Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Bit of Foolishness

It must be silly season in my world. I finished a couple of projects, just because they make me smile.

I don't normally knit sweaters, except for babies, because I tend to lose interest round about the second sleeve. However, I finished a sweater yesterday, and it is not baby sized.
It is gift card sized!
Don't you love the cables!
Here it is, next to my Air Miles card, to give a sense of the size.
Not to brag, but that is a GOLD Air Miles card!

Advent starts this week, so I finished an advent calendar for my grandcats, Mini and Suzie.
It is hard to see, but I put a mouse in the pocket, so they can move it every day while they wait for Santa.
In more serious endeavors, I finished the first sock of a pair, and following the advice of Grandma Coco, I immediately cast on the second sock, so the first one won't get lonely.
The picture is a bit blurry. I am not sure what the camera was focused on. It doesn't show well in the picture but the yarn is a lovely beige and green mix. It has a little alpaca in the mix so it is lovely and soft. I already have 2 volunteers to receive the socks when they are finished.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Arts and Crafts

The Quilt Show had a craft table, so I have been busy making items to donate. It is really hard to guess what will sell, and what price to put on items.

I made some coffee cozies, and three of the six sold. (The rest will be Christmas gifts)

And my obsession with border prints and the 60 degree ruler continues.

The middle two of these sold. I wonder who would like the others?

Now on to getting the Christmas knitting done.

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Party's Over

It takes about 7 hours to carefully arrange 123 quilts. First, you have to check them all in. Then you have to figure out what they are (size, shape, antique or modern). Then you painstakingly lay them over pews, communion table, piano, chairs, hang them on the wall.

Note the white gloves and attention to detail

The Wall Hangings are looking good
We put some of the wall hangings into the Tearoom
We were very careful with the lovely quilts we were loaned. However, some of our exhibitors were not as careful as they checked them in.
In the end, it looked lovely.

Now, don't you wish you had been there?

Amazingly, it took only 30 minutes to take everything down. At services, yesterday morning, the only sign of the show was the minister, asking those who had not yet picked up their quilts, to please get them out of his office!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Quilt Show Prep

My life has been taken over by preparations for a quilt show. For some reason, that I don't fully understand,  I seem to be in charge of my church's quilt show. I am not the best quilter in the group, but apparently I am a good organizer. And apparently, I'm bossy, so they let me boss everyone around.

We have done this once before. The show was so popular among the church members, that people have been asking us to do it again. Fortunately, I saved my file from the last time, so we aren't having to figure everything out. Last time, we filled the church with quilts (and the corridor and the church hall...) and it looked wonderful.

We included family quilts as well as quilts more recently made. Children brought their baby quilts, made by loving grandmas. We had quilts made by members of the congregation who are no longer with us. It was a celebration of who we are as a church and an extended family.

Saturday, we will do it again. If you are in the Ottawa area, and would like to drop in, we would love to see you!

The Threads that Bind
Quilt Show and Tea
Saturday, November 17, 1-4 PM
33 Leacock Drive,  Ottawa (Kanata) , ON

I will be there all day!