Monday, December 17, 2007

Christmas fun...and The Reveal

The Turner clan Christmas gathering is officially over- at least the part where we all gather for dinner at my house. It takes days of preparation, and then it is over so quickly! Of course, after having a week of warm days in the 70's and 80's, it turned very cold Friday night. Dave, Emily, Charlie and I were the only ones there on Friday night, and we bundled up in parkas to watch the Geminid meteor shower from our deck. That was a delightful prelude to the busy Saturday. I think about forty were there for dinner, and it rained for about the fifth time all year. The weather forecast for ice and snow in the mountains prevented my aunt and cousin from Alaska from coming down from Virginia. But all the NC mountain Turners braved the trip.

Just had to show off granddaughter Lily in her Christmas outfit! She was quite the party girl. Avery was much more sedate than usual, and in fact took a little snooze while all the company was there. The next morning, we exchanged presents with Dave and Emily, since they are going to be in Richmond for Christmas. So---I am now able to reveal my secret project from last week! Here is Emily's fiber shawl that I made on my long-arm machine. I decided to name it Precious Gems. I couldn't locate my camera while we were opening gifts, so I asked Dave to take her picture wearing it and send it to me. But here it is:
I took lots of photographs and took notes while I was making it. The plan is to post a tutorial. Frankly, I am still exhausted and don't have the energy! But check back and I will see what I can do!

4 comments:

Michelle said...

Wow, Jeanne - absolutely gorgeous!!!

clevelandgirlie said...
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clevelandgirlie said...

Jeanne -- that is stunning! I would love to follow your tutorial and try to make one myself. Is that something that can be done on a Little Gracie II frame with a Janome machine, or is it something that can only be done on a long arm??? (I see a really big and heavy box under the Christmas tree with no name on it -- it just may be Little Gracie!)

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Thank you both for the kind comments.

Cathie, I don't see why you couldn't use your Little Gracie once she is out of the box! I guess your shawl could only be as long as the length of your frame. Or you could sew part, then shift the whole thing down to sew the rest. The real advantage of the longarm is that mine has a horizontal and vertical channel lock, which makes sewing the grid a breeze.