Archive for March, 2007
Chesty had to have his teeth cleaned and a growth removed from his head today so he wasn’t feeling well. He wanted to sit curled up next to me so rather than quilting this afternoon and evening, I read some and watched some TV.
Keith’s home from work and a business dinner and has taken over puppy sitting so I’m going to get a binding sewn on.
Keith finally got home this afternoon after being delaying in Atlanta for 24hrs on his way home from Denmark. We had dinner out and then relaxed in front of the TV. He drifted off to sleep and I worked on stitching down the binding on my String Coins – another quilt made for the HeartStrings project. I’ll take and post a picture tomorrow.
We did commit to a trip to Hawaii in April that we’d been talking about on and off for a couple years. It’s been a challenging few months and it will be good to get away together. Tickets are purchased so no changing our minds again.
There’s been some discussion on the HeartStrings group about the string blocks being too busy or even *ugly* when set together. Patti suggested pairing up a HeartStrings block with a solid background to create a Half Square Triangle block – similar to my Half Square Strings but having the strings run perpendicular not parallel. Rita suggested that an EQ drawing might help so I played about a bit.
I didn’t particularly care for the first version but did like the *X* version better. I decided to throw in an Hourglass version too similiar to my Hourglass Strings. I also think sashing these blocks is also a way to calm things down for those that find them too busy.
Keep in mind that I LIKE the blocks set straight and don’t find them too busy but I do like seeing lots of variations of the same quilt and I want people to like the quilts they’re making. I’ve enjoyed the discussion that this has generated on the list.
A couple links showing how to make the half square triangle blocks
Quick and Easy Half Square Triangle units
Half Square Triange Tutorial (also shows how to make the hourglass blocks)
Did you see the picture of Mom’s daffodil’s I posted last week? It’s certainly not spring in Minneapolis on this first day of March!
I’ve been busy finishing up a quilt for Mom. I didn’t line up one of my rows right and had to pick out stitches AGAIN! I’ve had to frog some on my last 3 quilts – hopefully I’m done with that now since trouble usually comes in 3’s. Yes, I did use the Baptist Fans again but Mom has wanted one of her quilts done with the fans since I got the template. Since it was already on the table from my last quilt – I brought home her baskets with me from my trip to her house and went ahead and quilted that one first.