Archive for September, 2007

Family

It was a busy weekend, Mom had her procedure and came home from the hospital on Saturday. she’s sore but doing well. Two of my sisters came to visit for the weekend and I saw both my brothers too. The only one of the six not here was Deb.

Both Ann and Maureen quilt a little but haven’t worked on any big projects in a while – Ann had a couple things she wanted to do this weekend. We got one applique wall-hanging fused for her and she made a fabric postcard. She’s working on stitching the edges in the above picture.

Deb’s son Stephen came by with his wife and daughter – too bad you weren’t here Deb – Fiona is SO cute and she’s getting big!

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A quilty day/UFO #15 done

Mom and I spent most of the day working up quilt kits for her. I modified several patterns she was interested in making and we pick out fabrics. We ran to Joann’s and found a couple border fabrics and some flannel that she likes to use for backings.

I was looking for a wedge ruler for making fan blocks but we didn’t find on at the quilt shop or at Joann’s. I have one I could lend her but it’s in Minnesota! Luckily, the quilt shop will special order it.

Tonight I sewed the border and binding on the green 16 Patch and Pinwheels, a HeartStrings quilt and a UFO of mine that will donated through my Mom’s church at Christmas. If anyone is interested, a brief instruction sheet is posted on my MaryQuilts.com site.

She has her surgery tomorrow and I’m taking my Crazy Doll Quilt to work on while I’m waiting. Thanks for all the good thoughts coming her way.

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Packing

I have plans to work on 3 projects on my trip. I’ll be gone until Oct 5th so I don’t want to be bored!


When I get home I HAVE to finish putting together July’s QFAH project!

And even with everything else going on, I found myself pulling fabric for a new string quilt. Since I’ll be using a rail fence format, I’ll be cutting these from rectangles in a slice and dice kind of way.

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An unexpected change of plans

Today I spent running errands, mailing out packages and getting my hair cut which was good because I have to go to VA a couple days early. My Mom has to have some surgery so I’m going to fly in on Wednesday rather than Friday.

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Weather photo

As severe storms came through Minneapolis the other night, I sent in one of my photos and it was used as part of this slideshow on the website of one of the local news stations. Of course, they probably included all the ones they received but I got a kick out of seeing it!

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Done!

I love this pantograph! It looks so elegant and quilts up quickly. Here’s Mom’s top, fresh off the machine, trimmed and ready for binding!

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This is so fun!

I’m really enjoying the hand embroidery on the Crazy Quilt (my latest doll quilt) and bought a second book with some stitches at Borders today. I also had to check out the stitch library books that Amazon has so now I have a couple of those on order. I guess I’ll have to do at least one more project after this one to get my money’s worth. I did mention that I’m addicted to books didn’t I? My basket with all my supplies is pictured below.

Before I let myself work on this project today, I’m going to try and finish up Mom’s top that I started quilting yesterday.

These blocks are pretty busy so the stitches aren’t showing up all that well but that’s OK because it helps hide the flaws. My favorite thread so far has been the size 8 perle cotton but I don’t have but 5-6 colors of it. I did buy some more floss at Joann’s today. The size 5 perle cotton I have seems too thick but I did find some couching techniques in the new book where it might work.

Click on the photo to see a larger view.

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No photos tonight

How boring is that?

It’s nice to be back at work after a few days off. I loaded one of Mom’s tops – a log cabin quilt made from the same pattern but a different color scheme as this one I made (pattern is in the Best of Black Mountain Quilts book). I’m using Mereth’s Feather Me pantograph again. The donation quilt was a *practice* piece for Mom’s quilt but really it quilts up very nicely and that practice wasn’t even necessary!

I’ve been embroidering the blocks on the doll quilt too. Some of these *easy* stitches aren’t quite as easy as they first appear but I’m enjoying working on this project. I’ve always loved Crazy quilts but stopped making these blocks when I realized that I wasn’t going to devote the amount of time a decent size quilt would take. Not to mention the difficulty of handling something larger than this small one.

I’m so happy I finally gave into the temptation to make some of these. I just had to find a *practical* application for them before I gave myself permission. Now I need to go shopping for dolls but I think I’ll do that at Mom’s so I don’t have to ship them there. The dolls and quilts will be donated to Catholic Charities.

Just before I left for Key West I received a thank you note from a woman who received one of the HeartStrings Quilts I’d pieced and quilted. I can’t describe how touched I was reading her note and how strongly it reaffirms my commitment to making and donating quilts and to the HeartStrings Quilt Project.

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A quick top

I had lots of catching up to do today after being gone but did manage to squeeze in assembling the crazy quilt doll top. I had 6 blocks but felt that it was too long and skinny so I chopped off 3 inches off the top and cut squares to piece on the side.

Having just watched Ricky Tims Caveman Quilting Video, I decided to bind this using his *birthing* technique. I liked how much easier it was to turn the quilt using his method of cutting the back and resewing it leaving an opening for turning.

There is no batting and I’ll do the embroidery along the seams through the backing fabric.

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Key West

We’re home after a LONG day of travel yesterday. Keith had us fly into Miami and drive to Key West which was great on the trip out but tiring coming back.

Here’s a slideshow – can you tell I like Sunsets?

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