Thursday, December 30, 2010

Resolutions and a Ramon Blanket

Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year's resolutions, and I've stuck with it ever since. 
~Dave Beard

How many of your are making one or more New Year's resolutions?  I have done like the quote above, and you know, it is the one and only resolution that I have never broken!  I found that trying to make promises to eat better, to lose weight, or any number of other things was something that just wasn't meant to be.  It was much easier if I just incorporated the things I would like to do into my life without announcing them to the world.  And, of course, then I didn't have to admit defeat to anyone but myself - and most of the time I forgave myself too.



Brinegar Cabin and Loom

A few years ago we took a trip through part of North Carolina and traveled along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.  There is so much history and interesting little stops along the way.  We came upon these two old cabins which are part of the National Parks System.  I try to imagine what life would have been like over 100 years ago for the people that lived there.  The sign outside of the bigger cabin read "The art of weaving on a four-poster hand loom, long lost to all but the mountain people, was carried on from 1885 to 1935 by a busy farmer's wife, Caroline Brinegar.  Her mother's century old loom is still in use".  I would love to see even one of the hand made articles created on that loom.


Yesterday I was able to get some sewing done and cutting for tomorrow's project completed.  I made two blocks.  One for a swap and the other is for the Layer Cake Quilt Along.  Here is that block....

This is block 5 created by Cara Quilts Designs.  I stayed with the same line of fabric from Connecting Threads that I have used for the previous 4 blocks.  The darker green is really more of a deep turquoise than the picture shows.  I could tell that my cold was affecting me when I was trying to put this block together and I had cut a group of rectangles 1/8th of an inch too big.  I had to rip out four seams and recut.  Oh well, had to let my seam ripper know that I missed it over my Christmas break - lol!

The second block I made is for my swap partner in the  Christmas Quilting Block Swap for January.

Since I don't know if Sue reads my blog or not, I'm only going to give you a sneak peek until she receives the block in her hot little hands.


Yesterday I also forgot to share a picture of my grandson, Nate, with his 'favorite blankey'. 
I made Nate a blanket before he was born.  This is the reason for the pastels as I didn't know if I was knitting a blanket for a boy or a girl.

After four years of loving hugs, washings, and being taken EVERY place with him - this is what is left.  My DD calls it his "Ramon" blanket and it has to be washed in a mesh bag.  Nothing much left but a whole bunch of strands of yarn.  Hopefully it will last just long enough until he is ready to give it up.


A few weeks back I won a giveaway from Fabric ala Carte.  Kris was giving way 4 fat quarters of the winners choice from her Etsy shop.  Here are the four I selected......
I really like all of the fabrics.  I do wish that there had been a ruler next to the samples of fabrics shown so that I could have had some idea how large the print was.  I was hoping to be able to use them for my hexie flowers, but as you can see, the prints are too large for that - well, I will be able to use one of them that way.  This line of fabrics is June Song for The Alexander Henry Collection 2010.  Thank you, Kris!!



I couldn't find a single new giveaway yesterday to share with you today.  But, if you come back tomorrow, I will have a brand new giveaway of my very own for you to enter.  I will tell you it involves 26 different colors of fabric.  Are you intrigued? 



Winter is once again arriving in the Central Valley of California.  It rained most of the night and now is quite blustery outside.  They say our high tomorrow should be in the mid 40's - quite a change from the 70 degree high on Christmas day.  We are even supposed to get below freezing for the next two nights and then  followed once again by a rainy weekend.  I love this time of year.  I always say you can add layers for warmth but you can only get so undressed when it is hot in the summer - well, unless you would like to risk an indecent exposure rap.  One of the things on my Christmas list was Toastie Toes - and I use them almost every day.  As long as my feet are warm, so is the rest of me.  What's the weather like where you are?

Winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer, when they complained about the heat.
~Author Unknown

I'm off to create - have a terrific Thursday!!


Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

You got such cute fat quarters. Congrats!!

Vesuviusmama said...

My one resolution for this year (so far) was to join an online Quilting Bee, which you have so graciously enabled me to do! That's quite a "blanket"! How rewarding to have something you made loved until it was used up! And I like those fabrics you chose - you should be able to make some fun stuff with those!

Cheryl said...

My daughter had a knitted blankie from her grandmother. She wore it down to a simple ball of yarn. Thanks for bringing back those memories. Love the bird fabric-congrats. It rained like crazy here last night as well. Means lots of wildflowers in Spring!

Hillbilly Handiworks said...

That must make your heart happy that your grandson loves the blankie so much!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Glad you like the cold! Not me, I am so looking forward to the 70 degree weather for the rest of this week. We've had hard cold since Sunday and it is miserable.

Needled Mom said...

I am so with you on resolutions!!!!

I love the blankie!! My granddaughter has one that I knitted for her father - in pastels too. It, too, is in threads, but she has not given it up yet. She is 14!! Now it is also in little balls with strings hanging off. It has become such a joke in the family.

Yep, we are in the "colds" here too. We didn't get the winds forecast for yesterday which would help the farmers.

Love your pretty fabrics and your blocks.

Chartreuse Moose said...

Thanks for a lovely post! So many fun things to ponder! The darling strands of the beloved blankie...ahhh! I remember seeing a quilt show that took just such strands, ribbons, threads and layered them between thin gauzy fabrics...and scribble stitched over the entire thing. It made for a "new" fabric/item...and was darling. However, that might prolong and defeat your ultimate hopes of it just going away forever and being replaced by a grand new creation from grandma! ;-)

Char said...

Love the blankey. I totally agree with you about the weather. You can always put a sweater on, but what do you when you get down to your skin?

Megan Harmeyer said...

Ugh that blanket!! LOL Actually, it's his "ramen" blanket. Anyway, I love how Chicken is holding it like it smells horrible. I don't make resolutions because it seems like they set me up to fail.

Quiet Quilter said...

Temp ranges from 30 degrees to 75-80 this week. We have winter, but in transitional stages, trading off with autumn and a little promise of rain every once in awhile...notice I said promise....

But sometimes it is quilting weather, which keeps me from going outside.

My GS has the same blankie..he refuses anything else right now (he's 2.5 now)

Kim D. said...

I never make New Years resolutions either. Love the Layer Cake Block Linda, it's lovely. Can't wait to see all the blocks together. I thought about joining, but I have too many UFO's to finish. The little sneak peak of your swap block looks so pretty, I love star blocks. Wow, I've never seen a blanket so loved like the one you made for Nate. Too funny! You may have to urge him to give it up with a new big boy blanket.

joe tulips said...

I totally skip the resolutions and rarely can I stay awake for midnight.
The blanket reminds me of the ratty torn blankets I saved from my own kids. How precious it is.
We are under a winter storm watch for tomorrow. Freezing rain, then snow, then COLD. It is above freezing right now and very very foggy.
....and Nate's picture from yesterday is SO SWEET!

Joanna said...

I'm with you when it comes to making resolutions, but I seem to always begin the year with a hopeful and "expecting possibilities" kind of attitude. It may not last, but I have it in January:) Happy and Healthy New Year to you. Love Nate's blankie!

Lynda said...

Love the fat quarters you chose. Our weather is a freezing 21 degrees after a ton of heavy, wet snow fell. Now the roads are icy and slick and the drive to work is slow and white knuckle time on the steering wheel....with those maniacs that whiz by like they won't be in or cause an accident! My resolutions are kept to myself too. I only announce the ones I keep for longer than 3 months.

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