Archive for November, 2011

All packed and ready to go

No sewing today but I did get to the library. I’ve connected with a cousin of Keith’s Dad in Sweden so I’ve been able to find a little more information about the family that stayed there. Very cool!

I leave in the morning for VA and while I didn’t get to see Caleb at Thanksgiving, they’ll be coming to VA this weekend to join in our McLaughlin family get together and I’m anxious to see him again. Adam did share this photo — holiday eating is apparently hard work!


Done but no photo

I’m really struggling to get through my list before this next trip and today I realized I won’t get everything done I wanted to do.

I did get the 2nd top quilted for Mom, a cute baby quilt with Owls but I forgot to take a photo before packing it.

Tomorrow will probably be devoted to errands and packing but I may get some more circles appliquéd.

I usually hate machine appliqué

I rarely do any appliqué especially machine appliqué but I’m stitching down these circles with an open zig zag and it’s not too bad.


Doesn’t my floor look like its filling up? I’m spending some time on and off fusing and machine stitching these circles. This quilt is on my To Do List but it’s NOT the priority – oh well…at least some progress is being made.


Not a lot of sewing here

Keith and I are enjoying our few days together so I haven’t been doing much sewing other than a few minutes here and there – working on the Drunkard’s Path and Circle quilt.

The design wall hasn’t been put back up so I’ve just tossed the blocks on the floor for now.

It’s looking like Christmas

Not just the packed parking lots when we were out running errands but a walk downtown showed signs too.



A little binding

Since I’m not cooking a big meal – I had time to do some binding during the football game.

I LOVE these little Strippies!


For the first time this month, Keith and I are actually going to be home for a few days at the same time. We took a walk earlier and are going to have dinner and movie here at home tonight.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday – ours will be quiet but we’re looking forward to that.

Mom’s top

After piecing a back that actually fits – I got this top of Mom’s quilted today. Since the fabrics were fairly busy and the thread blendy, I used a pantograph – Frisky Feathers.

This one is done

I finished the binding on my RWB HeartStrings quilt last night.


I used a subtle stripe and love the result.


I wasn’t smiling earlier

I’d like to blame Mom but it was my poor memory that caused my problems today. I pulled a top of hers to quilt and found the backing wasn’t pieced, went upstairs to piece it, loaded it and the batting and it was too SMALL for the quilt.

By this point I’m thinking that wasn’t the backing but I can’t find anything else here so I call Mom and she thinks I told her I’d make a backing from my stash for it. I think this top has been here too long when I can’t remember a detail like that but I’m sure she’s right.

I figure it’s not a big problem, I’ll just pull a smaller HeartStrings top and use the backing since its already loaded….only I don’t have any small ones here. I don’t have any tops here small enough.

So up to the sewing room to make a Quick Strippie. One hour and 10 minutes from start to finish including the cutting and it’s so cute that I’m smiling now!



It won’t get quilted until tomorrow because I’ve got one I’m going to sit and bind this evening.

10 days until the next trip

I’m not sure how much I can get done — after all I still have things I haven’t even unpacked from Maine yet — but I needed to start a new quilt.

I’ve got all the Drunkard’s path sub blocks sewn – just need to sew the rest of them into groups of 4.

And this is where I’m going with this quilt in case you didn’t remember — it’s one I designed a while ago. I’ve been wanting to do a pink and green quilt so I’m using pink rather than the purple.

My sewing goals for the next 10 days will be:

Quilt 4 tops

Bind 2 quilts

Sew a hanging sleeve on a quilt

And get as much piecing done as possible


A beautiful sunrise on my trip to GA and now a beautiful sunset. Sitting here in first class (thanks to Delta for the complimentary upgrade) sipping a glass of wine, heading home to Keith and Chesty — what could be better?



We celebrate 5 years in Minnesota this month — and head into our 6th winter. I’m thrilled to see the snow today as I head home.


A present for Adam?

Or for us?? This is why We gave Adam an iPad!

Don’t mind the less than flattering photo of me in the top corner!! We don’t have wireless at the condo and Chris canceled his in protest a couple months ago so I just did a quick trial while sitting in Atlanta Bread. Caleb is very interactive talking and blowing kisses!!

Speaking of the condo….I left this afternoon and unfortunately we won’t be back for several months.


Repairs needed

Our condo is a fairly old building so there are always things needing repair/replacing. I’m spending a couple extra days here while the plumbers take care of several things.

It’s cooler today but still beautiful.


Almost perfect

A rainy day, a good book, and a fire. It would be perfect if Keith (and Chesty) were here too.


I’ve been busy

There’s been no Internet either but it’s been fun and I almost haven’t missed it.





I’ll still be without Internet at the condo for the next few days but will probably check in again when I run out for coffee!

I almost forgot

This was the last one bound – I almost forgot to post it.

Pieced by Jan.


I did good!

When looking at my overall goals, I tend to break them up into what I want to accomplish between trips. I’m heading out again but I was able to bind 7 quilts and quilt 3 tops so I’m happy.

This was the last one….tomorrow will be spent getting ready to leave.
One of our RWB HeartStrings quilts, pieced by me and quilted with a Swirly version of Dwirling from the Pajama Quilter DVD – one of my favorites for these quilts.


So fun to quilt!


Do you have a staging area?

My staging area is the railing in the kitchen.

We live in a smallish 3 story townhouse with my sewing room on the top floor, the longarm on the bottom floor, and our living room where I finish off all of my bindings in the middle.

The railing is where I place tops, backs, and finished quilts needing washing going DOWN, and quilts needing binding either going UP to the sewing room or waiting for me to hand stitch them.

The more work I get done the worse the railing looks — I’ll need to clean it off before Keith comes home!