Archive for July, 2007


You guys are way too nice but I am beginning to realize that if I’ll walk away from the quilt when I’m discouraged and come back to it later, I don’t see every single wobble and poorly stitched line like I do as I’m quilting it.

I did a few more blocks tonight and they’re getting a little better except for a few places I ran up on the applique. I know I should take those stitches out but I’m debating leaving them in. Since my Aunt’s blanket stitch is all over the place on the applique it seems a bit pointless for me to pick out some stray lines of quilting and I may do more harm than good to the applique itself.

I think in the end I’m going to be OK with this quilt – it won’t be my best work but I will have learned something along the way and since even my worse quilting is better than my aunt could have managed she comes out ahead too!

Of course, I told Debbie that in the future Nancy might choose to send her quilts to Florida rather than Minnesota. After all why have me quilt them when she could have them quilted by an award winning quilter! (Yes, I’m feeling a little inadequate these days!)

I really suck at this

I can’t echo quilt – I really suck at it but I think it’s in part because I don’t ever do it and since all my quilts are scrap quilts there’s just not the opportunity to practice. My Mom does do a fair amount of applique but I always chicken out and do a small meandering type background on her quilts.

I’ve decided that no matter how bad this looks I’m going to keep on practicing – YES on my AUNT’S top.

What the heck
  • she doesn’t pay me for quilting (she does pay for the supplies/shipping);
  • her piecing leaves a LOT to be desired and her quilts are always a challenge anyway;
  • finally, if I don’t practice I’ll never learn to do it.

Progress is being made

I set minimum goals for my quilting today since I knew that going out to buy the router and setting up the wireless network would take me the bulk of the day but by 5PM I hadn’t done any quilting.

This is when having a husband that travels frequently comes in handy. I quilted some on my aunt’s top and then went out for dinner. When I got home I worked on the 4 patches for my QFAH project. I snapped this photo and then finished sewing that pile in the middle. So thanks to Keith being out of town, I accomplished my goals on both projects I’m working on.

Just a quick note

I’m heading to the longarm right now – well as soon as I type this post!

I ran out to Office Depot today and bought a router – got it hooked up but of course there was a glitch. I called Debbie since she’d just set one up but ended up calling customer service at Linksys. They were wonderful – had me up and running in 30 minutes. Then I set up the printer to work on the network and I’m all set.

Just to show Keith that I had it up and running – I sent him this photo. He’s off in Dallas for a couple days.

Still no quilting

Unusual I know but another day has passed without me sewing a single stitch. Keith and I took off this afternoon for Minnehaha Park. It was nice to be out walking/hiking and overall it was a beautiful afternoon but I was a bit overheated by the time we got home. A cool shower felt great. Keith heads out of town again tomorrow so I’ll get back to work then.

More laptop stuff

This is so cool. I’ve been playing around with the new version of Office that I got with the computer most of the afternoon. I haven’t done any quilting or piecing at all.

There’s a Deli/coffee shop/bar in our apartment building so Keith and I decided to bring the computers down and have some coffee. I high-jacked someone’s wireless earlier today but couldn’t get on this afternoon. I guess I’ll have to get a router and set it up on Monday. Debbie just did it with her Comcast Internet and assures me it’s easy! For this weekend I’ll just have to use the desktop or drop in for some coffee.

A neat feature of the laptop is a built in webcam. Here’s a photo of me sitting in the coffee shop. I know it’s not the most flattering picture but it’s fun! (Can you see Keith in the background getting my coffee?)

It’s finally here

My laptop finally arrived from Dell and I’ve been playing around with it all morning. They shipped some of the accessories separately so I’m still waiting for those. So far I love it! I’ve been sitting on the sofa with Keith rather than back in the den where my desktop is located. I’m highjacking someone’s wireless internet connection for now but I may set up our cable internet for wireless.

It’s so pretty!

I don’t think I’ll get much quilting done today!

OK – now it’s hot

Summer has finally arrived in Minneapolis. Keith and I have been looking at each other all month and saying “can you believe it’s July?”. Coming from the South, the lack of humidity and the lovely summer days have been wonderful but now it’s HOT. Luckily, it’s also almost August so we know the hot weather won’t be here long.

Today we decided to walk across Loring Park and visit the Walker Art Center. We’ve been over to the Sculpture Garden but hadn’t been through the museum. They have a Picasso exhibit there and I have to say he’s not my favorite artist. I prefer paintings by Monet and Van Gogh.

Quilting progress seems slow the last couple days. I continue to work on my Aunt’s top but just a little bit at a time. My QFAH project is coming along. I finished all the large 4 patches and cut my browns yesterday. I’ve sewn the strips for the small 4 patches. Later today I’ll try to iron the strips and get them cut and sewn.

I hadn’t updated my reading list for a while – I’ve been reading a little bit of everything recently. The usual mysteries and some historical fiction are there but I can’t you the last time I read something by Danielle Steel. I brought that book home from Mom’s and it was very light summer reading.


I’ve been wanting to begin Judy’s July Quilt for an Hour project but felt that I’d never get caught up enough to get started. I finally decided today after visiting Vicki’s blog that I’d just combine the QFAH project with a quilt I need to make for a gift. So I played around some with Judy’s EQ file and here’s my version – my quilt will be scrappy but I tend to use a single color in EQ to save time.

