Archive for October, 2008

Help me name this quilt – please!

I’m writing up instructions for this quilt and I need a name for it. I’ve been calling it my red/beige scrap quilt but I need something a little more exciting – any suggestions?

And just because I couldn’t resist, this is a better shot of Chesty’s view from our front window.

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Wonky curves??

Surprisingly I’ve never quilted anything with continuous curves before – I knew these squares would be too challenging at 6 inches to get a smooth curve without using a ruler (and I DON’T like rulers) so I decided I’d just quilt them in a wonky style and not worry about trying to be consistent. I’ve decided that any quilting I do should just be called Wonky and then I won’t stress as much about the inconsistencies!

I wanted this donation quilt to be soft and cuddly so I didn’t want a lot of quilting – just enough. Want the instructions for piecing the top? Click the link – Boxed Squares.

And the back:

Look who’s enjoying his freedom – happy to be back up on his perch and enjoying the view of these beautiful changing trees.

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Marianne’s HeartStrings top for QOV

Did you miss me yesterday? I spent a couple hours wrestling with my desk – clearing papers and paying bills then Keith and I took a walk. First, to the Basilica to light a candle and pray for a family member who is ill then to a favorite sports bar to watch part of the Redskin game.

Click on photo to see Baptist Fan quilting

I did manage to finish the binding and label this HeartStrings quilt pieced by Marianne that will go to Alycia’s QOV project – she’s well on her way to her goal of 400 Quilts of Valor in 2009. If you’d like to help her out – she’s accepting tops, finished quilts, and pillowcases (made in patriotic colors preferably) to present the quilts in.

VickiW’s pillowcase tutorial

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Six Months

Six months since we’ve moved into the townhouse and as I was flipping though some old photos, I realized that the box in the bottom left corner of this photo is still sitting in the same spot. Still has things from my old desk that there’s not room for and usually has quilts piled on top waiting to be washed. Pathetic!

Is anyone participating in Judy’s Quiltathon this weekend? I’m piecing more letters and working on a binding. I’ve done 4 sections so far and Strings is the one I like best – besides there being too much space between the letters in Heart, I think the letters in Quilt are too thin and then overcompensating, the letters in Project are too fat. I really thought I was on a roll last night.

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Messy work

I’d pulled out a ton of strings when I was participating in the HeartStrings Block Party a couple weeks ago and never put them back – I’m pulling out even more for my letters so I guess this room is going to look messy for a while.

I debated redoing Heart after finishing Strings but am just going to go with it. I’m becoming a little less rigid and my spacing is a little tighter too – not all letters have a spacer and the ones that do have a narrow 1/4 inch strip. I sewed some thicker seams on Heart to decrease some of the space there but I’m not going to redo it.

The letters go pretty quickly once you get started – I keep a drawing pad and sketch each letter out so I can see what order I need to piece the segments.

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I never did get back to sewing last night and after being up all night again – spent most of the day just puttering around and napping.

I saw the cutest background on Julia‘s site and clicked the link to look for one for my blog that would go with my new Autumn header photo. Then I decided to update the two family blogs I do also….so more time spent looking through all the different backgrounds.

And then, I saw the link with the tutorial on making your own background and I was off looking for for free papers to use. Of course I made about 10 versions before finally coming up with the two below which I used on my family blogs. I won’t consider it time wasted since I learned some new things.

Now, I’m going to head upstairs and make more letters.

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Something just for me!

There’s not been a lot of progress on my October to do list since I’ve been home – a little binding, a little knitting but no real quilting or piecing so today I pulled out the blocks for my HeartStrings Anniversary quilt. This one is just for me and will be made from blocks sent to me from other HeartStrings members…I had intended to work on piecing this in February but with moving and traveling, my projects kept getting pushed down the list.

The original plan for this quilt included free form pieced letters (like Tonya‘s) but I was debating whether or not I wanted to take time to do them (and whether I was capable of making them look decent). They’re a little *rigid* looking but I think they may just work – I’ll continue on with them as I start assembling the blocks.

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I took a walk today

Click on photo for a larger view
Can you tell I’m having fun with the collage feature in Picasa 3? Check it out – it’s free!

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Happy Birthday Chris!

Hard to believe my oldest son Chris turns 25 today. If you take a look at the bottom (L) photo of us taken in May of this year….you’ll see that I must have had him when I was just a child!

As always, click on the photo to see a larger view

You’ll all be glad to hear that Chesty’s appointment went great! His knee is fine and all restrictions were lifted. He’s been very confused today – wondering why I’m not carrying him up and down the stairs and lifting him up to sit beside me but after giving me a puzzled look, he’s jumping and stair climbing all by himself.

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Weight-loss Wednesday

I’m a little confused about how much up or down I am for the week but my total weight loss is 9.6 lbs and I’m heading in the right direction although slowly, very slowly….

