Monthly Archives: July 2011

Stupid Toe!

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I’ll avoid going into the gross details but my smashed toe is bothering me quite a bit – I guess I should have stayed off it more but I had things to do and figured as long as I was wearing flip-flops it would be OK.

The nail is coming up and last night after walking to the library and being up on it all day, I was in a lot of pain… So I’m going to keep off if for a couple days and see if that helps.

Don’t expect to see much quilting progress from me this week although I did find records of the births of Keith’s father and his brothers and their parents marriage!

What’s your tolerance?

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I’ve got a pretty high tolerance for mistakes – I consider them a part of the learning process and my current socks have some errors already but I’m not starting over because who will ever notice when I’m wearing them? It may be hard to see but I missed a couple knit stitches on the left side. This isn’t a complicated pattern but it’s the first time I’ve pulled something from my stitch dictionary rather than using a commercial pattern.


I follow JulyL’s blog as I’m sure many of you do and I’ve been admiring her shawls. I really want to make one (or more) but the reality is that I don’t devote much time to my knitting so I decided I’d find a pretty scarf instead that will use one of the hanks of sock yarn I have. How does this one look? It’s a free download from


Now back to my socks!

On my design wall

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I’m having such a lazy day! I’ve read all morning and now I’m at the coffee shop with my knitting. I did manage to toss my next piecing project up on the design wall this weekend but it’s a mess – this is Chris’ quilt, blocks were cut by me pieced by Mom from my Spiderweb pattern and I need to make the pinwheel cornerstones and sash the blocks.


I got my July postcard from Deb and look what she included in the package, some of her hand dyed yarn. Isn’t it beautiful? And I love the postcard too. I haven’t done my July card yet, I’m kind of uninspired right now but it needs to be done and in the mail by the 25th so I need to get something done.


A couple more check marks

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I finished assembling my HeartStrings Anniversary top today — you can see that I received some blocks that were just blues but I still wanted to use them in the quilt — they’ll blend in better when the quilting is done and it’s a lot more noticable in the photo than in person but I just realized I could have used one in each of the quilt’s 4 corners —  I hate it when I get an idea after something’s already assembled. I’m so excited to be finishing this one up!

And Chesty approves of the quilting I did on this top of Mom’s. The quilt had a lot of white space and I think the motifs in the pantograph do a nice job of filling them with texture. Hearts in Bloom is the name of the pantograph.

Churn Dash and Stars is finished

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You’re probably tired of seeing this one but I’m happy to have it done and pleased with the results! It’s a gift for a family member so it will be on it’s way in a week or so and I hope that she likes it.

Instructions are on my website if anyone is interested and I just have to make a comment or two about the website.

Everyone may not realize it but the website evolved out of repeated requests for pattern information for quilts that I share on my blog. Rather than continue to respond to multiple emails, I chose to post BRIEF instructions for quilts that I design for MYSELF in EQ7 on the website.

I clearly state that they are BRIEF and they assume you have basic quilting knowledge. I also state that I’m a scrap quilter so they don’t include fabric yardage requirements. And finally, I provide my email address and encourage people to email me if they have questions.

I find it frustrating to receive emails complaining that the instructions aren’t detailed enough or don’t provide fabric yardages because frankly if I wanted to write, publish, and sell patterns I would be doing that.

If I can quickly look at EQ and provide UNTESTED  fabric yardages I don’t mind a request (as opposed to a complaint) and I don’t mind questions if someone doesn’t understand something but if you’re a quilter that requires fully developed patterns in order to make your quilts, then my website is NOT going to suit your needs.

Really, there’s a reason I call them Instruction Sheets rather than Patterns!

Yesterday was my Library day

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I enjoyed lunch out and then a walk over to spend the afternoon at the library. I still haven’t figured out how I’m going to share all the information I’m finding but I continue to gather the data and put it in the tree on

Recent fun finds have been my first Civil War soldier, my great, great, great grandfather and yesterday I focused on Keith’s Mom’s family and found that his grandfather emigrated from England and his great grand parents from Germany.

After meeting Keith for dinner on the way home, I did manage to get the binding on the Home Spun and Stars quilt and even finished hand stitching it down. I need to take a final photo today to share.

On my Design Wall

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I’m having a little problem getting back in the work groove after vacation so I’m kind of all over the place today.

First, this top has been on the design wall since before we left so I could piece a back for it — that was my first task. I’ve been trying to get backs pieced for all the UFO’s on my Challenge list – Maybe Judy will pick this one next month.

Then I put up this month’s UFO – My HeartStrings Anniversary quilt. I’ve had this top together for a LONG time but it’s square so I’d decided I needed another couple rows. Luckily, I had extras sent to me and I just needed to make two blocks. It will end up 72 x 90 when I’m done with it. The plan is to quilt my freehand Baptist Fans on it and use a scrappy binding from leftovers.

In the same bin, were my free pieced letters — at one time I had enough of the background fabric for the back of this quilt — it’s been 2-3 years at least so I was doubtful that I could even find enough to finish assembling the letters but it was the first fabric I pulled out of my blue drawer — what are the chances of that? I’ll piece these into a big block and then build my backing around it.

Finally, I trimmed the Churn Dash and Stars top and it’s ready for binding now. I need to finish this one before Keith goes to Florida on the 20th which should be easy enough.

And look who’s happy to be home and back on his perch!

The good and bad

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Still sitting here in Orlando waiting for our flight. Since I’m bored I thought I’d share the good and bad highlights of my day.

The bad …. Keith dropping my suitcase on my foot. My big toe was smashed! Keith’s comment was that at least the blood matched my nail polish. I just hope I don’t lose the nail.


The good I already mentioned in an earlier post was two new charms for my Pandora bracelet.


Heading home

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Unfortunately we’re delayed so we’re spending way more time in the Orlando airport than I’d like. However, they did have a store that sells Pandora so I picked up two more charms for my bracelet. (A doghouse with doggy and an airplane.) We also have a comfortable place to wait.