Thursday, August 26, 2010

Couple of things I've been working on

Hmmm, my month of crafty-ness during my four week break from school really has not materialized. And now I have 2 classes that start on Monday. Boo!

What was I thinking doing another master's degree? Some days, I have no clue! And although I haven't had classes to worry about, August is always killer at work. Working for a university, it is usually one of our busiest times of the year.

I have done a couple projects I wanted to share with you. And I am finishing up a couple things this week too. I'll show you those when I am done.

{I also have finished 3 and a half non-school books. All of them total chick lit. I found during my first master's program that chick lit was my anti-school reading. It's easy on the brain. And usually a fast read. Perhaps that might be part of the reason I haven't completed many projects?}

A couple weeks ago, I had to travel to Phoenix {4 hours roundtrip in the car} for work twice in three days. The first trip, I didn't bring anything in the car with me since quilting is not typically very mobile. But I was insanely jealous of my co-worker/friend Emily who worked on a crocheted blanket in the car. So the second trip to & from Phoenix, I made this.

Pardon the crappy pics, I took them in the car with my cell phone. This is currently in our kitchen but it's been raining each night this week when I got home from work so I haven't gotten a better pic yet. Also, the towel was an old towle because I am still learning and didn't want to "screw up" a new one.

Oh, and Mr. Crafty's comment when I showed him: "Cool! But why'd you use the towel I wiped car grease on?" Ummm, Mr. Crafty, why are you using our kitchen towels on the cars when we have an entire supply of shop rags from Costco? {sigh, MEN!}

Both are Jenny Hart's Sublime Stitching designs. {I added the "Sweet!" to the old man lemon}

Last Saturday, Mr. Crafty & I drove to Phoenix/Mesa to celebrate my dad's birthday. He loves bowling, so we went bowling after lunch. And by some miracle, I beat BOTH Mr. Crafty {Dan} AND my dad {Steve} in both games.

{My brother, who flew in from Missouri for the weekend, beat me both games. But we won't talk about that, it'll just give him an even bigger head than he already has}

Anyway, the crafty part of the visit...

I STILL haven't finished my brother and sis-in-law's quilt that was their Christmas present. The top has been done since December 23rd but I just have not gotten it put together. I have excuses galore... but...

To make peace, I ran to Target Saturday morning on my way home from my run with the Team {still accepting donations for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. And I ain't too proud to beg} and grabbed some clearance kitchen towels. I actually was looking for some striped ones but couldn't find any but stumbled on these on one of the clearance endcaps. Oh, how I love Target! I wasn't sure how they would work since they are waffle towles but they came out OK. There is a second towel for my brother, but I only got this one finished during the ride up there so I just didn't mention the second one. These are also Jenny Hart designs, from her China Town collection.

The top symbol is double happiness and my brother and {Chinese} sis-in-law used this all over in the decorations for their wedding reception. I used backstitch and stem stitch for these.

More to come later this week... hopefully including the Raspberry Limeade Pinwheel quilt tutorial/pattern


Hooptee said...

Adorable! And love the comment from Mr. Crafty about the grease. So typical.

Stray Stitches said...

Love the towels. They remind me of some I did back many, many (well, we just won't say how many) years ago. Very cute!