Sunday, March 18, 2012

Basketball, Stitching and Spring!

I'm not sure exactly how I'm going to tie all of those topics together, but if you'll bear with me, we'll see how it goes!  This is absolutely one of my favorite times of the year with March Madness - I love, love, love the excitment of Selection Sunday, the first week of games (so many opportunities for upsets), and the passion of the players, on-site fans, and all of us spectators!  And I'll admit that my brackets are busted wide open with the losses of Duke, UNLV, and Georgetown, to name a few.  Love it anyway!

In amongst listening to and watching games, I was able to make some pretty good progress on the ole' "to-do" list this weekend.  I finished up several projects that I'd like to share with you.  In a previous post, I showed you a baby quilt that I'd finished for a colleague.  This weekend, I also made a quick, cute minky ribbon blanket (about 12" square) - I'm not a fan of sewing on minky, but I love the way it feels (very soft), and I thought that the fabric choice was really right for a bunch of us in the wildlife profession.  The project was actually made easier by the fact that it was kitted up by my LQS, Quilting Adventures, in Richmond, VA.

I also finished two ornaments that I've been working on.  I think that the photograph of the Country Cottage Needleworks one doesn't do it justice - the colors are richer than the photo shows.  I was intrigued by several projects in the 2011 JCS ornament issue that used these brighter greens, pinks, and other colors.

Country Cottage Needleworks - "Merry Christmas"
2011 JCS Ornament Issue
Recommended DMC and fabric

 I'm a big fan of Prairie Schooler and am busy trying to collect all of the Santas that they've published.  This Russian-like Santa comes from Old World Santas II.

Prairie Schooler - "Old World Santas II"
Recommended fabric and DMC
Substituted Rainbow Gallery Wisper for white

The big losers on my "to-do" list this weekend were the outside projects.  I spent about an hour weeding, but there are *many* hours of that to go.  The grass still needs mowed; seems like a good Wednesday-after-work project!  I can't believe how far along our spring-flowering trees, shrubs and flowers are.  The Bradford pears and forsythias will be fully leafed out before the first day of spring this week.

Hoping you all had a basketball-filled, great weekend!  Here's promising more frequent updates on accomplishments - but 'til then, take up your needle and sew!



  1. Didn't know you had a blog until today! Signed up as a follower. I love both stitched projects, and the ribbon blanket is perfect! My DGD still loves her "Fuzzy" which is a ribbon attached to a fleece blanket.

  2. Hello

    Just found your blog through Daffycat's blog and become a follower.

    Your blanket is great and your ornaments are lovely.