Archive for February, 2008
Mom and I have been going to the Mid Atlantic Quilt show together since we started quilting. Sometimes Deb has come with us, sometimes my sister Ann. My aunt and cousin have also come along.
This year I missed the show but Mom told me she bought me a pattern to make a small quilt that holds a photograph thinking I could put a photo of Chesty in it. Tonight she sent me the photo of the quilt she made for me. Isn’t it cute? I can’t wait until she sends it to me.
By the way, although Mom made clothes for us while we were growing up and taught Deb how to sew, I wasn’t interested in sewing AT ALL! My love for photography got me into quilting after seeing a memory quilt made with photographs. I wasn’t able to convince Mom to make a quilt for me but somehow, I hadn’t even finished my first one and I was able to convince her to try it. That was 7 and 1/2 years ago and both of us have made many, many quilts since then.
Can you pick me out in this photo? How about Deb? I just realized that photo she put in the quilt includes all the same people as the one below (Mom, my two brothers, my three sisters, and me). Click the photo to enlarge it.
I love it when other quilters and bloggers are inspired to make string quilts and share their results with me.
Saska, at AklaCookiemaker Quilts worked with her local guild to make 17 quilts that will be donated to a local youth shelter. Make sure you click the photo to see a larger view!
I walked to the townhouse for the inspection this afternoon and it snowed just for me! The inspection went great – just some minor things that we probably won’t even ask them to address.
After crossing downtown, I walked the last stretch along the river.
And finally, arriving back at the apartment.
Keith comes home tomorrow late afternoon!
I’m getting ready to walk over to the townhouse to meet the inspector. I’m going to take a tape measure with me and check out a few measurements. It’s just 1.5 miles so it will be a nice walk over and back and I was hoping it would snow but other than a few flakes when I took Chesty to the park earlier – nothing! Hopefully nothing bad will come up on the inspection – cross your fingers!
I finished the quilting on this donated top from Annie this afternoon. I used Mountain Mist Cream Rose for batting but although it’s a very nice batting, I won’t be buying another roll. It just doesn’t have the same loft as the Hobbs 80/20 and it’s more expensive. I like the texture and definition that the 80/20 gives to quilting.
I know it’s hard to believe but I don’t have a fabric that works for the binding of the top I quilted earlier in the week so I decided to use some leftover binding bits and do a scrappy one. There’s a lot of orange in that quilt so I’m thinking about cutting a few strips of orange to throw in but I haven’t decided for sure.
I loaded a donated HeartStrings top from Annie this afternoon and am quilting it with a pantograph called Improved Clamshell by Kathie James. This one’s not for the faint of heart – you need to be able to quilt both smoothly and accurately but it looks good.
You’d think I wouldn’t have but so much mess – we’ve just been here for 14-15 months but this is my supply closet in my longarm room. I’m in and out of here constantly and as you can see it needs sorting in a bad way.
And just because I realized it’s been a long time since I’ve shared a photo of Chesty, here he is catching some afternoon sunshine. Poor thing, he wasn’t thrilled about the move the Minneapolis but I hope this one won’t be too traumatic.
Although you can’t tell in this photo, the sky is blue today with fluffy white clouds. It’s still cold but it’s beautiful outside.
This is one of the tops I pieced from Chinese Coins sections donated to HeartStrings – it will go to Tennessee for donation. I still have one more Coins top to quilt and more coins to piece into tops.
There’s a lot of sorting and packing to do so I expect that to slow me down but I hope to continue to make progress with my quilting over the next few weeks. We’ll probably have most of the packing done by the moving company but there’s a lot of my quilting stuff that I need to go through and pack myself.
Plus, I’m determined to go through my clothing and donate things I haven’t worn in years. I don’t know why it’s so hard for me to declutter – I brought things here to Minneapolis that I should have donated or disposed of during the move last year. I’ve gotten a lot of comments and emails from those of you who are going through the *stuff* in your lives and removing excess clutter. If we didn’t move so often I’m sure I’d be completely buried. At least I’m forced to sort and donate when we move.
Of course we still have the inspection and the appraisal but I don’t expect issues with either. We got the signed Purchase Agreement back today.
I also finished the binding on the Chinese Coins quilt – that’s UFO #12 for the year. I’ll get a photo of it tomorrow – on the balcony since everyone seems to like those best.
Do you remember the tornadoes in the south earlier this month? HeartString members have wanted to send quilts to those affected but we make sure we contact an individual or organization directly to ensure the quilts will go to those in need.
Thanks to Sarah and Pam we have contact information to send quilts.
So on today’s agenda will be binding the Chinese Coins quilt on my *to do* list so I can send off two quilts this week.
Although our offer has been accepted on the townhouse, we’re still waiting for the signed agreement. I’m going nuts because interest rates are climbing as we sit and wait and we can’t lock our rate in until we have the contract.
Periodically I delete the majority of my bloglines links out of frustration. I love seeing what everyone is doing but find I spend more and more time on the computer and that of course is less time spent quilting. So last week I deleted most the entries and decided I’d visit blogs from comments left on my blog and go around the blog rings once or twice a month.
Last night as I went around the Stash Quilts blog ring I came across a post on Susan’s blog (Feb 16th post) that inspired me to pull a finished quilt to send to American Hero Quilts.
Somehow along the way, I must have clicked on a link for the Quilt Mavericks blog ring and I was on Darcie’s blog reading about crochet and decided to pull out my crochet hooks – when I went looking for yarn, I found this magazine and fleece that I’d intended to crochet an edging on – that should be a quick project.
