Sunday, February 16, 2003

Today my blog is a whole week old! I have been feeling a bit guilty about not putting more "on the page" this week, but so enjoy being in my KR Forum when I am on line, that I run out of time to do any 'blogging'. When I am not on line, I'm knittin' and stitchin' -- and it's been a great week for that!

On Friday, I spent the day Sew Behind at My Sewing Room (one of my fave Calgary quilt shops), and got my (Freckles) February Saturday Block finished. Through that, I learned the power of artistic license when I broke the rules! Ack! I am a strict conformist! What caused my downfall, you might ask? :-) Well, I was focusing on my points for the 'Devil's Claw' pattern, and ended up sewing my Flying Geese units wrong-side-out when I attached them to the corner squares -- for all 4 corners (sigh). "Too much frogging," I said to myself and re-named the block "Devil De-clawed"!

My second Friday project was to finish the Roman Stripe blocks for a lap quilt I'm giving to an elderly cousin. She likes greens and golds -- and I have found a wonderful combination through my stash (some of the Quilter's Gift patterns) and new purchases, both from MSR and from Hamel's Fabrics in Chilliwack, B.C. The stripes are in the printed fabric, and a glorious green from MSR makes the background side of each square. The initial pattern is from "Fat Quarter Quilts" (by M'liss Rae Hawley, published by Martingale Co. -- "That Patchwork Place" series, 1999) -- but instead of full sized, I am making 4 rows, 8 blocks each, then a narrow inner border and a wider outer border (about 3")...

On the knitting front, I am making progress on my teal sleeveless sweater for the twin set, but sorely wish I could learn to knit and type online at the same time! :-)

Now, for those of you feeling guilty or suffering post-Valentine's chocolate withdrawal...I invite you to start the week with this thought:

There is a theory that chocolate slows down the aging process. It may not be true...but do we dare take the chance?

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