Archive for June, 2010
I just finished Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria by Julia P. Gelardi last night and started The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver on the iPad.
I’m in the middle of The Sheen on the Silk by Anne Perry on the Kindle (poolside reading).
And I’m listening to my first ever audiobook while I’m knitting – Persuasion by Jane Austen.
Seems like quilting is not the only hobby for multitasking. Is it any wonder I’m not making much progress on my AppleCore?
What are you reading right now?
Someone asked about Big Canoe in a comment — Big Canoe is a resort type community in the North Georgia mountains, just an hour from where we lived in Marietta. The move to Minneapolis with Keith’s company 3+ years ago had been completely unexpected and we had bought this condo just a year before.
While we’ve had it for sale, the market for vacation homes these days hasn’t been good so Chris keeps an eye on it for us and we visited last summer and again this year. When I’m here I think we should come more often but there always seem to be so many other places to visit.
A walk to the end of the street gave me an opportunity to snap a couple photos of one of my favorite spots.
I’m not doing much quilting other than a few seams here and there on the AppleCore but Mom’s been working on her two 30’s quilts that we cut out on my last visit. She told me today that she’s finishing up the binding on the Tumbler quilt but I don’t have a photo of that one yet.
Here’s her version of my Lattice Quilt that I was in the process of assembling before my trip. Instructions are on my MaryQuilts.com site
Since the post with the link to pre-ordering the new Pajama Quilter DVD keeps getting modified mysteriously by my WordPress app, I thought I’d make a post just for it.
You know that the current DVD is one of my favorites and I’ve been anxiously awaiting another one from Dawn. I thought I’d share the news with the rest of you that have and love her DVD that she’s now accepting pre-orders at a discounted price!
Love the family but I’m happy to have the next few days to myself. I always forget how much I miss being at our Condo in North Georgia. It’s been for sale since we moved to Minneapolis but as you can imagine, in the current economy not many people are looking to purchase vacation homes.
As I turn off the highway, I see the mountains in the distance.
I don’t have a machine here but I’ve got my AppleCore quilt out and ready to work on tonight. I’m hand piecing these blocks that I cut with my Accuquilt GO but haven’t worked on them since December so this trip was a good opportunity to make some progress on them.
It was nice to spend the day with our family! I even cooked dinner – meatloaf, one of Keith’s favorites.
Adam and Lindsey will head home tomorrow with Caleb but we’ll see them again next week before we leave. So far no sewing or knitting but when Keith heads to Florida on Tuesday, I’ll have a few days to myself.
My current dream is to own a monopoly building. I’d like one that is 3 stories high with a store front that I could set up as a public sewing space for HeartStrings get togethers, one floor would have a quilt studio for me and one or two guest rooms, and the third floor would be living space for us. A rooftop deck with a view would be great too!
We won’t move again while we are in Minnesota but who knows maybe next move I’ll find my perfect place.
JudyL had a good post yesterday about photographing your fabrics for use in EQ7 so I thought I’d share one other way I imported fabrics from a specific collection to use in designing a quilt for Mom.
First, I’d bought her this kit from Connecting Threads and since I didn’t like the open space in the middle, I’d bought her extra fabrics to piece 4 blocks for the center.
That of course left her with enough leftover fabric for another quilt so I designed this one for her by saving the photos of the fabric right off the site since I didn’t have the fabric here to photograph. She’ll fussy cut the birds and then piece the alternate fabrics and by using their fabric line, she can see just what the quilt will look like when she’s done.
I refuse to say how late I slept today but now that Keith is going up to bed, I’ll be heading to the sewing room for a while to work on assembling more of the Lattice top.
I did manage to write and upload instructions on my MaryQuilts.com site.
I also wrote instructions for the Drunkard’s Path quilt the other day. For those of you without the GO die, I included a template but I’d be the first to say that cutting those blocks with a template would be a BIG pain! So here’s a link to Marti Mitchell templates that make anywhere from a 6 to 7 inch block. My GO makes a 7 inch finished block.