Monthly Archives: March 2009

Coffee or tea?

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The highlight of my day was getting my replacement brewer in — ours died a few days ago and I’ve been without my hot tea for too long. Keith loves coffee, I drink tea and we want it all different hours so the single K cup brewers work great for us.

I’m in a slump…not much progress going on but I’m going to try and get another top done tonight since my body still seems to be on the *night* shift. I think I’ll carry a cup of tea down with me!

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Still playing

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I can’t seem to get a good photo of these cards but I finished up the tree (my favorite city to visit in the spring is Washington DC in case you were still wondering) and then played a bit with the small die cutter I’d ordered from Joann’s — again, it’s Deb’s fault. These are both a lot cuter than the photos shows.
Now, I think I’ll go down, load a top, and start the quilting. I haven’t been very productive the last couple days.

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Good Question!

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I’m feeling a little like the local news but Marilyn asked a question and I thought I’d answer it here:

How do you decide what quilting pattern to put on each quilt? Since many of your quilts are string quilts, I see you don’t quilt them all the same. Do the quilts ‘talk’ to you and tell you what they want? Or do you just get in the mood to quilt something different on different nights? I’m learning different quilting patterns and learning to listen to my quilts now so any advice you can give would be much appreciated.

It’s true many of the string or scrap quilts are so similar that I could probably quilt anything on them, heck I could probably do a plain meander a lot quicker than the freehand designs or pantographs I usually choose but then I’d be bored out of my mind.

So my answer to Marilyn’s question is a little of both….sometimes I pick up clues from the quilt’s purpose or fabric and other times I’m just in the mood to quilt a particular design.

I recently finished 3 different Quilts of Valor — the one last night got swirls because it’s a no brainer for me, I hadn’t done it in a while, and I love the texture I get from them, the 2nd one got freehand stars and loops because the border fabric had stars and hey, stars just suit a QOV right? The 1st one got a pantograph Ebb and Flow — another of my favorites for QOV’s because it reminds me of a flag waving in the breeze. All three quilts were essentially the same but got different quilting designs.

Now, I’ve got 9 different Happy Block quilts here from another HeartStrings project and they’ll get a variety of designs too. The first one got Bubbles — a favorite pantograph for kids quilts, and the one I’m working on tonight(pieced by Liz) is getting a panto too but this time I’m using Whirlygig which looks like a sun to me — get it? Sunshine = Bright and Happy = Happy Blocks? Click on photo to enlarge!

Speaking of working tonight – is anyone participating in Judy’s Quiltathon? I don’t know how much I’ll do during the day tomorrow or Sunday but I’m going to be working through the night.

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#6 of 10

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Still working….you may notice that I’m back to working *nights* but don’t worry, I’m sleeping during the day. Tonight I quilted another top pieced by San (Gypsy Quilter) for Alycia’s QOV project. Freehand swirls this time.

And I managed to get the binding stitched down on this small top pieced by Carmen.
Just 4 more tops to get done in the next two weeks – I’m doing well working my way through my list but can’t believe the trip to Dublin is just 2 weeks away.

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I’m busy working

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I got this HeartStrings QOV bound. Sent to me by San (Gypsy Quilter) to finish and donate to Alycia’s QOV project…’s the 2nd of 3 I’m trying to finish and get to Alycia by the end of April.

And an update on my Boxed Squares for Adam. This quilt will be bigger than my design wall so I’m trying to get a 12×12 block section up and then will add the last 3 rows after this is assembled.

Each time I go up the stairs, I stop and move blocks around a bit so it’s not the final layout. Good thing Keith doesn’t mind the design wall sitting out in the hallway.

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The best of ALL worlds

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You might not know that I enjoy cooking – I don’t talk about it much and I do write about eating out somewhat frequently but I truly have the best of all worlds. Great restaurants within walking distance, a husband willing to stop for takeout on nights I’m working and don’t want to cook or go out, and on the days like today – the time to spend making a home cooked meal for my man!

This afternoon I cooked up a big batch of homemade meat sauce, put half in the freezer for another night, and whipped up a pan of lasagna for tonight’s dinner. Keith’s stopping on his way home from work for fresh bread and a really good bottle of red as I type this.

Good man, good food, good wine, a cozy fire, and a game of Scrabble – what more could a girl ask for? A little snow flurry? Got that too!

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