Monday, January 2, 2012

And away we go with 2012

table rnner 2011

One last shot of the table runners I made for Christmas 2011.  I made 6, 5 for gifts and this one that is currently on our dining room table.  It will packed up today, along with all the other Christmas decorations to make a triumphant return next year.

So, my plan for last week was to spend most of my time doing a cleaning and reorganizing of the studio.  If I tell you that not a lot got done would you be surprised?  Of course not!


clean machine

I did do some, however, and now the machine I do most of my embroidery on has been uncovered.  It sits on a very long table, where I used to do my DSM quilting with my first HQ frame setup, so it is very easy to pile things on. 


found projects

So I found several started projects while cleaning this table.  Here, at the other end, is one.  This is a string project that I was using as a leader/ender.  I have five completed 8 1/2” blocks and 10 in-process blocks, seen here.  I love how these blocks look so I will be continuing with this project until I find a completed quilt.



color challenge 2012

But I also couldn’t help myself and started something new.  The printout in the picture is for the color challenge being hosted by Judy and Vickie.  I have decided to participate and am combining it with an uncompleted journal quilt challenge hosted by Vickie last year.  Also in the picture are the fabrics I pulled from my stash: I think they match the challenge colors really well.


color project Jan started

My original plan was to just pull the fabrics but once they were on my “design ironing board” I couldn’t help but play.  This is what I finally had to leave in order to get dinner made.







recording studio

As the final Christmas fun, DH and I watched old family videos.  DH has been rescuing old VHS tapes and putting them on DVD.  The oldest is one that was originally 8mm movies of family Christmas’ from 1963 – 1969.  This picture is the “recording studio” he has set up in our living room.  He assures me it will find a new home prior to his return to work in mid-January.


a third of old tapes

Here are about a third of the tapes that we have not yet converted to DVD but with that wonderful setup, seen above, it should take no time at all.  Of course, once he has finished with the videos, he is planning on putting slides of the plays he has produced over his 47 years of teaching.  That will take some time, I am sure.


Now, next week I hope to have ongoing progress on the above and at least 1-2 more.  However, I may be taking on another Weight Watcher meeting so my time is being stolen, again.  See ya,


heather said...

I like your colors.

Denise :) said...

Gosh, you do stay busy, don't you?! Are you a speaker for WW, Gari? My hubby and I went through and converted a lot of our old home VHS to DVD, too -- when we moved to the RV a couple of years ago. It was well worth it! :)

Penny said...

Gari, looks like you have a bunch of fun projects for 2012. Want to encourage the VHS conversion to DVD. My mother passed away last June but converted all the old family videos to DVD. Now with Mom gone, Dad with Alzheimers, those DVDs are priceless memories hearing them share in the narration.

Quilter Kathy said...

Love your scrap blocks!

Ulla's Quilt World said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world!

Bonnie said...

Will you be starting a new project with the embroidery machine? Just curious.

I like the string blocks. I need to make another string quilt as my strings runneth over!

Was special equipment needed to record the videos to dvd? just curious...