Taking a break

I’ll be back when I have some quilty content to share.


It’s been a while

I’ve always liked maverick/free form pieced quilts but it’s been a while since I’ve done one … I guess my string quilts are a variation since I’ve modified a number of different traditional blocks and used irregular size strips and strings but I was reading Mereth’s blog and she linked to a book Cultural Fusion Quilts. I bought the kindle version and have really enjoyed looking at the quilts … I can definitely see myself making a few of them too. 

I love the cover quilt and this half square triangle one really appeals to me too!



As tempted as I was to start another quilt yesterday, I’m feeling the need to finish up some projects … I have the 4 quilts I quilted last month in GA to bind, 2 tops pin basted to quilt here, one hand quilting project in progress,  3 knitting projects in various stages, and a crochet blanket that I haven’t touched in weeks. 

This HeartStrings quilt was pieced by Tish and now the binding is finished. Her quilts are always gorgeous and I’m not sure this photo does it justice. I’ve got a 2nd binding in progress and now I’m going to knit a bit. Today is Keith’s birthday so we have plans later today. 


One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.

 Sigmund Freud



I really struggled with how big to make this one – I’d intended to make it child size and big stitch quilt it but I kept second guessing myself. My go to quilt size is a larger lap or sofa size. In the end, I made myself stop at 12 blocks – that’s 42 x 56 – so I will plan to big stitch quilt this one next after I finish the Pinwheel and Rails quilting. 

I also assembled another small doll quilt from the trimmings. 

Do you feel compelled to point out your mistakes to others? I’ve been knitting my Brickless shawl too – I made a pretty big mistake last night but after discussing it with myself, decided not to rip back … No one will ever be able to find the error with it wrapped around my neck or shoulders, no one but another knitter would be able to find it and then probably only if they knew there was an error and were looking for it.  And I won’t even photograph it and show it to you. 


Sewing Again

After spending the morning cuddling with Chesty and knitting, I finally manage to move into the sewing room and start sorting and searching for the supplies I needed for the 16 Patch quilt. I kid you not, it took me 15 minutes just to find where I’d put my thread. For some reason, I’d moved it from one bin to another and after 4 weeks, couldn’t remember where it was. 

Six blocks are made, two more are in progress for this fat quarter friendly quilt

I’m saving the leftover bits from the strip sets to make another doll quilt. Of course, I still need to quilt the first one and I brought some batting scraps back from GA so I can layer and hand quilt it. 


Couch potatoes

Got home tonight and doing absolutely nothing but sitting on the couch with Chesty … Was too tired to even knit.


Cutting and pinning

I spent the afternoon and part of the evening in Mom’s sewing room cutting three projects out and pin basting this sweet little strippie for her. I leave tomorrow for home but she’s got both quilting and crochet projects lined up so she has plenty to keep her busy. 

I’m looking forward to getting started on a new top myself!


Entertaining myself

I always travel with my “activity bag” … Knitting, Kindle, iPad … It’s easy to entertain myself. 

The problem with working on multiple projects is that measurable progress is so slow! I’d been working on the purple lace scarf before they canceled my flight … The short rows make it easy to pick up and put down. Last night I knit on the Cameo shawl and this afternoon, with the canceled flight, I pulled out my Brickless shawl. The rows are longer and it takes a little more concentration than the other two projects but I’ve got time now!


I was afraid of this

I’m stuck in Atlanta for 9 hours after my flight to Newport News was canceled … that’s assuming the one they’ve rebooked me on tonight isn’t canceled too as all flights to NN have been canceled so far today.

Luckily, I have my Kindle and my knitting, and the Sky Club. I’ve got a comfortable seat by the window and I just had them pour me a glass of wine.

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