Saturday, July 23, 2016
Monday, July 11, 2016
I finished 5 squares on my popcorn stitch blanket so far. I know the picture is only showing 4, but it was hard to photograph an odd number, so you get the idea. I'm hoping to make a few more on the train.
I had some help from the dog going through my scrap bin to make several nine patch blocks. I want to set them on point but I'm having a difficult time deciding on a background color. Usually I reach for a cream color (safe), but I feel like all my quilts are starting to look the same. I might need to take a chance on this one and branch out of my comfort zone.
Lastly I'm making a linen project bag to take on the train, and I decided to work a cross stitch motif on the front, found in Alicia Paulson's Embroidery Companion book. Since she lives in Portland, I thought it would be a fun reminder of my upcoming trip. Have a great week wherever you are!
Friday, July 1, 2016
A row of sunflowers towers above my tomato plants, casting shade where I do not want it, but I don't have the heart to rip them out. I tried to grow sunflowers from seed last year, but they didn't take hold very well, so I guess they showed me who's boss by moving themselves to a different part of the garden that they like much better.
The compost pile is now bursting with spaghetti squash. I must have thrown the remnants of a cooked squash in there at some point. The long vines have crashed through the wire farm fencing and were last seen marching eastward across the pasture.
And speaking of pasture, some kind of wild, pale blue flower has sprouted out there, along with yellow mustard, all courtesy of the additional rain from last winter.
Now onto the fun stuff. A few years back, I saw a yarny blanket that made me swoon, and set out to make one of my own. I crocheted 6, twenty round granny squares and sewed them together, ending up with a blanket roughly 40x60 inches. It's been sitting for ages waiting on those ends to be weaved in, and I'm so happy it's finally done!