Archive for June, 2011

June’s goals have been met

I had an idea in my head about what I wanted to get done by the end of the month and I accomplished it as of this morning when I finished the quilting on the Churn Dash and Stars. I’m not crazy about it but it will do and now it will wait for binding until I get back from our next trip. As you can see, I’m making great progress on my quilting goals and still have 2 months to go.

Summer Quilting Goals
Make & send postcard for August
Finish 9 patch blocks
Assemble Chris’s top
Quilt Mom’s tumbler top
Quilt Mom’s star/heart top
Make & send postcard for July
Bind Churn Dash & Stars
Quilt Churn Dash and Stars top
Piece back for Churn Dash & Stars
Bind the Spiderweb quilt ( June’s UFO)
Piece back for RWB HeartStrings
Assemble RWB HeartStrings top
Bind sashed log cabin quilt
Finish RWB HeartStrings blocks
Quilt my June UFO
Quilt Jan’s blue HS top
Bind RWB quilt from Sue
Bind Kathy’s RWB HS quilt
Quilt my sashed log cabin
Quilt RWB top from Sue
Finish postcards for May & June

Allover quilting

I’m usually pretty good about choosing a pantograph or allover freehand pattern that suits a particular quilt but some are harder than others. For half a second while I was piecing the Churn Dash and Star quilt I thought about not doing an overall but it’s a gift for a non quilter and I really didn’t want dense quilting (to keep it cuddly) so….today when I loaded the top, I looked through all my pantographs for something that wouldn’t compete with the piecing.

Did I choose right? Hard to tell at this point, I guess we’ll know when I’m done.

The pantograph is Orange Peel by Willow Leaf Studio

 

Tuesday is for genealogy

With just one item left on my list for June, I walked over to the post office to mail a couple packages and then spent the afternoon in the library. The library is open late on Tuesday and there’s a genealogy volunteer that’s been helpful so it’s a good day for me to go.

I’d had some good success finding my grandparents in Ireland and their emigration to the US via Ellis Island in the last couple weeks but today I switched back to Keith’s grandparents and found his great, great, great grandfather who was born in England and emigrated to Canada. He knew he had English ancestors but hadn’t known they came here via Canada.

June’s UFO is done

Today I pieced a couple backings and then got the binding done on my UFO for Judy’s Challenge. I mentioned earlier in the month that this was the quilt that inspired me to start my website and offer my instruction sheets after so many people requested the pattern. I’m so happy to have this finished – it’s one of my older UFO’s.

You can see a little more of the quilting in this photo.

It’s been very unusual for me but the last several quilts I’ve worked on have not had the binding cut and set aside. It’s been my habit to at least cut the binding when I complete a top but obviously I fell down on the job. Luckily, I have a lot of olive green in my stash and was able to find one that works here.

Keith finally caved in

I’ve been wanting to go kayaking when we bike over to the lakes so today Keith finally caved in and agreed. I loved it but I’m sure he’s hoping I’ll go without him next time.

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I’ve got to get back to work now, my June UFO still needs binding.

Mom’s fans

Since I’m not quilting today, I thought I’d share Mom’s fan top she just completed. She thinks it’s kind of plain but I love how it turned out. I cut the blades for her with my Accuquilt GO Dresden Plate die and she used a setting from one of my Bethany Reynolds’ books.

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RWB HeartStrings

I finally made myself sit down and finish assembling this top. One more item checked off my “to do” list for this summer.

There’s a winner!

Thanks to everyone who joined me in donating to the Red Cross to help those affected by the disasters this spring.

I’ve just emailed Lori-Marie to let her know she’s won the quilt and I’ll get it shipped off to her next week once she sends me her mailing address.

 

I just love this quilt

I know a scrappy quilt like this isn’t to everyone’s taste but I just love everything about this one. The log cabin blocks, the sashing, the quilting, and the pieced back – knowing that the blocks were all from leftover strips and strings just makes it even more fun for me.

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You can see how I make my log cabin blocks on theStrips and Strings Log Cabin page of my website and the sashing and border for this one are cut 2.5 inches.

LAST CHANCE to ENTER

I draw the winning name on Friday so time is running out to donate to the Red Cross for recent disaster victims and a chance to win one of my quilts.

Just $10 or more qualifies you to enter.

Read the details, see the quilt, and enter at the link below.
Disaster Relief – Win this Quilt

A little of this and that

Today is still overcast and rainy but I needed to add some miles to my activity log so I walked downtown to run some errands. On the way home, I stopped in my local coffee shop with my knitting. I cast on another pair of socks last night — I hate those first few rows!

While I’m pretty adventuresome in my quilting, I’m such a novice knitter that I don’t deviate much from my basic pattern but when using solid yarn, I really like a patterned leg and foot and it can be hard to find one that I can just plug into my basic pattern. A few months ago, I’d bought a set of stitch dictionaries with the idea that I could find one I liked that wasn’t too difficult and just plop it in. I’d been too chicken to try it out for a number of reasons but last night I went through two of the books and chose one I think will work.