I’ve been making so many string quilts I’d forgotten what a pain it is to cut out a scrap quilt. I still have my browns to cut and I’m going to have to hunt up some more beige but I’m ready to start sewing tomorrow.

HeartStrings CC #4 – Top – Done!

More of the same today

Yesterday was productive. I worked on quilting Nancy’s top – it’s a king size version of Mom’s Honeybee and piecing another HeartStrings Coins top. I’ll continue to work on both today and maybe even get the coins finished – I have the top and bottom inner border to add and then the outer green print.

Tonight I actually have a dinner date – a friend is visiting from Florida (she does some work for Keith’s company) and we’re going to grab dinner and then meet Keith for drinks after his business dinner.

Chinese Coins

I was in the mood to work some last night but but had a hard time deciding what to do. Finally I started sewing another Chinese Coins quilt for HeartStrings. I pulled out a bunch of coins and started putting them on the design wall.

I had a set that was donated together but only enough for 6 rows of coins so I had to go back to EQ6 and play around with the sashing and borders. I’m almost finished putting the center together and the diagram below is the pattern I used; this other one will be used for the next quilt. Both instructions are on if anyone is interested in knowing the cutting measurements.

I’ll also start quilting my aunt’s top today – really I promise – I’ll stop procrastinating!

A couple more quilts finished

These two are now on the completely done list. The Coins binding was finished up before the weekend and I took the final stitches in the Amish Stripes and Strings binding (a UFO) this afternoon. Both of these are HeartStrings quilts – don’t you love the swirls quilting on both of them?

St. Paul

We’re back from a weekend trip to St. Paul – yes it’s just a few miles away but Keith had a conference on Friday so we spent a couple nights at the St. Paul Hotel. Now Keith has headed off to St. Louis and I’ve been watching some of the British Open. If I can summon some energy later – I’ll quilt some.

A few photos from St. Paul. I always try to visit the local library – the outside of the Central Library was nothing special but I loved the inside – I spent a couple hours in this room on Friday. Lots of green space in the city – Keith took this photo of me yesterday after our walk.

Using the stash

Interesting discussion on Stashbuster about using *up* the stash. Having seen the stashes of some of those quilters as well as those on this Stash Quilt ring I’d say there is no danger for many of us of actually using the stash up.

It wasn’t until I started making string quilts for HeartStrings that I realized how little fabric it took to make a scrap quilt and how much of it I had not only in my scrap bins but on my shelves. I’ve come to realize that the best I can do is try to use more than I buy.

Even with all the string quilts made this year (along with pieced backings) my scraps are multiplying not being used up.

I finally loaded that damn top!

My Aunt’s top is loaded and ready for quilting AND I finished the binding on the HeartStrings Chinese Coins quilt tonight also. Along with the Purple Project top assembled earlier that makes for a VERY productive day!

Chesty and I had a longer than usual walk in the park but that didn’t stop him from following me around all day. I constantly go back and forth between the bedroom that has the longarm and fabric and the smaller den that has my computer and sewing machine – poor Chesty gets up every time even when I tell him I’m coming right back. Here he’s waiting to see where I’m going to go next before sitting down.

Still procrastinating

I haven’t loaded my Aunt’s top yet but I have pieced this one from the HeartStrings blocks that have been on my design wall for a week, vacuumed the entire apartment, cleaned the kitchen, done the laundry, walked Chesty in the park, and clean up the longarm from the last quilt. Now I’m going to walk downtown and have some dinner and MAYBE when I get home I’ll get it loaded.
Brief instructions for this quilt are at under Strings ~ Purple Project Quilt #2.


I did find a few things shopping today – nothing too exciting but some tops, a pair of shorts and Capri’s. It would be nicer had I not gained back so much of the weight I lost last year – its very depressing.

I worked up the energy to change the thread on the machine and have the binding on the Amish Stripes and Strings. It’s next up for hand stitching once I finish the binding on the Chinese Coins quilt.

Tomorrow at the very least I’ll run the vacuum and hopefully will stop procrastinating and load my Aunt’s top on the longarm.

Playing on the computer

I’ve been playing around with the design of the HeartStrings website and blog. I’ve made some changes – what do you thing?

This afternoon I’m going to do one of my least favorite things – go shopping for some clothes. I just need a few things but I HATE shopping!


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A general feeling of discomfort, dissatisfaction, or depression
Dull and uninteresting.
Low in spirit or health; down

Yep, that describes how I’ve been feeling last night and today.

Keith and I took a long walk yesterday and went into some open houses that we passed by. Looked at two townhouses and two condos. Could that be one reason for the blahs? We won’t move for a while but as we’re renting here, we’ll eventually have to make some kind of decision. At this point we plan to extend our lease in December for at least another 6 months.

Last night I finished the binding on the Purple Project quilt – I had one side left to stitch down after the sew-in Saturday and I got a HeartStrings label sewn on too.

Today, I finally took the Amish Stripes and Strings off the machine – it looks WONDERFUL but I didn’t feel like changing the bobbin thread to make the binding and get it sewn on. Didn’t feel like getting ready and loading the next quilt either – a top of my Aunt’s.

Finally, I decided to sit down at the machine for a bit and make some HeartStrings blocks for the 365 Block Challenge. I’m working on blocks for another Half Square Strings quilt – I still have triangles left over from a UFO that I decided to divide into two quilts – this will be the second one. I made 8 blocks and now I’m going to read a while.