Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day

I’ve dragged myself away from Pinterest long enough to work on this blog post.  If you haven’t already caught the craze, you have to check it out.  Of course, it’s another great time waster, but it’s so worth it!

Lots has been accomplished around here in spite of Pinterest.  I bought this cross stitch kit in Houston and knew it was just the right thing for Sandra’s shoe room.  What I didn’t know was that I’d have to take a mortgage out on the house to have it framed!

I’m not sure if you can see from the picture, but there are crystals on each of the shoes.

This is called Multnomah from Ravelry.  It was a very easy knit and I did it in Madeleintosh Sock.

Next up is another Circus Baby Quilt.  I will never tire of this fabric – it’s just so happy – but the bolt is almost finished. 
I was too lazy to take this downstairs and lay it out flat – I’m sure you get the idea.  I love the backing on this one – it’s balloons that imitate those on the front.

I quilted this using a Metro thread on top.  There was a lot of talk about this thread on the APQS forum and it quilts up beautifully and you sure can’t beat the price – it’s about $2.00 a cone!  I used a Super Bob in the bobbin.
I’ve had this pillow pattern for ages – it was one of the first patterns I bought when I started quilting about 8 years ago.  It's called Shaggy Chic by Atkinson Designs.

PT2248 Shaggy Chic Pillow Pattern by Atkinson Designs
I decided it had aged enough in my drawer and also thought it would be a great addition to Sandra’s Shoe Room.  While we call it a Shoe Room, it’s really so much more – it’s her retreat filled with all the things she loves – shoes, jewelry, accessories and she is planning a sitting area where she can read or just sit and relax and admire her shoes.

I pulled all my FQs in pink and just went to it.  I must admit the cutting of this is a PITA, but if it turned out, I’d be happy.  Here is the before:

Shaggy Chic 2

Here’s the after – after it had been put in the washer and dryer.

I just sent Sandra a picture of it and she loves it – so do I, so all that finicky cutting was worth while.  If you are looking for a stash buster, this is a great project as there are about 8 fat quarters in there plus fabric for the front & back!
Mrs. Paws (Ben’s groomer) is coming shortly.  He will be all beautiful for Valentine’s Day.  It doesn’t seem that long ago that he was clipped – it was right before Christmas and here he is in all his glory!
Ben Christmas 2011