Monthly Archives: March 2012

Pinterest – one last post

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I wanted to let everyone know that I contacted Pinterest and they immediately took down the pinned photos from my sites. I was very pleased with how quickly they responded.

Before I let this drop I want to be very clear that my objection was to the rights that Pinterest claimed to any photos pinned. I’m not a member and have no intention of becoming a member so they don’t need to have any rights to MY photos.

It was suggested to me during this process that anything I post online is fair game and that I shouldn’t blog if I want to be so restrictive.

I’ve spent the last several years sharing my quilting with the online community and spend a significant amount of time writing instructions and answering questions about my quilts from readers who wanted to make their own versions. I don’t think that I’m restrictive or exclusive in my quilting and I don’t think I should have to defend myself because I choose not to have photos pinned.

You are welcome to use any ideas I share here in your own quilting, you’re welcome to save photos to refer to but not to publish or pin them. If you see something you want to share somewhere, please do it via a link.

I bet I’m not the only one

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Do you set aside problem projects? I’m still working a bit on this first little embroidered quilt but I don’t know if it can be saved. I wasn’t liking the couched thread along the border but I’ve been doing a bit of stitching on the inside and think it might be worth taking the couched stitches out and trying something different.


Tonight I’m working on the landscape embroidery and the string blocks… The orange is done and I’m heading back up to do the turquoise. I decided to cut my squares and set them in place so that I could just grab them and piece a star when I had a few minutes.


This looks worse than it is

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I just realized it’s almost 6 in the morning and I’m sitting here drinking a glass of wine. You might think I have a problem but really it’s like the evening to me right now. Yesterday I slept from about 1 PM until 6 PM and haven’t been to bed yet tonight or to be more accurate last night.

Thank goodness for the ABC app that lets me watch my TV shows anytime of day.


I love my lists

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Since Apple came out with iOS 5 I’ve been using the Reminders app for my goals. Although this one says March it’s really meant to carry me through March and into April until my next trip. As you can see, I’ve marked off all but one top I need to quilt for Mom.

In most cases, what I end up doing is adding more to the list and I’ve started a couple things, the Solid stars and strings blocks and a new embroidery piece but this week I’m just taking it easy.


Maybe next week I’ll add a few more things to the list but tonight I started my embroidery on the little landscape. I’ve mentioned Adobe Ideas before and how I use that to practice/audition quilting designs so I decided to try out a few embroidery ideas on it.


Of course, I realized the scale of the trees was off so I decided to appliqué a larger one. I’m hoping the curves in the purple will give the impression of some hills even though my piecing is straight.


You might have noticed that I’m not working on the Dresden Plate block and stitching along with the TAST group but I have been trying to incorporate the stitches in my postcards and these embroidered pieces. I won’t necessarily do them each week but I am keeping the list and will be trying to use them all during the year. I’m going to have to come up with a different idea for the Dresden Plate … Maybe even just abandoning it. We’ll see.

More stars

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Seems like I’m apologizing for all my photos these days but that’s what I get for working at night I guess.

After running some errands this afternoon, I pulled more solids for the stars and worked a bit on them. I love how they’re looking but I’m beginning to wonder how in the world I’m going to quilt this one.


I shipped off my AAQI donation quilt today and have been thinking of a little landscape type quilt for practicing more embroidery and as I was pulling strings for the star blocks, I came across a couple batik strips from a quilt of Mom’s. She usually gives me her leftover strips and strings because she doesn’t use them.

So I decided to see if I could find any others in the bin …. Seriously, look at how many leftovers are in just this one bin … I have MORE bins scattered around the sewing room and think I could sew a couple years just using these strings and leftover strips.


I did find a handful of the batik strips but it wasn’t easy!



It’s kind of clunky but we’ll see if my embroidery can improve on it. If not, I will have gotten some practice and it’s a small piece that can be tossed.

Solid stars and strings

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I played in EQ7 last night trying to decide if I’m going to add borders to the star quilt or go without. I still haven’t decided but these two are the options I’m considering right now.

I also posted the quilt details on the website if anyone is curious about how I’m making the blocks.

With 12 blocks and a border


With 20 blocks and no border


Either way it will be a larger quilt than my usual donation size but I won’t make any decisions until I have more blocks made and on the design wall. Right now, I’ve got 4 up there and love how it’s looking.


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Emma’s Butterfly Strippie is bound and in the wash as I type this, I’ll mail it out tomorrow. How quick was that?

Hard to get a good photo at night but I’ve been on the “night shift” for several weeks and can’t seem to get back on a day schedule.


Here’s a closer look


And it gets one of my heart labels!

EDIT: I need to ban non-permanent pens from my sewing room! The label smudged when I washed the quilt (I did heat set the print). Luckily I was able to go back over it with a permanent pen and it’s readable if a little messy. Disappointing but not a complete disaster.


Monday is for HeartStrings

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We’re in the middle of a 6 month project at HeartStrings and have virtual sew alongs each Monday. Since I’ve finished the other two tops I’ve started since we began in February, I got to start a new set of blocks today.

Inspired by an antique quilt, my blocks are big but after making a smaller block to test my measurements, most of my leftover strips and strings were too wide so I enlarged the block rather than trying to trim down a lot of strips.


Emma’s top is quilted

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While I was quilting this tonight I was reminded why I designed this little quilt almost 10 years ago — I had just gotten my longarm and after the first piece of muslin and a couple panels, I decided there had to be a better way for me to get some practice and still have something useful at the end. Donation quilting had always been a part of my quilting so I whipped up the first Quick Strippie and started using them for practice.

Tonight I quilted two designs from the Pajama Quilter DVD’s. The flowers are from the ReThreaded DVD and the butterflies from the ReLoaded DVD.

If you’ve bought Dawn’s DVD’s but haven’t tried to quilt anything — why not piece a quick strippie and just do it! And if you’ve not bought the DVD’s but want to learn how to freemotion quilt (on your longarm or domestic sewing machine) I highly recommend both DVD’s, Dawn is an excellent teacher.