A respectable showing

Jackie and Rebecca tied at 2 hours and 8 minutes for their tumbler race last month in Maine. Brenda was a little behind but she had to wait for the iron because we only had two pressing stations ….

So today, I tried my hand at the tumbler race
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My time was 2 hours and 11 minutes but of course, I didn’t have any distractions either so I probably did better than I would have if I was doing it at the same time they did. Also, like Rebecca, I don’t trim my sides even so we had a little advantage over Jackie who does.

Here’s the proof – the light isn’t good so I’ll take a better photo tomorrow. I also have extra tumblers so I think I might add an extra row. As pieced this is about 54×72 which is a good size but no need to waste the tumblers and an extra 6 inches would be nice.

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I did use a few seconds to snap a photo in progress. The blocks are all webbed together.

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When I was starting to press I noticed a couple of mistakes so I had to cut some of my rows apart. I think it actually helped my time because I found it awkward to try and press the whole web and I think it was easier to sew together in sections too.

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Hat #1

Hard to get a good photo when my hat head is in GA but Rae’s first hat is done.

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It’s a free pattern on Ravelry.

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Where did 2014 go?

Can you believe there are less than 7 weeks before the end of the year?! Time will fly by with the holidays and I have with 3 trips planned in that time too. I haven’t been making big to do lists but there are a number of things that I want to get done before the end of the year.

Quilting the two quilts I pin basted today are on that list.

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I’m finally going to try the Big Stitch Quilting I’ve been talking about for a couple years and will start quilting tonight.

I also got my tumblers ready for sewing tomorrow afternoon. When I was in Maine, Rebecca, Jackie, and Brenda had a couple tumbler quilt races and I was determined to see how I measured up to their time. I cut these last month in GA and we’ll see how it goes!

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I’m not laying out all the tumblers, just separating those from the same fabric so they don’t fall right together and laying out the first two tumblers in the rows. From there, placement just be random – we’ll see how that works for me.

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Finished

This is one of my HeartStrings quilts and I finished the binding last night.

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After the binding was done I set it on the table to wait until today to photograph and kept stopping to admire my freehand Baptist Fan quilting. I just LOVE how it looks on our HeartStrings quilts and that its so easy to do.

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Finished

Pieced by AnnG – I love these Homespun HeartStrings quilts!

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Keith leaves this in a little while and my work table is already back up in the living room. I’m knitting now but after a massage this afternoon, I’ll trim, pin baste, and bind!

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Maybe not so obvious as I thought

I asked Keith what he saw yesterday looking at the blocks on the design wall and he didn’t get the right answer … I probably already mentioned where I’m going with this quilt in another post but I think it’s pretty obvious what my blocks are supposed to be … Any guesses?

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Cast on

I intended to bind tonight but Rae needs new hats and the yarn arrived today. After winding this ball by hand (the swift and ball winder are in GA), I cast on the first hat.

Pattern – Impunity
Yarn – Knit Picks Stroll – fingering weight

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On my Design Wall

I’m finally joining in with VickiW’s Drunkard’s Path sew along. I cut 3 quilts in GA and of course I’m sewing the smallest first – I’ll finish this top this week along with some binding.

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My dilemma

I knew that I would not finish in the 3h 30m timeframe if I walked the race based on my training times … realizing that I would be about 10 minutes late if I had a good walk, competitive Mary decided to jog just enough to finish the race in time to be eligible for a medal … And I did! It was hard and I hadn’t done any jogging during my training except for my last two 3 mile training walks but I got my medal.

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Race Day

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