Archive for June, 2010


I love walking in Minneapolis but I’ve missed the walking/hiking here.

I’ve been looking for an iPad app for creating collages and I think I’ve found it. Took a little playing to get the results I wanted but now it seems to be working well for me. The app is Photo Wall.

Just the 3 of us now

Finally getting back to my knitting and this pair of socks might actually be done in the next few days. I’m almost at the toe.

And a collage of photos taken by Chris for those of you looking for more photos of Gram with Caleb.

No quilt content

A day with Adam and his family. First, another visit to Amicalola Falls and then both Pop and Gram get in some cuddle time. Chesty is VERY good around the baby and doesn’t seem jealous at all.

One son leaves, the other arrives

We have a couple more days to spend with Adam, Lindsey, & Caleb.

Amicalola Falls

It almost did me in but I managed to make it UP all the stairs! A visit to the falls is always on our agenda when we’re here at Big Canoe.

I’m in reading mode this week

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?

Big Canoe, North Georgia

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.

More 30’s from Mom

Isn’t this tumbler quilt sweet? It was very quick to cut out with the Accuquilt GO and then Mom randomly added the flowers (also cut with the GO).

Do you like 30’s fabrics?

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 site

A whole day filled with NOTHING!

Pajama Qulter

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!

The new Pajama Quilter DVD

A little me time!

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 check out the view.

Chesty explores the deck. This is his first trip back since we moved

My favorite chair where I’ve already spent a quiet hour with my knitting, Chesty and an audiobook.

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.

The disappearing post

This is the second time this post was overwritten by a new one. I think the WP app on my iPad has a little glitch!

Happy Father’s Day

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.

We’re here!

Chesty was very good although he wasn’t eager to go into the travel bag!


Guess who we get to meet tomorrow?? Keith and I are very excited.

Do you dream about the perfect house?

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.

Using your own fabrics in EQ7

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 almost forgot I had to get my family postcard done before leaving on Saturday so instead of working on assembling the Lattice quilt I made 3 of them.

Sleeping the day away

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 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.

Lattice Quilt Instructions

Drunkard’s Path Instructions