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.




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.


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.


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.


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