Archive for July, 2007

HeartStrings

Yesterday I participated in the WI/MN area sew-in for HeartStrings – details can be found on the HeartStrings blog and more photos in our online album.

I took two completed quilts for Quilts of Valor – one from group blocks that we had assembled at our first sew-in in April and my Patriotic String Star – and brought 2 tops for quilting back home with me that we assembled at the sew-in yesterday.

The 365 Block Challenge is taking off – we have 37 participants signed up and 113 blocks have already been made. Are you joining the challenge?

Bound and labeled

Up early this morning and finished binding and labeled this HeartStrings quilt that was pieced from donated blocks at the MN sew-in in April.

Quilting progress

I’ve been busy working on HeartStrings projects getting ready for the WI/MN area sew-in on Saturday. Today I finished quilting the Amish Stripes and Strings – the 3rd top this week quilted with my swirls template and the last before it comes off the table for a bit. This photo was taken after the first few rows of quilting and I really like how it looks on this quilt. I’ve also been working on bindings on 3 HeartStrings quilts and labeled the Patriotic String Star tonight too.

This is the second set of blocks for the Purple Project – the first quilt just needs the binding hand stitched down and a label applied. Putting them together will be on my list of goals for next week along with piecing another Chinese Coins quilt, starting the quilting on my aunt’s top, and working on bindings.

I’m bad…so sooo bad!

I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a laptop on and off for a couple months. I miss my computer when I’m not at home and I’d like to be able to work on things and not be chained to my desk. Computing in the living room, the coffee shop down the street, even the park sounds good.

I said something to Keith yesterday thinking he’d tell me it wasn’t something I needed – usually I can count on him for that – but instead he said it sounded like a good idea and go ahead and get one. So I ordered one from Dell today and it should arrive within the week. It’s the pretty red one pictured above!
It’s something I want – not need. I am SO spoiled.

This and that

HeartStrings is starting a 365 Block Challenge – read about it on our blog
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I haven’t blogged about the ordeal we had over the present my brother, sisters, and I got Mom for Mother’s day. She sent me this photo Tuesday – she finally has her coffee table – intact and is able to display her quilts. (When it finally arrived it was damaged and it took a while for my brother to pick it up and have it repaired).

I’d written about the quilt chest I’d purchased from Kerry’s Kollectibles several months ago. That purchase went well without any problems and I love my chest.

Unfortunately, the customer service we received when buying Mom’s present was very poor in my opinion and based on that I would NOT recommend them.
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Finally, another one of Debbie’s customer quilts won a ribbon. I’m so impressed – that’s 3 different ribbons on 3 different quilts in 3 different shows since June!

Taking time out

Chesty and I take a walk in nearby Loring Park every morning – it helps rid him of some excess energy and then he’ll sit/sleep quietly while I work. The last two days have been beautiful and I don’t know if it’s just having returned from Virginia or the difference between in living in Minnesota versus the hot steamy south but I can’t believe it’s JULY!

Today we took a quilt and a book and sat for a while after our walk.

Another HeartStrings quilt

This is the quilt I finished the binding on last night – it will be donated to an injured serviceman through Quilts of Valor. An instruction sheet for this quilt – Patriotic Star – and the Purple Project Quilt #1 can be found at MaryQuilts.com

Who said String Quilts were ugly?

You have to admit even if you don’t like string quilts that this one is kind of cute. I finished quilting this HeartStrings quilt (with more swirls!) – trimmed it and then put together the photographer’s stand I bought to take quilt photos. I didn’t get this hanging perfectly straight but it will do for now.

I love the colors in this quilt. I thought I’d back it with purple and use purple thread to quilt it but after pulling out a bunch of purple fabric I realized it was calling for blue. Luckily I had two blues that look great with it in my stash.

This quilt meets Judy’s Use the Stash Challenge for July. The border and the two backing fabrics have been in my stash for quite a while.

More Swirls on the agenda for today

Thanks for all the compliments on the Chinese Coins quilting – these templates make it easy. I pieced an off center 4 Patch backing last night and loaded my Purple HeartStrings top for quilting today. I also finished the binding on the Patriotic String Star and have the 2nd set of purple blocks up on the design wall.

Today’s goals:
Quilt the Purple HeartStrings top with swirls
Label and wash the Patriotic String Star
Make and machine stitch binding on the Chinese Coins #3 quilt
Cook dinner

I don’t mention it often but since we’ve moved, between the inconvenience of not have a grocery store I can walk to and all of Keith’s travel, I rarely cook anymore. The week before I left to visit Mom I tried a grocery delivery service Simon Delivers and it worked out great. I placed another order which will be here this afternoon and we’ll actually eat dinner at home 3 nights this week!

