Many thanks

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes for Chloe.  She had a wonderful day!  Her cake was a joint effort by she and I.  I baked the layers and she decorated with whip cream, strawberries and a dusting of powdered sugar through a cake stencil.  She also made the 15! candles last fall when she was making beeswax candles.

My big surprise for her was this mini quilt showcasing Scrabble. I managed to almost finish it on the day of her birthday.  I got it all done, down to the binding.  I still have to add a hanging sleeve and will embellish with beads.  There's a quote there that says, "My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog thinks I am."  I asked her for her favorite dog quote and had her look at a basket of fabrics and tell me which were her favorites. That's how I got the color combo I knew she would love.  She had no idea what I was making. 

It's been a crazy week what with selling Campfire candy.  Luckily, Chloe has met her goal of 300 boxes and we have just a few more people who want some.  Thank goodness it's done for another year!  If you've never had to do this before it involves long hours sitting in front of grocery stores waiting to sell candy.  I needed a quick, mindless project and found one when I went to Norma's blog last week and saw her stripey Noro scarf.  I had some Noro Silk Garden hanging about in the stash so I started this last week.  It's already almost done.  I love this pattern originally seen on Brooklyn Tweed, probably the most gorgeous knitting blog out there.  You can take two different balls of Noro that you'd never stick together otherwise and get a really smashing scarf.  A complete scarf photo should be available any day now.

One last thing to show you.  I managed to machine quilt and bind this quilt this morning just in time for quilt guild tonight.  This was available as a kit from the community quilts group in our guild.  My friend, Michelle, offered to piece the top.  Then we basted it together and I did the finishing.  I'm so glad it's done!  And now I'm off to the guild meeting!