Archive for February, 2006

Project Linus


Today I took quilts and afghans to the local Project Linus chapter. I had two of each to donate this time. The top pink afghan is crocheted in a shell pattern that is very pretty. The green and yellow quilt alternates a cute cat print block with pinwheel blocks and the blue and pink quilt has a butterfly print in a twisted block setting.

I’m still working on quilting Adam’s jeans quilt. I’ve run into some problems with thread breaking and although I have tried different needles and different threads I’m still having some problems.

I had planned to meander it but the thread kept breaking when I went around a curve so I’m just quilting back and forth across the blocks very SLOWLY. I’ve only got the final round of black blocks to quilt and then it will be ready for binding.

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Back to work

I have a week until my next trip so I’m set to get back to work. I’ve made good progress on another knitted baby afghan while I was away but didn’t work on my Cathedral Windows at all. I need to iron some more of the muslin squares and I’ll take both the knitting and the Cathedral Windows with me when I go to Boston next week.

Today I plan on loading Adam’s quilt on the longarm and to start piecing on another UFO. I’m just not sure which UFO I’m going to work on next so I’ll load Adam’s jean quilt first.

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What I’m reading

Machine Quilting Guidebook Diane Gaudynski

Can you tell I’m traveling again? I’m getting some reading done since I can’t be at home quilting.

I bought this book at the quilt show Wednesday and stayed up last night reading it from cover to cover. Lots of helpful information on machine quilting and some really neat quilting designs. I can’t wait to try some of the techniques and designs.

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What I’m reading

A Thread of Grace Mary Doria Russell

I love historical fiction and found this book fascinating. Although I’ve read many books both fiction and non fiction about WW2 I’d never read anything set in Italy during this time period.

The book is a fictional account of Jews and Italians during WW2.

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What I’m reading

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
by Bill Bryson

I enjoy hiking so this book on hiking the Appalachian trail was very interesting to me. I know now I don’t want to hike the entire thing but I still plan to do some day hikes on the trail one day.

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Just checking in

I’m having a great time visiting with my mom, sister, and aunt. We went to the quilt show yesterday and my sister and I ran back today to shop some more.

I bought a few fat quarter bundles and the new foot for curved piecing – well it’s been out a while but I’m just getting it now.

Also bought the new quilt calculator. I’ve been working on patterns for my aunt and the calculator came in handy for figuring the yardage she needed to purchase.

I get home Sunday so I’ll write more then.

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Bound and labeled


This one makes 6 UFO’s finished this year. Not the best picture but I’m heading out of town first thing in the morning and I still have to pack.

I’ll be visiting with my mom, sister, and aunt and going to the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival. While I’m very focused this year on reducing my stash – I will be picking up some fat quarter bundles. They always have great fat quarters at this show.

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Butterfly Quilting


Click on the pictures to see the quilting detail
It’s done. I quilted a mixture of leaves and butterflies and I guess it looks OK. Once it’s bound I’ll post a picture of the whole quilt but here are a couple shots of the quilting. You can still see some of my marking on the butterfly picture. I used template plastic to trace the outline of the butterfly and scattered them in the border.

Technically I should do some ditch stitching but I hate to stitch in the ditch on the longarm. It’s a donation quilt not a show quilt so I’m going to allow myself to not ditch stitch.

Of course, in case you get the wrong idea – I don’t make show quilts. The quilts I make for myself are scrap quilts and I quilt pantographs on them.

If it wasn’t for quilting my Mom’s quilts I probably wouldn’t be able to quilt anything but overall meandering or pantographs. She always seems to make quilts that need something other than pantographs.

Thanks for all the input.

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Blocks Quilted

OK, the blocks are done now onto to the borders.

I also have to decide if I’m going to do any quilting between the blocks. For now I’m not planning to – we’ll see what I think when the rest of the quilting is done.

Do I like it? Not sure yet.

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Ready to start


OK – I’ve decided to freehand quilt this quilt – I hope I don’t regret it. I don’t know why I’m stressing over this maybe because I’ll actually be showing the outcome on the blog. So be nice to me – this is why I don’t quilt for other people except family members and they get what they pay for.

I’m going to use the variegated thread and I’ll start with the square in a square blocks. I played around with different variations and this is the one I’m going to try. Can you tell I can’t draw. I printed a bunch of blank blocks off EQ5 and drew different patterns until I came up with one I like.

I’m still not sure what I’ll do in the 4 patch blocks but I’m leaning toward some loops and butterflies in the final border.

I printed a butterfly motif off of the McCalls site and I can trace it on template plastic and just use the outline on the top so I can place the butterflies where I want them. I’ll just do loops in between the butterflies.

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