As long as I was packing for shipping, I decided I’ll pull all my flannel leftover bits that I’d agreed to send Bob, a HeartStrings member to use on donation quilts. With an upcoming move it will be good to have this crate emptied.
My printer was dying so I bought a new one yesterday (Epson RX595) – not sure I’m crazy about it – it’s louder for one thing BUT I do love the scanning features on it. I can scan and save the document as a PDF file – which came in handy when I had to email a couple signed documents yesterday to the realtor. It’s also a photo printer – which my other one wasn’t. I missed being able to print one or two photos since my small photo printer died a year ago.
Finally, I scanned a image from the above magazine. They had a neat case for crochet hooks that is very much like the crayon rolls that I’ve seen on several blogs. Deb made a couple for her granddaughters and was going to make Adam one for his drawing pencils – I emailed her the photo hoping she’ll make me one too.
I haven’t done any quilting or piecing since finishing Nann’s quilt on Tuesday. I obviously need a new list so I’ll get something done this week. Since I’ll still have lots of things to do related to buying the townhouse (inspections, getting the mortgage, working to get out of my lease) I won’t make it too ambitious and if I don’t get it all done I’ll be OK with that.
1) Bind the Chinese Coins quilt (it’s been waiting a LONG time)
2) Quilt the 2nd top donated by Sandra and Stashbusters
3) Quilt the 2nd HeartStrings top pieced by Annie
4) Assemble the crumb/string/heart quilt (the blocks have been on the design wall for a month)
Wish me luck! Keith will be in Denmark from Sunday – Friday so that will help.
I got distracted with all the townhouse stuff but I meant to confess a big mistake I made on Nann’s donation top.
Both the top and backing were directional and I laid both out to make sure I had them going in the same direction. I then picked up the backing and added fabric to make it long enough to load on the longarm (Nann had send the fabric along with the top and backing) and manage to load the backing and top in opposite directions and started quilting. I was halfway done with the quilting before I realized my error.
I was so upset but Nann was very gracious when I emailed her pictures of the quilting and backing and explained what I’d done. It’s just another reason why I have no desire to quilt for hire – if it had been one of my quilts I would have just said to myself “oh well” and not worried about it.
If you click on the photo you can see that the lighthouse fabric on the back is going in the same direction when it’s flipped over like this but if you are holding the quilt up from the back – they’re upside down.
Since the paperwork still needs final signatures I’ll won’t count on it 100% but they’re accepting our offer on the 2nd townhouse.
To answer some questions I’ve gotten.
- These are townhouses so we don’t have anyone above or below us – just to the sides.
- They’re not all that big – just barely under 1800 square feet which is the size of the apartment we’re in. Ideally I’d like to have more space but being downtown is VERY important to me as is being in a townhouse NOT a condo.
- It’s 2 bedrooms/ 2.5 bathrooms with a family/bonus room downstairs.
The family room is too small to fit my sewing stuff and the longarm so my quilting things will be split in two rooms like it is here at the apartment BUT they’re on separate floors NOT next door so I’ll organize things a little differently so I’m not running up and down the stairs every few minutes.
I copied the photos from the online brochure if anyone wants to look at the actual rooms.
They’ve already come back a couple times with counter offers and we found out this was a corporate relo and the townhouse has been on the market for about 4-5 months. They seem ready to sell. We went back to them once more with an offer just a few thousand below so I’m hoping they accept.
We might have a done deal by tomorrow which would be great because Keith is heading off to Denmark on Sunday.
No sewing today…. lots of cleaning yesterday but no sewing. Tomorrow I need to get back to work.
We lost out on the first townhouse. The sellers had a contingency offer that was based on another buyer selling their condo so the were going to accept our offer but the buyer had 72 hours to removed the contingency and purchase the property – which they they did. Bummer.
We’ve already made an offer on the unit next door so we’re back to waiting. Cross your fingers that we get this one!
Here’s a cool satellite photo of the townhouse community we’re trying to buy in. That’s the Mississippi River you seen in the photo and Minneapolis has a great set of bike paths and walkways called Grand Rounds that goes all along the river with both state and local parks along the way. Click on the photo for a more detailed view.
“to bring to a condition of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act”
This definition of paralyzed from Dictionary.com describes me exactly. I hate waiting. HATE, HATE, HATE it.
I need to be quilting, piecing, and even cleaning but I work a bit and then get distracted again thinking about moving and everything I’ll need to get done if we do buy one of these townhouses. I just want to buy or not buy and get back to work.
Of course, I’m doing some long overdue cleaning (thanks to reading Keryn’s blog last night night) and have a pile of laundry in process so I’ll admit I’m fairly easily distracted. Have I ever mentioned I HATE cleaning and doing laundry, and while I’m listing things I hate – grocery shopping. I can’t tell you how often we go out to eat because I haven’t made myself go to the grocery store. Guess what’s for dinner? Nothing – I’ve got nothing here I can fix tonight.
Can you hear me whining?
The sellers tried to come back with another counteroffer on the townhouse but we refused. They can either accept our last offer or on Wednesday we’re going to place an offer on the one next door.
Our realtor seems to think there’s a good chance they’ll accept….it’s nice to be in the driver’s seat for a change but I’ll be happy with either one.
I also had a tiny ray of hope on the condo in Georgia. There was a couple in FL that looked at it and liked it but they’re going to take a week to decide if they want to make an offer. That’s probably too much to hope for but we’ll see.
I got more quilting done on Nann’s top and started digging through the pile of paper on my desk. Tonight, I have tax stuff to work on – ugh!