Archive for August, 2010

They made progress while I was gone

The shower is coming along…we probably should have changed the wall color to tan but we can always do that later…they’ll be working again tomorrow and maybe finishing up if I’m lucky.

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A new bike? Maybe….

I’ve been having trouble riding the distances I want and Keith and I have trails we want to try out around Minneapolis that are just too far for me so we’re going to look at a “hybrid” bike this weekend. It has pedal asset that will help me ride longer and get up those hills without causing my arrhythmia to kick in. It won’t be as much exercise as my current bike but actually if I’m going longer distances it might be…..

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My socks have been neglected

I’ve been so busy with visiting and playing with the quilt drafting on the iPad that I haven’t knit a single stitch on my current pair of socks this trip. But I’m heading home today and I’ll work on them while I’m waiting and on the plane.

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Don’t you love brights with black?

How about a BearPaw? It’s on my list of quilts to make one day. I’m still playing around learning to use the TouchDraw app on my iPad.

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Visiting

Enjoyed visiting with two of my sisters….both went home today — tomorrow I’ll meet up with VickiW for lunch and a friend from college for dinner before heading home on Tuesday.

In the meantime, Mom decided she wanted to make a version of the new quilt I drafted on Thursday so we did a little fabric shopping this afternoon. She wasn’t sure which background she wanted to use so we came home and I cut out some of the blocks so she could see both options.

Which would you choose?

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Postcards!

Enjoying my visit with Mom and Ann, today we worked on postcards.

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I found it!

I mentioned that there was no quilt design app for the iPad the other day and I had found a way to as least capture my ideas when I wasn’t near my laptop and EQ but I’ve continued to search apps and today I found a great drawing app that allows me to design a quilt….at least a pieced quilt.

It’s called Touch Draw and look what I did on the plane!

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They failed to finish

Despite a promise weeks ago that the shower would take just 4 days and be finished before I left today, you can see it’s not even close. They’ll only be able to work a couple days while I’m gone so I’ll come home and have to deal with them finishing it up too. What a pain!

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Getting ready to leave

I always seem to overestimate what I’m going to get done the day before a trip. I had thought among other things today I would get a top loaded and quilted but that hasn’t happened.

The morning was taken up with the contractor here working on the shower – I get interrupted frequently so I don’t try to work (besides it’s two floors down from where he’s working). Before he showed up, I did manage to get a quilt trimmed and a binding machine stitched so it will be ready for me to do the hand stitching when I get home. Laundry is almost done and packing is started….

At the last minute I realized that I hadn’t made my postcard for our family exchange – due to be mailed today but I had planned to just hand carry mine to Mom. Unfortunately, hadn’t made it yet.  Tanya had posted a landscape quilt she made using techniques from this book and since it looked interesting, I ordered the book and it arrived today. I decided I’d try a quick one for my postcard. Rather than trying to work on a 4×6 piece, I took  a page out of VickiW’s book and started with a piece that could be subcut into 3 postcards. I also decided I’d do raw edges rather than turning them under. The landscape is representative of the lake, mountains, and golf courses at our condo in the North Georgia Mountains.

Layers pinned

Stitched down onto the peltex.

Cut into three 4 x 6 sections

Edges finished with a narrow zigzag. On these types of postcards, I usually change my thread color for the zigzag, using a green for the bottom of these cards and a blue for the top.

Not bad …

I LOVE making 3 at one time – that was way easier than trying to do them individually.

I dislike the decorative stitch I used in the “lake”

I should have used more greens for a more layered effect.

I’ll definitely be using this technique again for my postcards.

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I’m avoiding the larger quilts

Pretty soon, I’ll be out of these small ones needing binding and will have to face the larger ones waiting but for now, Here’s a HeartStrings quilt pieced by Sandy – done and marked off my list!

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