Archive for March, 2012

How’s this for quick?

The Strips and Strings Log Cabin top is done … That’s 3 tops finished in a row, now I feel productive.


Instructions for this quilt can be found on my website.

HeartStrings with black centers

Here’s the finished top, mice and all. This really isn’t the best photo — this quilt is so vibrant in person and I’m really happy with the results. It will make a wonderful quilt for a child in need.


I feel like I’m catching up with the triangle top assembled, this one finished, and the Log Cabin blocks already in rows. It stresses me to have too many piecing projects going at one time!

On my design wall

Hopefully these Strips and String Log Cabin blocks won’t live up here as long as the triangle ones did.


Such a productive night

The HeartStrings top now has borders and is ready for quilting (not right away of course)

The backing was pieced for the Triangle top

The Strips and String Log Cabin blocks are sewn into rows

And I posted some brief details about the Triangle Scrap quilt on the website in case anyone is interested in making their own version.


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I’m working tonight

Since I seem to be unable to sleep I might as well get some work done.

First up was piecing a back for the triangle quilt – check

Second, put borders on the bright HS quilt – in progress


And third, start assembling the strips and strings log cabin blocks – I’ve got them up on the design wall waiting.

Another gorgeous day

Unfortunately I slept most of it but I dragged myself out of bed in time to ride my bike across the river this afternoon. We had dinner outside too.


We called to wish Adam a happy birthday and to talk to Caleb but he was still sleeping.


No green beer

We walked downtown for the parade but the pubs were crowded so we went Mexican with chips and sangria.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The Triangle Top is done

Don’t mind the big wave in the border — that’s just where I didn’t get it smoothed all the way down on the design wall — too anxious to play with the iPad to go back and retake it. I even sent Keith out for dinner so I don’t have to stop setting it up. Thanks to iCloud, setup is easy EXCEPT download speeds seem slow probably because everyone else is setting up their new iPads too!

The border is a bit blah looking right now but trust me it will be lovely once I quilt a nice pantograph on this quilt. I wanted something a bit calmer after the business of the center.


Some progress

This top of my cousin’s is now quilted and ready to ship back to her — it’s nice to have some I don’t have to bind.

The pantograph is Wandering Daisies

The “new” iPad is here …. but before I can play, I’ve got to put the border on the triangle quilt and then that top will be done!

One foot in front of the other

Some weeks it seems like everything is an effort. I’m sick of seeing the triangle quilt on the design wall so I’m forcing myself to do at least 30 minutes a day – it WILL be a finished top by the end of the week. I also need to get another quilt loaded on the longarm and start the quilting. Maybe I’ll make some progress tomorrow.

Just needs borders

I finished assembling the blocks and chose borders.


I decided to go with a brighter border… First a narrow black and then this print.


I’ll finish it up next Monday.

A late start!

Monday is the day I work on our current HeartStrings project but I’m getting a very late start.

My design wall is still unavailable so I used the bed to lay out this small HS quilt … I’m still debating on whether I’m going to use the floral print for the border but my goal is to at least get these sewn together!


A favor for my aunt

At the quilt show last month my aunt said she wanted to make a quick quilt for a friend so I worked up a rail fence and cut her strips for her while we were at Mom’s.

She pieced the top and sent it to me and now it’s quilted – I’ll send it back to her for binding.


She wanted to use fleece for the back which isn’t something I use often but the trick is to not tighten the back on the rollers too much. The pantograph is Double Rose Vine by Norma Sharp.


Play by play

Can you stand another photo of my progress? The embroidery is done and it’s layered for quilting …of course, I embroidered thru the batting so now the backing has been added. Will it lie flat when I’m done?


It’s beautiful here today

We walked across the river for lunch.



Just one more leaf to stitch down and then I think I’m going to stitch the seams. After that, I’ll add the back and outline stitch around the leaves. …I think




Taxes are done … Or at least my part …and delivered to the accountant so I decided I deserved to play.

A small quilt to embroider. Background fabrics are hand dyed by Vicki


I’m still working on the other small one but rather than figure out how to resolve a couple issues I decided to start something new.

I’m so bad…..

Yes I did. My excuse is I’m handing down the iPad 2 to Chris so we can FaceTime.


Done! Done! Done!

Just in time for the new batch of donation tops coming in … this was the last of the tops that had arrived in 2011 and one of the 9 quilted in January. The binding is done, and it’s labeled.

These were oversized blocks … almost 15 inches if I remember correctly.

It was a timely finish because 2 other HeartStrings tops arrived about a week ago and today … 3 more tops from Tish. Those 5 along with 4 tops from Mom, my Aunt, and cousin will keep me busy in the next couple months or so.