Today was better

By better, I mean more productive! I hate it when a day passes and I don’t accomplish anything. Today, I knit some, sewed some on the 16 Patch and Framed 4 patches, and bound a quilt. I’ll have photos of the finished quilt tomorrow but tonight I thought I’d share this photo of a top Angie pieced from one of my quilts I designed for Mom to make several years ago. I’m still planning to make one of my own and I even have instructions if you’d like to make one too.  


Wasted days

Yesterday I started a hat … No make that two hats and both were busts because I wasn’t paying attention to my pattern/yarn/needle sizes … I was in a hurry and decided my choices would be good enough – they weren’t and so I ripped them out. Today I’m having a “I’m tired, didn’t sleep well, don’t feel well kind of day”. That means I slept late and have been puttering around not doing much of anything. 

I did manage to sort and delete some photos – I have a huge task ahead of me because I take so many photos -many of them duplicates – trying to get the perfect shot and then don’t delete the duds. I have also been lazy about sorting photos into albums. I usually sort them by trips or by dates or by subject (quilts, chesty) but I’m way, way behind and the last time I tried to transfer photos from my phone to my computer for backup – there were too many to transfer. 

I also came across this post by Babara Brackman on tumbler quilts. I love my tumbler die and have made several and have some more planned. I think I need to try a layout with the tumbler rows staggered. It’s funny seeing that post today because I’d saved this photo from eBay last night with a Thousand Pyramid quilt with a staggered layout which is the exact same idea. Maybe one day I’ll make both quilts using this idea.  

I’m going to knit a while now but I’ll work on something I don’t have to think about – my Be Simple scarf. 


Jelly Roll Challenge

In Maine, we decided we’d have a challenge to make quilts from Jelly Rolls (with or without added fabric, no size requirement) so I pulled a Jelly Roll when I got home.  


And had a plan until I realized that almost half of the strips had 2-3 prints on them rather than one … How bizarre.  


So I changed my mind and decided to do a variation of my Rails and Pinwheels quilt only I did NOT like how the prints looked in the rails.  


So I chopped them up smaller … And will do 16 patches and framed 4 patches. Not sure how many blocks I’ll get from the Jelly Roll but we’ll see.  


Photos of Rae

I love how easy it is with the iPad and shared photo streams to see pictures of the kids. Chris uploaded some new ones. 

Look at that smile, 


She’s also joined a soccer team – can you believe she’s not even 3 yet? We’ll get to celebrate her birthday next month when we visit Big Canoe again.  


On my needles

I didn’t do any knitting in Maine but I did make some progress on my travel days. 

Pattern is Be Simple Variations – free on Ravelry – this is my second one. I love it in the variegated Wollmeise yarns. 

I was sad to leave Maine but happy to get home. 

In the blink of an eye

 It seems like I just got here and started tying quilts, I can’t believe it’s time to head home already.

Good people, good food, good times. 

I’ve been telling everyone to look how much the batting roll was shrinking but it wasn’t until today that they agreed with me. This photo was taken Sunday night after I set up the first quilt for tying – that’s my little top I brought with me to finish. 


This was tonight after I tied the last of 18 tops.  I wish I could have used it up completely. 


My binding buddy

Rebecca arrived today and went right to work binding the quilts I’ve been tying. I’m still ahead of her by a few but I bet she’ll catch up to me tomorrow! That’s Bev sitting beside Rebecca – she hosts the sew-in each year and gets me all set up with batting and my space in the corner, everyone provides the tops and I get to spend a week working with them all. 


I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to participate. 

I’m in my happy place

I arrived in Maine this afternoon and I’ve already had a lobster roll down by the water.


And I’m all set to tie quilts with my HeartStrings group! 


LOVE spending this week in Maine each year!

Quality time

I kind of hate that phrase but since Keith and I are apart most of the month it kind of applies. Today we did some shopping and had dinner out. I leave early tomorrow so we just had about a day and a half together. 

I did manage some knitting too and my niece sent me a photo after receiving her scarf in the mail. This little FL girl is facing her first real winter in Erie PA.  


Cast on

Keith arrived home safely – thanks for all your comments. He found heavy security in Atlanta so obviously there’s a heightened sense of alert due to the anniversary of 9/11. 

Because we just have a day and a half together before I travel, I doubt I’ll get much done tonight or tomorrow on the sewing or knitting front. I still have to pack but I’ve got my laundry done and the supplies for the sew-in all assembled. I’ve made good progress on the Eyeblink shawl but I’m going to set that aside for now because I’ll be getting to the lace section before long and I want simple traveling knitting.  I love how the colors are blending together so far and I hope the final khaki color looks as good. 


I also loved how my Be Simple scarf looked in a skein of Wollmeise variegated yarn so I pulled a skein to make another one as my travel project. I got upgraded to first class on both of my flights Sunday (so unusual!) and I’ll have plenty of elbow room to knit on the plane. 


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