What I Did With My Sunday Afternoon

Happy Monday!! The kids are in school, the husband is at work, and the house is quiet. It's not a bad way to start the week.

I was working on the Halloween quadrielle the other day and realized that I messed it up. You would think that as a 40-something year old mother I would be able to count. Really, what is so hard about counting? Apparently, I need to go back to school because my counting is off on the third square. There is supposed to be a spider web in the corner, like the one in the first square, but it's not going to fit because the pumpkin is over to the right two stitches too many. I'm not quite sure how I managed that, but I did.

In disgust I put the project aside because I have to figure out how I am going to adapt the web to fit. Adaptation is not my strong point. I have to get back to it, though, because the finishing class is in less that two weeks and I have to get the stitching done before then. Sigh.

Is anyone out there thinking about Christmas? I have to start making my list of who I have to buy for and what I want to get them, plus the kids are telling me every other day, "For Christmas I want this," or "For Christmas I want that." I tell them every time they tell me something new that they need to write it down and make a list because if they tell me in passing conversation they have about as much of a chance of me remembering what they want as a snowball has...well, you know the saying.

I (finally) sent the table runner off to my cousin's wife for finishing. Sarah let me know on Saturday that it got there and that she is going to start working in it. When I asked her if she would help me I offered to pay her for her time, but she flat out refused that, saying that we are family and you don't charge family. Well, I wanted to do something to thank her for the help she is giving me, so I thought that I would make her this:

Sarah is an AWESOME baker and around the holidays she bakes and bakes and bakes like there is no tomorrow. When her brother was in Iraq she used to package up Christmas cookies and ship them off to him so that he could enjoy a taste of home while he was overseas. As a thank you I thought I would make her this ornament. Actually, I think I'm going to make it twice: once for Sarah and once for me. Well, that's the plan, anyway. We'll see what I actually get accomplished, but this one will be for her. I have fabric for this with gingerbread men on it that will be perfect for the finishing!

What did I do with my Sunday, besides watch the New York Giants? I pulled out my sewing machine and did a little finishing.

Both of these are LHN ornaments from last year that I stitched, and never finished off. I have one more that I stitched this year that needs to be finished, but when I looked through my scrap box of fabric nothing seemed to go with it. Looks like I will have to make a trip to the fabric store!

As I said in my last post, I am going to be an aunt again, which means that it's time to pull out the baby quilt squares. These are the ones that I finished:

I think that I'm going to re-do Mickey, though. Originally, his border was supposed to be stitched in pink, but at the time I was not sure if I was making this quilt for a boy or a girl, and I was not crazy about the pink, so I changed it to blue. Now that I know that this will be for a niece, and not a nephew, I'm not crazy about the blue. I'm still not crazy about the pink that was supposed to be used, so I'm thinking about purple.

I started the next square, which will be Minnie Mouse.

She's getting there.

I can never seen to the leave the pandas alone for too long lately. I enjoy working on them. I'm on page 16. Only 53 more to go!!

There is a spot on the fabric. Somehow I got orange highlighter on it and I swear that the spot is staring up at me. Laughing! I know that I will eventually stitch over it (that's the great thing about HAED patterns), but I'm still thinking about dabbing it with a little bleach so I don't have to look at it. Or rather, have it looking up at me!

It's time to get started with my week. Have a good one!


Now Pam, don't get discouraged about the counting thing, some of us can count four times and still get it off by two so, with that in mind, why not just put the spider on the other side of the third square. Then it will be different from all of the others and you won't have to frog it. just saying
Be always in stitches.

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