Monthly Archives: January 2013

On my needles

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I’m using a cold as an excuse to be lazy the last couple days but I’ve done a little piecing, a little knitting, and a little binding. I want to start another hat but I’m trying to resist the urge while I work on my fisherman’s rib scarf and these socks. I have less than an inch before it’s time to start the toe decreases.


Kind of blah

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I started a set of Courthouse Steps blocks from my string bins and as I put them up on the design wall I thought they were kind of blah set side by side. I’m not making them with a light and dark side so I decided they needed a narrow sashing. I have the perfect dark brown in my stash and then I’ll add a border from the green dot or maybe I’ll just use the brown. Once I get the blocks made I’ll decide.


I’ve got enough of this brown for a set of HeartStrings blocks too.

Time to quilt

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This week I’m back downstairs in the longarm room. This was a donated HeartStrings top but offhand I’m not sure who sent it to me — quilted with some simple freehand swirls. I try to be good about tracking where these come from but sometimes a top doesn’t get labeled.

EDIT: Becky R in IL wrote to let me know this was her HeartStrings top. I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to identify it when I first posted it.

A simple swirl creates nice texture and is quick and eases me back into quilting!



I seem to be on a night schedule again so I’m going to head upstairs now and work on the string Courthouse Steps blocks I started last night. After working on HeartStrings blocks over the New Year’s holiday weekend, I realized I need to make some inroads into my string bins before they overtake me. I’m going to participate in our 365 challenge which means that I’m going to attempt 365 string blocks of some sort in 2013 although I won’t stress if it takes me longer than a year. I’m starting out with 48 blocks from this HeartStrings top.