Wednesday, December 07, 2016

I'm Loving This Yarn

Drops Fabel Sock Yarn

Have I mentioned how much I love Drops Fabel? The colors are gorgeous and the price can't be beat.

As for the purple socks, at least the yarn is misbehaving the same way on the second sock. I'll settle for that.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Deepwood and Bush House

Deepwood Salem Oregon

A while back, one of the bloggers I read posted pictures from her visit to Deepwood in Salem, Oregon. There were so many amazing details that I'd never seen on my own visits to the house, but at my wedding twenty-five years ago I was preoccupied with getting down that gorgeous stairway in one piece. I've been wanting to go back for years, but I never quite got around to it.

On Sunday, admission to Deepwood and nearby Bush House were both free, so I packed up the boys and headed to town. Deepwood was too crowded to get pictures without strangers in them, but I did come away with lots of inspiration for future dollhouse projects.

We roamed the grounds and got plenty of pictures outside.

Deepwood Salem Oregon

And found a stolen shopping cart on on of the trails. Isn't that just a stupid waste? I was barely tempted to rescue it, mostly because there was no way to manage that without looking really stupid. But it really doesn't belong there!

I'd never been in Bush House before. Compared to Deepwood, it's even more impressive. I think part of that is the twelve foot ceilings and part is because, unlike Deepwood which has an oddly mid-century bathroom, it was only used as a residence until the 1950s.

It was easier to get pictures in Bush House since visitors aren't allowed in many of the rooms. Look at that gorgeous velvet quilt...

And this signature quilt! I've never seen one made from hexagons before...and I think that's metallic thread that the names are embroidered with.

Just a glimpse of this quilt because the rest of the room is so gorgeous. All of those windows and that great light!  And that bedroom is so huge...

The houses are free again next Sunday (December 11, 2016.) If you're in the area, you really should check them out.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Be My Neighbor - Two More Houses

Moda Be My Neighbor

I'm piecing more houses and, yes, I'm going out of order and picking easy ones first. Because that's the kind of day it was. Block 11 has far too much small scale floral there, but I'm leaving it as is unless I finish all of the houses and decide that I should redo it.

Have I mentioned that these blocks are ridiculously big? And how much fabric you lose piecing those rooftops? I'm saving bonus triangles in case I can incorporate them in the backing.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Weekly Stash Report

I've been drooling over this cross-stitch ornament kit for years!  Back when I ate breathed and slept cross-stitch (that was before I learned to knit or quilt and my creative time was split in quite so many different directions)  my favorite projects were the large ornate houses and landscapes with every last bit of fabric covered in stitches. These are exactly that, except smaller and -- maybe -- more manageable.

The kit is finally in my sewing room, but I doubt that I'll get even one of the ornaments done in time to hang on this year's tree. There are too many other projects calling out for my attention. I seem to be falling in love with every free Christmas pattern out there. The same way I fall in love with every Halloween pattern starting October 15th or so.

Do you start seasons projects just before the holiday and work on them a month later? Start them and abandon them after the special day? Work on them a few months ahead of time like a reasonable person who isn't me probably would?

Weekly Stash Report

Fabric used this week: 0 yards
Fabric used year to date: 7 1/4 yards
Fabric added this week:  0 yards
Fabric added year  to date: 30 1/4 yards (+4 sheets)
Net added for 2016: 23 yards

Yarn used this Week:  0  yards
Yarn used year to Date: 7150 yards
Yarn added this Week: 0 yards
Yarn added Year to Date: 9518 yards
Net added for 2016: 2368 yards

This post is linked to Patchwork Times.


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