Archive for October, 2011

Stay or go?

We checked the roads through Massachusetts and decided to go. Don’t know how far we’ll get tonight.


A slight delay

Leaving Sunday at 6am would have us driving during the storm so we’re going to leave on Monday instead. Unfortunately that means our little side trip to Niagara Falls won’t happen. We were just going to pop in to see them lit up at night but that will have to wait for another trip.


In my own little world

After two people mentioned snow this weekend it occurred to me to go check the weather since we plan to be on the road very early Sunday….. this could be a problem since we have to drive right through the area forecasted to get the brunt of this storm.


We have very little room for modifying our plans due to Keith’s work schedule so we’re just going to have to see how this unfolds tomorrow.

This day flew by!

First lunch with Bev and passing off all the quilts! It felt great to get them all done and even better to send them on their way.

Then some shopping at LLBean. I meant to buy just a pair of flannel sleep/lounging pants but a few more items jumped in my bag.

I had a little time to kill before picking up Keith at the airport so I drove down Route 1 from Freeport and stopped in to see Eartha


Done, done, done!

18 quilts tied and bound, plus the binding on my UFO for last month and I’m ALL done – no more work until I get home next week. Tomorrow I’ll meet with Bev and Darlene for lunch and to pass off all the finished quilts.

This first one was finished after dark and I just can’t get a good photo inside here. It was a donation top that needed to be “reconstructed” and I think it’s the one that Brenda fixed at the sew-in.


This was another one pieced by Jackie. Normally I prefer tying HeartStrings quilts to other patterns but these 3 of Jackie’s were fun to work on.


Last night’s finish

Finished last night – this top was pieced by Sharon.


I’m working on tying the last top tonight!


I’ve been doing a lot of genealogy research while I’ve been in Maine and that has included visiting graveyards to find Keith’s relatives. In searching for his great uncle Carl’s grave yesterday I found this one – now I want to bury Chesty in a graveyard with a headstone when he passes. Don’t you love it??



I’ve blogged before about my scrabble games with Keith. I play against the computer on the iPad and iPhone and Keith and I have used the Pass and Play option but for the first time we used the WiFi to play.

I was nice and let him use the iPad with it’s larger screen so you can see who won!

Counting down

With just a week to go, I’m trying to finish up the HeartStrings I’ve been tying and binding. They’ll stay here Maine for donating.

This one was pieced by Jackie and I used the birthing method again. It adds another option for finishing when I have a quilt with a backing that I don’t want to bring around to the front.


A lazy morning

I’m sitting on the deck tying a quilt and Chesty and Keith are walking on the beach.



In a little bit we’ll head to town to watch some football.

A drive up the coast

First we stopped in at the cemetery and then looked up Keith’s great aunt’s house on the coast. His family remembers visiting Aunt Madeline but it was up to me to find the house.


And the fall colors have been slow to come to Portland but we’re hoping to see a little more today.


3 more finished

I finished the bindings last night on 3 more of the HeartStrings quilts. The first two were pieced by Darlene.



I’m not sure who pieced this one with blue centers. Maybe Rebecca or Sharon?


Repeating myself

Still binding, knitting, and spending time researching Keith’s side of the family. Found his great grandmother’s grave today and his great aunt was buried there too – a bonus!

Bound 2 quilts…I’ll share photos tomorrow.

Sunsets have been subtle rather than dramatic but I love the change in light over the water.


Another library day

While I spent most of the day in the library yesterday and today, I also got 3 quilts tied…that means there are 3 waiting for binding. I also pulled my knitting back out. I started this Contessa Shawl from Morehouse Farm a couple weeks ago but I’ve only been knitting sporadically. Here’s their photo….


And here’s mine in progress



Last week I found 3 different cemeteries that Keith had relatives buried in so we visited one today to find his great grandparents. Also found a couple of his grandfather’s brothers but no luck finding his grandfather. I’ll keep looking for his death info which I’m hoping will lead me to the right cemetery.



I also got back to work on tying quilts today. I’ve got two small ones ready for binding.


Keith’s brother and sister-in-law are visiting for the weekend.


One, two, three

Pieced by Jane, here’s an oversized Happy Block quilt.


Pieced by Mary in Maine, brights with black centers


And finally another top from the CA group is done too.


Another rainy day

But my brother-in-law and sister-in-law arrive today to spend the weekend with us and the weather is supposed to clear up tomorrow. Tonight we drove up to the LLBean store and had dinner in Freeport.


More genealogy and binding

After a drive to the airport today to pick Keith up and a quick lunch at Becky’s Diner, I dropped Keith off and headed to the small Historical Society Museum here in South Portland. With the help of the historian there, I saw what was most likely the house that Keith’s great grandparents lived in for years…unfortunately the house is no longer standing and a grocery store is there now.

Coming back “home” I decided this rainy day was suited to sewing and started in on some binding.


Love this one!

This is a fairly common string quilt variation but I LOVE the use of different colors for the wedges in this quilt. I’ve had one of these quilts on my list for a while and I might just have to recreate this antique version found on eBay.and just look, it’s been tied!