Once I take Chesty for a walk in the park I’ll get to work. After our visit to the dog park last week I applied for a dog license and an off lease permit – both are required for Chesty to go back to the dog park – so far they haven’t arrived and for now we just walk around the park and chase squirrels.

I LOVE this template

I know I’ve been talking about the swirls template all week and I just showed you a photo of this quilt on the machine but it’s done and I LOVE it. It’s quick, easy, and looks great on the finished quilt. Thanks Michael and Kay!

I’m Quilting Swirls!

I realized last night that I didn’t have a backing made for the purple HeartStrings quilt so I loaded the HeartStrings Chinese Coins #3 and am quilting Swirls. This is probably a better choice anyway as my wobbles as I learn the flow of the pattern will be lost in this busy quilt.

I LOVE how this pattern quilts up and have 3 tops lined up that I want to quilt with it.

Is blogger having hiccups again? Bonnie posted that she couldn’t put a title in and now I can’t today either.

I’m home – the trip back was uneventful until the cab ride home from the airport through a pretty severe storm. All the hail made me glad I wasn’t driving MY car! Keith was getting on a plane as I was getting off but I’m sure his flight was late leaving.

I’m so excited to be home so I can quilt my latest HeartStrings top with my new swirls template and then Debbie goes and emails me that there’s already a new Circle Lord template. I love it – I want it – but I’m just going to have to wait a while to get it!

I made too many blocks

Mom and I just got back from NC – her sister lives down there and we went for a visit so no sewing yet today.

I was working on some HeartStrings blocks to send in for the Purple Project and made enough for another top – now I want to keep those and make a second top to donate myself. So now I need to work on some to take with me to give to Sue at the WI/MN sew-in next Saturday.

I head home Sunday morning – I miss Keith and Chesty so I’m looking forward to getting back to Minneapolis.

Happy 4th

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. Mom and I had a quiet day spent working on our quilting projects.

Since I’ve finished my Purple Project top for HeartStrings yesterday I’ve been working on extra blocks to be sent in for group quilts. You can see my bin still has lots of bright strings.
Those of you who liked my Spiderweb quilt may want to take a look at Annie’s version on her blog. Norma also did a 2 color version of the easy Double 4 Patch. Brief instructions for both quilts are posted on MaryQuilts.com

One more top done

Mom and I took 11 quilts to Catholic Charities this morning – most of them were hers but I’d made a couple , another one I’d quilted for her, and some I’d worked with her on the design and helped choose fabrics so basically a team effort. The women working this morning were very appreciative and said that the quilts are added to layettes and given away to those that need them. Mom commented that it made you feel so good that the quilts were appreciated that it made you want to come home and make more.

I finished up the borders on the HeartStrings Purple Project quilt. I’ve decided it’s the perfect one to try out my new swirls template from Circle Lord that came just before I left. I can’t wait to get home and load this one and play.

Debbie has news to share today but I just checked her blog at 8:30PM and she hadn’t updated it yet. If you’re reading this later in the evening check to see if she’s posted.

HeartStrings Purple Challenge

I finished my blocks tonight – I hope to get this sewn together tomorrow between trips out with Mom to run errands. I’ll be glad to get this top finished this week while I’m at here at Mom’s and I may get some more blocks sewn to send to Sue for group quilts too.

More Strippie fabric

Mom and I went to her LQS – Nancy’s Calico in Newport News this afternoon. I found this cute fabric to make another quick strippie to donate. I’ll add a red fabric from stash for the narrow accent strips. I’d forgotten how fun these were to whip up although the lizards are still waiting for quilting. (Instructions are on MaryQuilts.com)

This is so weird

I’ve had this purple fabric in my stash forever and I just noticed when I clicked on the photo to enlarge it that it’s a FISH fabric – I’ve always thought it was just abstract, random splotches of color. You have to take a look and find the fish!

Judy’s Use the Stash Challenge for July is to use 3 fabrics from your stash. I’m going to count this purple as one and find two other very old pieces to use also. The blue from this quilt is stash but it’s fairly recent – I’d say in the last 6 months so I won’t count it for the challenge.

Back to work

The suitcase with my clothes came this morning and I caught up on some sleep. Now I’m back at work – Mom and I are each working on our own projects this visit.

She’s making a log cabin in the same pattern as one I finished last year. The pattern is from the book The Best of Black Mountain Quilts and I added borders to make mine a little larger. Being the nice daughter that I am – I cut all her strips for her.

I’m working on a quilt for Heartstrings Purple Project. I’ve got 8 of the 24 blocks pieced and I like how it looks. I chose pink, purple, blue, and green fabrics for this one. The blue will be an inner border but I’m considering sandwiching it between two borders of the purple print.

Walking
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