Monthly Archives: September 2008

Family Postcard Exchange

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I think I’ve mentioned our family postcard exchange we started back in April. There are 9 of us exchanging this month , (Mom, 2 sisters, 2 cousins, 2 of my cousin’s daughters, my aunt, and myself) and the *theme* was work. Since HeartStrings is my work, I made a mini string block and added hearts for my exchange card for the month. I decided to try a different edging but I should have cut the block straight and just pinked the postcard itself. Live and learn!

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American Red Cross

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Two or three years ago when there was so much controversy about the Red Cross, I diverted donations that I normally would have made to them to Habitat for Humanity, where the majority of our donation dollars go. Gradually over the last year or so, I started making donations again when I’d see a natural disaster on the news.

I’m not sure if it’s the number of disasters they’re having to respond to, a drop in donations, or both but I do find it concerning that they’re having to borrow money to maintain relief operations for the recent hurricanes.

Can you help?
American Red Cross Disaster Relief

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Not as bad as I feared

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With the quilt tossed across the longarm so I can see the overall effect (thanks Darcie), the fan quilting in the sashing doesn’t seem to be a disaster.

I should mention that this is a donated HeartStrings top pieced by Barbara in FL. Hopefully she won’t be disappointed in my quilting on this one. By the way, I don’t consider myself a perfectionist but when I do something, I want to do it well – not just OK.

In general, I try to keep my moodiness from spilling over into the blog but as you can tell, sometimes I fail.

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# 6

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Baptist Fans look good on everything – right? Or do they? Certainly they should be fine on any traditional looking string quilt – right?

As I was loading the quilt – I thought, this little border strip would be fine with the fans crossing it, then I started quilting and got worried, then as I quilted another row I thought it’s fine. By the time I’m halfway through the quilt I’ll be worried again.

I’m really, REALLY, not happy with my quilting these days. That nasty inner voice of mine keeps telling me I should really be much better at this after 6 years.

Feel free to comment on my choice of BF for this quilt but don’t feel the need to comment on my unhappiness with my quilting – I’m not looking for reassurance – I’m average and I know it. Sometimes I’m OK with it and sometimes I’m not.

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Weight-loss Wednesday

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The actual weight numbers have been eliminated since I’m only comfortable sharing pounds up or down but as you can see – I’m not really making a tremendous amount of progress here.

  • Lost 1.2 lbs this week so I’m back where I was before the two weeks I gained while out of town. Total loss is 7.4 lbs
  • I managed to meet my exercise minimum…..just
  • Failed to drink 64 oz of water each day – need to do better.

How did you do this week?

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Yesterday’s mail brought 2 tops from Marianne ( a member of HeartStrings) for me to finish for Alycia’s Quilts of Valor project. Have you checked her progress toward 400 quilts for 2009 lately?

She’s up to 136 with 90 of them quilted. She receives both tops and finished quilts and shows them all on her blog. You should really take a look!

I also received more books from Cecile. She’s a reader of my blog who contacted me a while back and offered to send some books for me to read. Since then she’s shared books and new authors with me all of which I’ve really enjoyed.

A few of my favorites have been:

Three Pines Mysteries (Series) by Louise Penney

The Cece Caruso Mysteries by Susan Kandel

The Maise Dobbs Mysteries by Jacqueline Winspear

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Sunday’s Progress Report

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Not much stashbusting to report but I’m making progress on my to do list.

  • The fabric in the Wonky Trees including the backing is from stash although I won’t count this small amount of fabric until the quilt is actually finished.
  • I did buy some fabric from the Real Women Quilt online store – I don’t remember how much – a few yards but nothing all that extravagant.

Working on HeartStrings quilts and those for family is one reason I don’t make all that much progress with my stashbusting efforts but it feels really good to mark things off my to do list, even if they don’t involve my stash. Here’s September’s list and I’ve done pretty well this week I think!

  • Mail quilt for Clare’s Quilts for Leukemia project
  • Wash/dry 3 completed HeartStrings quilts
  • Catch up with mail and pay bills
  • Finish Mom’s quilt that’s on the machine now (#1 of 10)
  • Unpack and do laundry
  • Load top #2 of 10 on longarm
  • Plan some meals and go to the grocery store
  • Take Chesty to Dr for xray and post op followup
  • Make Sept postcard for exchange
  • Trim Mom’s quilt and mail it to her
  • Mail NYC t-shirts to Adam
  • Load top #3 of 10 on longarm
  • Load top #4 of 10 on longarm
  • Piece backing for one of my quilts
  • Load top # 5 on the longarm
  • Take donations to Ronald McDonald House
  • Quilt 9 8 7 6 other tops by the end of September
  • Do some piecing on Green HeartStrings blocks as time allows
  • Layer the small Wonky Trees quilt and decide on a hand quilting design
  • Find some time for Exercise!
  • Catch up on blog reading
  • Organize photos from the July Alaska trip and the ones from the NY/DC trip we just returned from, create DVD slideshows and share with family

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The Fly stitch

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Keeping in mind this is the first time I’ve used the Fly stitch for quilting….Here’s my back – I only go through all layers with one stitch – the rest I travel through my layer about a needle’s length although you can tell I’m not completely consistent with my spacing – I’ll get better with practice.

This is the point I go through all my layers – when I’m making the (R) part of the stitch as shown with the needle in the diagram below. I stay between the layers when making the small holding stitch and come up on the (L) side of a new stitch – all without going through my layers.
Does that make any sense??

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I had grandiose plans

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First, here’s where my top was hiding yesterday – looks pretty obvious but I looked on top of the table and behind the table and only saw it when I glanced over while I was going through the quilt tops in the closet for the 10th time.

I won’t tell you what I thought I was going to quilt on this small top but luckily, I was reading Patti’s blog the other day and saw a quilt she’d quilted with fly stitches. Mine are probably too densely placed and not as even as hers but I like the look. I think I’ll also quilt some words and maybe even a leaf in some of the tone on tone filler blocks. Click on photo for a closer view.

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I finally bought the safety pins

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Found – two hours later! It had fallen behind the table but not all the way to the floor. What a waste of time.

…..and now I can’t find my Wonky Tree top anywhere. I was ready to layer it a couple weeks ago and couldn’t find the safety pins (hadn’t seen them since the move). I moved it off the sewing table when I started making the latest set of HeartStrings blocks and now can’t find it anywhere.

It doesn’t even make sense to me that it’s gone – I wouldn’t have put it away anywhere since I was all set to layer and quilt it.

I know you can’t help me find it but I just wanted to whine. I hate it that my memory is getting so bad.

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