Archive for February, 2007

One disadvantage to the MN move

I think I’ve gotten spoiled flying out of Atlanta – direct flights everywhere and when they were delayed no worries about missing connecting flights.

My flight was delayed out of Minneapolis last night and I missed my connecting flight to Virginia. The plane was still sitting at the gate but they’d closed the boarding door so I was out of luck. Of course that was the last flight out and although the agent in Minneapolis said they would give me a voucher for a hotel if I miss the connection, the Atlanta gate agent just looked and me and told me they were *out* of hotel rooms.

Keith found me a room at the Airport Marriott and even called Delta and got them to agree to reimburse me via a travel voucher.

Unfortunately I had very noisy neighbors on both sides and got less than an hour sleep before heading back to the airport this morning. Now, after an afternoon nap to catch up on sleep I’m sure I’ll have trouble sleeping again tonight.

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A few more blocks

I’m not getting much done this week and I leave tomorrow to visit my Mom in VA. I’ll be gone 10 days. I have added 8 more blocks to the Patriotic String Star QOV quilt but this is a terrible picture. The lighting was bad in the room and the flash makes it look like there’s a lot more contrast in the darker blues than there actually is.

Can you see my *error*? I deviated from the pattern accidentally and didn’t realize it at first. I made several variations of this pattern and had intended to work with this one.

I’m really liking this quilt and wish I was going to be able to finish the blocks before going out of town but that definitely won’t happen.

As I was sewing strings this afternoon, I realized this quilt would work well with half square triangles too.
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UFO #8

I quilted this on Friday before the boys arrived and just got the binding stitched down and the label sewn on last night. This is UFO #8 and the top was pieced from leftovers strips from my Baby Cabin I finished up last year.

Although not really a string quilt, I pieced those leftover strips on top of the muslin square like I do on a string quilt and I plan to donate this one with my other HeartString Quilts.
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First 12 blocks

I’ve finished the first 12 blocks of the Patriotic String Star and am hoping to finish up the corner blocks tonight.

I spoke with my Mom today and she reminded me I still have to put together my BOM top that is at her house. She machine stitched my applique down for me in exchange for my quilting hers. Nice isn’t she? I adapted the applique a bit for mine and I’m eliminating the log cabin border. My thought is that when I’m done it would be nice to donate it to Habitat for Humanity. So rather than start new quilt #4 – the Pink Ribbon Strings while I’m there, I’ll be working on a UFO.
Tonight I’ll finish up the binding on my Baby Stripes and mark UFO #8 off my list.
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Back to work

The boys left today to go home and I got a little work done. I had plans to go to my Mom’s next week but thought I was going to have to leave today to be there this week for one of her appointments. Plans changed again and I’ll still be leaving early but not until Friday.

I’ll be in VA for a little over a week and plan to work on making blocks for the Pink Ribbon string quilt while I’m there but in the meantime I needed something to keep me busy so I started making blocks for the Patriotic String Star for my QOV quilt. I had intended to start making a scrappy Pineapple quilt this week but I’m going to push that off until March.

I’d better be careful or I’ll start too many new quilts. My deal with myself is that I have to finish 2 UFO’s for every new quilt I start. So, I’ve just got a binding to sew down on a baby quilt that will be UFO #8 for the year. Even with that progress I’m going to fall behind with the start of the Pineapple because of all the new string quilts. I guess a better decision would have been to load another UFO on the longarm and quilt that before I left.
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Brunch and then a walk down to the river


Having a great day with the boys!

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An unexpected change in plans

I quilted another UFO today and had the binding machine stitched on with plans to hand stitch it down this evening after Keith and I went out. Keith came in from work this afternoon about 45 minutes late and had two surprise packages with him. Chris and Adam came for a visit! I can’t believe the 3 of them kept the surprise but I was so excited to see my boys!
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UFO # 7 finished

The binding on my Half Square Strings is done and that makes 7 UFO finishes this year! I still have to sew a HeartStrings label to the back but I’ll get that done today.
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Confusion

I think I created some confusion with my previous post. This pieced backing (which still looks pretty ugly in the picture) is on the back of my string quilt. I’ve finished the quilting and the binding that was rejected for the log cabin quilt is already machine stitched to the quilt.

After a walk downtown for a late lunch and a visit to the bookstore, I’ll sit and hand stitch my binding to the back. Did I mention I love quilting these Baptist Fans? They look great on my strings but you’ll have to wait until I finish the binding to see the front.
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