Archive for August, 2010

Staying focused

I really want to be piecing but I’m trying to stay focused on backings, quilting, and binding.

This top was pieced by Vicki as a QOV and is now bound and ready to be sent to Alycia once I finish up the other two tops I have here for her, They’ll have to wait a bit because I’m trying to get the two tops I need for Maine finished and that trip will be here before I know it.

I’ve been talking about texture on these HeartStrings quilts and this one quilted with the pantograph Ebb and Flow is another great example.

It’s the last of the ones I had ready for hand stitching so my goals over the next two days are to get the 2nd top for Maine quilted and get some more bindings ready for stitching. I’ve got the inspection for the bathroom in the morning and then I hope they get back to work on the shower tomorrow too.

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Speaking of texture

Freehand Baptist Fans – I think they’re my favorite thing to quilt.¬†This is a HeartStrings top I pieced during our last project.

And while I was downstairs quilting, Chesty found a spot with some morning sun.

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Another set of instructions

I won’t get around to making this for a little while but I was writing up instructions for Mom so I went ahead and posted them. They’re untested so make sure you read through them first and email me with any questions if you plan to use them.

4 Patches on the Diagonal

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A quilt designed for Mom

Do you remember this little quilt I designed for Mom? She finished the top and since I wrote up instructions for her, I went ahead and posted them on my MaryQuilts.com site. It’s a cute quilt to work up using a focus fabric.

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It’s all about the texture

Well, all quilting is about texture but with String quilts I think texture is even more important because the tops are so busy.

This HeartStrings top was pieced by Melva.

Quilted with one of my favorite pantographs for string quilts – Seaweed.

And backed with one of my Off Center 4 Patch backings.

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My most wished for iPad app

Ideally, EQ would come up with an app for the iPad but I asked that question at Spring Market and it’s not going to happen so I’m hoping someone will come up with a basic quilt design program soon.

I’m not greedy, I just want an extensive block library, the ability to recolor blocks, and a place to set them next to each other to see how they interact. I don’t need a full scale program that allows me to completely design a quilt….I have EQ7 for that but I want the ability to play with ideas for quilts on the iPad when I’m traveling or whenever the mood strikes me.

So while I’m waiting for someone to create an app, I decided to see if I could use what I already have. A google search for Quilt Block Library brings up several online resources that allow you to save a photo of a block.

iPages has a great snap to grid feature that allows you to “lay” out your blocks, rotate them, and type a few notes about sizes.

Adobe ideas allows you to create color schemes from photos and Color Wheel HD let’s you create them from presets or scratch.

What I don’t have is the ability to recolor my blocks. This block was from a library at the McCall’s site and is called Bridal Path Variation.

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It’s a start

But no word if they’re back tomorrow or if they have to wait for an inspection. I was supposed to have a call this afternoon to let me know but as per usual, we haven’t heard from them as promised.

In spite of it all, I’m SO happy to have the old nasty shower enclosure gone but there’s no way they’re going to be done before I leave on Thursday at this rate.

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Shower demo has started

While they’re working upstairs, I’m playing in EQ7. How’s this for a scrap buster?

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A blogging milestone

No big giveaway or anything but sometime today, I’ll celebrate ONE MILLION visits to my blog and I wanted to thank everyone who stops by to see what I’m up to!

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More Fern Ziggles

Or as I like to call it – Blob quilting – from the new Pajama Quilter DVD.

A HeartStrings top pieced by Sandy that I’d intended to tie at the PA sew-in back in April but we had so many tops I didn’t get them all done. You’ll see the entire quilt once it’s bound but for now you can inspect my quilting.

I don’t have this nearly as consistent as I’d like yet but I’m OK with the learning process on this one because it’s fun to quilt and I know I’ll improve over time.

Another part of the quilt….

And a view of a small section of the back of the quilt.

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