Wednesday, 23 January 2008

1 YEAR BLOG ANNIVERSARY

Today is my first year blog anniversary! Time flies. I have enjoyed this first year very much thanks to all of you out there. I want to thank you all for your comments, your inspiration, your advices,... I am looking forward to many more years of sharing, swaps, BOM, ...


Today I will show your a red and white quilt I made in 2004. It was my second or third attempt at machine quilting as you can see in the last border! If I were to make this quilt again I think I would quilt feathers in the border.


Another problem with that quilt is that I had used some swatches of fabric samples which were too small to wash and so it bled when I put some water on it to withdraw the marking. Now I am afraid of washing it at all!

My first socks from the toe up are finished! Here they are modelled by their owner, my DH. He seems quite happy with them and said they were very comfy.
Well he´d better or he won´t get any more!


I found the pattern for the Diamond waffle socks at KNITTY. The heel was a bit tricky but now the penny had droped and I can imagine knitting more socks that way.


I am off to my quilting group! I wish you a very nice end of the week.

27 comments:

Quilt Memories said...

Hi Gwen, Any time I wash a new quilt that I even "think" may bleed I use a color catcher, they are part of the "Shout family products. You can usually find them with the detergents or at least close by. Since I started using them I have never had anything messed up. They are great to have for whatever you may be washing . Try them I think you will be as amazed as I was!

Quilt Memories said...

Sorry, I also meant to congratulate you on your blogaverasry, I do enjoy reading what you have to say. Come visit me sometime!

Cathi said...

Happy Blogiversary! You are a very talented woman, if that is one of your first tries at machine quilting. Did you mark that pattern first? I couldn't dream of achieving that on machine quilting yet!

The socks look great!! Need to get back to knitting, but with health issues with my parents, I have mainly been quilting...don't have to study patterns for that, just stitch!

Jenny said...

Those socks are beautiful. My knitting came to a halt last night because I need a different needle size. You're a natural at machine quilting. Just to have the nerve to attempt those designs in the beginning is impressive.

CONNIE W said...

I just love your blog. Congrats on reaching the one year milestone. Your projects are wonderful!

gwensmom said...

Yay! Happy birthday blog! And what a way to celebrate. that quilt is so cheerful and the socks look great.

atet said...

Congrats on the one year blog anniversary! I love that little red and white quilt -- you might try color catcher sheets and/or using some retayne to wash it. Though, if you don't need to, why tempt fate?

LOVE those socks as well -- they do look warm and cozy!

Bea said...

Also erstmal "Happy Birthday".
Das gibt es ja gar nicht, ein Jahr ist schon vorbei???!!!
Dein Blog ist einer meiner Lieblingsblogs!!! :-)))
Und das mit den Socken, daß MUSST du mir zeigen, ich steige durch die Anleitung so gar nicht durch ... grummppff
Schön, daß es dich gibt!
Bea

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Hop over to http://thimbleanna.com/ she's just been through the exact same thing and talks about how she solved her problem with the red bleeding. Some good info and pictures too!

teodo said...

Your socks are wonderful and the quilt too.

Congrats for your 1 YEAR BLOG ANNIVERSARY!!
You are a very good and talented woman and quilter and I have many inspirations by you.
ciao ciao

Lucy said...

Congrats Gwen!

I love how you quilt the daisies. Maybe i should give this pattern a try :-)

Thimbleanna said...

Happy Blogiversary Gwen! Good luck with the bleeding on your little quilt -- if you can find the shout color catcher, it will probably be the best product to use! I love the heel on the sock you made -- very pretty!

chook said...

congrats on blogging for 1 year
I look forward to reading many more posts
hugs Beth

Libby said...

Happy Blogiversary *s* Your socks look fantastic - I admire all you gals that can knit!

Kim said...

Happy Blogiversary!

Chookyblue said...

1 year congrats........well done

Anne Ida said...

Happy one year blogiversary!!! Thank you for all the inspiration you bring!

That red and white quilt is wonderful! And those socks are very pretty - and look very tricky!

Quilty said...

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum einjährigen Blog-Geburtstag. Ich hoffe sehr, dass noch viele folgen werden! Der rot-weiße Quilt ist wunderschön.

Lea said...

Congratulations on you and your blog!
I love your flying geese quilt. Your quilting line is beautiful!!!
Also your socks is very cute and looks so comfy. :-)

Anne said...

Hello, your dear sister, happy anniversary. You are such an inspiration for me !! Euh, well, not really but you do make nice cushions and things but you can keep your socks!! someone has to tell you the truth, but if your husband likes them, I suppose it keeps him happy!
Back from Bombay or Mumbai and its lovely fabrics, off to bed,
take care,

Anne

Quilterin said...

Hallo Gwen! Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Blogaversary! Die Zeit vergeht wirklich wie im Fluge. Gerade bei solchen Gelegenheiten merkt man das immer wieder.

Dein Flying Geese ist traumhaft schön! Rot - weiß hat schon was.........

Carol said...

The red and white quilt looks so fresh and lovely. And the socks, my goodness, your beautiful even stitches, absolutely glorious. Happy blog anniversary day too!

Catherine said...

Wow! I love your red and white quilt and am really impressed by the machine quilting. gorgeous.

Wendy said...

Oh I love your first pair of socks. How did you do that heal?
The red and white flying geese quilt is so adorable, I love this pattern.

pamina said...

Happy birthday to your blog, Gwen ! It is really always a pleasure to discover your last works !

pamina said...

Oups ! I forget to say that I love your quilt in red and white !

the happy quilter said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary. Like the red and white quilt, good comment by quilt memories, those colour catcher sheets are advertised on TV at the moment. I have just started knitting my first pair of socks, it's quite addictive.