Monday, December 30, 2013

Goodbye 2013!

was a busy year! and I'm looking forward to 2014!
We'll have two graduations (highschool and university), an official highschool freshman, and a wedding!
Hoping to wedge lots of sewing in between these huge milestones and events.  A quilt for the couple and one for Chris. 
Finishing this year happy!
Started December inspired.
Ending it satisfied.
I think I nailed it!
An improvisational-wonky Log Cabin table runner for the winter months.  Nothing but scraps used.  These were quick and fun to put together and gave a sewing fix in between homeschooling, co-op classes, decorating and family festivities.
Just a down and dirty all over meander for a quick finish.   I took some of the remaining red scraps and pieced them together for the binding.
My great-grandmother came to stay with us the summer I turned 13.  I treasure the time I got to spend with her and all the things she shared with me!
This was her on her 87 birthday.   She passed away many years ago, and didn't get to meet my husband and children.  I wish they could have gotten to know her.  She was an awesome cook, wrote for her local paper and stayed busy and active throughout her life.  She taught me to make a family favorite food, Rivvles and to crochet.  Every time I make this dish, I think of her and I think she would smile to see her gift of teaching me to crochet used to gift others.
Simple single chain stitches.  One of my favorites for scarves!  Not a lot of space for the wind and biting cold to get through.  I love the little rows of stitches lined up like little toy soldiers ready to fight Winter's worst...and if you're consistent in your stitching, patterns emerge in variegated yarn.  The top one especially with its blue "stripes". 
The "chocolate covered cherry" one is for Chris's special friend, Olivia.  The purple, teal and blue on the bottom right is for Jon's fianc√©, Rebecca.  The light blue, cream and purple on top is for my mom.
What a fun way to let my great-grandma "hug" these special ladies in my life.
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  1. The table runner came out so beautifully and your efforts to get it done I am sure you are proud!

    I really love those scarves and your chain stitching is genius! Your Great Grandmother has taught you well;)

    Happy New year!!

  2. Wishing you the best in the new year Dee! Great table runner and lovely scarves! Hard to believe the scarves were made with the chain stitch. Nice to have a photo of your great grandmother.

  3. So many cherished memories are those spent with our loved ones as we chat about the things of life, whilst they teach us a new skill. How wonderful that your great grandmother taught you to cook and crochet!! Love your scrappy table runner. 'Tis looking a treat. Your 2014 looks as if there will be many momentous and happy family occasions. I must say that I am looking forward to seeing that beautiful linen quilt of yours in 2014! Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!!

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  5. Have a wonderful 2014 Dee. Looking forward to seeing what you create. xo


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