Archive for May, 2009

Balls of string?

Couldn’t sleep so I quilted a Twisted Happy Block top pieced by Deborah. I thought the double loopy meander kind of looked like balls of string which would be appropriate for this top where all the centers are different cat fabrics.



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Alone again….

Keith’s tied up on my birthday again, in fact he’ll be busy and not home all week for dinner even though he’s in town….rather than feel sorry for myself for being alone, I booked the afternoon on Tuesday at the Ivy Spa.

Doesn’t it sound like a great way to spend a birthday when no one else is available to help you celebrate?


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Carolina Lily

My Carolina Lily quilt came home to me today. Pieced several years ago by Mom, I kept waiting until my quilting was *good* enough — this top has a LOT of white space and filling white space just isn’t one of my strengths!

Deb agreed to quilt it for me and as usual did a beautiful job. Sorry for not having a better photo but both photos should enlarge if you click on them.


Keith kept saying WOW when I opened the box…first just looking at the overall quilt, pattern, and colors and then looking at the quilting. I finally had to tell him to shut up or he’d hurt my feelings :)

Thanks Mom and Deb, I’ll treasure it always!


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Did you want to see some brown?

Puttering along here. Not sleeping at night so I’ve been reading and then sleeping late in the morning but I thought you might want to see some of the browns. Note that the pink blocks all have different pinwheel centers ….I’m looking at my options while I wait for pink fabric from Vicki. By the way, the blocks are NOT on the design wall in the order they’ll go in the quilt — the brown and pink blocks will alternate.

Keith chose the pink pinwheels — or the monochromatic version as he called it (he’s picked up a thing or two about quilting over the last 9 years).

I tend to ask opinions and then do what I want anyway so anyone else want to chime in? Pink, Red, or Brown pinwheel centers — if YOU were doing the quilt which would you use? I know what my choice is!


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RWB anyone?

A RWB version would make a nice Quilt of Valor wouldn’t it? All the designs are done in solids for quickness but I’d make them all scrappy.



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a test block

Being adaptable is important when you’re working from stash. Originally my design was to have the pink as block 1 but if I use the red pinwheel centers, the pink needs to be block 2. A quick rearranging of one of the block on the design wall, add some red centers…and it looks pretty good I think.

Vicki has offered to send me some pink so I think I’ll just keep making the half square triangles (I need 480 of them) and hold off on any final decisions until I see how her pinks look with mine.


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Oops

I did the math after I started (typical for me) and I don’t have enough pink….unfortunately the pink is a shade that I don’t have much of in my stash so I’m thinking about adding some red to the pink blocks rather than changing the size of the quilt.

I like this first version best I think — the only difference is where the two blocks come together — I like the pink in this one versus the red in the next one so the only red in # 1 would be the pinwheels.

By the way, red pink and brown is not a combination I’d have come up with on my own ….remember this happy block top I made from a charm pack a few months ago??



Edit: Cbear suggested brown pinwheels — another good choice I think. I’ll be writing instructions for this quilt and will post all the different color options regardless of which I end up with. I hope someone will make it in pink & green.



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Brown & Pink it is….

I just don’t have the greens in stash and Keith agreed that I should use what I have :) So brown and pink it is….
Are you SICK of hearing about my GO? I’m even more in love with it after just a few minutes tonight….this quilt is ALL half square triangles and usually I use Thangles.

With the GO, I layer my two fabrics right sides together (6 – 8 layers total)
Take them over to my sewing machine…
run them through…..
There aren’t even any dog ears to trim! By the way…this isn’t how the block is laid out but I was just looking at them after piecing…very quick, very easy! I’ve got to get the 3 inch finished Die too!


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On the Vine


I finished piecing the rows last night and today added the borders — I’m calling this one *On the Vine* since so many comments mentioned vines (tomatoes, flowers, etc!)

It’s bigger than the design wall as you can see, a generous 58 x 79 and I went with plain borders since I had the pretty floral print.


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From one pile to another

Sometimes it seems that all I do is move quilts from one pile to the other….this afternoon – I moved these 5 quilts from the waiting to be trimmed pile to the waiting for binding pile. I also have piles for waiting for backing, waiting for quilting, waiting for hand stitching bindings & labels, waiting for washing, and waiting for donating !

As much as I love my work with HeartStrings, I put a lot of pressure on myself to keep things moving from one pile to the other and feel guilty if I’m not getting enough done. Silly I know but I tend to be very goal oriented.

I’ve decided that there will be NO goals for June, July, or August. I’m taking the summer off — I’ll still be quilting along with traveling but I plan to read, go out for lunch, walk, bike and generally do whatever I feel like each day — guilt free!

What are your plans for the summer?


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