Archive for April, 2006

Thursday already?

I can’t believe how fast this week is flying by. I’ve got my Aunt’s quilt on the longarm and plan to finish it up today and then have a small lap quilt I agreed to quilt for the guild to get loaded.

The plan was to have both tops quilted before Friday so I could get back to my blue string quilts when we get home from the mountains on Sunday – not sure if I’ll make that deadline. However, Keith is out of town tonight so I might just get finished if I get back to work. I decided I’m going to make a smaller quilt with the hourglass string blocks so I have enough of them – it will make a cute baby quilt – but I still have to piece more of the string blocks for the 2nd quilt.

I’m spending quilting time hiking both to boost my weight loss and to train for the Breast Cancer 3 Day walk. Yesterday I did a 10.3 mile hike which took 3 hrs and 15 minutes to hike and by the time I added travel time it was about 4 hours. Today I only did 6 miles but that was another 3 hours by the time I stopped by the post office to mail the taxes off.

I’m off to shower and then quilt the rest of the evening (and into the night if needed!).

Autumn Quilts

Autumn Leaves
Autumn Geese
I was living in Florida when I started quilting and missed the colors of fall so each year I make an Autumn quilt.

I’m looking at patterns for this year’s quilt but haven’t yet picked one. I have the fabrics – fat quarters brought over a year ago that are just waiting for inspiration.

I thought I’d share 3 of my previous quilts.

Autumn Cabin was last year’s finish although the top had been made the year (2004) before that.

Autumn Leaves was designed in EQ5.

Autumn Geese was inspired by a picture in the first Nickel Quilts book. I don’t own the book but had seen the combination of flying geese and four patch blocks and thought it would suit my fabrics. This quilt was given to my sister in one of our family quilt exchanges.

I’m getting a little tired of blue!

With all the leftover strips from the blue braid quilts I decided I needed to work on a string quilt. Pulled a bunch of blue strings out and tossed them with the strips and started making these string blocks.

I went looking for some ideas on layout and saw a pattern in the book Liberated Strings for the hourglass blocks and just had to try that with a few of my string blocks. So now I really like how the hourglass blocks look but I also like the string blocks I started with.

I decided that I’ll make both quilts. I have plenty of strips and strings for two and so I’ve been working on both sets of blocks for the last couple days. The pictures were taken at different times so the colors look off but they ARE the same set of blocks.

I’m about halfway done with both sets but am off to Virginia for a few days for a visit with my Mom so they’ll be waiting for me when I get back.

I won’t have computer access while I’m gone because my Mom’s computer got fried when she had a power surge last week but will check in on Sunday night when I get home. Hope you all get lots of quilting done this weekend.

Request for donations

I hope no one is offended by this post but I’d blogged recently about registering for the Beast Cancer 3 day to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research.

In that post I did not say why this was an important event for me. I lost my Aunt last spring to breast cancer and 2 of my sisters have struggled with this disease. I’m ready to help fund research to eliminate breast cancer before any more of my family is affected.

I’ll be walking in memory of my Aunt Lillian and would appreciate the support of anyone who has had to face this struggle in their own family.

Since training for the 3 day – 60 mile walk is going to be such a big part of my life over the next few months I will be blogging about my progress and posting the link for donations. This link is also posted in my sidebar.

To make a contribution please follow this link:
Atlanta 3 Day Breast Cancer Walk – Mary Johnson

For questions or comments feel free to email me directly.

I’m well ahead of the suggested training schedule for the 3 day event so I’m feeling good about my miles logged.

Miles walked last week = 33
Miles walked this week = 34