Friday, December 18, 2009

Joan's Musings

A little slow on updating my blog. Here it is only a week until Christmas. I do have all my packages and cards mailed. I mailed the packages on the 10th, if I remember correctly. I miss my family so much during these holidays.

We arrived in Tucson on the 14th of November, 09, we left home on the 11th, a day or two earlier than planned due to the weather forecast. We fortunately had an uneventful trip. We try to stop before dark,so it takes us about 2.5 days. The space we had picked out from the map at home didn't agree with us. We looked at what was available, and found a very nice one V257. It is close to all the activities. Of course I immediately got back into the quilting group. I stopped at the sewing room on Saturday the l5th, Suzie was there and told me they were just starting the Art Quilt Group the next day. It was kind of like coming home, nearly all the same ladies as were there in 2007. We meet every other week, trying a new technique each time. The Quilters 2 group meets each Monday morning, a very active group. We do a block a month, each month a different pattern, the blocks are then put together and either given to charity or used as a raffle quilt. I have made four blocks so far two with each pattern. I made a small Christmas quilt to be distributed with others to various charity organizations. I finished a bag for my Art Quilt group in Ft Collins. The machine embroidery group in FC is keeping me updated via email, and I am proceeding with the practice techniques using the book "Creative Machine Embroidery Vol.2" By: Lucille Merrell Graham.

The weather has fluctuated from the low 60's to the high 70's, the lows in the high 30's to low 50's.

I have finished a few quilting projects and have been teaching myself Fair Isle knitting using two skeins of yarn, one in each hand, a neat technique and goes quite quickly. I finished one Nordic style mitten and and working on the second.

JD is spending a lot of time golfing. We have reserved Christmas Dinner at Agave, supposedly they put out a wonderful Christmas dinner. Not like home, but the next best thing.

I will try to post a couple of pictures to my blog today.

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