Puppy daycare/boarding

Keith has been traveling since Sunday so with both of us out of town Chesty had to go and stay at the daycare/boarding facility. I’ve been watching him on camera and calling everyday to make sure he’s doing OK. Today they picked him up and brought him close to the camera while I was on the phone. Keith gets back to Minneapolis tomorrow so Chesty will get to go home.

Mom finished up the borders on our donation quilt this evening and I’ll take it home with me to quilt. The lighting is not the best but you can get an idea of how the finished top looks.

Busy cutting and piecing

Mom and I have been working all day in the sewing room. I’ve done lots of cutting for her and she’ll have several *kits* to keep her busy until my next visit.

In addition to the Pineapple Blossom from Bonnie’s site that she’s started, we’ve been working on a donation quilt and she just has the borders left to add. She got the butterfly fabric and bright fat quarters from my sister for her birthday but didn’t know how she was going to use it. Thanks to EQ, I was able to work up a pattern and it’s turning out really cute.

A new day

After plenty of rest to recover from my travels, Mom and I spent the afternoon and evening quilting. We’re working on one of her quilts and had a really nice afternoon.

Then my sister emailed me with a link to a new quilting program she’d found and after looking at the program I ordered it myself. I can’t wait to try it out.

One disadvantage to the MN move

I think I’ve gotten spoiled flying out of Atlanta – direct flights everywhere and when they were delayed no worries about missing connecting flights.

My flight was delayed out of Minneapolis last night and I missed my connecting flight to Virginia. The plane was still sitting at the gate but they’d closed the boarding door so I was out of luck. Of course that was the last flight out and although the agent in Minneapolis said they would give me a voucher for a hotel if I miss the connection, the Atlanta gate agent just looked and me and told me they were *out* of hotel rooms.

Keith found me a room at the Airport Marriott and even called Delta and got them to agree to reimburse me via a travel voucher.

Unfortunately I had very noisy neighbors on both sides and got less than an hour sleep before heading back to the airport this morning. Now, after an afternoon nap to catch up on sleep I’m sure I’ll have trouble sleeping again tonight.

A few more blocks

I’m not getting much done this week and I leave tomorrow to visit my Mom in VA. I’ll be gone 10 days. I have added 8 more blocks to the Patriotic String Star QOV quilt but this is a terrible picture. The lighting was bad in the room and the flash makes it look like there’s a lot more contrast in the darker blues than there actually is.

Can you see my *error*? I deviated from the pattern accidentally and didn’t realize it at first. I made several variations of this pattern and had intended to work with this one.

I’m really liking this quilt and wish I was going to be able to finish the blocks before going out of town but that definitely won’t happen.

As I was sewing strings this afternoon, I realized this quilt would work well with half square triangles too.

UFO #8

I quilted this on Friday before the boys arrived and just got the binding stitched down and the label sewn on last night. This is UFO #8 and the top was pieced from leftovers strips from my Baby Cabin I finished up last year.

Although not really a string quilt, I pieced those leftover strips on top of the muslin square like I do on a string quilt and I plan to donate this one with my other HeartString Quilts.

First 12 blocks

I’ve finished the first 12 blocks of the Patriotic String Star and am hoping to finish up the corner blocks tonight.

I spoke with my Mom today and she reminded me I still have to put together my BOM top that is at her house. She machine stitched my applique down for me in exchange for my quilting hers. Nice isn’t she? I adapted the applique a bit for mine and I’m eliminating the log cabin border. My thought is that when I’m done it would be nice to donate it to Habitat for Humanity. So rather than start new quilt #4 – the Pink Ribbon Strings while I’m there, I’ll be working on a UFO.
Tonight I’ll finish up the binding on my Baby Stripes and mark UFO #8 off my list.