Archive for June, 2012


6:00am on the Grand Canal. Just me, coffee and croissant!



Double 4 patch

I’m going to have limited Internet and nothing going on from a quilting standpoint so I thought I’d randomly share some of my quilts and links to the website where you can find brief instructions.

This green double 4 patch is a favorite of mine. I’ve also made a queen size red version that’s pictured on the website. Choose a color and grab a bunch of scraps to make your own version.


On my design wall

I didn’t get far but I’ve started assembling the tessellating pinwheels and I think I’ve found a border fabric that will work.


Casting on

Yep I decided to take an easy pair of socks along with me. I always make sure I cast on and have the socks established before I leave … I’m still working on the k1p1 ribbing but I’m all set to carry these with me.


I always knit two at a time on two circular needles. I don’t get the complaints of tangled yarn … Its easy to pay attention to how the work needs to be rotated and who doesn’t love finishing two at one time?

Home dedication

We been donors to Habitat for Humanity for a number of years but today was the first time we’ve attended a new home dedication. A row of townhouses that will provide homes for eight families.




What’s on your needles? JudyL’s focusing Fridays on knitting updates now – I’m sad to say my knitting is neglected these days but I’ve been debating taking some with me on an upcoming trip. Problem is space is a premium in my bag but if I photocopy the instructions socks don’t really take up much space. Second internal debate is do I take the pair already in progress with a more complex pattern or start a new pair with stockinette stitch that can be easily picked up and put down?


Some grid quilting

I often get asked what kind of quilting to do on HeartStrings tops and I find most anything works. I encourage people to hone their freemotion skills because the quilts are usually busy enough to hide those woobles we make when learning to quilt something new. Tying them is also a good option and today’s choice – a wavy grid. Easy to do on a domestic machine and the quilt stays very soft and cuddly too.

You may be able to see this one better from the back.

Still beautiful

Keith sent me flowers for my birthday last week when he was out of town and I can’t believe how beautiful they still are.


Today’s agenda includes some piecing, getting a HeartStrings top loaded on the longarm and starting the quilting, and a haircut later this afternoon.

Love my charts and lists

The iPad makes it easy to document and track progress toward my goals.

I use Reminders to keep my “To Do” lists. I don’t worry about marking them off on the exact date they’re completed but it helps me track my progress … Rather than one week or one month of goals, I usually track my time between trips. In this case, two months with two trips and as you can see I’m doing pretty good but with Italy coming up I still need to make some serious progress.


And because I think graphs help me easily see and interpret my data, I’ve set up a Numbers spreadsheet for my steps. My iPod Nano that I’m using for tracking my steps has a history feature so I go in every 2-3 days and add my data into the spreadsheet and it appears in the chart. You can see what I mean about having more days with > 10,000 steps earlier in the month. The chart helps me see I need to adapt and right now that means trying to increase my minimum from 5000 to 6 or 7000 steps.


Still tracking steps

I’ve figured out how to get 5000-7000 steps into my daily routine which is good but I have fewer 10,000 step days in the last couple weeks. That takes more planning/effort.


a Substitution

The number Judy drew for June’s UFO is the only one on my list that is not a finished top but with the design wall occupied and an upcoming trip, I decided on a substitution for this month.

This is one of my Heartstrings quilts — and I love the colors but of course they’re not photographing as well as I’d like because it’s late. As usual, once it’s bound I’ll get a photo of it outside. Quilted with the pantograph Jilly by Keryn Emmerson.

Doesn’t the panto give it great texture?

The cutest birthday present

I got several nice gifts for my birthday but the cutest one arrived today from Chris and Becky – a photo of Rae!


On my design wall

The Tessellating Pinwheel blocks are coming along … The last set of blocks are already in progress and I’m beginning to think about the borders. Originally I had plain borders planned but I’m not sure I have a blue that works so we’ll see. The goal will be to at least finish the blocks and even start assembling them before my next trip.


I am completely relaxed

Thanks for all the birthday wishes. I had a great day at the spa, dinner outside on the roof at Britt’s and came home to flowers from Keith.

It’s so nice to be able to sit outside for dinner again … Not too hot, not too cold, not raining!


I’m all about the finishes …

I don’t care whether it’s a finished top, a top that’s quilted, or a quilt that’s bound and labeled — finishing up things is what keeps me motivated and moving along so this week of puttering around doing a little of this and a little of that was making me feel unproductive.

So today – I tossed a small HeartStrings top on the longarm – it’s one I assembled and brought home from the last sew-in and I think the blocks are Betty’s – she always has fun fabrics in hers. Quilted with some freehand swirls and now at least I have one thing I can check off my to do list from this week!

It’s a good thing I came downstairs this afternoon — I found a birthday card from Keith sitting on the longarm. He must have put it down here on his way out the door yesterday morning.

It’s been a few days

It’s unusual for me not to post more but I haven’t had much of interest to show you. Since Monday I’ve been working on blocks for the Tessellating Pinwheels, volunteering at the library, trimming quilts, gathering up a bunch of stuff for Mom and shipping it off, running errands, doing some walking, reading …. Nothing really to show for my time.

Can you believe it’s June already? I’m celebrating my birthday alone tomorrow but I’m trying not to feel sorry for myself and I’m spending the afternoon at the spa. It’s a good excuse to pamper myself.

Judy pulled the number 12 for her UFO challenge for June but I’m thinking I need to make a substitute as its the only UFO on the list that’s not a finished top yet and the design board is in use right now. We’ve got a BIG trip this month and I think I’ll probably pull one of the other tops that just needs quilting and binding from the list so I can stay on track.

So where are we heading later this month??

We’re going with my BIL and SIL and it’s going to be a hectic trip with a lot packed into it but we’ll have a wonderful time.