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I finally got the buttons on the BSJ for Baby Stuart, the one due in June:



This BSJ is identical to the one I made for Zachary except for the color way, which is probably why it took so long. Also, I wasn't under as much pressure to finish it. There has also been some progress on the diaper bag for the same baby:


I actually have more done than shows in the photo. Soon it will be time to BO and make the handles. It will be felted and lined with the fabric in the photo. There's plenty of time, though. 

There isn't as much time to get ready for the arrival of the first baby of the year for us, Zachary, due to arrive in just under a month, assuming that this bun stays in the oven until done! (His sister was three weeks early, so my bags are already packed.)

We will be driving from Utah to Wisconsin in the car with the pups. I'm taking my "Dogwood Blossoms" sweater to work on in the car, but I also needed a mindless project for times when I can't concentrate, so I picked this yarn, Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer in Fiji. I'll use a pattern from one of my favorite sock books, More Sensational Knitted Socksby Charlene Schurch.


I'll be missing a few meetings of Common Threads and Vintage Stitchers while I'm gone. While I was working on baby quilts, the ladies in both groups have been busy. Julie had our Peace House quilt on the long-arm when we were at her house for Common Threads. Janet sewed on the binding, and Brenda is doing the hand-finishing. A group of us pieced this quilt, which will be donated to the Peace House for a fund-raiser. This organization shelters women and children who have left abusive homes.

Besides the quilting on this quilt, Julie has been busy making quilts for people she knows. This is a wedding quilt:

And here's the back:

She also made this quilt for a neighbor who did a favor for her:

The photos of houses are Julie's house, the home of the neighbor who will receive the quilt and that of another neighbor. She used a photocopy process to transfer the photos to fabric.

Speaking of houses, Janet has been doing an appliqué block-of-the-month. She's making two of each block, so each of her two children will get one of these wintery quilts when they're finished. Julie's kitty was fascinated by the 3-D quilts on one of the blocks.

There's a cute video of Daphne reading the ABCs out of a book on Facebook, but I can't figure any way to post it here. If you're friends with me on FB, you can find it on my page if you scroll down.

What's on my needles: The aforementioned "Dogwood Blossoms" and the diaper bag.
What's on my wheel: Still the KP Full Circle roving in "Caramel." I had to move my wheel for Vintage Stitchers, but should be back to spinning soon.
What's on my iPad: P.D. James' Murder at Pemberly from Audible, All Wound Up: The Yarn Harlot Writes for a Spin eBook by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee on the Kindle app.
What's my app of the week: Skype for calls to telephones. It came in handy when I needed to do a lot of calling from someone else's house. (My cell phone is paid by the minute.) I have the subscription from Skype that allows me to use my iPad as a phone connected through the Internet.
What's in my wine glass: Foxhorn Vinyards Merlot, "It's so Aussie!"

Note: This blog post was produced entirely on the MacBook. 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 March 13, 2012 at 11:01pm
Judith, I'm always begging for photos for you!
Nargis, there are some tutorials on this website for just about everything. YouTube is good, too.
Buffy, just TRUST the directions! We also have the BSJ KAL here, too. Worth reading.
Cheryl: angora rabbits would, too!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on March 13, 2012 at 10:55pm
The diaper bag is the Tahki Montana Tote, but lined:
Susan did it first. I got the idea from her.
Comment by Buffy Joseph on March 13, 2012 at 9:37pm

Cute BSJ. My knitting group started a KAL for it today. We have the basic pattern, the updated/expanded pattern and the DVD - I wonder how much trouble we will get into?! I will try to take pictures of our progress next week, and post them in the KP BSJ group.

I love the quilts, especially the applique ones (and the kitty admired blocks) even though I hate to do applique. I guess I'll just admire others' work. :)

Comment by Elaine Wenger on March 13, 2012 at 1:58pm

Hope you have a great trip! Cute little BSJ, lovely quilts.

Comment by parisribbons on March 12, 2012 at 10:29pm


Here I am on Monday - late Monday but better late than never! Those quilts are

delicious! I love The BSJ. They are so cute and even more so with the hood. You

are so clever, Peggy. 

I had to frog a bit on my mitt but have the first pair done except for the loose

ends. I have started another pair to take to Stitch and Scones tomorrow. I 

really am enjoying these mitts. I still want a pair for me but will wait till I have the

ones for Angel Bear done.

Thanks so much for the blog, Peggy. It lights up my week.

  ---  Judith

Comment by cherylbwaters on March 12, 2012 at 7:19pm

Darn! Taking care of cats takes me out of the equation! jbarr and I have connected and she now has my mailing address. Still waiting to hear from the PO as to when a PO Box will be available.

Comment by nargis shaikh on March 12, 2012 at 6:57pm

peggy thank you let me know is  lot of help on line beginer on line which i donot know i am not femilier that much with computer please if you know any side so help me and mail me ilove to quilt and knitting and also learning crocht


Comment by Janice Aitkens on March 12, 2012 at 6:41pm

What lovely quilts she done & doing a great job i would love to be able to do the quilting like that the back really shows it off

Also well done on the knitting side

Hugs Janice

Comment by christina | AlohaBlu on March 12, 2012 at 1:19pm

beautiful Peggy! thanks for the info on Skype - i often wondered if you can use the ipad as a phone (would make sense). lovely BSJ and diaper bag! can't wait to see how the bag turns out once you've felted it. is there a pattern you're using for it? as always those quilts are just to jaw-dropping . . .

Comment by Peggy Stuart on March 12, 2012 at 12:07pm

Susan must have been posting as I was. Susan, I agree about the back of the wedding quilt...almost! Both sides are lovely, but the back really shows off the quilting!

Wendy, thanks for sharing the photo of that gorgeous quilt! Thats a lot of appliqué.

Nargis, there's lots of help online for beginning quilters!

Cheryl, I gave Julie (jbarr) your address for the mitts. I'm sure she would still love to be friends with you, though. I'll pass your offer along to Julie about the favor in exchange for a quilt. I'm thinking their neighbor looked after both dogs and both cats while they were gone.

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