Monthly Archives: August 2013

Finally – a few hours sewing

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Today was the first day all week my head didn’t hurt too much to sew. I started with grunt work and pieced 3 backs (just 10 more to do …. ugh!)

And then I cut fabric into strips and started a new HeartStrings top. We’re having a special project in Sept/Oct and since I’m going to be gone so much I need to get an early start.

Cindy’s quilt is our inspiration.

For blocks sent in for group quilts, we’ll use red centers but for anyone making an entire set or the whole quilt (me!) any color center goes. I’ve also made one other adaptation, I’m using my center color on half of my corners to give me a little extra pop of color. My quilt will also be bound in the blue.


We usually have prizes for our HeartStrings projects and VickiW offered to sponsor one of them for this project. I was thrilled to accept as I love her hand dyed fabrics. If you haven’t seen them, take a look at Vicki’s links below. I’ll be posting the full details of the project on the HeartStrings site in a few days and will let you know in case you want to participate.


We have a winner

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Hard to believe but I really did pull a random number for the Fruit and Vegi UFO giveaway and my binding buddy from Maine won! Rebecca, I’ll bring the prize with me next month when I come for the HeartStrings sew-in.

Thanks for all the offers to take it off my hands – I was wondering if anyone at all would be interested in finishing it. It will be SO nice to mark this one off my UFO list and I’m going to go do that right now!

I have lots of excuses

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There’s been no sewing at all this week … But I have a long list of excuses.

Chesty had to go to the vet … Bloodwork and vaccines and he’s definitely under the weather today.

I worked my shift at the library Tuesday … I’d missed my volunteer hours when I was in GA.

I’ve been doing a little more organizing … Can’t have enough bins in the sewing room.

Bins for yarn


Bins for bindings


Bins for strings but I won’t show those! I need more bins … Maybe Joann’s is having a sale or maybe I can dig up a coupon or two and pick up some more this weekend.

Back to my excuses for not sewing …

My hair had been neglected for too LONG so I had it all chopped off today!


I’ve been knitting furiously on my Camp Loopy shawl but it’s still going to be difficult to finish it before I leave for VA.

Finally, I’ve been struggling with sinus headaches all week. Can you hear the whine?!

A giveaway

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One way to deal with a UFO is to give it away. I don’t know why I can’t seem to make myself finish this but it went to GA and came back untouched so I decided to find it a new home.

Included in the giveaway are:

  • 4.5 inch squares from fruit and vegi fabric
  • extra fabric for cornerstones and/or more squares
  • 4 yards of brown for sashing and binding
  • the book Bundles of Fun with the pattern

I’ll tell you upfront that I don’t know if I’ve cut enough squares for the quilt as pictured in the book and I don’t even know if I cut them the same size so you’ll have to figure it out if you win!

Leave a comment here to win — on this post only please to make it easier for me to choose a winner this weekend.



The quilt photo from the book


First the mess … And then the giveaway!

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You think I’d be to embarrassed to show this photo but I know some of you are in the same boat. With all my travel, I hate spending my time at home cleaning up and organizing my sewing room so it has become a hazard area.

This is the worst of it!


First up is emptying the project bin from GA


Cleaning up the mess I left from cutting the tumbler quilt at the last minute before leaving. And choosing and cutting a binding for it was next.

Organizing all the tops waiting for backing … All 13 of them! Making backings will have to be a priority in the next few weeks.


Organizing my recent yarn purchases and updating my Ravelry stash. I don’t have all my yarn uploaded yet but I’m hoping I’ll be more organized and choose projects that I can use stash yarn for.


I’m also starting to think about what to piece from my recent fabric purchase … I’ve been wanting to do a blue and brown quilt and found this brown on sale in Dahlonagha. I bought some blues to go with it and will pull the rest from stash once I decide what I want to make.


Packing up

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I spent today cleaning up and packing for the trip home … We leave very early in the morning but I did manage to squeeze in one last hike.

There are a couple bridges out and I waded through the streams


It’s not that wide or deep ( only to my knees) but there’s a bit of current — getting to the falls one last time was worth getting a little wet.



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More of the same going on around here.

Chris, Becky, and Rae came for the day. Rae loves the pool.


With company coming and going I needed some quick easy sewing rather than something I needed to lay out so I cut and sewed another Quick Strippie.


Keith and I ended the day with a quiet evening listening to music and more progress was made on my Camp Loopy Project 3 shawl.