Archive for January, 2007

Now this is cold!

So far I haven’t had any complaints about the weather – it’s been colder than I’m used to but I’ve been bundling up and still get out and do some walking, visit the bookstore, go to lunch but it looks like some serious cold is heading this way!
There was a post on the HeartStrings group today about Quilts of Valor. I’ve seen lots of messages on and off about that group but hadn’t really paid close attention because although I do lots of charity quilts I had the organizations I donate to all lined up. Today I went and took a look at the article posted and then the Quilts of Valor website and decided it’s time I make a QOV quilt .

So with my current obsession for string quilts – I decided to play around in EQ6. I liked the first two OK but the stars didn’t really pop. I tried some red/white strings too but that looked too busy. I like the white star in the middle the best but I may still play around some before I decide which one to use. I’m not sure what happened to the reds in the first picture but I’m not going to go back and redo it – use your imagination!

some quilting done, more blocks made

I left the kitchen stool in the studio because I still have to pick out the top border on Mom’s quilt once I decide how I’m going to redo it and believe it or not Chesty jumped up there by himself. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him jump up on anything so high.
Plodding along today – some quilting done on Mom’s quilt. I’m doing some small meandering in the blocks around her applique now – I only do 4 blocks before taking a break because my arms start to ache.
My circle issues were resolved with a call to Michael at Loricles. I’ve never heard anything but great reports about their customer service and based on my experience it wasn’t exaggerated. I’m very pleased with both my Baptist Fan template and my Circle Lord.

I also made some more blocks for my rectangular string quilt – just 16 left to do and I may make more later tonight. Keith is still out of town so I’m going to take a break and watch a little TV and then work some more.

This is how I’ll spend my night!

Keith is out of town so I might as well spend the evening and night picking out the mess I’ve made of this quilt! Luckily the bar stool from the kitchen is the perfect height – which I found out last time I had to pick out a row of stitching. I’ve already warned Mom that I’m making a mess of the quilting on this quilt.

A bad day quilting

Ever have one of those days where your quilting sucks? Today was one of them so I stopped quilting and took a walk. Click on the photo to follow me on my walk to the river.

String Quilt Layouts

I had a request for a string quilt in the shape of a ribbon for a breast cancer patient. Anyone out there want to give it a try? This was my attempt.

I should be quilting

I should be quilting but I just had to start a string quilt using rectangular blocks. There have been several pictures posted at the HeartStrings group and Hanne posted one she finished too.

I’ve had the book String Quilts with Style by Bobbie Aug & Sharon Newman for a while and they’ve got a quilt in the book using rectangular blocks called Tapestry. So I’m going to use that setting.

I decided to start with a floral fabric in my stash that I like but had no idea how to use and then sorted through my strings for ones that had similar colors. I’ve made the first 4 blocks but now I’m going stop playing and go load a quilt on the longarm.

Mom’s quilt

I finished the quilting on Mom’s Block of the Month quilt. I quilted a pantograph called Popcorn – I think it looks like clouds and it suits this house quilt.

A museum visit and out to lunch

Chesty gets bored waiting for me to finish on the computer

I met today with Sandra – the listmom from Stashbuster. She suggested we meet at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts which is only 1.25 miles from the apartment so I walked over (even though it was 8 degrees!). We got acquainted as we walked around looking at their art collections and I can’t wait to go back and spend more time there.

We lunched at Ping’s, a Chinese restaurant nearby which was great too – I even have leftovers for dinner tonight. I’ll have to take Keith there one night when he gets back into town. He’s gone again – this time for a week – to Vegas for a meeting.

I came home, got right to work, and finished up the quilting on Mom’s Block of the Month quilt – Now I just have 3 left to do for her.

Personality Type

I don’t do these very often but this one has me nailed.

You Are An ISTJ
The Duty Fulfiller
You are responsible, reliable, and hardworking – you get the job done.You prefer productive hobbies, like woodworking or knittings.Quiet and serious, you are well prepared for whatever life hands you.Conservative and down-to-earth, you hardly ever do anything crazy.
You would make a great business executive, accountant, or lawyer.

Bright Strings

I finished the Bright Strings top tonight – I don’t have anywhere in the apartment that I can take a good picture at night so this was the best I could do – the top is folded in half and thrown across the top of the door to my studio. I REALLY miss the lighting in my studio in Marietta. The string colors are a little overly vivid – they’re not quite that bright in person.