Thursday, October 23, 2014

October nearly gone....?!

I don't know where its gone, but October is much closer to the end of the month than the beginning.  I have been busy!  My niece, was here for a nice long visit earlier this month.  We made the most of it and packed a lot of stitching and needlework into the time she was here!

Since I found out a baby is on the way this coming Spring, I wanted to see if I could remember how to crochet again.  Because a new baby needs a blanket from grandma!  So with some help from my niece, I got going again.  It's been a fun diversion.
The yarn is really soft, just what you think it should be for a baby's blanket!
There may be a few mistakes, but at least I've gotten the rhythm of it again.  I will need to get some more yarn this weekend.  I got it at Michaels.

Then I've been working on the Tortoise and the Hare...
Here's where I left off last night.  I always forget how much time it takes to do these Prairie Schooler charts.  I guess I'm just impatient to get it done.  I am thinking ahead to some Christmas ornaments that I want to do....  I haven't made final choices yet, but it's time to do some final choices.  

Then besides the crocheting, the cross stitching, my niece and I each started a patchwork and appliqué square!  Again, I was having to stretch out of my comfort zone.

We worked hard two evenings to get this far.  The designer is Bonnie Sullivan from 'all through the night '.  

Barb chose a different month for her project.  I still have to do the blanket stitching, vine, etc.  I am supposed to have that done before she returns in December, so we can do the finishing. I will finish it for a small wall hanging I think.  

So, that about catches you up on stitching projects around here!

But then I hosted our Rural Library Directors group at our library last Friday morning.  That entails coffee and breakfast foods, and after the meeting taking them to a local restaurant for lunch!  So, that is a full day since I finish off the day by working through the afternoon as well.

But, that wasn't the end of the entertaining!  I hosted our stitching group at our house this past Monday evening.  I made applesauce cake from scratch with my Mom's recipe for caramel frosting. It's perfect for Fall!  We had a fun evening stitching together as always.  We have a great group of women.

I better close for now.  Hope you are all finding some quality stitching time!


  1. What a lovely baby blanket you are creating! It sounds like you had a fabulous time with your niece. Your PS piece and your applique/patchwork piece are lovely.

    Robin in Virginia

  2. Crocheting, stitching, quilting - wow! The colors for the baby blanket are wonderful.

  3. Congratulations on addition to your family. Am looking for my courage to start wool applique

  4. Lovely projects, all! I especially love your wool applique. I've been eyeing that pattern set and loving it so much! Good for you on the crochet too. I'm thinking of doing some more crochet as well. Love the stitching!

  5. I like your choice of projects, the PS chart is working up very well and I love your appliqué piece - it's very effective.

  6. That looks like the perfect blanket for a baby. Other projects look great too!

  7. What wonderful projects! Love the colours in your baby blanket, it looks gorgeous.

  8. Sounds like a busy, but fun month, Melody... The baby blanket looks so soft and pretty and I know just what you mean about PS charts! They always take much longer than I had planned, too :)

    Yum--that cake sounds wonderful! I would love the recipe if you don't mind sharing :)

  9. Wow Crocheting, stitching, quilting - they all so lovely
    Big hugs x

  10. All of your creations are wonderful, love the baby blanket.

  11. You have many wonderful projects on the go Mel! I love the baby blanket colour you chose! It does look really soft and I'm sure mom and baby will love it. The Tortoise and Hare is looking good!! Very cool applique project. I think I tried applique once but forgot how to do it. Hugs to you!