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.

Online Photo Albums

I recently set up a Webshots account because I was spending a lot of time going back through my achieves looking for specific photo’s in response to questions. I wasn’t really happy with the setup and read in one of my groups about Google’s Picasa Web Albums. I think if you already have a Google ID you don’t even need to sign up – you can just log in.

I spent some time yesterday setting up my quilt albums and found that I could link my 2007 album right in my sidebar by just copying some code.

So far I love it and it’s much easier and less cluttered than Webshots.

Finished quilts and string quilts in progress

Keith didn’t get around to hanging a rod above the slider for me to use to take pictures of finished quilts so I took these on the balcony this morning. These are the last 3 finishes plus the finished string top PLUS my rows of bright strings waiting to be assembled into another top.

I mentioned in an earlier post but just to give credit – the house and tree quilt was pieced by my Mom and given to me to quilt and donate and the nine patch blocks were also made by her and given to me a few years ago. I used part of them in a quilt back then and these were the leftover blocks I pieced together into this top last year.

An early start

I was up early this morning – unusual for me but I got to work piecing my bright strings. Since I was starting with fat quarters for this quilt rather than true strings, I’m cutting my strings from rectangles as show in the book. I have a few more sets to sew and then I’ll be able to start assembling my rows. I really like this technique – you’ll find it in a lot of books. I think the first time I came across it was in Jan Mullen’s book Cut-Loose Quilts: Stack, Slice, Switch and Sew but Gwen Marston also uses the same technique in her book Liberated String Quilts .

I also finished up the quilting on the 9 Patch this morning. I used the BF template again and if you look at the (L) side of the quilt the edge looks incomplete. There was not room for another arc so once the quilt is bound it won’t look like I forgot to quilt to the edge.

I take over even MORE of the apartment

It’s not enough I took the second bedroom (along with a walk-in closet) and the den for my quilting but now I’m taking over the guest bathroom and the hallway between the den and bedroom. I love this table I bought from Joann’s. It folds up very narrow when I’m not using it but extends to create an extra surface when I need it.

I finished the binding on the Blue Strings yesterday and just have to sew a HeartStrings label on to finish it. I loaded my nine patch quilt on the longarm and started quilting – I’m doing the BF’s on in it too. If I can do more than one quilt with a particular pattern and without changing thread I like to save time by doing them back to back.

I also started making the strips for my new string quilt from the book New Cuts for New Quilts or at least for my version of her cover quilt.

String top done

I finished assembling the string top tonight. I don’t have good lighting here in the apartment like I did at home so I can’t get a picture of the whole top tonight. I think I’ll just post one when I finish quilting it.

I’ve asked Keith to put a curtain rod up over the slider so I can hang quilts for pictures. It’s the only spot with a large enough space that I can hang a quilt and then stand back to take the picture. It may look strange but oh well – I don’t entertain much at home anyway.

It feels SO good to be productive again

I can’t believe how good it feels to be back to work after what felt like months of quilting inactivity. You all are going to get tired of seeing this quilt but I finished the last couple rows of quilting and just had to show another picture of it even before trimming.

I also finished the 80 blocks I needed for this string top and started putting the top together. Hopefully I’ll get it assembled this weekend and then guess what I’ll be quilting on it? I need some practice turning the corners on the BF anyway – my lines are a little wobbly as I turn to go into the next fan.

I’m quilting Fans!

I’m so excited – my Baptist Fan template came today and I’m quilting away on my Blue Strings. I called Keith in to see my first row and I’m jumping all around telling him how excited I am and how I’ve wanted this template for 2 years – he just looked at me and asked why I didn’t buy it sooner if I wanted it so bad.

Whatever – It’s my present to ME for moving to Minneapolis and I’m happy now and that’s what matters!

Circle Lord/Baptist Fan Template

I ordered the Circle Lord and the Baptist Fan template earlier this week and they should arrive tomorrow. Last night I pieced a back for my Blue String quilt and am going to load that on the longarm and quilt it with the BF template when it arrives.
Tonight I finished stitching the binding down on my 4th UFO for the year. This was a top my Mom made and gave to me to finish and donate. I’ll take a picture of the finished quilt tomorrow. Earlier today I made another 16 blocks for my string quilt so I have 6 more to finish and then I’ll have the 80 I need for this quilt. I’ve already started assembling the top so that will be done and ready for quilting in the next few days.
Since I hate to post too many times without a picture, I’ll share of picture of my brother-in-law Jamie and my niece Sarah. Jamie keeps up with my blog and emails me if I don’t post frequently enough!

Linking to the HeartStrings Website

I’ve had a couple comments and emails asking about linking from individual blogs to the HeartStrings website. I have links in my sidebar and anyone else is welcome to link to the site too. The more people that hear about our project the more quilts we’ll make.

Jane even went to the trouble of creating a graphic if you’d like to use that.

The website can be found here:

HeartStrings website

Phyl, a member of the HeartStrings Quilt Project has been working with me on developing a website for the project – not an easy task I’m sure! She uploaded a trial version today and I’ve been playing with the format tonight. It’s basic at this point but I think we have the bones up of it up. Take a look and let me know what you think.

Our goal is to have information about the project and contact information for people interested in the project who do NOT want to join the Yahoo group.