Archive for January, 2010

Meeting new people and some fun mail

I’m such a loner most of the time but it’s always fun to meet new people that I come in contact with via HeartStrings or blogging. I had a great lunch today with Susan and Wendi, two local quilters. Susan had very generously invited Keith and I to her home for Christmas when I blogged that we’d be spending the holiday alone. We didn’t join them for Christmas but Susan and I agreed to meet for lunch — what a fun fringe benefit to blogging!

Susan brought two of her quilts to show which were both gorgeous and she brought me a pieced quilt back too.

And in the mail this week I received a prize after being nominated on a blog as a “Generous Crafter”. Two very nice pairs of Frisker scissors.

And last but not least, I received 3 HeartStrings tops from Melva to quilt and donate. You might remember this gorgeous top of hers that I finished and donated to Habitat for Humanity recently.

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A little of this, a little of that

First, this HeartStrings top pieced by Sue or her Mom from donated blocks – quilted with a swirly version of dwirling from the Pajama Quilter DVD. Since I finished all the bindings I had here, I’m working on building up a stack of quilts to bind during the Olympics next month.

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Yesterday I didn’t accomplish much, played with some yarn trying out the directions for knitting socks, placed an order for yarn and new needles for actually knitting them once I figure out what I’m doing and twisted a few more 9 patch blocks.

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I haven’t written up instructions for this one yet but I’m getting some questions — I use one of Sharon Craig’s methods using skinny triangles cut from rectangles. You can see how I do them in the Twisted Happy Block instructions. These blocks are ending up at 9 inches (9.5 with seam allowances) so I’ll set them 6×8 and end up with a quilt the same size as our standard HeartStrings quilt – 54 x 72 which is just about my favorite size for donation quilts.

I also managed to get Chesty to the Beauty Parlor yesterday and I hope that Vicki notes that I left him with lots of fur so he won’t get too cold.

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Tuesday is for Strings

I started twisting a few nine patches last night and I wanted to play with them today

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….but Tuesday is for Strings. I finished the first set of Quilt as you GO blocks I’ve been working on for HeartStrings.

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Now I’m going to get out of the house for a late lunch and stop by the corner grocery store to pick up a few essentials like milk on my walk home! When I get home I still have to piece a backing too.

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Back to work

A small HeartStrings top quilted this afternoon – from donated blocks, assembled by Sue or her Mom (I never know which one of them assembles a particular top) .

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I don’t usually like to quilt loops but sometimes I like to do these double loops.

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Hard to believe this is my first top quilted in 2010. I’d better get to work and get some more done because February is going to be very busy with non quilting stuff.

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From the 70′s to 30 degrees F

We’re heading back this afternoon but luckily it’s warmed up at home.

Friday I spent the day on the beach by myself and then yesterday in the Spa with my sister-in-law. It was a short trip but nice!

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I did have a little company on the beach….

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Cool and overcast

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

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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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It’s a little cool still

but I headed straight for the beach this afternoon while I was waiting for Keith to arrive.

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 Of course by beach, I mean the beach bar!

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Heading South

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It’s still Tuesday and finish #7

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.

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

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

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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.

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