Monthly Archives: August 2008

Maybe I’m not meant to be spontaneous

Published / by Mary / 17 Comments on Maybe I’m not meant to be spontaneous

I started these trees in April for Tonya’s Summer Class but hadn’t gotten around to assembling them into a top – it’s kind of disastrous! I’ve decided that I need my EQ! I’ve put the other trees away for now and I am going  to quilt this – it will be good practice.

I’m not sure whether it was my color scheme or not having a clear idea how I wanted to assemble these different size blocks that was the problem but I had LOTS of fun making the trees and I’ll revisit this process….I’ll just do a little more planning this time vs. trying to follow the guidelines and being spontaneous. Seriously, I AM a planner, I NEED to plan!

Email me

Are you tired of reading about my goal for August?

Published / by Mary / 10 Comments on Are you tired of reading about my goal for August?

This was another HeartStrings donation top from the quilters at St. Mary’s in CT. I had this one quilted but not bound before my I started my goal of 10 tops by the end of August.

I finished up the quilting on #10 yesterday and hope to get the binding done today so I can stitch on it tonight watching the Olympics.

All 10 tops are quilted, 8 quilts were bound (two I get to send back to their owners for binding) and I have one more binding to do. Not bad but I’m still not caught up so my plan is to go for another 10 tops quilted in September. I’m heading out of town on Monday for a week and then we’ll be gone the first week of September so I may be overly ambitious here – we’ll have to see.

Email me

Binding finished

Published / by Mary / 13 Comments on Binding finished

Another binding finished last night – this VERY cute top was pieced by Deborah. I showed a close-up of the quilting the other day but you can click on this photo for a larger view too.

I combined my walk today with some errands – to the post office to mail two quilts to Alycia for her Quilts of Valor project; then downtown to Barnes and Noble and Target.

I’ve sat with Chesty for a bit and now I’m ready to head downstairs and hopefully finish up the quilting I started yesterday.

Email me

Weight-loss Wednesday – Week 3

Published / by Mary / 2 Comments on Weight-loss Wednesday – Week 3

Not much progress this week but I’m feeling pretty good and my pants fit better so I’m going to keep at it.

  • No weight loss this week – 6 lbs lost in 3 weeks
  • Walking goals met although I’ve had to count shorter 15-20 minute walks and not just 30-1 hour to get my time in.
  • Still doing great with the water – 64 oz water intake 6 out of 7 days

How did YOU do this week?

Email me

In progress

Published / by Mary / 8 Comments on In progress

I managed to get the binding on the small quilt from yesterday and pieced a backing for this one this morning but with Chesty being very demanding today – it’s not finished yet. I’m about 1/2 way done with the quilting and the bubbles are looking great. I decided to go with the hearts on the next quilt.

For those wondering how Chesty is doing with his recovery – he’s fine but having a problem with continued confinement and the restrictions on running, playing, and jumping. His incision is completely healed so the last couple days I’ve let him go without the e-collar when he’s in the crate and so far he’s being good and not biting on the leg.

I thought a walk in the park this afternoon would buy me a couple hours of quilting time but he was barking for me after an hour.

Hopefully, I’ll get the binding stitched down tonight and I’ll show you a full photo of Deborah’s donation top tomorrow.

Email me

More Bubbles

Published / by Mary / 21 Comments on More Bubbles

Top #9 is quilted – this one is another donated HeartStrings top pieced by Deborah. Very, very cute and the Bubbles are just perfect. I’ll show a full photo after the binding is done – maybe later this week.
So my question for you all is this – next up (#10) is my Half String Hearts top – a UFO from last year and I’d intended to quilt my freehand hearts (adapted from Jamie Wallen) on it BUT these bubbles are really cute so now I’m leaning toward using the Bubbles pantograph. What do you think?

I will warn you, I’m frequently accused by my son Adam of asking for advice and not taking it!

Email me

Getting ready for #9

Published / by Mary / 13 Comments on Getting ready for #9
Before I head downstairs to load my 9th top, I thought I’d share photos of #8. This is Mom’s top and some of you might recognize it from the book Best of Black Mountain Quilts. I made a version of that quilt 2+ years ago and Mom loved it so much that she’s pieced it 3 times now, once for my brother, this one which is also a gift, and I have one more sitting downstairs waiting to quilt for her.

You can click on both photos for a larger view!

I mentioned in my previous post I used the pantograph Windy Day to quilt it. I’ll just warn anyone looking at that pantograph it’s kind of fussy with lines really close together and although I’ve had it for at least a couple years I’d never used it for that reason. This time I decided I’d just use the pantograph to space my curls and wouldn’t worry about staying on the lines or quilting the pattern exactly. It worked great and I’m really pleased with how this turned out.

I’m such a nice daughter that I’ve already machine stitched the binding on for her and will start hand stitching it down tonight. If she’s lucky, I’ll have it done before I visit her next Monday.

Email me

Sunday Progress report

Published / by Mary / 5 Comments on Sunday Progress report

In spite of problems with thread breakage that appeared halfway through the quilt, #8 is done and  looks good in spite of my struggles.  I even managed to make the binding and get it stitched on before I stopped for the night and while it still needs to be stitched down  – I have another week of Olympics to watch.

So this week’s report is as follows:

  • 3 quilts bound
  • 2 tops quilted 
  • 12 yards from stash used
  • No fabric purchased this week

Email me

Back to work

Published / by Mary / 13 Comments on Back to work

How did it get to be Saturday? The last top quilted was Tuesday so I needed to get back to work since I only have until next Monday to finish the last 3 tops to meet my goal of 10 before leaving for my trip to Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Top #8 is loaded and in progress.

I was very tempted to freehand quilt curls on this top of Mom’s but since it’s a gift she’s giving to someone I decided I shouldn’t practice on it. I wanted a windy, breezy look to the quilting so I pulled out the pantograph Windy Day by Lorien Quilting – I’m just following the general flow rather than trying to quilt right on the lines.

Email me