I did OK with exercise this week although I’ve been pretty homebound since we got back from Denmark. Need to drink more water too – with all the trips I seem to almost get back to the point I’m drinking enough, and then I leave home again.

At this point, I consider my goal reached – which was to have my pants fit better so I didn’t have to go out and buy new ones. I wouldn’t mind losing another 5 lbs so I’ll continue on for now – I could stand to lose 25 but I’m just not that dedicated to it right now.

How did you do?

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November’s postcard and some knitting

I was in the mood to work on something small tonight when I couldn’t sleep so I pulled out my4000 Flower & Plant Motifs book to look for a tree. I didn’t trace the tree from the book but used the idea of it to draw a tree that I could attach my leaf beads to. By the way, I bought this book after reading about it on VickiW‘s blog and I love it. Lots and lots of designs to use for embroidery, applique or even quilting.

This background fabric is not as pinky as it looks in this photo – it’s more like a medium/light burgundy which is suitable for a fall theme postcard. I still have to finish the edges but I’ve got plenty of time before the November 25th due date.

I mentioned that I was going to do some knitting on my trip. The night before we left, I knit a few lines of the shawl pattern I wrote about a few weeks ago and just like the review – I found it very easy to knit but didn’t have enough yarn here so I started a prayer shawl. I can’t wait to find/order some yarn for the other shawl but I’m going to wait a while so I won’t be tempted to put this one aside to work on the other one.

Chesty has an appointment today for an x-ray and then will see the surgeon. Cross your fingers that his knee has healed and they lift his restrictions.

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A couple finishes

It was raining this morning so while I was waiting to take photos, I worked on making and sewing on other bindings. Since the rain didn’t stop, I took these photos over the railing in my kitchen. This HeartStrings top was pieced by Barbara in FL and quilted with Baptist Fans.

I got this binding stitched down this morning too. These blocks were made by the Quilting Queens, a local guild here in the Minneapolis area – I assembled and quilted it with freehand hearts. You can see I borrowed the sash border from Barbara’s quilt although I used half blocks for mine.

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By the way

Wouldn’t this make a great quilt? I love embroidering words on quilts and when I saw this exhibit at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, I knew that one of these days I’d have to recreate my own version in fabric.

I’m not a huge fan of Modern Art but the setting of the museum was beautiful and many of the photos I took while in Denmark were taken there.

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Back to work

Denmark photo’s organized and another HeartStrings quilt bound but not much else accomplished today.

The photos can be seen at the link below and I’ll take a picture of the finished quilt and post it tomorrow.

Denmark Photos

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It’s been a long day

21+ hours of travel and we’re home. Chesty gets picked up first thing tomorrow morning and we certainly won’t do much the rest of the day but I’m looking forward to getting back to work on Monday.

We had a great time – the weather was gorgeous and the trees were in their full Autumn glory. Copenhagen is a great walking city and we did lots and lots of walking.

I’ll upload some more photos later in the week but this was one I liked from the top of the Rundet√•rn .

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A virtual quilt show – Quilt 7

My favorite quick donation quilt – designed in EQ and probably the instructions most frequently downloaded from my site.

I was thrilled to get this recent email from Crystal.

“I am attaching a picture of the quilts that the young girls made showing the ribbons that they won. In total the girls have made 20 quilts using your pattern. Several went to Project Linus, many went to a pediatric cancer doctor that treated one of the girls. He likes to give the quilts to kids that need an extra hug. A few have gone to children in our small church that were in need. The girls have really enjoyed making the quilts and your pattern was very easy for them to make with the sewing skills that we have been working on. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern with us. Many people have been blessed.

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A virtual quilt show – Quilt 6

Here’s a more recent quilt and very simple. Also designed in EQ and pieced from leftover fabric from a quilt for Adam and a case where I ended up liking the leftover quilt better than the original quilt. Instructions are at my site.

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Weightloss Wednesday

Well, I’m not home so there’s no objective measurement this week but I’m doing lots of walking and I’m not eating too bad considering I’m away. We’ll have to see what the scale says when I get home.

How did YOU do this week?

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A virtual quilt show – Quilts 4 & 5

These two quilts were made from a Quiltmaker pattern. A simple scalloped sashing between the string blocks is very effective. I don’t usually do needle turn applique but these scallops were easy.

The first one was made just with strips and strings from the *cool* side of the color wheel…blue, green, purple, and yellow.

The second was made from leftovers from a blue and yellow quilt.

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A virtual quilt show – Quilt 3

Another favorite – I love scrappy two color quilts!

A simple quilt designed in EQ and again, I had help with the piecing from Mom who also made the small nine patch quilt shown at the bottom of the bed and the pillow shams for me. One of these days, I’ll add instructions for this one to my site.

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