Archive for August, 2008

Another HeartStrings project

Kind of a lazy day today. I slept late, caught up on email and some blog reading and went for a bike ride with Keith. I did manage to organize myself a little and start some HeartStrings blocks with green centers. We’re going to make blocks during September and October and then assemble them into quilts for men (and boys). I’m avoiding large florals, pink, and purple but other than that am using most of what I pull out of the string bins.

I also managed to load a quilt tonight although I didn’t get it started. It’s the first of 10 tops I want to quilt by the end of September. We’re out of town Sept 2 – 8 so it will be a little challenging but I’m going to give it a shot.

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I’m home

My flight from VA was early but I’m home and Keith and I are relaxing listening to music while I catch up on email and my blogs.

While I was gone Wendy posted this quilt made from my RWB Wonky Rails instructions – she plans to donate it to American Hero Quilts and I like it even better than the one I made.


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Mom’s been busy

Mom had two quilts from my instruction sheets to show me when I arrived on Monday. Here’s the Strippie – this one is just too cute. She also finished quilting the Fish Quilt. She uses her regular sewing machine and decided that straight line quilting would be easiest – I think the quilt looks great!

I head home tomorrow morning. It will be good to see Keith and Chesty!


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Fish Quilt Instruction Sheet

You probably think I’ve forgotten about the Instruction Sheet for the FISH quilt but I haven’t. I just hadn’t had time to make fish blocks and photograph the steps until just before I left.

The Fish Quilt Instruction Sheet  can be found at my MaryQuilts.com site.


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Weight Loss Wednesday

I posted my 1/2 week results on Sunday and am pleased that I’ve lost 7.4 lbs in 4 weeks. Other than trying to watch what I eat, drinking lots of water and increasing the amount of walking and biking I do has helped.

I did manage to meet my exercise goal for the week before leaving on Monday morning which is good because there won’t be much going on while I’m gone.

How did YOU do this week?


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I have been reading this summer too

I’ve been lazy updating my Shefari bookshelf but caught up Sunday before leaving. I’ll just warn you that my rating system only denotes how much I enjoyed the book and not necessarily how well it was written.

Mysteries and historical fiction tend to be my favorites and I LOVE books that come in series so I can read about the same characters.

In addition to my knitting, I’ve brought the Kindle along and *stocked* it with a handful of books to keep me entertained.


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Knit one Purl one

You know I’ve been spending the Olympics binding quilts but I finished the last one Saturday night and decided I needed a project for the Closing Ceremonies and to carry with me on my trip.

Inspired by all the knitting I’ve seen going on in blogland I decided to start a scarf. It’s simple, knit in seed stitch but I’m pretty slow at switching back and forth between knit and purl for each stitch. I wonder how much I’ll have done when I get home Saturday??

Speaking of knitting, what’s your FAVORITE simple rectangular shawl pattern? I don’t like to knit complex patterns especially since I have pretty basic knitting skills and like to let my mind wander when I’m knitting but want something more elegant than garter stitch.


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UFO finished/Sunday Progress Report/Weigh in

Here’s the last top finished this week – it’s also a UFO finish and completely from stash so I’m very pleased with this one! I love the texture the Bubbles pantograph gave it and think I made the right choice for quilting. I left this photo large so you can click on it to see a better view of the quilting.

Instructions can be found at my MaryQuilts.com site for anyone interested.

So my progress report is:

  • 2 tops quilted – goal of 10 before the end of August met
  • 4 quilts bound
  • Wonky Tree blocks assembled into a small top 
  • My Stash used total goes up to 77.5 yards (includes completed quilts only)
  • No fabric purchased this week

I also did my weigh in this morning since I’ll be leaving tomorrow for the airport at 3:30AM!! I have a loss of 1.4 lbs for a total of 7.4 lbs in 3 and 1/2 weeks. I’ll be traveling most of the next two weeks so I hope I can avoid gaining any back – we’ll see!


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On the road again!

Keith and I spent some time this weekend planning trips for the fall. In addition to my trip leaving Monday to Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania (to see family) we’re going to New York City and Washington DC the first week of September.

Coming up in October and booked this weekend – a trip to Denmark, in November we’ll travel to Lake Oconee outside of Atlanta to stay at the Ritz Carton where Adam works, and not yet booked – in December, I’ll travel back to Virginia to visit Mom for her birthday.

In spite of the travel, I plan to set ambitious goals each month for quilting the rest of the year. I would love to start 2009 all caught up!

And speaking of goals, I’ve finished the binding on the Half String Hearts so that’s UFO #16 for the year. I’ll post a photo tomorrow.


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Thanks!

Thanks for all the nice comments on my trees – they’re growing on me some and now I think they’re almost so ugly that they’re cute!

If you’re interested, you can see the trees I left off in the photo I posted on the Class Blog – take some time to look at the other projects posted too. I’m in the process of contemplating hand quilting designs – I’m leaning toward using perle cotton and since I’ve been fascinated with Sashiko designs I’m wondering if I can incorporate them into the quilting. I have at least one book – maybe two so I’ll have to find them upstairs – all my books are disorganized since the move and I haven’t taken time to put them back into categories. Another thing to put on the list.

I should finish up the binding on the String Hearts today so hopefully I’ll have a photo to post tomorrow.


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