Archive for July, 2007
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?
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.
HeartStrings is starting a 365 Block Challenge – read about it on our blog
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.
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
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 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!
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.