Archive for October, 2012

Two more Halloween cuties



Happy Halloween!


Another goal checked off the list

Mom pieced this little quilt for me from a Connecting Threads kit. I always check their clearance stuff when I’m placing an order and this will make a cute quilt for me to keep at the condo in GA for the little ones. I couldn’t decide how I wanted to quilt it so I tossed it up on the design a week ago so I’d have to stare at it and think of options.


Still delaying, I went up to piece the back tonight and cut out another owl pillow.


After piecing the back, I decided what the heck and quilted it with the pantograph on the machine – Jilly by Keryn Emmerson.


I’ll get it trimmed and maybe even start the binding but I’ll take it with me next week and finish the binding by hand in GA.

An early morning outing

It was dark when we left the house this morning to walk downtown … The full moon was still out and it was a brisk 30 degrees. Breakfast first and then we cast our absentee ballots. Another couple errands while I was downtown and I’d checked several things off this week’s list by 9:30 am.

Here’s Keith after performing his civic duty


I love the new shared photo streams in the latest operating system update (iOS6) for my iPhone and iPad. Chris & Becky and Adam have been slipping photos into the stream where they magically appear on my devices. Here’s one from this morning. Apparently Rae is a night owl like her Gram and I’m told her purple blanket is her favorite.


Not much accomplished today

I did get Marsha’s 2nd Strips and Strings Log Cabin loaded and quilted — a swirly freehand design from the Pajama Quilter DVD called Dwirling. You know it’s a favorite of mine for these scrappy quilts. Dawn has two DVD’s and I always try to link to the DVD that has the specific design I’m showing and she makes it easy because she has a link that shows the back of the DVD so you can check before ordering if you’re inspired to buy … of course, I think both are worth having and I use designs from each of them.

Keith and I are heading out to cast our absentee votes tomorrow morning — hopefully I’ll be able to sleep some tonight.


Back to quilting

Hoping to get at least 3 tops quilted this week in between my errands. The first one is done getting me off to a good start. This Strips and Strings Log Cabin top was pieced by Marsha.

It’s quilted with the pantograph Jilly from Keryn Emmerson – the top is flannel so there’s some really good loft and the quilting shows up well.

And it feels like Christmas as another box of backings arrived from Tish. Thanks to her I have lots of choice when it comes to pulling a backing for each of these HeartStrings tops. She writes that she feels blessed that she can help in this way but I’m the one who feels blessed to have someone give so generously. Each back she sends is well pieced, well pressed, squared up and ready to load on the longarm.


On my needles

I’ve restarted the new shawl on larger needles and am liking this better. It’s slower going than the purple shawl so I’ll be working on it a while.


Let’s try this again

Although I like the idea of a ‘Like’ button on the blog, I don’t particularly care for it to be connected to Facebook so I did some more searching for a WordPress plug in and found a ‘Thumb’s Up’ which is now at the bottom of each post so — if you stop by and like something but don’t feel the need to comment, you can still hit the thumb’s up to let me know you stopped by … And it doesn’t show up anywhere on your Facebook and you don’t need a Facebook account.

October’s UFO

Now I’m all caught up on my monthly UFO challenge. The instructions for this quilt along with a RWB version are on my website.


I like this one!


The pantograph is Whirlygig in case you missed the post the other day.

Owl pillow

It’s done and I’d probably give myself a B- but in spite of that it’s kind of cute.


I might just have to make another one now that I know what I’m doing more or less. Pattern is by Susie C Shore and I found the site through a link from JudyL’s blog. It seems that both of our daughter-in-laws chose owl themes for the new babies.

I don’t sew – I quilt

So why am I making a pillow?


So many cute ideas for owl pillows on the web — I’m using a purchased pattern for mine and I’ll make sure to include the name when I show it finished but right now I don’t know what it’s called.

I’m also binding October’s UFO and expect to have it finished later tonight.

Bad boy!

Every now and then Chesty decides to “nest” in my batting. Unfortunately this was a quilt already loaded but the good news was the ripped part was just inches below the top so I didn’t have to do any repairs.

I finished up this quilting tonight — this is October’s UFO and was inspired by JudyL’s¬†Monochromatic challenge last year. I didn’t participate but I love making Monochromatic quilts and surprisingly, the yellow challenge caught my eye. I designed a quilt in EQ7 and this is the result…it also looks great in RWB.

The pantograph is Whirlygig

Sticky Notes app

I downloaded this app to use for my knitting and while it was free, I had to do two “in app” purchases to unlock the ability to add photos and to save the board in my photos … I’d rather have just paid a couple bucks up front.

When I have a knitting pattern from a book, I find it easier to snap a photo using the iPad and work from that without having to carry the book around. I also like using post-it notes to make notes about a pattern and mark my place so this app works great for me. I know I could just photo copy the book page but this is nicer to work with and I always have my iPad with me.


I restarted this shawl today using larger needles and cast on more stitches … I’m hoping I still have enough yarn!!! I also loaded and started quilting October’s UFO. I might go back downstairs and quilt a little more later but for now I’m going to read a while.

The Pajama Quilter is having a sale

Dawn’s having a sale on her Rethreaded DVD – buy the DVD and get the workbook free! I use designs from both the first DVD and the Rethreaded DVD frequently in my quilting.

A few of my favorites from the ReThreaded DVD
Butterflies ( the flowers in Emma’s quilt are from the first DVD)

Fern Ziggle

Fern Meander is a little trickier for me but I love the results!

Another fun one to quilt – Wonky Stars in Space

Like button for WordPress blogs

Evelyn said she was looking for a “like” button like on Facebook for one of my posts and wouldn’t it be nice if blogs had them …. I decided to see if I could find one and now you can “Like” my posts but feel free to comment too!

Of course it will be very sad if no one “likes” me so if you stop by please let me know by hitting Like or leaving a comment.

I’m knitting cables

I finished the purple shawl tonight and wove in all my yarn ends. It still needs blocking, fringe, and ribbon woven through it but I started new shawl. The yarn color is off some in the photo – it’s called aquamarine. The pattern is also from the Prayer Shawl Companion and its called Lacy Linen Stole although I don’t think it’s very lacy at this point. Maybe blocking will open it up some when I’m done.

My first ever cables.


It doesn’t get easier than this

A Jelly Roll, my Boxed Squares pattern, and some Line Dancing. This one was pieced by Mom from a Jelly Roll that had been sitting around my sewing room for a couple years. It’s not a large quilt but perfect for someone to throw over their lap in a chair or wheelchair and it will go to a senior citizen from Mom’s church at Christmas through their Angel Tree.

If you’re a machine quilter and not familiar with Line Dancing you need to check it out. Easy freehand designs that follow the piecing with NO marking required.

Saturday Night

My husband, my puppy, my knitting, and a fire …. What could be better?


Off my needles

Ugh! It’s impossible to get a decent photo of my red cowl, finished tonight so I’m going to use this one just to document the finish.


More Homespuns

This awesome HeartStrings top was pieced by AnnG – I love quilting her tops they’re always wonderful. Quilted with my freehand Baptist Fans