Archive for September, 2008

October is coming……

and I’m working on my *to do* list for the month. I’m pleased with the progress I’ve made quilting over the last couple months so I’m going to take October and work on some of my personal HeartStrings projects and a few remaining things I need to quilt for family members.

I’ll also be traveling to Copenhagen the 2nd week of the month so I’ll try not to have a too ambitious list.

  • First, I have 4 Heartstrings quilts done that need binding
  • Finish piecing my RWB quilt – the 2nd quilt I’m piecing for Alycia’s QOV project.
  • Assemble the top for my personal HeartStrings Anniversary quilt from the blocks sent to me by HeartStrings quilters
  • ?? Make a border for the above quilt using Tonya’s pieced letters – if I don’t like the results I get, I may scrap this idea.
  • Quilt Maureen’s wallhanging
  • Quilt Ann’s wallhanging
  • Quilt Nancy’s pillow sham tops
  • Quilt my Boxed Squares top
  • Finish hand quilting and bind my Wonky Trees.
  • Assemble my green centered HeartStrings top during the October 25th HeartStrings Sew-in, Rochester MN

I also wanted to report the results of our Block Party – a rough count of the blocks made by HeartStrings quilters is 1482 blocks. That equals 30 + quilts and from emails I’ve received, I know there are others who were going to make some blocks and send them to us also.

Thanks SO much to everyone who participated and made our party a success.


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I had a great weekend

First I finished up the  48 blocks for my HeartStrings quilt during our Block Party.

Second, I’m grateful for automatic shutoff irons – yes, I was right in the room and didn’t even smell anything burning. I never leave my iron laying down so this was an odd exception thank goodness!

I also got a wonderful email about a HeartStrings quilt I’d sent to a woman battling cancer AND I got a thrill when Bonnie posted photos of her charity guild tying a HeartStrings quilt – I love seeing groups working together on these quilts.


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Block Party – Day 2

I’m finishing up that set of 48 green centered blocks today as HeartStrings members continue our Block Party weekend.

I thought I’d share just a few of the many quilts that have been assembled, quilted, and donated as a result of all the blocks that have been sent in to us. While many of us make HeartStrings blocks from beginning to end, there’s just something a little special about these quilts.

Thanks to those of you who wrote me and have sewn along with us this weekend.


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More blocks to make

I’m heading back upstairs to make a few more blocks before bed but first I ordered Bonnie’s Scraps & Shirttails book. I was taking a quick look at my Google Reader to see who had updated their blog and saw Bonnie’s post with her books all stack up and ready to mail out.

Quilters like Bonnie and Judy give so much of their time and talent providing inspiration through their blogs and free patterns that I’m always happy to support them when I’m given a chance.

Get your copy!


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HeartStrings Block Party

HeartStrings Block Party is in progress this weekend and I’m working on finishing the set of green centered blocks started a couple weeks ago. It takes 48 blocks for a quilt and I have 16 left to make – 8 of which are in progress.

I’m not doing any marathon quilting here – string blocks are easy to pick up and put down – no figuring out where you left off needed.

If you want to join in our Block Party and make a few blocks yourself – the guidelines can be found on here on the HeartStrings website and you can email me for a mailing address to send them in.

I did start piecing some of these last night but then got distracted and started reading. I finished 3 books – two were already in progress and of course had to sleep late this morning to make up for staying up all night reading. Thanks to Cecile and Patti who both sent me books in the mail.


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A question for you

You may not be able to see this quilting mistake – which is kind of the point of this post. I was sewing along and crossed right over into another heart with my stitching. From the front, you’d never know it was there if I didn’t point it out to you (go ahead and click on the photo to enlarge) and in the 2nd photo you can see what it looks like on the back.

A couple quilts earlier I got distracted and quilted over the same line in a pantograph – just a short section and you could see it if you knew to look for it but I still didn’t pull the stitches out.

I NEVER take out something like this and am curious how many of you always pick out your quilting mistakes?

How bad does a mistake have to be for you to pick out the stitches?

Keep in mind – I don’t quilt for hire but I do quilt for other people.


By the way, for those times when the stitches just HAVE to come out, Suzanne wrote a great article on frogging (rip it, rip it!) for MQ Resources. I don’t know if you have to be a member to read the article but trust me – that site has a LOT of great information – you want to be a member.


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#10 is in progress

Hearts may be overkill with the heart sashing on this top but I couldn’t resist quilting my freehand hearts on it. I’m having some thread breakage but have changed to a larger needle so wish me luck! (Click photo for a larger view of the quilting)



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Soup

You might not think I like to cook since I don’t blog about it much – but I do. With Fall and Winter coming I’m looking for good soup recipes. My favorites are those that are a meal by themselves and broth vs. cream based (I am still trying to lose a few pounds after all). Any good recipes or sites you’d like to share?

Tonight we’ll eat homemade Tortilla Soup and cornbread. Yep, there’s a piece missing – since the cornbread is from a mix, I had to taste test it before serving it to Keith!

Later, I’ll probably load the HeartStrings top finished the other night – it will be #10 of 10 once it’s quilted!


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I’ve been busy

Last night I finished piecing the borders on this top from HeartStrings blocks donated by the Quilting Queens guild – it’s done and ready for quilting.

After working upstairs in the sewing room this morning on bindings and backings, I loaded and quilted this top from the St. Mary’s quilters in CT.

Not a very good photo of the quilting but I used the pantograph Happy Times.


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Weight-loss Wednesday

It’s a good thing my scale has a decimal point or I wouldn’t have anything to report!

  • 0.8 lbs lost this week – total loss 8.2 lbs in 8 weeks
  • Exercise minimum goal met – barely
  • Still not back to drinking my 64 oz of water daily – once I got out of the habit it’s been hard to get back into it. I usually manage between 32 – 48 oz.

How did you do this week?


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