Since I don’t have anything interesting to report from my day (going through mail, paying bills, creating some collages for a birthday, talking to Mom on the phone, packing up quilts and gifts to ship out tomorrow) I’ll share my celebrity sightings – tonight we had dinner in a neighborhood restaurant and saw both Brian Setzer from the Stray Cats and Al Franken.
This is Mom’s quilt – very soft and feminine looking and the Baptist Fans look great on it. For this quilt – I used my Circle Lord template.
Don’t you just love the texture?
This is top #1 of 10 and I also made and machine stitched the binding on the 2nd of the quilts waiting for binding. I’ll start stitching it down tonight when we’re watching a movie. You guys have made me a little nervous about whether I can get through my list by May 31 but I’m going to give it my best shot and today was a very productive day.
This was the HeartStrings top pieced by two male students for a class project and sent to me to finish and donate. Details on the freehand Baptist Fan quilting can be found at this post.
Since this is one of Judy’s Quiltathon weekends I’m going to move on to loading a top on the longarm while Keith plays around on i-Tunes.
A bike ride this afternoon almost did me in — 15.5 miles and it was all I could do to pedal that last mile and then I chased it with a migraine that put me in bed for the rest of the day. I did manage some progress on assembling Adam’s Boxed Squares before the bike ride.
On and off I read about people being in a quilting slump – I find for myself the more I get done the more motivated I am to work…so having not sewn anything in the last week or so I haven’t really been motivated to quilt but today I turned on the sewing machine and worked on assembling the blocks to Adam’s Boxed Squares. Of course it doesn’t help that assembling blocks into tops is one of my least favorite tasks so it’s easy to procrastinate.
Another motivating factor for me are my lists – so here’s the new one. Since I’ve been traveling this month and I’ll be traveling again in May, I’m going to try and accomplish the following by May 31st.
- Quilt 10 tops
- Bind quilts – I have 8 here that need binding plus once I start quilting that number will climb so lets set this goal at 10 quilts.
- Complete Adam’s Boxed Squares tops — I have to assemble what’s on the design wall, make blocks for another 3 rows and assemble them, and put a border on it.
- Make more QAYG blocks for Australia – I have until the end of April for this HeartStrings project
- Make a set of 48 log cabin blocks from my strings.
Once I get going I should pick up some steam!
It arrived while we were gone. It's 65 and Keith suggested lunch
downtown – outside!
Not making any progress on the binding or piecing front the last couple days. I’ve been transitioning my sleep schedule to nights again and finally feel like I’ve gotten a little rest. I did spend the afternoon downtown yesterday – a visit to Barnes&Nobles, lunch out, and a haircut. It was nice to be out and about for a few hours.
- Binding — #3 of 10 is in progress and I’d like to get at least one more done this week.
- Continue to assemble the blocks on the design wall — still have more to make but I’m out of room so I’ll work to get these into one piece before doing the last 3 rows.
- Errands on Monday
- Haircut on Tuesday
- Meet with accountant on Wednesday to sign off on taxes — we are getting a refund which is good news!
- Laundry & packing on Thursday
- Leave for Dublin on Friday
It’s been months since I’ve quilted Wonky Feathers and I was a little shaky on this HeartStrings top pieced by Paulette but these feathers are very forgiving and I’m surprised at how nice the quilting looked when I was done.
If you haven’t checked out the Pajama Quilt DVD, you should – it’s one of my favorites. Clicking on the photos will enlarge them.
In addition to quilting I’ve been trimming quilts, working on a binding, and I started assembling the largest section of the Boxed Squares quilt. I have the bulk of the tasks I wanted to do before our trip done so I’m pleased.
I’m pouting because Keith is in GA with the boys and I’m home alone (well Chesty is here too) but I’d rather be in GA.
He’ll be checking on our Condo in the N. GA mountains today – It’s in a beautiful spot and we had some good times there before we moved – maybe we’ll get back for a week sometime this year.