Monthly Archives: January 2009

A spring like day

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Saturdays are usually reserved for brunch and errands and today was no different but I carried the camera along since I have a *class* assignment. I also took along my books on Dublin to do some trip planning while we waited for Carol to pick up the quilt I did earlier this week. (I don’t usually quilt for others but this was a donation quilt.)

We have temps in the low 40’s today and the snow is melting…which will be followed by everything freezing back over tomorrow or Monday.

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#10 is done

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With a day to spare, #10 of 10 tops is quilted! Sent to me by San to quilt and send on to Alycia for her QOV project it’s quilted with Ebb and Flow.

I’ve been amazingly productive this month with 10 tops quilted, 12 quilts bound, 2 Happy Block tops pieced over New Year’s and progress made on piecing 2 other tops. Don’t expect to see this kind of productivity next month. I have my sons coming to visit next weekend and I’ll be going to Virginia for the last week of the month.

It’s a good start to 2009!

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I’ve said this before….

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…..and I’ll say it again. I LOVE blogging! I love the people I’ve met, the inspiration I’ve found for my quilting, I love everything about it.

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Dawn Ramirez’s Pajama Quilter DVD. Although I’ve always done some freehand quilting her DVD not only gave me plenty of new designs to try but her approach to teaching and her encouragement to be less judgemental really spoke to me. I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been much more adventursome this year with my freehand quilting extending way beyond even the designs she teaches on the DVD. She gave me the confidence to experiement and expand my quilting.

Now, If I remember this correctly, a friend of Dawn had seen some of my early posts after I got the DVD and Dawn wrote me….from there she found HeartStrings and became a member of our group.

If all of that wasn’t enough….Dawn recently gave a class and demo on scrap quilting in Idaho and featured some HeartStrings quilts and talked about our group in the class. Julia a blogging friend, happened to be attending the class and was surprised (and pleased) to find Dawn talking about HeartStrings and she send me a photo.

Without blogging, I would have never found Dawn’s DVD, Dawn wouldn’t have found HeartStrings, I wouldn’t be friends with Julia, and Julia wouldn’t have attended a presentation in Idaho that featured HeartStrings!

Seriously, how cool is that?

I LOVE being inspired and getting to know you all!

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This pile of strings??

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Susan commented “YOU WIN! That’s the most strips that I’ve seen anyone have.” about my photo of my string bins posted the other day.

I just want to explain….this is 8+ years of leftovers from my quilting. All my strings from straightening fabric edges when cutting, all the leftover bits of backings from trimming finished quilts, leftover strips from other projects – ALL get tossed in here for use in my string quilts.

I just can’t use them as fast as I create more but I’ll keep trying.

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And another binding finished

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This was the top of Barbara’s I quilted a couple weeks ago with the Wandering Daisies pantograph. Can you believe I had a green fabric in my stash that was the perfect shade for the binding?

And this is what my railing looks like right now with all these finishes waiting to go downstairs to be washed. I LOVE productive months like this one.

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Strips and Strings Log Cabin

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I added an instruction sheet for this quilt to my site with lots of photos but these blocks are easy to make and I’m sure you’ll find your own way of doing them as you get started.

Strips & Strings Log Cabin Instructions

I’ve still got one more top to quilt for the month but I’m not in the mood to load a quilt on the longarm right now so I think I’ll read a while. Have a great day!

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Instructions are coming

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I made another set of blocks this morning for the log cabin quilt and took lots of photos to write up some instructions today. As I was getting set up, I thought I’d pose a question. How do you you all back up your computers?

About 4 years ago I bought an external hard drive for the desktop and between that and periodic burning of data to DVD’s that computer is covered but I was getting a LOT of data on the laptop and while I was burning DVD’s periodically, in Decmember I decided I needed a hard drive for backing up this computer too. I couldn’t believe how small these drives are now.

Here’s a photo just for fun – I love it when Chesty perches on the arm of the sofa or chair – he looks so cute!

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Playing with strips and strings

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These may not look like much now but I loved the log cabin quilt I pieced from my strips and string bins and my strings are completely out of control. PLUS I love making log cabin blocks and there’s no cutting – I just start piecing blocks. (Make sure you click the link above or you won’t know how cute this is going to be).

Before getting started, I had to finish assembling these two sections of the RWB quilt. I still need to make the two blue sections but I’m taking a time out for this top first.

I don’t want to shock you, but playing in my strings is MESSY! (not this mess)

This one! That huge pile of strings on the floor haven’t been sorted into color groups yet so I’m pulling most of the strips from there.

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