Wish me luck!

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The yarn is from KnitPicks.com – Risata – a cotton blend and the hot pink color is called Babydoll.

Also on today’s agenda is binding – I got two tops trimmed and ready before heading out.

Pandora

I was gifted with a Pandora bracelet on Saturday for my birthday by several of my siblings and their spouses. I love it and have been having fun searching for charms!

They gave me the bracelet with two stopper beads and birthstone beads for Chris and Adam.

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I love that the Suitcase has DK AND a palm tree since two of my favorite places to travel are Denmark and the beach!

Rainy day — lazy me

What is it about a rainy day that makes me want to sleep late and then curl up with a good book?

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I did finally graft the toes of my socks – I don’t know why it took me so long.

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And I spent a lot of time trying to find a sock pattern that uses sport yarn (weight 2) and size 3 needles. I’m about to give up and start another pair using fingering yarn and my size 2 needles.

My agenda for the rest of June

I finished up the quilting on June’s UFO last night and looked at my Summer Goals to see what I needed to finish up before the end of June and another trip.

A couple bindings

Quilt the Churn Dash and Stars top

Finish assembling the RWB HeartStrings top that I left up on the design wall before the VA trip.

I also want to get in some walking/biking/library time.

Here’s another peek at the quilting on the Spiderweb quilt – I’ll show the entire quilt when it’s bound.

 

Something different!

You all know I’m the queen of allover quilting and luckily that works for the majority of tops I quilt but today I’m doing something a little different.

I’ve got my Spiderweb quilt on the machine – it’s the June UFO for Judy’s Challenge – and I busted out my Circle Lord AND my extended base and ruler. So far, I’m actually pleased with it I think but I need a little break now. I’m going to walk a few blocks and get some dinner.

Back at the airport

It’s time to head home again and I’m missing Keith and Chesty! I seem to spend a lot of time in airports.

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Thank you again for the birthday wishes – my “real” birthday was a couple weeks ago and Curt’s was in May but this was the first time we’d all gotten together so they planned the party for this weekend….I thought I was going to a graduation party for my nephew!

They didn’t listen to me

I thought I’d made it clear that I didn’t want a birthday party but they ignored me and we celebrated my BIL and my 50th birthdays tonight. Since I didn’t have to be the center of attention ( thanks to Curt) I was OK and really enjoyed the time with them all — they made me feel very special. Thank you guys!

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Disaster Relief – quilt giveaway

I’m hoping a better photo of the quilt will encourage you to donate just $10 or more to the Red Cross for their disaster relief efforts. The winner will be drawn on June 24 and you can find all the details on entering at the link below.

Disaster Relief – Quilt Giveaway

Please won’t you help? PLEASE POST ENTRY COMMENTS ON THE ORIGINAL POST LINKED ABOVE.

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I’m off again

Well I didn’t make any more progress assembling the HeartStrings top on the design wall yesterday but I did get Chesty groomed, did laundry and packing, and killed several hours doing more genealogy research. I’ve really got to figure out a way to organize all the information I’m finding. Ancestry.com allows me to create a family tree and attach documents but I’m wondering what happens if I don’t continue my subscription. I’ll have to call and ask them before I put all my eggs in that basket.

But for now, I’m on my way to VA via Atlanta!

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Work first – then play

I wanted to get one more top quilted before I leave on Tuesday and since it’s unlikely that I’ll be able to get it done tomorrow – I loaded and quilted this top of Jan’s. Pantograph is Happy Times. I’ll show the full quilt once it’s bound but that won’t be for a while. I’m going to pull a HeartStrings top now and then in between the others I need done this summer but won’t get them bound right away as I’ll work on checking off the items on my list first.

I also finished the initial assembly of my blocks – I don’t know if I’ll get this one completely assembled before leaving but should at least get some of the rows done.

And here’s an update on my list of Summer Goals I posted last Sunday – A few things have been added along the way but I’m making good progress.

Quilting
Make & send postcard for July
Quilt Mom’s tumbler top
Quilt Mom’s star/heart top
Quilt college quilt
Finish 9 patch blocks
Assemble Chris’s top
Quilt Churn Dash and Stars top
Quilt my June UFO
Assemble RWB HeartStrings top
Bind sashed log cabin quilt
Finish RWB HeartStrings blocks
Quilt Jan’s blue HS top
Bind RWB quilt from Sue
Bind Kathy’s RWB HS quilt
Quilt my sashed log cabin
Quilt RWB top from Sue
Finish postcards for May & June

And while I’m reporting — I’ve logged 39 miles biking and 19.5 miles walking for June so far. I’m not going to report my weight loss each week but I’ve lost a few pounds and I’ll let you know at the end of the summer if I hit my goal of dropping 10-15 lbs.

I’m going to play now — some family research but later this afternoon I need to get out and walk some.

Walking
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