Monthly Archives: April 2010

Quilting first, then piecing

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It’s Tuesday but I wanted to quilt this HeartStrings top of Cindy’s that I’d loaded last night first before playing in my strings. This is #4 of 5 I wanted done before the end of April so I should easily meet and maybe even surpass that goal.

She pieced it for our current project and while I chose to use a bright yellow center and kids prints, she chose to go with the blue/yellow option. Quilting is my freehand Baptist Fans — I think they’re my favorite thing to quilt.

And I think someone is a little tired or depressed. Rather than staying downstairs with me or sitting up on the back of the sofa watching out the window, I found him sitting on top of the pillow on the sofa.

Now I’m heading upstairs to start another set of bright yellow blocks for a kid’s quilt and to piece my backing for the week.

Melva’s HeartStrings top

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Today I finished quilting #3 of 5 tops I want done before the end of the month – a HeartStrings top pieced by Melva. She was the first one to use the narrow strips on either side of the center and I always love how these turn out.

Quilted with one of the newer pantographs I have called Hearts in Bloom. I already had a similar pantograph but these motifs are larger so depending on the quilt, I can now choose the one that will best suit it.

Goal setting

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If you’ve read my blog for a long time you may have noticed that I rarely post my to do lists anymore but that doesn’t mean that I don’t set goals for what I want to accomplish with my quilting. I’ve found that long lists stress me and make quilting less fun so now I spend a few minutes in the morning before getting out of bed deciding what I want to accomplish for the day and occasionally, set some weekly goals.

I decided the other day that I want to get at least 5 more tops quilted before the end of the month. It’s not a particularly hard goal but since the tops have been coming in a pretty fast pace and I’m starting to feel the pressure, getting a few quilted will make me feel better.

So here’s #2 of 5 quilted – a donation top pieced by Tamara and quilted with Wonky Feathers from the Pajama Quilter DVD.

This is one of those designs that sometimes I cringe while I’m quilting but never looks that bad when I take it off the machine.

Lunch and Learn

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We were invited to a lunch today to learn more about our local Habitat for Humanity. We’ve supported Habitat for years but the more I learn, the more I am impressed with their mission and their results.

Stopping by the post office on the way home, I picked up a box from Pat with a HeartStrings top and a bunch of fabrics for backings. I pulled one that will work with the top and I’ll pass the others to Sheree who will turn them into backings.

Finally a little work

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The last Rail Fence quilt pieced by San and her NC group is quilted. Once it’s bound, it will go in the next batch of quilts to Alycia for Quilts of Valor but I’ve got another one to quilt that’s heading that way so it will be a while before these are done.

While I was downstairs, I did a little laundry and straightened up the quilts and backs on the shelf….

….which is a good thing because I have some tops and backs that just arrived from Tish to add to the group. I’m convinced that if it wasn’t for Tish, Pat, and Sheree who have all sent numerous backings for HeartStrings quilts, that I would never have been able to continue to quilt these donated tops for this long. Besides the obvious volume of fabric that goes into them, the time to piece them all would not only have slowed me down but frankly, piecing backs is NOT one of my favorite things to do and ultimately would have effected how many donated tops I agreed to quilt. So a lot of the credit for the amount of quilting I do goes to those who have sent me pieced backs!

And speaking of piecing, I really DO need to set aside a day and piece those batting leftovers on the top shelf into usable battings!