Archive for May, 2011

Some RWB blocks

In honor of the Memorial Day holiday, I put away the 9 patch blocks and started a set of blocks for a RWB HeartStrings quilt that will eventually go to a veteran or wounded soldier.

I’m approaching a BIG birthday in a couple days — I was feeling a little down but with a Spa day planned and my son Chris coming in for a visit to help me celebrate – I’m not feeling too bad now and I’m looking forward to Thursday.

Keith and I also went on another bike ride today – it was hotter and very windy but we did 14.3 miles and we got a lot of exercise! My hope in the next 2-3 months is to increase my exercise level and drop a few pounds — they seem to creep up on me.

Bound and labeled

I love this quilt! I was worried about how all the greens would play together but I’m glad I didn’t limit them to just olive shades as I started to originally.

Click here for Forest Brick Instructions

This will be donated here in Minneapolis for a Returning Warrior weekend this summer.


It’s raining now BUT

It was beautiful earlier and we got the bikes out and rode to the lakes. About 11 miles roundtrip (with a little assistance from my electric bike). They’ve opened up the trail all the way to the river so it’s much easier for us to pick it up now that we don’t have to ride through downtown.

Now I’m going to head upstairs and do a little piecing before cooking dinner.

Disaster Relief – Quilt Giveaway

Click the link below to go to the post with the information about the giveaway. Please keep all giveaway entry comments on the original post. I’ll bring this reminder to the top every 2-3 days until the drawing on June 24.

Disaster Relief – Quilt Giveaway

How about some more texture?

Maybe it’s the time of day I’m trimming these last couple quilts but the light is really showing off the quilting texture.

Again, the pantograph is Lush Leaves and I think it has such a pretty shape.



I know not everyone likes them but there are many patterns that look lovely quilted out and on a day like today when I’m completely uninspired and not really in the mood to quilt but still need to make progress on my goals – they’re just what I’m looking for.

On the machine is my Forest Bricks top

And I’m quilting Lush Leaves on it

May’s UFO Finished

One thing I like about this challenge is that it keeps me from setting my quilts aside to finish something for someone else. Last year I had a goal of finishing 12 UFO’s but fell short because I put off my quilts.

Tonight I finished the binding on this HeartStrings quilt of mine which is my UFO for this month.

As I had it laying on the floor to trim – I couldn’t resist snapping another photo of the quilting. I love all the texture.

Disaster Relief – quilt giveaway

My last giveaway was successful in helping to raise funds for the disaster in Japan so with all the recent tornadoes and disasters here in the US, I thought rather than trying to send quilts into a disaster area, I would hold another quilt giveaway in exchange for donations to the Red Cross.

I just made my personal donation to the Red Cross Disaster fund so if you’d also like to help those affected by the recent tornadoes and floods AND have a chance to win this quilt click on this link to the Red Cross and make a donation of $10 or more and come back here and leave a comment with your confirmation number.

For donations of $25 or more, please leave a second comment for another chance to win.

You will have until June 23rd to make your donation and leave a comment and I will draw a name and post the winner on June 24th.

The quilt is approximately 72 x 90 inches. The first photo is of the top and the second photo is after quilting.



Time to quilt

Can you believe it’s been 6 weeks since I’ve quilted anything??

After brunch and a fabric shopping trip with a couple friends today, I pulled out my UFO for May. Luckily, it’s one of my HeartStrings tops so some quick easy quilting was all it needed.

If I hadn’t had problems with thread breakage it would have been even nicer but after some troubleshooting and a couple needle changes, my machine settled down and I was able to finish without further problems.

I quilted a swirly version of Dwirling from the Pajama Quilter DVD.

Can you see the Heart in this photo? This was one of our LOGO quilts but I used jewel tones – you can see the heart better in the full photo of the top here.

I’ve got a week to get it bound now.

Home for a while!

I’m sitting in Boston’s airport on my way home. It will be 3 weeks before I travel again so I need to work on a list of goals for what I want to accomplish in that time.