Assembled

Being adaptable is important in quilting. For this quilt, I chose a border and then pieced the blocks using colors from the border but when I was done, the border didn’t work. I had several options that I could have chosen but I found these orange and blue/green fabrics in the stash and decided to use them. If I hadn’t had anything else, I would have pieced a piano key border from leftover strips.

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Binding is also in progress for the last of the Heartstrings donation quilts. Of course, that doesn’t count the ones just received this week!

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Yarn shopping

I know I don’t need anymore yarn … But I met Sheree in Cannon Falls and we spent some quality time at What in Yarnation. Shopping, chatting, knitting, it was great!

So I somehow managed to NOT take a single photo so you’ll have to settle for yarn and project photos.

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The purple is for me ( no project chosen yet), the Oat colored yarn is for another donation shawl that I’ll make using this pattern.

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The pink and white will be this simple baby blanket.

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Chesty was nice enough to let me prop the book up on him to photograph it.

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Last night’s finish

I hand stitched this binding down last night. The top was pieced by a group in CA and sent to me to quilt, bind, and donate.

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HeartStrings sew-in

I spent the day in Wisconsin at a HeartStrings sew-in. I assembled my pink centered blocks from last fall and started assembling another small one from group blocks. I brought that one home to finish along with 3 tops to quilt.

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I love the beginning of the month

It allows me to procrastinate and chose all the things from my list that I want to work on first.

First up this evening was the Feather and Fan blanket, have I mentioned how much I’m loving knitting this? I was supposed to have it tucked away until the next trip and I am supposed to be working on beading the Cobweb shawl but I wanted simple, uncomplicated knitting tonight while we watched the History channel show The Vikings on TV.

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When Keith went to bed I went up to the sewing room and finished assembling the HeartStrings blocks but I didn’t want to sew the borders on so I got the binding on this other HeartStrings quilt and it’s ready for me to hand stitch one evening.

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Before shutting down for the night, I cut the borders and bindings for my green HeartStrings quilt. Maybe I’ll feel like working on that next … Or not. There’s plenty of time left in the month.

I know everyone else is tired of snow but I still love it. We’re having a winter storm that will continue into tomorrow and I keep going to the window to watch it. We actually had happy hour out on the deck earlier this week and look at it now!

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Pressing that last seam!

Big blocks, no borders … This one went together quickly and I love the result. Pressing the last seam on the Framed 9 Patch top this afternoon felt great.

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I tossed the HeartStrings blocks up on the design wall and found a blue/green fabric for the border and will add a pop of orange before putting the border on. Not sure if I’ll use the lighter or darker orange. I’m leaning toward the darker if I have enough of it. I’ll have to piece the side borders either way.

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Maybe I’ll be more successful in April

I can’t remember the last time I fail to accomplish so much of my list – most of April will be devoted to finishing what I didn’t in March. I’m traveling again this month and have lots of other things scheduled but hopefully I can get through it all.

April

Bind two HeartStrings donation tops
Quilt and bind UFO for April
Quilt and bind March’s UFO
Assemble Framed 9 Patch top
Assemble small HS top
Finish knitting Cobweb
Make progress on Feather and Fan afghan

March

❌Bind 9 HeartStrings quilts – 7 done
❌Quilt and bind a UFO
✔️Assemble black centered HS blocks – done
✔️Finish framed 9 patch blocks
❌Finish knitting Cobweb shawl
✔️Finish knitting Herringbone shawl
PLUS
✔️Pieced set of 24 HeartStrings blocks
✔️Started knitting Feather and Fan blanket

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On my design wall

I finished the framed 9 patch blocks last night and am working on assembling the top. I like this one but then I always seem to like the ones I design from antique quilts.

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It’s a good one for fat quarters and you can find brief instructions on my website.

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Moving

Keith and I talked about moving this weekend but Chris and Becky actually did. I love FaceTime! We got a tour of the new house.

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Another fun photo app

Phototoaster

We drove to Stillwater for lunch and a walk this afternoon. After walking by the Mississippi River yesterday, I was surprised to see the St. Croix still covered in ice

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