Monthly Archives: September 2009

I jinxed myself

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I know a lot of quilters cut and resew their bindings if a seam falls at the corners but I usually try to make it work if I can. I was congratulating myself that no seams had fallen on the corners yesterday or this morning so of course, the last seam on the 3rd quilt did.


However, you can see (sorry for the blurry photo) that the corner does fine when folded over so I did NOT cut, and resew.


What do you do? Make it work or redo?

Yes, I am working

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I’ve been setting up a new computer for Keith and in spite of some challenges with my home network, I managed to get back into the sewing room this afternoon.

This top was pieced by Sue and her group in CA – I love the combination of the blue and red centered HeartStrings blocks. DSCN7775

It’s quilted with my freehand Baptist Fans.


I’ve got another top trimmed and the binding made to stitch on tomorrow. Do you think this stack of trimmings is one reason my string bins refuse to go down no matter how many blocks I make? The batting bits will be tossed but all the rest will go into the bins….eventually.


Had a great time but…

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I am SO ready to get home — I checked out the doggy camera at the place we board Chesty and saw him trotting around — I really miss him! We fly out tomorrow.

Today was for relaxing. We took a blanket and our books over to Cape Elizabeth. First we were at Two Lights State Park and then when Keith decided he needed a bit of shade, we moved over to the Portland Head Light. Is there anything better than sitting by the shore on a beautiful, sunny autumn day? Except maybe finishing off the afternoon with a late lunch at the Lobster Shack!

Thumbnails will enlarge if you click on them.

Acadia National Park

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Absolutely one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Click on thumbnails to see larger views.

A quick trip to Nova Scotia

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We really didn’t do any exploring but we took the ferry over to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and spent the night. Other than walk around the town and eat a couple meals on the water, we didn’t do much — I just love being on/near the water. The fog was rolling in and out all day today which was kind of neat.

Tomorrow we’ll briefly visit Acadia National Park before driving back to Portland.

Maine – I could live here

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Keith and I drove up the coast from Portland to Bar Harbor – I just love it here.DSCN7484

Click on thumbnail for a larger view — yes, I did stop at Marden’s since we happened to be driving by. Keith also spotted a quilt shop on Route 1 – Maine-ly Quilts and we stopped there too!


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Keith arrived yesterday afternoon – we walked around the Old Port area and had a great seafood dinner. After a good night sleep and a leisurely morning, we’re going to drive up the coast to Bar Harbor.

I can’t believe how many quilts were actually finished during the sew-in. Here are just a few (and I mean VERY few) of the quilts along with most of us — my new friend Ann disappeared at picture time!


Just a half day left

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Keith arrives tomorrow afternoon so I’ll only be working another half day with my HeartStrings group but I’ve had the best time. Thanks for all the comments and emails — I may not get to answer each one but I’m reading them and appreciate you all taking the time to write supportive comments.

I’m spending my time tying lots of quilts and in addition to the top being held up in the photo – pieced by Rebecca – which I tied later in the day, you can see my tying table to the right with a couple smaller quilts done yesterday morning. I just love these HeartStrings quilts!


Working hard

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I arrived yesterday around 5PM to find the HeartStrings group already hard at work and joined right in. I’m so impressed with these women – those of you who think I’m a productive quilter would be amazed at how much they accomplish.

I’ve been tying quilts left and right and just love it. I sit on a rolling seat and just scoot down the table as I’m tying — just like Jay taught me in Nebraska last May.

Here’s a photo of the pile of quilts both tied and quilted from yesterday and we added even more to it today.


To help me remember what I’ve done

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I find I’m having a hard time remembering when I finished certain quilts or tops and I use my blog to go back and check which tops were finished, which quilts were bound, etc – ┬áso before I left for Maine I started categorizing my quilting posts.

While I did it to help me, I think those of you who come here just to see what I’m quilting I’m doing will appreciate using the links to go directly to those posts.

So, on the sidebar you’ll find the Just Quilting box. Ignore the uncategorized link but the others will take you to my quilting posts according to the following categories :

Hope it helps you find what you’re looking for when you visit my site — I know it will help me!