Karen on November 30th, 2009

Photos from Thanksgiving:

Melanie and I with THE QUILT

Melanie and I with THE QUILT

8 rows of the second Dear Jane quilt "Insanity Revisited" this one will eventualy go to my younger daughter Jessica

8 rows of the second Dear Jane quilt "Insanity Revisited" this one will eventualy go to my younger daughter Jessica

My family that I comment on from time to time on my blog - the most important people in the world to me.  From left my hubby Mike, Melanie, Ric, Me, Jessica, Shane - in front Jessica's kids Ciera and Utah

My family that I comment on from time to time on my blog - the most important people in the world to me. From left my hubby Mike, Melanie, Ric, Me, Jessica, Shane - in front Jessica & Shane''s kids Ciera and Utah

Ciera and Utah with Max their dog that came along for the family trip

Ciera and Utah with Max their dog that came along for the family trip

And as if I don't have enough projects in the works - this is a new knitting project.  Now that I have the knit stitch down pat I am working on learning how to purl so one side is knit, one side purl.  This will be a shawl like thing (I say thing because I wonder if it will be more afhgan size when I am done?)

And as if I don't have enough projects in the works - this is a new knitting project. Now that I have the knit stitch down pat I am working on learning how to purl so one side is knit, one side purl. This will be a shawl like thing - I say thing because I wonder if it will be more afhgan size when I am done? I am not following a pattern but just put 100 stitches on the big needles and going from there!

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Karen on November 29th, 2009

For now  the Dear Jane quilt “Insanity” will reside on my bed.   Melanie is going to hang it on a wall after I give it to her so I need to put a hanging sleeve on the back of the quilt still.  I am going to make the sleeve in such a way that a bracket can go in the middle to give the weight of the quilt support as it is heavy.  For now though the quilt is on my bed and it will remain there for about a year for me to enjoy.  I put the Twisted Star quilt that I had on the bed so the back of the quilt which is a purple moda marble is on top, the Insanity is on top of that making the underneath quilt look more like a bed skirt.  At night I will simply fold the quilt and lay it over the tall stool I have in the bedroom in the corner of the room so it is out of the way and then when I make the bed in the morning it will go back over it.  I still need to design a label for the back of the quilt.  I haven’t uploaded the program I use on my new computer but I decided to get a newer version of Print Master Gold anyhow so I will do that soon.  I have Print Master 12 and I think it is up to version 17 or 19 now and have newer ideas for it with internet access.  I’m sure plenty of new clip art also which I use a lot on my labels.

Dear Jane "Insanity" on my bed

Dear Jane "Insanity" on my bed

My younger daughter-Jessica will be receiving the second Dear Jane “Insanity Revisited” sometime after that one is finished.  I need to sew row 8 on to the blocks and then I will post a new photo of that quilt.  While the grandchildren were here examining the quilts :) which they love to do asking what will be next I showed Ciera the “Little Brown Bird” quilt and told her that I was thinking of making that one – her words “that one will be mine”. (I told her maybe she would get it when she was 21 – she is 7 now – that should give me plenty of time to make it and enjoy it if I decide to do so).    Utah spent one evening working on a design for a quilt that he wants me to make – he said it would be the quilt to use while watching tv in their basement family room which is a little chilly in the winter.  Designed by Utah and made by Grandma – he specifically said that it had to have scraps of fabric in it from a quilt that I made him last year :)  He had the big pad of drawing paper out, a square quilting ruler and colored pencils – he did a really good job but was only about a 1/4 of the way done with it when they left for home.  He took the drawing home with him and said he will finish it and send it to me – I don’t know if he will keep his interest but if he sends it back I will see what I can do with it.

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Karen on November 29th, 2009

We just got back from our camping weekend.  I haven’t had time to look through photos but I wanted to put a link here to my daughter Melanie’s blog where she posted photo’s of our Thanksgiving.

I will post again later if I get to it.  While the kids were here visiting we got a photo of me and Mel holding up THAT QUILT that she has been waiting patiently for me to finish.  Now she has had her first look at it and will wait awhile before I hand it over! She was drooling :)  I will get one of the photo’s from Mike to post.

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Karen on November 27th, 2009

I don’t know about anyone else but I ate too much.  We went through so many pumpkin pies – we love it.  We eat it for breakfast, dessert, snacks – it is the only time of year I make it.  We are bringing the leftovers with us.

We made use of our motorhome as we had too many people in the house the last couple days and when that happens it is very handy to have the motorhome next to the house.  We make use of the extra sleeping space and the bathroom – it is heated and has water in the tank.  But because we did use the bathroom and it is almost time for winter that means we must dump the tanks and then winterize the pipes.  We decided the easiest way to do that is to go camping :)  We will have fun, go hiking, enjoy nature and then dump the tanks and when we get home Mike will winterize the vehicle.

We will just be gone for the weekend – our last camping trip of the year – it will be a short trip but enjoyable.  The campground that we are going to is a short drive –  less than an hours drive from here.  It is supposed to be in the 60’s this weekend although the evenings will be chilly.

While the kids where here we made use of the firepit that we had gotten for the stone area that Mike added to our deck.  Here is a photo of the stone area and when Mike gets all his photos loaded on the computer I will put one on of the kids roasting marshmallows on Wednesday – they had fun and it made them feel like they were camping.  We will be able to enjoy this fire pit almost all year round.  It has a cover to go over it to protect it from the rain but most likely most of the time it will be put under the protection of the roof on the porch.  There is a table top that you can put over the area that you put the wood in and then it turns into a table.

along the backside of this area Mike is building a rock wall that will provide extra seating if necessary and maybe a bench on the side that is highest off of the ground.  It made for a nice area for a fire in the middle of a chilly afternoon.

along the backside of this area Mike is building a rock wall that will provide extra seating if necessary (although most of the time it is just the two of us so plenty of room for the two chairs there) and maybe a bench on the side that is highest off of the ground (next to where the chairs are). It made for a nice area for a fire in the middle of a chilly afternoon. All this rock is from our land - we grow rocks pretty good in Arkansas! The flat stones though we had to buy - we hardly ever find any that flat in our yard :)

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Karen on November 25th, 2009

The house is full, the grandchildren are visiting here are some photos of my cuties having fun.

Wii game talent (Star Wars challenge)

Wii game talent (Star Wars challenge)

Utah and Ciera working on a drawing

Utah and Ciera working on a drawing

A Christmas tree all trimmed up and Santa peeking around the corner, gifts under the tree with their names on them :)

A Christmas tree all trimmed up and Santa peeking around the corner, gifts under the tree with their names on them :)

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Karen on November 24th, 2009

My second Dear Jane - Insanity Revisited now has 8 rows finished.   I need to sew the 8th row onto the 7 rows already put together.  Not sure if I will be working on that over the next couple days or not.  Dear Daughter #2 and family+ large dog Max arrive in an hour or so and will be here until Friday.  Our little house will be bursting at it’s seams.

Block 13, Row 8, Insanity Revisited

Block 13, Row 8, Insanity Revisited - those white specks are just thread clippings that I hadn't noticed - somehow I constantly have thread clippings sticking to the furniture, me, husband, all over the house - why is that :)

here is some of the quilting on the Christmas Baltimore Album quilt.  I decided to use a tone on tone yellow King Tut thread for the quilting on the red sashing.  I think it sets it off well, the red thread would have just disappeared in it.

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