Sunday, December 31, 2023

Finishes for 2023

This was not a big year for quilting.  The majority of my finishes were done in the first several weeks of the year for Project Quilting.

Watership Down post cards, mixer cover, smartphone carrier
Dresden pillow, pink wavy pillow, bowl cozies

Thursday, December 28, 2023

I Like Thursday: Winding Down 2023

December has been enjoyable, with lots of likes to brighten my month!  I met up with three of my friends to swap goodies and stories.  I also met up with my hiking buddy for a hike around Tully Lake.  The best part - being introduced to the fun of skipping stones on the ice.  I had no photos or videos of our experience, but check this one out.  The sound the stones make were really cool!

The family cookie party!  So good to see aunts, uncles and cousins.  Making the gingerbread houses is a hoot.  So many different designs.  The one in the upper left makes me laugh - the roof has two big bites and the gingerbread man is missing both his head and a leg!

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Blogiversary #13

Lucky thirteen!  Goodness, where does the time go?  It was a light year - I wrote about half the number of posts compared to past years.  Fingers crossed that's just a blip. 

One of the reason there weren't many posts:  we only had one pair of guinea pigs to write about all year.  But be reassured - there will be piggy posts soon!

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Holly Sweatshirt

Last year I had promised my mother an embellished sweatshirt.  I bought a couple of sweatshirts but both were too big.  Mom found a sweatshirt that fit her, so I appliqued leaves on it.  Of the extra sweatshirts, I made a wonky Dresden design for one sweatshirt.  The other was a little smaller and I wondered all year what I wanted to do with it.  It seemed a shame to just get rid of it. 


Friday, December 15, 2023

Yoga Mat Experiment

My yoga mat has been a series of experiments, from the design, through the assembly and then onto using it.  I have finished putting it together.  Yay!  I am extremely pleased to have gotten this far, because I really wasn't sure if the plans I had in my head were going to work.  

The backstory:  I have an old pink yoga mat looks disgusting no matter how I've tried to clean it.  I've even thrown it into the washing machine a few times - nothing works.  I also am not fond of sitting on the rubberized mat.  At some point I bought a microfiber towel to use at home.  It has no padding which is not a problem on the rug at home.  However, it lacks the grippiness I need for downward dog.  I mostly solved that problem with couple of pieces of rubbery shelf liner.  Unfortunately it is a shockingly effective thread magnet so it always looks dirty, too.  At least it's easy to toss in the washer.



There had to be something better.  Hmm... what if created a quilt?  It would be washable, would look cool, would be washable (and come out looking clean).  I could sew in the shelf liner where I needed some more grip.  How hard could that be?