Packed and ready to go

I’ve checked off all the items on the packing list and the bags are packed. I haven’t slept in a tent in many, many years so this should be interesting!

Keith has to participate in a Crew training day tomorrow and we have to report in on Friday morning at 5 AM (the actual walk takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).We’re staying in a hotel near the starting point tomorrow night so this will be my last post until Sunday night or Monday.

Wish me luck!

Another Dog Sweater

I had planned to make Chesty a turtleneck sweater out of this yarn but realized the pattern called for a different weight yarn so I made him another hoodie – I made this one longer both on the back and the chest.

These are fun and easy to make – I’ve already bought some green yarn to try that turtleneck next!

October goals accomplished

It’s certainly easy to meet goals when they are not very challenging. With my breast cancer walk this coming weekend and my son’s wedding the following weekend my only two quilting goals for October were to finish my donation quilt for Quilt Pink and this quilt for myself.

I put the final stitches in the binding this afternoon so I’m all done! It’s nice and toasty with a flannel back and it will go up to Minneapolis for use in our temporary apartment in November.

I’ve got the movers coming on October 30 to see how much stuff they’ll have to pack – I need to finish culling through my studio so they’ll be able to accurately assess packing materials and cost. So as much as I’d like to load another quilt I’ll hold off until after the 30th.

I like being able to hang my quilts up to take the pictures but notice that sometimes they don’t always hang completely straight using the clips on the curtain rod. This one looks a little wavy but it’s the way it’s hanging not the quilt which squared up nicely before binding.

Although my layout and borders are different from Bonnie’s pattern, the blocks and inspiration came from her Pineapple Blossom quilt.

Atlanta 3 Day Breast Cancer Walk

The weekend of the Atlanta 3 Day Breast Cancer walk is finally approaching and this time next week I’ll be completing the final day of the walk. In preparation, Keith and I have been doing our last training walks; Friday we hiked 5 miles, Saturday we did 15, and today we’ll do 10 miles. Tuesday I’ll do one final hike and cross my fingers that I’m ready to walk 60 miles in 3 days.

(From L – R) My Mom, Aunt Lillian, and Aunt Dot
I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I’m walking in memory of my Aunt Lillian who died last year after losing her battle with breast cancer and for two of my sisters who have struggled with this disease. I’ll be carrying a picture of my Mom with her sisters and one of me with mine on this walk.

(From L – R) Maureen, Mary, Debbie, and Ann

I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me and made contributions that will help fund the fight against Breast Cancer. Contributions are still being accepted and can be made at the 3 Day site by clicking HERE. Thank you!

Spectacular Scraps

Judy posted a comment on Stashbusters about the challenge of using stash fabrics. My response to her and the group was about the color concepts used in the book Spectacular Scraps: A Simple Approach to Stunning Quilts by Judy Hooworth, Margaret Rolfe.

This purple and orange half square triangle was the first quilt I made using two color families and throwing in ALL the purple and orange fabrics I had. Yes, everything went into this quilt.

Although the book uses half square triangles (with a bunch of different layouts) I also used this concept when I made Becky’s half log cabin quilt – this time in her favorite colors of purple and red.

I would recommend this book to anyone but especially to those people trying to use the fabric they already own! Make the quilts using half square triangles or take the color concepts and combinations and use with other patterns.

Colors of Autumn

If you can believe it, it took as long to pick out the stitching on that partial row as it did to quilt the entire top. Anyway, the good news is that the Colors of Autumn quilting is done and it’s trimmed and ready for binding.

I ended up using the pantograph – Popcorn by Jodi Beamish – this pantograph looks like clouds to me so the colors and quilting makes me think of a breezy autumn day like today.

I listened to a new CD from one of my favorite bands while picking out the original stitching and quilting this top – Reunion: A Decade of Solas. If you like Irish music then I’d recommend any of the Solas CD’s. I am slightly biased as one of my cousins (Seamus Egan) is a band member but I can’t really say I know him since I haven’t seen him since he was a child.