Short weekend

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Wow, not sure where the weekend went. I did get the rest of my 1000 Pyramid rows sewn and all the fabric put away. I’ll be sewing the rows together this week and made a start today. 

I also started quilting the RWB top. I’m just quilting diagonal lines – I can use the seams for the first group of lines but then I need to mark some. I wish my walking foot had a quilting guide but it doesn’t. Sometimes I use blue painters tape but my white chalk liner shows up well so that’s what I’m using on this one. I’ll do some kind of meander in the border. 

I’m working at a very slow pace these days. Too many distractions I guess but I’m plugging along. 


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A transportation glitch this morning almost caused us to miss our flight but we made it and are home. I enjoyed our time in Costa Rica but I’m glad to be home and back to spending time in the sewing room tomorrow. 

We enjoyed the views from the resort, including this morning even though we should have already been on our way to the airport before daybreak!

Not a typical hotel 

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I usually prefer a hotel where all the rooms are grouped together but this resort has a bunch of different cabins – ours is nice …

And we even have a little view of the water.

Normally I take a lot of photos when we travel but today we were on a wonderful sunset cruise that started in the early afternoon and lasted until sunset and I didn’t take any photos, very unusual for me but a lovely afternoon. 

Not a single stitch

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I knit for a while today but didn’t sew a single stitch! I’d hoped to get the rest of the rows sewn for the Pyramid quilt especially since I decided not to start quilting the RWB until all the rows were pieced but I ended up running around getting ready for my trip to Costa Rica. It’s just for a few days and we’ll have company dinners and some other obligations but we’ll also have some beach time. The piecing and quilting will have to wait until we get home. 

It’s been 3 years since my trip to Costa Rica with Habitat for Humanity – that was a very physically challenging trip for me and I was glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to go. This time we will be at a resort and won’t have an opportunity to see any of the country as we’re not extending our stay past the company event so I’m glad I got to experience it last time. 

Costa Rica Feb 2014

Mary’s Triangles

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To answer some questions about the UFO I pin basted yesterday … the block used is called Mary’s Triangles or shaded 4 patch and while it can be pieced with triangles, there is also a method of piecing it that makes two blocks at one time and does not use triangles. 

I originally learned the method in the book called Triangle Tricks which also gives you a table for making blocks of all sizes. The tutorials I found online and posted back in 2008  are no longer there so I did a quick search and found these two but I’d suggest you save or print them out in case they disappear also. It’s the same block, just two different tutorials. 

Shaded 4 patch

Mary’s Triangles 

This was my planned quilt …

I put the pieces away and never got back to it after finishing the top left and the bottom right sections. At Big Canoe last summer, I pulled them out and put borders on the larger section which made a nice size lap quilt – it’s now ready for quilting and I thought it might be nice as a wheelchair quilt for a veteran. The smaller section will be a doll quilt when finished. 

On my design wall

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You’ll probably get bored seeing this one but now I’ve got half the rows pieced and up on the design wall. Of course it’s pinned sideways – normally I’d just lay these long skinny rows on the floor but I’ve still got fabric all over the floor and need to cut some more triangles before I put it away. I love how this is coming together!

I also got my oldest UFO pinbasted. This quilt is a prime reason I don’t like to put away partially finished piecing projects. I just don’t ever go back to them. In this case, the quilt in progress became a lap size top with the leftovers being used for a doll quilt. I’ll start quilting this one tomorrow. Just straight diagonal lines and either a meander or maybe stars in the border. We’ll see. 


Black and brights 

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I was going to quilt this little top here in Florida but when I pulled it out today I decided I’d rather quilt an all over pantograph on it so it will go to Big Canoe. 

In most cases I try to find a thread that will blend in with my fabrics but when you’ve got a black background and bright fabrics, there isn’t much blending to be found. One option is to use a pretty variegated thread but I find that can be busy looking and I usually opt for black thread and a circular or scroll like design. 

Here are some other examples.


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If you like to read books with a quilting storyline, check this one out. I haven’t read it myself but I had a note from the author in my inbox this morning and it sounds like a touching story. One day Rae might grow up and quilt with me!

Our Family Quilt

One day I asked a friend, who quilted, to give me enough information so I could write my book.

Generously, she took me into my first quilting class, and under her wing. I went to quilting shows learning as I went, joined a quilting guild, listening to all their inspiring speakers and meeting encouraging quilters. As each friend talked to me, I became inspired to add a different dimension to both my quilting and my book.

I not only finished the book but fell in love with the art of quilting. The needle became my pen and the thread my ink. As I wrote about Grace, a master quilter, -as she shared her creative gifts with her young granddaughter, Audrey. I was thinking about sewing with my mom.

As I wrote about their lives unfolding around their family quilt. The love between grandmother and granddaughter was a mirror of my love for my mother and grandmother. 

Thank you,