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We had Vintage Stitchers at my house on Thursday. Barbara finished sewing the binding on this quilt while she was here.
Carol has been working on this "moment of insanity" quilt. (I've had several like that.) The reason it's a moment of insanity quilt is because she had no idea how many blocks she was going to have to make, and then she lost track and made too many.
The extras ended up on the back:
Janet makes a lot of charity quilts. Here's her latest:
She has an eye for color. They are comfort quilts. She backs them with flannel or Minky.
I worked on my appliqué for the Delectable Pathways quilt. I'm almost done with the first of the three panels.
I finished my first woven rug. It was a little wonky, but I thought I would fix some of that with wet finishing (blocking). Here's how I blocked it: I sewed some overcast sts along each selvedge to hold the blocking wires.
Then I soaked the rug in Kookaburra Wool Wash for half an hour, turning it over halfway through. Here's the rug blocking:
When it was dry, I was pleased with the rug. It wasn't perfect, but most of the distortion was gone. Here's the rug in powder room:
I've started the second rug. I've decided to stick with stripes until I take the rug class in November.
The yarn is Wool of the Andes Bulky in various colors for weft and Maysville 8/4 Cotton Carpet Warp in natural for warp.
I've been reading about rug making, and read in The Craft of the Weaver by Ann Sutton, Peter Collingwood and Geraldine St. Aubyn Hubbard. One of the things I read was when weaving a weft-faced rug (one where the warp is covered up more or less completely) you should beat with the shed still open, beat again with the shed closed and beat a third time with the next shed open. I've been doing this, and the warp threads disappear completely.
Here's a closeup, showing how the warp threads are completely covered up:
Speaking of the class in November, Karan, Margareth and I ordered our yarn for the class:
The four cones in front are mine: Brick, Mushroom, Dune and Chocolate. Karan's are upper right and Margareth's are upper left. The yarn is Collingwood Rug Yarn. WEBS was having a sale for all of May, and this was included in the sale yarns, so we bought it, even though we don't need it until November.
I finally finished the first of my Fiji Socks. I started these in Wisconsin before Zachary was born, so that was more than a year ago. The second one will probably go faster. For me, "second-sock syndrome" means I can't put down the second sock until it's done. Although I have a lot of pots on the stove right now....
The yarn is Stroll Glimmer in "Fiji." (Hence the name.) Too bad the angelina doesn't show up well. It's very sparkly. I'll try to post a photo taken in daylight closeup. Maybe it will show up then.
Saturday was a very nice day, so we took the pups and went for a late-afternoon hike. some of the wildflowers are blooming already, especially the Balsam Root, shown here with Rocky and Sunny.
They look as if they just had a tiff and aren't speaking, but they really are best pals, and this was the only one with the sun on Rocky's face. (Black poodles are so hard to photograph!)
For a gratuitous baby photo, I thought you would enjoy seeing Soren in his new bike helmet, getting ready for his first bike ride:

May we remember those who have worn our uniform and be worthy of their sacrifice.

What's on my needles: Daphne's Bunny Suit, front and back done. Ready to start the sleeves, and Fiji Socks.
What's on my loom: The second and bigger rug. It's going better than the first.
What's on my iPad: Listening to another Audible audiobook, D. E. Stevenson's The Musgraves, and various podcasts, including Seyne Mitchell's Weavecast and Benjamin Levisay's Fiber Hooligan podcast, new episode available today.
What's on my wheel: Full Circle Roving in "Espresso." Finished the first bobbin.
What's on my Featherweight: Delectable Pathways, blocks finished, and making progress on the appliqué.
What's in my wine glass: Scheid's Gewurtztramiemer 1999. We didn't expect a white this old to still be good after all these years, but it was wonderful!
Note: This blog post was produced entirely on the MacBook, using the iPad for photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for or cleaned.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 29, 2013 at 5:58am

Thanks, Muriel!

Comment by Muriel on May 28, 2013 at 10:00pm

You have some very beautiful work in your pictures.  Sunny and Rocky would enjoy their time in the sun.  They are very nice socks that you knit.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 28, 2013 at 12:06pm

Our water is terrible! (We have an RO system). These ladies (Vintage Stitchers) are very talented! The other group is full of talented ladies, too, but only a few of them are quilters.

Comment by Barb/WI on May 28, 2013 at 10:55am

Love the rug!  Looks like the next one will be beautiful, as well.  I swear, you always show us some of the most beautiful quilts!  Either you are part of an extremely talented group, or there is something special in the water there!  Cutie Soren didn't seem to  mind the bike helmet, at all :-)

Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 27, 2013 at 5:11pm

I'm assuming poodle, if Skeeter is the daddy.

Comment by Debra Miller on May 27, 2013 at 4:18pm
What breed of puppies?
Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 27, 2013 at 3:18pm

Mary, when I started weaving, the hardest part for me was the vocabulary! Most of the words for things have other meanings in English, so it was hard to follow, and some of the terms are spelled differently from a similar word. It's getting easy, though.

Sue, were you planning on puppies? Sounds like you'll be happy about it in any case!

I think the quilt you mean is Janet's. I think it's a Turning Twenty.

Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on May 27, 2013 at 10:59am

The top quilt is gorgeous!!!!!  I think it would be a fantastic quilt to display photos.  Maybe one day I can make a heirloom with photos and this one would be just the ticket.   Love the poodles picture.  They are so precious.  We think Ginger is with puppies, not 100% sure yet but keep her in your prayers. Everything points to it, she is due the 4th of July, how about that.  I will post a blog when I know for 100% sure.  We are so excited. 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 27, 2013 at 9:57am

The secret to getting a good photo of a black poodle is to put him/her against a dark background in strong light. Normal circumstances (especially snow) make it difficult.

Comment by Pam/NY on May 27, 2013 at 9:28am

The quilts are gorgeous. It's bad enough to make the right number of quilt blocks, but to make too many is painful!  The rug looks nice in the bathroom. I like the one you're working on now. You can send all your rejects to my house!!! We always had a hard time getting a good picture of our black poodles...

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