Archive for January, 2006

Jeanne’s Mystery Quilt

I just finished a similar quilt in December for my future daughter-in-law. It’s a half log cabin block but I’ve seen the pattern sold as a Bento Box Quilt. I must be stuck on log cabin quilts, this is my 3rd variation in the last several months.

Jeanne’s Mystery Quilt looks different than my scrap version. I think hers has a more graphic look and she’s right that it goes together really quickly.

Next in line

It’s time to start on another UFO. I’m not sure where I was going with this one but I’m going to put a few borders on to make it lap size, quilt, and donate it.

I’ll use EQ5 to work out the size of the borders.

What I’m Reading

Two more books I bought the other day on the $1.99 table at Barnes and Noble. So far of the three I bought one was very good, one was OK, and one was bad but for $6 total they’re well worth the price.

Louisiana Bigshot Julie Smith

The book is about a female PI in New Orleans. Mysteries are my favorite genre and I’ve read a few of Julie Smith’s books but this was not one of my favorites.

A Collection of Beauties at the Height of Their PopularityWhitney Otto

This book was written by the woman who wrote How to Make an American Quilt and it will be one of the few books I don’t finish. Usually even if the book is not well written I want to find out what happens – in this case I don’t care.

Log Cabin Twins

The quilt on the right is completed and I’ve just got to stitch down the binding down on the second one and these will be done.

They aren’t exactly alike. My mom pieced the first one (on the left in the picture) starting with a dark round and ended with a light round. She decided that there was too much beige so when she made the second set of blocks she started with the light round and ended with a dark. They’re also quilted with two different pantographs.

Now I’m off to post on Stashbusters that I’ve completed my first UFO for 2006 with the second one to be done within the week.

Log Cabin #1 finished

I finished the binding on the first twin log cabin quilt tonight and the other is on the machine with the quilting about halfway finished.

I hope to have them both completely done by the end of this week and on the beds the weekend of the 24th when we go back up to the condo.

What I’m Reading

Everything Scrabble Joe Edley, John D. Williams

OK, did I tell you that I’m very competitive? My husband and I have gotten back into playing Scrabble and keeping track of how many wins we each have. Well, he’s winning abut 2 times to every 1 win of mine. It’s making me crazy because my vocabulary is probably better but he plays more strategically.

So I did what I do best and went and got a book in the hopes of picking up enough tips to beat him into the ground! And did I mention that the quiet evenings sitting in front of the fire with a glass of wine and the music playing while we compete is wonderful.

Quilting progress

In spite of all the posts about books and knitting I’m still a quilter and am making progress on the twin log cabin quilts for the Condo.

I’m having to grab quilting time here and there because with Keith gone for 2 weeks if I’m not sitting with Chesty, he has to be in his crate. So I sit with him a while and read, crochet, knit, or work on the computer and then crate him a little while to work on quilting.

First, let me say that I HATE working on two similar (almost matching) quilts at the same time. I would put the second one aside for a while but I’m eager to replace the ugly comforters on the beds with quilts.

So as of yesterday, I have the binding machine stitched on the first quilt, the borders are on the second quilt and the backing is 1/2 pieced. Today my goal will be to finish piecing the back and load the second quilt on the longarm.

I just calculated that I will bust 19 yards on these two UFO’s (borders, bindings, and backings) for the 100 yard dash on Stashbusters.

What I’m Reading

I am Madame X by Gioia Diliberto

I love a bargain which may explain the size of my stash! I bought this book for $1 at Barnes and Noble the other day. I thoroughly enjoyed it and read the entire book yesterday

Click the title to read a synopsis.

Zooba – Book of the Month Club Online

I recently joined a new online book club and this one may get me in trouble.

You create a reading list and then are sent one book each month from your list. You can also use the *buy now* to purchase any book.

The two reasons I joined are that all books are just $9.95 and there are never any shipping charges. (They do have current bestsellers, quilting, knitting, cookbooks, and more.)

The only catch (and this is NOT a problem for me) is that your credit card is charged 9.95 a month whether or not there are any books on your reading list. So essentially there is a minimum purchase of one book per month.

By the way, I have NO association with this site – I’m just an avid reader trying to stay in my monthly book budget. Well, there’s really no budget but books are a large monthly expenditure for me so I try to find ways to save.

Click the link below to check it out
Zooba� – the latest bestsellers for only $9.95. FREE shipping!

String Quilts

Two different conversation threads led to this post. One on Quiltmaker Magazines and the second, a discussion of string quilts on Stashbusters.

