Monthly Archives: November 2016

It’s the little things

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The guest bed arrived today and other than needing to press those pillow cases ( not sure how they got so wrinkled in the wash!) I’m almost ready for company. It will be another couple weeks before the kitchen is finally done and then we’ll be ready for company in Dec and Jan. I’ve got a red quilt that I’ll bring back from Big Canoe for the bed and the good news is that there’s still room for my table! So I can spill over into this room with my sewing when needed.


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I’m lazy about labeling quilts these days – I don’t think I’ve labeled a single one in the last 2+ years but Mom wanted a couple labels for quilts she’s giving and I thought I’d do one for Caleb’s quilt. I’m using  Printed Treasure sheets that run through my printer and will print 4 labels per page for this group. You can print more labels per page and I usually do for my generic labels. 

In the past I’ve used a word processing program but I have an app from Avery that allows me to design shipping labels and I decided to make the labels in that. It worked great. You can design a page of labels that are all the same or you can design each label on the page separately. You can use their clip art or you can use your own. I searched google for free dinosaur clip art and found this one for Caleb’s label. 

Once you’re done designing, you can preview and then print. What I like best is that it saves the document as a PDF which you save and print. It’s easy to print on a piece of plain paper first to make sure your margins are OK before putting the Printed Treasures sheet in the printer. 

Here’s a page of HeartStrings labels made with the same app. I’d show you the page of 4 labels including Caleb’s but then everyone would know who Mom is making quilts for and that’s a surprise!

Pineapple Quilt

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I’m sorting through and organizing my photos (a never ending task) and came across this one of the Pineapple quilt so many of you commented on last week – it’s the one I have on the daybed we just moved to Keith’s office.  Mom loved this quilt so I gave it to her but when she moved last January she had to ‘downsize’ her quilt collection and I got it back!

I made the blocks using the Quilt in a Day method and their 12 inch ruler although I chose my own color schemes and layout. 

One Warm Coat

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As a quilter, knowing that the quilts I donate bring warmth and comfort to those in need is what drives me to continue to make and donate quilts year after year. As I get ready to head to Big Canoe for a visit, I was reading the small newsletter they distribute monthly and came across and article on coat collection for donation. At the time we left Minneapolis, we donated a number of coats to the Salvation Army but we still have a few at Big Canoe that have been sitting unused for over 2 years. I only kept my favorite ones but I plan to look through the closet and find one or two to donate. 

Do you have any you could donate? Check out the One Warm Coat website and see if there is a collection center near you. 


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The Vikings finally won again today although they had me worried in the 4th quarter … we went to our local sports bar to watch the first half of the game and then came home and I followed the 2nd half of the game on the NFL app while I pin basted Caleb’s Dino quilt. My new table is just barely wide enough to baste a 40-42 inch quilt. 

I got the quilting started on this one and then Keith and I watched the Redskin game – it was 55 degrees here in Tampa which means it was cool enough for a fire… and yes, we had the windows open 🙂


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Two finishes today – this doll quilt is a UFO and my 14th UFO finish for the year – seems like cheating to count the small ones but they need finishing too.

And here’s the simple pinwheel pieced from a Jelly Roll (2.5 inch strips).  I was afraid that this was too blendy without enough contrast but I love the blues and greens and am happy with how it turned out. Both tops were quilted on the regular  machine with a freehand leaf meander.


Better than expected

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I’m finished the leaf quilting on the little pinwheel quilt – as I was quilting it, I thought I was doing an awful job but when I turn it over and look at the back it’s not half bad. I really do need to keep practicing. 

So now I’ve got this one and the little doll quilt ready to bind this weekend.  I need to pin baste Caleb’s Dino Strippie and I think I’ll try to get that one quilted next. 

By the way, we’ve had water leaks/damage at just about every place we’ve lived/owned and I joke that we’re cursed. I got a call today from Tom who does a lot of my repairs/remodeling at Big Canoe. He had one of his employees in the unit cleaning it and she noticed a leak in the ceiling. 

From the unit above… again! 

Luckily it’s not horrific damage like we had a couple years ago from a leak from their place but it’s still a hassle! I’ve been on the phone all day trying to get them to find out what’s leaking in their unit and of course, once it’s resolved,  repairs will need to be done. UGH!!

Last year

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I think it was about this time last year or maybe longer ago that I realized I needed to finish up some of my knitting projects. I’m great for finishing the knitting part and then stuffing them in my drawer to weave ends in and block at a later time. I finished a scarf the other night and tossed it in the drawer — I think I need to set goals for the new year to finish one project per week. Things should be less hectic and now that I’m going to have a guest bed, I can block things on top of that. 

That quilt rolled up in the cubbie to the right above it also needs be be finished. I’m big stitch hand quilting it and haven’t touched it in months!!!

I try not to be a snob about yarn (or fabric) but I have to admit knitting with acrylic yarn just isn’t as nice as wool. Mom wanted to make some scarves for the little girls in the family and wanted an acrylic so I bought some Caron Simply Soft, which is probably my favorite acrylic yarn, to try out a pattern. It’s an easy knit which Mom will like.

Mom’s afraid it might be too narrow but she can easily add some width – it’s just a two stitch repeat. I’m going to go ahead and finish this one – I think it will fit a little 4 year old’s neck just fine. It’s a free pattern found here and the ends can be also be sewn together to create a cowl if you want. I think I’m going to fringe this one.