Archive for February, 2011

College Quilts

Mom’s been busy working on our latest joint quilt…for a nephew heading off to college. The pattern is modified from an quilt in an old McCall’s magazine and one we’ve used several times.

Old Dominion University

University of Maryland

University of Florida

Virginia Tech


We have an overnight in Atlanta on our way to the beach and we had plans to meet Chris and Becky for dinner but Adam wasn’t expected to make it….luckily he did join us and look who he brought!

These photos were taken with my iPhone in less than optimal light…changing them to B&W helps.

A new product to try

I received this Lapel Stick in the mail to use and review on the blog. I’ll try it out on my postcards and let you know how I like it. I’m hoping it will replace the need for fusible by holding my small applique pieces in place until they’re stitched. Thanks to the company, I’ll also have a giveaway but ….you’ll have to wait until I get back from this next trip.

February Postcards

I’m on an embroidery kick so you’ll see more of it this year on my postcards for our family exchanges.


Thinking of my basket quilt and browsing through Kim’s Just Leaf It book, I’ve come up with a leaf variation that while not exactly like one in the book — takes the elements from it and fits perfectly in the on-point alternate block. Of course I won’t be quilting this one for a while so I’m posting it here so I’ll remember it.

#10 UFO

I’m participating in JudyL’s UFO challenge and finished my #10 UFO for February. While this quilt is more color coordinated than I typically like I think it will make a lovely donation quilt.

I just remembered that I need to get my postcards for February’s family exchange in the mail before leaving so I’ll be working on finishing them tonight.

Making progress

Quilted with Wonky Feathers from the Pajama Quilter DVD, I’ve already got this one trimmed and the binding on ready for me to handstitch down tonight. It’s my #10 UFO for Judy’s Challenge so I will make the deadline again this month.

I was afraid my feathers were getting too wonky but as usual once I take the quilt off the machine, I love how it looks. I really should listen to Dawn and STOP worrying!

And since it’s almost time to pack for another trip, I finally unpacked from my VA trip earlier this month. After making backings for 2 of my tops, I pinned this top up (Mom pieced it for me from a Connecting Threads kit) so I can pull some backing fabrics for it. This one I’ll keep and I’ve pulled out my Just Leaf It book to find some quilting inspiration for it. Kim is another wonderful quilter who inspires me.

And finally, look what came in the mail – two HeartStrings tops from Karen along with backings and bindings – could she be any nicer?  I’m thinking March might need to be HeartStrings month as I now have several tops here to quilt.


Lunch and a visit to a local quilt shop with friends, some quilting on #10 UFO and then dinner out with Keith – hopefully, I’ll have something to show you tomorrow.

You probably won’t feel sorry for me

While normally I love walking downtown, today involved two of my least favorite things — the dentist and some clothes shopping. While you might feel sorry for me having to go to the dentist, the reason I needed to shop is that we’re heading to a beach resort next week and I needed some new tops. Yep, I was in the middle of a winter storm this week and next week, I’ll be lying on the beach with my Kindle and a Rum Runner!

After getting home, I got a couple tops organized with backings and hung in the closet downstairs — these are just 9 of my 22 tops waiting for quilting (at least I think there are only 22) but the others don’t have backs yet.

And finally, I got my #10 UFO for Judy’s challenge loaded and I’m about half way done – I’m quilting Wonky Feathers from the Pajama Quilter DVD which you may or may not be able to see in this photo.

This helps …

I do SO love the snow and going out to walk in it.

Of course it helps that I left with snow up to my knees and came back a couple hours later to this …. all the sidewalks and steps neatly shoveled by someone else!

Carpenter Star top is done

It’s still snowing here and I SO wanted to go out and play but I decided I needed to get some work done first. I pieced a backing for my #10 UFO and then got the borders sewn on the Carpenter Star. This one will now age a bit on the shelf before eventually being finished as a donation quilt.

My reward is that I now get to go out for a walk in the snow…I’ll have a late lunch at my favorite nearby restaurant and then take my knitting to the coffee shop for a little while.

It’s snowing

We went out walking in it around lunch time and since then the snow has gotten a lot heavier and it’s gusty out there. Perfect for staying in — a little sewing, and then Scrabble by the fire followed by homemade Chicken soup for dinner. Yum!

I love watching the snow out the window when I’m sewing. We are close to the tracks – but I zoomed in for the shot of the NorthStar going by so not quite this close.

I worked on the pieced borders for my Carpenter Star

And they’re done — for now they’re pinned on the sides but they go on the top and bottom to convert this square into a rectangular quilt. I just have to cut and add the plain borders and this top will be done.

Another binding

This top was pieced by Cheryl and quilted last month during my marathon!

Just 2 bindings left to do but they’ll probably have to wait until after the next trip. With just 10 days between my VA trip and the next one, my goals have been to get 2 bound, the Carpenter Star top completed, and my #10 UFO needs to be quilted and bound after I piece a backing for it. If I have more time before leaving, I’ll start the 2nd set of HeartStrings blocks for our current project.

Updated Carpenter Star instructions

I’ve been working on assembling my Carpenter Star quilt and started cutting the border half rectangles when I realized that I didn’t clearly state on the instructions that you need both regular and reversed triangles when working with rectangles….of course I know this and was just automatically cutting mine in pairs with wrong sides together but realized I hadn’t been clear on that with the instructions. So if you saved them before today — you’ll probably want to look at and read through the revised one.

Now all I have to do is sew these together and get the borders on.

I’m also working on another binding which should be finished later tonight because it’s a small quilt.

Back to binding

A HeartStrings top pieced by  Pat that I quilted last month is now bound.

Isn’t this a really cute back too?

I’m home, I’m tired, I’m lazing around

Have you ever worn or packed two different shoes? Guess who did it on his latest trip?

I’m normally not a retreat person but I’m going to one with Gwen Marston this fall and I just got this email saying that Accuquilt is holding a GO retreat. I’m tempted to go but am wondering if anyone I know is planning to attend?

Accuquilt Retreat June 9-11

A beautiful day for a walk

I can’t believe how much snow has melted….I see grass! It’s going to get colder this weekend and we should have some more snow Sunday/Monday but it’s nice for a change to go for a walk in a lightweight jacket and leave the hat, scarf, and gloves at home.

In the mail today, a HeartStrings top from May in NJ. I’ve got several tops of mine to quilt and donate to the Ronald McDonald House and this one will fit right in with that group.

Have you missed me?

I’m heading home today and eager to get back to work….after catching up on some sleep.

Thank goodness for the GO!

I usually do a lot of cutting for Mom while I’m visiting and tonight I cut a bunch of tumblers for one quilt and she’s going to use a modified version of my Carpenter’s Star for a Christmas Tree Skirt and I cut all those pieces out too.

Working on postcards

We always seem to work some on our postcards at Mom’s while we visit. I’m getting February cards done.