Archive for December, 2011

Adobe Ideas

This is one of the reasons I love this app. I can either draw on a whiteboard or pull my quilt photo into the program and draw right on the quilt. And with a 0.99 cent addition, you get multiple layers so you can try several ideas and toggle them on and off at will without having to save a bunch of photos or redraw.

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Don’t ask me why I’m still playing instead of sleeping at 4:50am. I’m so tired I can’t stand it but I can’t seem to sleep. To much to think about with the holidays, the kids visiting, and random other thoughts and worries.

There’s good and bad

The good is that I started to quilt the Irish Chain, the bad thing is I messed up in the first few seconds of quilting …. Of course, more good news — it takes the pressure off since I’ve already made errors.

I should have played a little on the iPad before starting but thought I could just do a little freehand wreath….my whole first row is a bit backwards but I think I figured it out for the rest of the quilt.

Had I played first, I might have used this cute little feathery flowery thing in the alternate blocks but it’s too late now. I’ll have to use it somewhere else.

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Or this one may be a better idea of how it would look with thread although I like the thicker line.

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One more MUST do item

I know I won’t get everything on my list completed before the end of the year and that’s ok because there have been other additions to the list that were completed. However, this is the final UFO for the year …. my oldest….pieced by Mom as a gift for me. I kept thinking that one day my quilting would be good enough to do it justice but no more waiting, it’s just time to get it done. It’s loaded on the longarm and ready for me to start.

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Today was my library day and I was thrilled to finally find the record of my grandparents’ marriage. My Mom’s mother died when she was young and my grandfather remarried so Mom’s stepmother was the only grandmother I knew.

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I don’t know how old I was when this was taken but my grandfather died when I was 8. It looks like he was already ill in this photo.

Kind of sad

We’re taking a break from our postcard exchange after this month…I’ll miss it.

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One more item checked off on my to do list. I know I won’t get everything done but I’m going to be pretty close.

Travel Plans

I was gone so much this year I’m surprised I got anything done…next year is already shaping up to be just as busy. So far on the travel agenda…

Jan – Atlanta, St. Thomas
Feb – Florida, Virginia for Mid Atlantic Quilt Show
March – ?? Denmark
April – Georgia, Virginia
May – Virginia, Kansas City for MQS
June – Italy

I’m sure there will be other trips added and I haven’t even looked at travel for the last six months of 2012. It’s a good thing I love traveling as much as I love being home!

One more check

Sorry for the photo but my design wall isn’t up and I didn’t want to run downstairs to snap this. I’m cleaning up the sewing room since we have company coming in a couple days.

I take up all the room in the house for my sewing so guests sleep on a sofa bed in the living room but I do have them keep their suitcases up in my sewing room so they’re out of the way and so Chesty doesn’t get in them.

I finished this top last night – went with a darker border than planned because the center of the quilt is so bright, the red one seemed too light.

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Looking at my bin of bright strings you can’t even tell I’ve used any.

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I’ve been bad about cutting binding after finishing tops so I went ahead and cut them for this top and the Drunkard’s Path and Circles finished earlier this month. It can be a year (or 3) before I get around to quilting some of my tops and by then the fabric I’ve intended for bindings is gone or lost somewhere in my stash. I store them in small baggies and label them.

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I even pieced the backing for this top before heading downstairs to fix Lasagna for dinner!

Poor Keith

I always seem to ruin his surprises. We were going to the mall to have my iPad looked at and I told him I wanted to go to the Pandora store to get a charm with a pearl to represent my birthstone.

So to keep me from buying one tonight, he gave me my present early. It’s mother of pearl hearts. How sweet!

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Genealogy Apps

I’ve been using the Ancestry app on my iPad for a while and recent updates makes it even better but I’ve found another favorite app.

I’ve been struggling with a way to keep/organize research notes and I’ve finally found an app that works well for me. It’s called Index Cards and I’m able to group them by person and family as well as sort, color code, and export my data. It’s just perfect.

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A little work tonight

I finished up the binding on the Spiderweb last night and will share a photo this weekend when Keith is here to hold it up for me. Tonight, I pulled out a set of HeartStrings blocks that I had just barely started…I plan on finishing up the top before the end of the year. It’s just a small child’s quilt and I seem to have misplaced the striped border fabric I wanted to use but this one will work too if I don’t find the other. Half the blocks are done now and I’ll work on the others tomorrow.

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And is there anything better than a fresh blade in your rotary cutter? I can’t remember the last time I bought blades but luckily I had some new ones here.

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Holidazzle 2011

A couple hours at the library and then I met Keith downtown for the Holidazzle Parade and dinner. NOW it’s starting  to feel like the holidays — and we might get some snow tomorrow too!

I think I like this photo better

… the balance seems off in the first photo but I don’t notice it when I’m looking at the quilt in person. Maybe the quilt looks better in this photo.

Another check on my to do list

My spiderweb top is quilted — just needs binding now. I did a swirly dwirling in the blocks and then swirls in the sashing. I’m not loving how it looks in the photo but overall I’m pleased with how the quilt looks in person.

Diamond HeartStrings

I know you just saw this but now it’s done!

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Instructions for this HeartStrings quilt can be found on my website.

What’s wrong with this picture?

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There’s no snow!! Are you looking for a white Christmas too? I keep checking the weather and today I came across this forecast that shows the probability of a white Christmas across the states. The chances of a white Christmas look pretty good for me….how about you?

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In the meantime, I’ve been working on quilting the spiderweb top and I’ll do some more binding tonight.

I’m biased

I think this HeartStrings quilt is just gorgeous! I just started hand stitching the binding down tonight but I couldn’t resist snapping a photo as I was putting it away for the night. In the background, you can see our small tree is up and decorated.

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Football Sunday!

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A little late

This is November’s UFO so I’m a little late but at least it’s quilted now.

Quilted with Wonky Feathers from the Pajama Quilter DVD, this is one that I worried about while I was quilting but when I took it off the machine — it just seems to work! Overall not bad….

Up close I love it!

Celebrating Dad’s birthday looking through old family photos

December 10, 1929 – December 11, 1988

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Drunkard’s Path and Circles

It’s been a busy day! I finished the Drunkard’s Path and Circle top – I won’t be posting an instruction sheet but I did write up my process on my website.

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I also pieced a back for Chris’ quilt and got my November UFO on the longarm and started the quilting. I’m running late with it but am still hoping to complete the challenge by finishing the last two quilts on my list before the end of the year … of course that means I’ll probably be binding the last one on New Year’s Eve!

Happy Birthday!

My DIL Becky doesn’t read the blog but I wanted to wish her a public Happy Birthday! We missed her at Mom’s birthday celebration in VA but are excited that both her and Chris are coming for Christmas again this year.

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