Archive for March, 2009
I’m having to tear myself away from the sewing room to get my quilting done but with just 2 weeks and 6 tops left to meet my goal — I knew I had to get down there tonight. With this one done….just 5 left to quilt.
This is a gorgeous HeartStrings top pieced by Sue I think from blocks made by Melva. Don’t you love that green center strip with a narrow black on either side? This is the last of the tops I have here from our Green for Guys project last fall but not to worry I have lots of other tops!
I quilted this one with a pantograph – Lush Leaves and chose a dark green thread so that even with an allover pattern, the sashing looks *uninterrupted* by the quilting lines crossing it. You see the texture in the photo above but DON’T see the quilting thread. Both photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.
I did a search a few weeks back and don’t even remember what I was looking for but I found Moda’s Bake Shop with a lot of cute patterns. There’s a braid quilt I want to make and a pincushion too. I just sent Mom the link for this cute pinwheel quilt.
Thanks for all the comments on the boxed squares – I made a bunch of blocks yesterday and today and I’m loving the results up on the design wall. It’s going to be a big quilt so I’ll be working on it for a while and I have 6 more tops to get quilted in the next two weeks so I’ll be loading another one on the longarm and starting it tonight when Keith goes to bed.
I’m still making boxed squares and playing with this design — I didn’t really plan much more than I wanted green/black/white. I liked Teri’s suggestion to add red to one center square but decided it needed several red centers and then decided it even needed 3 red squares.
Also, I decided that I should alternate the black and greens with the whites to keep it from being too dark. SO… for now, this is my plan — we’ll see how it plays out in fabric as I continue to make squares.
- Two tops quilted
- Bindings made and machine stitched to two quilts
- Green/black/white boxed squares started
- Continued to make QAYG blocks for HeartStrings
- 3 quilts washed; 3 quilts mailed for donation
No fabric purchased but I did buy both a small die cutting machine and a new sewing machine along with my relatively new GO Cutter purchased a few weeks ago, you can see I’ve been on an equipment spree but they’ll all help me use stash!
I don’t know what it is about this slow climbing stretch of the bike path but it triggers a cardiac arrhythmia every time. I’m not concerned because I had a cardiac workup last summer when it started but it is so frustrating!
I still enjoyed our ride today — 11.5 miles and here’s the view we have as we ride that last mile.
I was definitely more in the mood to work last night — I finished up about 1:30AM with top #4 of 10. Pieced by Sharon and sent to me to finish and donate for Heartstrings.
The thread blends completely with this top so the light has to shine just right to see the quilting. I used a pantograph – Wandering Daisies.
This is NOT a great photo but Keith is calling this Boxed Squares version drab (maybe it has to do with the olive?) I’m liking it more as I add blocks but the jury is still out — obviously, there are blocks that will be moved around as I make more of them.
A new postcard from Deb – she’s having fun with her new die cutter.
Someone wants me off the computer don’t you think?
I spent time both quilting and piecing today – how did you celebrate National Quilting Day?
I thought I might stay up late tonight quilting but it’s midnight and I’m ready to head to bed with a good book — not so much sleepy as just tired. I’ve been a little sluggish all week and while I’ve been marking some things off my to do list, haven’t felt like I’ve made much real progress.
Tonight I did get this gorgeous basketweave strings top pieced by Sharon loaded and have a good start on the quilting. I’m using the Wandering Daisies pantograph again but I probably could have used anything, the quilting is not showing up but I know the texture will come to life once I take it off the machine.
We’re expecting rain this weekend so we’re planning a quiet one around here — some work, some Scrabble, some relaxing. I should be able to finish this one up by working on it on and off Saturday and Sunday.
I wouldn’t have anything to show you today if not for the mail. This gorgeous postcard came from Jan. The photo doesn’t really capture it’s sparkled beauty! Take a look at some of the her other postcards on her blog — these caught my eye the other day.
And look, 3 more Happy Block tops sent to me by Liz. They were made by her and her weekly quilting group The Quilting Broads. Thanks Liz, Sally, Ann, and Lynda. I think the Happy Blocks have been one of my favorite HeartStrings Projects.