Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Done: Yellow Skirt

A skirt from way outside my comfort zone
This skirt is Butterick pattern 3133 and is a very simple skirt to put together. It has a waistband at the front and elastic the rest of the way around so it is very comfortable to wear. I am not a fan of yellow, so this fabric is not my normal sort of thing, but I loved the geometric 1950's-diner pattern of it and it is really soft and drapes nicely. It was also a deal. I wore the skirt to work one day last week and got several compliments on it, so I guess the yellow is OK. This is definitely a pattern I will make again.

This is one of the projects on my Q4 list for the Finish Along at The Littlest Thistle.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Saturday Snapshot

This week I was at the meeting of New Hampshire's Governor & Council and took this picture of the council chamber before it filled up. It is a beautiful room, our state house is the country's oldest in which the legislative body still sits in the original chamber, and it was very calm and quiet before everyone arrived. I was there for the proclamation of New Hampshire Writers' Week.The yellow thing on the floor is a recycling bin so the councilors can dump the papers related to various items as soon as they deal with them. There is another bin on the other side. There used to be large folding tables set up along both sides of the chamber with huge stacks of documents each Councilor would need to review during the meeting with the bins next to them. Now most of the support material is electronic so fewer bins are needed and no folding tables. It looks much better this way.

Governor & Council Chambers at the NH State House

Linking up with Saturday Snapshot.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Done: Two Purses

I am hoping to open an Etsy shop in 2015 and am working on making things to stock it. These 2 purses are for that. One has green lining and a curved flap and the other has a blue lining with a square flap. The bag is a design I came up with several years ago and have made lots of over the years. There is a pocket on the back, one under the front flap, and two inside. It is the same design as the flowered purse I made for my niece this past summer. 

This is one of the projects on my Q4 list for the Finish Along at The Littlest Thistle.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Saturday Snapshot

I have been thinking a lot about gardens recently. We had raised beds put into what had been a useless bank (covered with weeds) on one side of our house several years ago and this fall are having a similar set of beds put into the bank along our driveway. There are about a million more spaces for plants to go in than I had pictured there would be so this has required a lot of thought about plants and gardens. 

This photo was taken at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco in June 2014. I love the clump of purple iris coming out of the pond and the way the tree reflects in the water. Our new gardens, or the old ones for that matter, look nothing like this.  

Linking up with Saturday Snapshot.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Saturday Snapshot

These very cool plants were outside the hotel where we stayed the first night of our trip to San Francisco last June. There reminded me of the hens and chicks in our garden in NH, but those are about the size of a teacup and these were about the size of a hubcap. They looked like something from outer space. 
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I have been working on a lap quilt for a friend who I want to send a bit of cheer to. My friend makes braided rugs and is working on a new one for her bedroom that has blue, green, plum, and brown in it and my quilt fabrics were chosen to go with that. 
Cutting blocks for Linda's Quilt
The design for Linda's Quilt
The pattern is a tessellation using the block from the Ursula Reike's baby quilt I made recently. The blocks in the baby quilt are cut at 6 inches, these are cut at 4.5. I think I would like the design with the blocks cut even smaller, but that was the smallest ruler I had. Smaller would also require a lot more blocks, so for this particular project, which I want to get done fairly quickly, I am happy with the size. The arrangement of the colors was inspired by the traditional Trip Around the World quilt. 

I'm linking this up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.