I noticed under dislikes she said no flowers! I was horrified I had just sent her a flower 

-filled wallhanging in reds and pinks! I quickly finished up the black-and-white bag and gave it to her the night of our meeting. She loved the wall hanging so the bag was unnecessary but it made for a funny story during the reveal.
It's a large tote - a laptop would fit easily

there are 10 pockets

I received the most gorgeous pincushion and table topper from my SV. She also included some wonderful notions and chocolates. Thank you again, Secret Valentine :-)




Sunday, December 28, 2014

The end of 2014

I've been doing more knitting, I made this infinity scarf for Paige for Christmas, she loved it and wore it to a family Christmas party :)


I'm making a sweater for myself, I love the yarn and am learning a lot on my own. I haven't been to my class in over a month. Here is a link to the pattern Knitting Pure & Simple Neck Down Swing Coat


I had the perfect amount of orders for Christmas. This is a quilt commissioned by a friend for her parents. This is their home, designed by her sister. They are downsizing - this will be a nice reminder of their family home. here is a link to order one for yourself Your Home in Fiber


Our oldest daughter, Morgan, moved home after graduating from Northeastern University, she is a RN at Massachusetts General Hospital. We love having her home! This is a photo of her on her celebrating her 23rd birthday at Alacante in Mendon, MA. 


and here are Kevin and I at the same birthday dinner celebrating his 50th! I am extremely lucky to be married to this guy!


and here are Griffin, Jillian and Paige on Christmas (Morgan had to work). 


I couldn't write this post with acknowledging the death of my creative nephew Max Miller 4/24/91-11/18/2014. He was killed in a tragic accident in NH due to black ice. He was a cool, smart, opinionated, funny young man. The photo below is Max creating one of his amazing sculptures. 



I've got several quilts planned for 2015 - setting a goal to spend more time in the studio! 

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

My first sweater

I finished my first sweater! I've been taking a knitting class on Friday mornings at the Franklin Mill in Franklin, MA. 

I found this variegated wool easy to work with and it's washed beautifully.



It's first outing was to Boston to the parents and family weekend with my daughter Jill and her boyfriend Jack at Northeastern University. We had a great day taking a tour of Fenway Park, dinner at the Beehive and a comedy show after.


I also finished the second mitten! Just to refresh your memories I made a mitten and then I made a second mitten and it was much bigger. So I made a third mitten and I finally have a pair:)



Friday, August 22, 2014

Embellished Round Robin

I'm participating an embellished Round Robin with 4 other quilters from my quilt guild. I used a photograph taken on Cape Cod.




I painted the sky and water fabrics in a Mickey Lawler workshop.




I did machine appliqué using Mistyfuse and machine quilting with a very thin batting.







I quickly sketched it using oil pastels.




This is the original photo I had to blue-up the sky and water a bit.



Below are the embellishments I'm sending along and fabrics are used in the quilt.





It'll be about a year before I see it again. I'll post a picture when I get it back.


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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Enjoying spring and all it has to offer

I made myself a dress! I bought the pattern and fabric at the Franklin Mill. I'm working on three others, a tunic, a solid black linen and a knee length in a Jane Sassaman fabric.


I love the drawstring waist and the chance to use several different fabrics.


My garden just before nightfall.


From that garden, I cut everything just before the rain.


I recently went to an artist talk on Doris Daniels Cox, a local artist from Mendon. She was an expert at portraiture. The lecture was done by fellow Framingham State Alum Kathleen Schofield on behalf of our historical society. There were dozens her paintings on display. Below are a couple of my favorites.








Thanks for reading!

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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Big happenings

We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary visiting Jillian in London! She's attending University of London - Queen Mary for the spring semester. She's travels all over and will be home in a few weeks.

Here we are having high tea at our hotel, the Corinthia-it was awesome:)
Here we are on the London Eye - great views of the beautiful architecture in the city.

We weren't able to take Morgan because she was finishing her last few weeks of college. She graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor of science in nursing. She finished a five year program in 4 with honors! She's had several top hospitals interested in interviewing her, very proud of her. 
She's a big Harry Potte fan

The commencement took place at the TD Garden - truly amazing!