Archive for June, 2009

Contest winner

I’ve assembled the links submitted into a list and posted it on the HeartStrings Blog and used a random number generator to pull a number for a prize. Gypsy Quilter is the winner which is kind of neat because she had sent the string tops in her link to me to be quilted and donated as Quilts of Valor. (Julia in NE helped with the quilting of these tops).

I also added the link to the list on the sidebar of the HeartStrings blog so it will be easy to find for anyone looking for some inspiration. Feel free to send me links as you come across other great string quilts and I’ll add them.

After my next trip, I’ll be looking through the list again myself to see if I can find inspiration for my next string quilt there — if I do, I’ll award another prize to the person submitting that link.
Thanks to everyone who shared their favorite String Quilts with me!
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Summer has arrived

It’s been in the 90′s the last couple days and I almost wish I was back at the beach where we had such nice breezes AND where I could just jump in the water if I got too hot.
However on the positive side, the grounds of our townhouse community are lush and green and gorgeous all without any effort on my part!

I’m puttering around with half square triangles and Pinwheel blocks and one by one, more blocks are making their way onto my design wall. I’m really liking this quilt!

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More books

I recently had questions from a new quilter asking about machine quilting, marking, etc and I thought I’d share these 4 quilting books from my collection. I have LOTS of books on quilting but these are probably the ones I’d recommend to a new quilter.
Heirloom Machine Quilting was my first book purchased that just dealt with quilting and it’s a great reference book.
I love all the books from the Rodale Successful Quilting Library and the Fast and Fun Machine Quilting has lots of good information and tips.
The Easy Machine Quilting book is from Rodale too and has step by step lessions and projects to machine quilt.
Dianne Gaudynski’s Guide to Machine Quilting also has basic quilting information and lots of great tips although from the cover you might think it was a book just for advanced quilters.
All the links but the one to the Successful Quilting Library will take you to an Amazon page where you can actually look inside the books.


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Vacation is great….but

It’s nice to come home too. I miss Chesty when we’re gone and am always eager to get home and pick him up. Keith tossed him straight into the bathtub and he’s soft and cuddly!

I love being able to post photos and text directly from the iPhone while I’m gone, I enjoyed sharing my vacation photos and the beautiful sunsets almost made me wish I was living in Florida again. I have to remember we see some pretty spectacular sunsets here too — they’re just not outside my window every night although they used to be. One thing I miss about our apartment are the gorgeous sunsets over Loring Park. This first photo is from the deck we had there.

There are some spectacular sunsets on the Mississippi River too, I just have to be out walking to catch them. This was a photo from last summer taken from the Stone Arch Bridge.
I’ve started working my way through all my email, I read it on the iPhone while I was gone but didn’t sort or respond to much of it. I’m making my list of all the links people sent for string quilts and once I’m done, I’ll draw a name from those that submitted them for a prize.

If you had questions for me while I was gone, I’ll try to answer them if I have an email address to respond to….so many people still don’t have their email addresses enabled in their profiles.

I’m going to try and get some piecing done this week but I head out again on Friday for another long trip – a High School reunion dinner and a visit to Mom in Virginia and to Maryland from there for my brother’s wedding. It’s a busy summer so far.


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Do you think Chesty will be glad to see us when we get home?



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One last sunset

Viewed from our room.

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Our last day

And we're spending it on the beach where I snapped this photo of the
hotel.

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Sunset and a storm

Just another day before we head home and I'm starting to think about
my Stars and Pinwheels waiting on my design wall.

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I love storms

And with everything we need right here we can sit back and watch it.

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Minnesota pale

We’re set up for the day on the beach but with lots of shade so I don’t burn (more). I’m even wearing a hat today Deb!

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