I’d made two string quilts from a pattern in a previous issue of Quiltmaker’s All Time Favorites and the current issue just out on the newstand also has a string quilt layout that I like.

The color combination for this first string quilt came about because I had a lot of blue and yellow strips leftover from a nine patch quilt. The second combination came from an article I’d read in a magazine showing an art quilt made with fabrics from half of the color wheel. They’d used the warm side (reds, oranges, etc) but I choose to use the cool side.

I prefer the quilt with the second combination of colors.

I’m due to make another string quilt but I’ll wait a couple months and try to focus on my UFO’s before starting something new.


I’m back at the Condo for a couple days so I started a new baby afghan. I’m making this one in a light blue variegated yarn and it’s a free pattern from Lion Brand Yarn.

I found that knitting is much slower for me than crochet so I stick to knitting baby afghans or scarves and save the crochet for kiddie or adult size afghans. The baby and adult afghans are donated to Catholic Charities and the kiddie afghans are donated to Project Linus.

What I’m Reading

S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton

I usually love books by Grafton but this one was difficult for me to get into at first. Finally, about 1/3 of the way through I got caught up in the story and stayed up last night until 4:30AM to finish it.


I decided to go with the blue binding. Most of the responses I received said they would go with the blue and a few suggested a red binding. I was leaning toward using the red but I have another log cabin quilt that will be going on the other twin bed in this room and I don’t have enough red to do the border and binding on both of them.

I don’t need them to be exactly the same but I don’t have another red in my stash that will work so in the interest of using what I have rather than going out and buying another red I’m going to use the blue.

Thanks for the input.

Help Please!

I finished quilting the Log Cabin and had planned to use up some leftover binding so I sewed my scraps together (on the floor next to the quilt). But now that I’m finished with the quilt I think the blue is such a strong frame for the quilt that maybe I should use it instead of the scraps.

What do you think – should I bind the quilt in the same blue as the border or use the scrap binding?

Simple Quilts

A discussion on the Stashbuster list of YBR and Turning Twenty quilts led me to browse through my quilt pictures looking for a few of the simple patterns I use for charity quilts. I buy one yard cuts of novelty fabrics and use coordinating fabrics from my stash. I also piece backs from stash for these quilts. All of these quilts turn out really cute and are quick to make.

Simple Twisted Block
Simple Twisted Block with Applique Hearts
Simple Pinwheels
Simple Strippie


One of the things taking up my time the last 2 weeks has been an injured dog. Chesty hurt his leg on Dec 15 and had surgery the following Tuesday.

He had his post-op visit today and got his stitches out. His activity is still severely restricted meaning he has to be sitting with me (or carried by me) or in his crate.

This was his picture right after the surgery. Doesn’t he look pitiful?

Big Canoe, Georgia

Since I’ve had several comments on the location of the porch with the Log Cabin quilt, I thought I’d share a few pictures of Big Canoe, GA. We live in Marietta which is just outside of Atlanta and in November bought a condo up in the North Georgia Mountains (about an hour’s drive from Marietta).

We LOVE this area. It is so close to home that we can go up there frequently and Keith can commute to work if we stay past the weekend. There is hiking, golf, tennis, swimming, boating, and the area is gorgeous.

The first picture is the view from the deck of the condo and the other two views are nearby.

Autumn Cabin

So many people commented that they loved log cabin quilts that I just had to show off the one I finished in November. This top was completed over a year ago and it sat on the shelf until we bought the Condo at Big Canoe. I added borders, used a flannel back, quilted it and took it up with me. The colors of the quilt were a beautiful match to the colors of autumn and it has been the most wonderful quilt to wrap up in this winter.

What I’m Reading

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

My sister-in-law lent me this book months ago telling me it was disturbing. I put off reading it for a long time and finally picked it up a couple days ago.

It was disturbing but I couldn’t put it down. Hosseini’s portrayal of the history and culture of Afghanistan and the drama of the relationships made it a remarkable book.

Responding to comments

Yes, the quilt in the background is a Birds in the Air. That one was also pieced by my Mom for me. It works out well for both of us to trade off quilting and piecing. I also have 3 sisters that quilt now and I take credit for getting them all interested.

We frequently work together on projects even though we all live in different states. I’m in Georgia, the oldest is in Florida, the youngest is in Virginia as is my Mom (they live 3 hours apart) and the other younger sister is in Maryland just outside of DC.

The two younger sisters are still working and have kids at home so they don’t get as much done. Mom’s retired and the oldest sister and I aren’t working now. All 5 of us are RN’s so we have a lot in common.