Personality Type

I don’t do these very often but this one has me nailed.

You Are An ISTJ
The Duty Fulfiller
You are responsible, reliable, and hardworking – you get the job done.You prefer productive hobbies, like woodworking or knittings.Quiet and serious, you are well prepared for whatever life hands you.Conservative and down-to-earth, you hardly ever do anything crazy.
You would make a great business executive, accountant, or lawyer.

Bright Strings

I finished the Bright Strings top tonight – I don’t have anywhere in the apartment that I can take a good picture at night so this was the best I could do – the top is folded in half and thrown across the top of the door to my studio. I REALLY miss the lighting in my studio in Marietta. The string colors are a little overly vivid – they’re not quite that bright in person.

Online Photo Albums

I recently set up a Webshots account because I was spending a lot of time going back through my achieves looking for specific photo’s in response to questions. I wasn’t really happy with the setup and read in one of my groups about Google’s Picasa Web Albums. I think if you already have a Google ID you don’t even need to sign up – you can just log in.

I spent some time yesterday setting up my quilt albums and found that I could link my 2007 album right in my sidebar by just copying some code.

So far I love it and it’s much easier and less cluttered than Webshots.

Finished quilts and string quilts in progress

Keith didn’t get around to hanging a rod above the slider for me to use to take pictures of finished quilts so I took these on the balcony this morning. These are the last 3 finishes plus the finished string top PLUS my rows of bright strings waiting to be assembled into another top.

I mentioned in an earlier post but just to give credit – the house and tree quilt was pieced by my Mom and given to me to quilt and donate and the nine patch blocks were also made by her and given to me a few years ago. I used part of them in a quilt back then and these were the leftover blocks I pieced together into this top last year.

An early start

I was up early this morning – unusual for me but I got to work piecing my bright strings. Since I was starting with fat quarters for this quilt rather than true strings, I’m cutting my strings from rectangles as show in the book. I have a few more sets to sew and then I’ll be able to start assembling my rows. I really like this technique – you’ll find it in a lot of books. I think the first time I came across it was in Jan Mullen’s book Cut-Loose Quilts: Stack, Slice, Switch and Sew but Gwen Marston also uses the same technique in her book Liberated String Quilts .

I also finished up the quilting on the 9 Patch this morning. I used the BF template again and if you look at the (L) side of the quilt the edge looks incomplete. There was not room for another arc so once the quilt is bound it won’t look like I forgot to quilt to the edge.

I take over even MORE of the apartment

It’s not enough I took the second bedroom (along with a walk-in closet) and the den for my quilting but now I’m taking over the guest bathroom and the hallway between the den and bedroom. I love this table I bought from Joann’s. It folds up very narrow when I’m not using it but extends to create an extra surface when I need it.

I finished the binding on the Blue Strings yesterday and just have to sew a HeartStrings label on to finish it. I loaded my nine patch quilt on the longarm and started quilting – I’m doing the BF’s on in it too. If I can do more than one quilt with a particular pattern and without changing thread I like to save time by doing them back to back.

I also started making the strips for my new string quilt from the book New Cuts for New Quilts or at least for my version of her cover quilt.

String top done

I finished assembling the string top tonight. I don’t have good lighting here in the apartment like I did at home so I can’t get a picture of the whole top tonight. I think I’ll just post one when I finish quilting it.

I’ve asked Keith to put a curtain rod up over the slider so I can hang quilts for pictures. It’s the only spot with a large enough space that I can hang a quilt and then stand back to take the picture. It may look strange but oh well – I don’t entertain much at home anyway.