Monthly Archives: January 2010

Cool and overcast

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But SO nice to be outside reading! This is the view from our room.


There were some raindrops when we walked out today so I convinced Keith to go to the Spa with me. They have a *private* outdoor pool and hot tub and lots of indoor space to relax. After a soak and swimming for a while, I had a pedicure while he worked out in the gym. No one else was out by the pool so we had it to ourselves – it was heated so it didn’t matter that it was cool outside.

Do you think the robe’s a little small for him?



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Just a reminder to check out the sidebar now and then.

Want to know what I’m reading? Or instructions for a simple quilt? Check under the links section.

Rather than paging through all my previous posts, the Just Quilting links will take you to different categories of pages just with quilting — want to see what I’m quilting? Choose Quilt Designs where I identify what freehand designs or pantographs I’m using and always try to show a close up too.

Want to visit other blog sites? Page down to the Blog Rings section and check out the newly added HeartStrings Blog Ring.

It’s still Tuesday and finish #7

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I’ve been fighting the clock all day but I’m always busy the day before a trip.

It’s Tuesday so I’m supposed to piece a quilt back and work on string blocks – I pieced a back for another donation top and made 4 Quilt as you Go blocks. I would have made more but I really wanted to get this last quilt waiting for binding done.

Pieced by San and her quilting group in NC, it will go to Alycia as a QOV.


The white in the binding kind of jumps out in the photo but not so much in person.


Quilted with one of my favorite designs – a swirling version of Dwirling from the Pajama Quilter DVD.


Now when I get home from my trip I can jump right back into quilting since I’ve finished all the ones waiting for binding.

9 Patches still on my mind

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How about a Twisted version?

twisted nine patch

Norma linked to Gail’s quilt which is very much like an EQ version I was working with but I had a 9 patch in the sashing and thought it was too busy. Keeping the rail fence and using a solid block like Gail’s is much more to my liking.

I love suggestions that allow me to tweak something I’m working on and making it better!

Anyone else have a favorite 9 patch? I’m saving links and might just do more than one of these quilts. I knew I’d just recently seen another 9 patch & hourglass setting when Kathy linked to hers but couldn’t remember where — well it was Laura’s Christmas 9 Patch.

If you ever want to go back and look at one my my EQ drawings I’ve shared here you can click on the Quilt Designs link in the sidebar under Just Quilting.

Still thinking about 9 patch settings

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If I decide to sash both of these are possibilities. I love the look of sashing, just not the extra work.

nine patch with 3 in sashing

I like this one better I think but it would be even more work. (Have I mentioned I’m kind of a lazy quilter?)

nine patch double sash

Kathy shared a photo of one of her 9 patch quilts that I really like too — with hourglass blocks. Some of my favorite 9 patch quilts have alternate hour glass blocks.

My copy of Gwen Marston’s Liberated Quiltmaking II arrived today – I have the first book and love it and was excited to get this one too. I have some ideas floating around in my head….

On my design wall

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I like to play along with Judy on Mondays when I have something new up there. I don’t do a lot of pre-cutting but I’ve been cutting 2.5 inch strips for several months now — from uglies in the stash, from leftover pieces,  and extra strips when I’m binding and I intend to play with them this year. Today it’s 9 patches.


I’m still debating the setting maybe alternating plain or rail fence blocks, maybe even sashing them although sashing is one of my least favorite things to do.

The last one I did was this one about 3 years ago. The blocks were 4.5 inch finished and were leftover from another quilt. Not only were they leftover, but Mom had pieced the blocks for me. Funny how I can tell when I finished things from my photos – this was taken at the Loring Park apartment. Don’t you love the Baptist Fans on it?

Final 9patch-1

And here’s the other one from Mom’s blocks. This one was taken in my GA studio so it was done before we moved to Minneapolis. I won’t use this setting because the blocks are too big I think — I don’t really want 18 inch plain blocks to have to fill up with quilting although I did a nice job on this, these were only 13.5 inch finished blocks.

9 patch

Do you have a favorite 9 patch quilt to inspire me

Still binding ~ #5 finished

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No puppy model with this HeartStrings top pieced by Sue’s Mom, Monica (I think, or maybe Sue). Do you see the Hearts? There are four of them all coming into the center.


Although it’s a little hard to tell in the photo, I pulled out the binding leftovers for this one and pieced them. Number 6 is trimmed and ready for binding too and that one will also get a pieced binding. I love using leftovers!

It’s not perfect but SO much better

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First — take another look at this photo of my sewing room from the other day.

I intended to halfway clean the room and switch the location of the sewing and cutting tables.


And the cutting table is even clean. Those are string bins in the corner along with a few project bins.


I was going to leave  this side of the room for another day.DSC_9801

But couldn’t stand it.


I did however save this table for tomorrow – time for some football and binding.


Lead me not into temptation….

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I’ve been watching Judy’s sock knitting for a couple years now and every time she posts I’m so tempted to give socks a try. Today, I broke down and ordered two books from Amazon. My thinking is that socks would make perfect travel projects. We won’t discuss the fact that I haven’t finished a crochet or knitting project I’ve started in the last year or so and who knows — I might just read about knitting socks and not even try them…..stay tuned.

Speaking of travel — it’s going to be to MINUS 17 tonight so I’m dreaming of my trip next week to Fort Lauderdale. I’ll be sitting on the beach or by the pool reading and sipping Rum Runners!


Snow day!

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I had lunch plans but my date canceled on me and I didn’t get a bit of work done today (yet) because I’ve either been  sitting by the fire reading or on the phone….mostly on the phone but at least it snowed!

Adam and Lindsey have picked a day in March and they’ll be having a very small family wedding. I guess I’d better get to work finishing the quilt they’ve chosen.

Chesty prefers being by the fire to being out in the snow.

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