Archive for July, 2010

One last finish for July

The top was pieced by Sue in FL and quilted with my Circle Lord Pampas Clam template.

I just love the stripe binding and the clamshells on this. How fun to take a lovely top to add to it’s beauty with my quilting and binding.

I briefly considered going upstairs and finishing those last 8 string blocks I need for my Homespun String top but I’m feeling lazy so I’ll put on another movie and start stitching on another binding.

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A pretty time of day

Decided to wait until this evening to ride.

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More butterflies

This top from Sue in FL is bright and happy and the small size determined that it would need to be a donation quilt for a child so I though more freehand butterflies would be perfect.

This time I didn’t quilt loops but just let one butterfly flow into the next with a curved line. I think Dawn shows them both ways on the DVD. The backing fabric was pulled from stash because it was the right color for the top – how appropriate that it had butterflies on it too.

Take a look if you haven’t seen the trailer yet for Dawn’s new Pajama Quilter DVD.

You all should be proud of me too … I’m still binding and will finish up hand-stitching one this evening and earlier this afternoon I made and machine stitched another one so all it needs is the hand-stitching too.

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Quilting

I’d loaded the backing for this quilt and pieced the batting last night so it was all ready for me to quilt this evening.

The HeartStrings top was pieced by Sue in FL and it’s quilted with the Halcyon Pantograph by Lorien Quilting.

You can’t tell from the photo but I’ve used a pretty variegated thread on this top (Polyquilter by Superior). It’s the same thread I used on the last quilt and I’ll use it on the next too….both of those have/will have freehand butterflies quilted on them. I try to pull at least 2-3 tops at a time that I can use the same thread on rather than changing thread each time.

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My stash rarely lets me down

I provide bindings and many of the backings for the donated tops that come my way and my stash rarely lets me down when it comes to finding a fabric that will work for a binding. Of course, I tend to shop these days for good binding fabric including stripes – one of my current favorite fabrics types to use for binding.

I couldn’t believe that I didn’t have a shade of green that would work with this top but I found this stripe that works well in the cubby with my browns.

This binding has been made now and applied by machine — all it needs is the hand stitching.

I’m still focusing on my walking/biking. Today’s walk wasn’t far — just under 2.5 miles to the grocery store and back. Most days I’m managing somewhere between 2.5 and 8 miles with an average of about 4.5. I’m not trying to push but to just do something.

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Keith is in GA

He’s taken his Mom for a visit to the north GA Mountains and to see the boys. Chris took some wonderful photos this afternoon but he’s not in any of them. I’m so jealous that Keith gets to see Caleb and the boys without me!

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iMovie and YouTube

I’m not a big fan of YouTube but I do occasionally watch a quilting video posted there and Adam posted a video of Caleb to share with us yesterday so that got me playing with my iPhone and the iMovie app to combine a few photos of Chesty with a short video to send to Keith with just a few clicks.

We’ve never been video fans and I usually forget that my camera has video properties but I can see how this might be fun to combine photos and short videos to send to family.

Chesty’s video

And not to bore you with family video but isn’t technology amazing? I know being so far away we’ll miss a lot as Caleb grows but I’ve watched this video of him cooing several times already.

Caleb’s video

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Quilting butterflies

Funny but when I got my new Pajama Quilter DVD and workbook, this wasn’t the design I thought I’d be quilting first but Dawn made them look so fun in the DVD I just had to try them.

My spacing could be a little better but that’s pretty typical of my trying out a new pattern. This is a little HeartStrings top I pieced during our last project.

Do you know what makes Dawn a GOOD teacher? She encourages you to have fun and to not stress, she tells you that you can’t mess up. So when I quilt a butterfly like this where I didn’t do a very good job of retracing my center, I don’t give myself a hard time.

And when I do one like this ….

and this….I tell myself what a WONDERFUL quilter I am.

I also found that I could space the wings out a little and have less of a line to retrace.

Dawn is such an inspiring quilter and a nice person … she even laughed when I called her Fern Ziggle design BLOB quilting when I posted my drawing the other night. That’s the next one on my list to try out but first I might see if I can find another top here to do this one again to help embed it in my brain.

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Coffee & errands

I needed to run to the Mall of America and was able to coordinate with Sue to meet for coffee. It’s so convenient to take the Light Rail

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Still binding

Usually my life revolves around my quilting but lately quilting has revolved around my life ….in spite of that I am making some binding progress. This top was pieced by Sue in FL. I don’t know what pattern she used but I posted a brief explanation of how the blocks are pieced and now it’s bound and labeled and ready for donation once I wash it.

I’ve also been playing with EQ7 again – this time in anticipation of getting the new Dresden Plate die from Accuquilt. I’ve been planning to make a Fan quilt for years but haven’t wanted to do all the cutting. I’m not sure if I’ll use any of these ideas but I might. I love how easy it is to take an idea and quickly create different variations looking for the one perfect design.

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