July QFAH

I’ve been wanting to begin Judy’s July Quilt for an Hour project but felt that I’d never get caught up enough to get started. I finally decided today after visiting Vicki’s blog that I’d just combine the QFAH project with a quilt I need to make for a gift. So I played around some with Judy’s EQ file and here’s my version – my quilt will be scrappy but I tend to use a single color in EQ to save time.

I’ve been making so many string quilts I’d forgotten what a pain it is to cut out a scrap quilt. I still have my browns to cut and I’m going to have to hunt up some more beige but I’m ready to start sewing tomorrow.

More of the same today

Yesterday was productive. I worked on quilting Nancy’s top – it’s a king size version of Mom’s Honeybee and piecing another HeartStrings Coins top. I’ll continue to work on both today and maybe even get the coins finished – I have the top and bottom inner border to add and then the outer green print.


Tonight I actually have a dinner date – a friend is visiting from Florida (she does some work for Keith’s company) and we’re going to grab dinner and then meet Keith for drinks after his business dinner.

Chinese Coins

I was in the mood to work some last night but but had a hard time deciding what to do. Finally I started sewing another Chinese Coins quilt for HeartStrings. I pulled out a bunch of coins and started putting them on the design wall.

I had a set that was donated together but only enough for 6 rows of coins so I had to go back to EQ6 and play around with the sashing and borders. I’m almost finished putting the center together and the diagram below is the pattern I used; this other one will be used for the next quilt. Both instructions are on MaryQuilts.com if anyone is interested in knowing the cutting measurements.

I’ll also start quilting my aunt’s top today – really I promise – I’ll stop procrastinating!

St. Paul

We’re back from a weekend trip to St. Paul – yes it’s just a few miles away but Keith had a conference on Friday so we spent a couple nights at the St. Paul Hotel. Now Keith has headed off to St. Louis and I’ve been watching some of the British Open. If I can summon some energy later – I’ll quilt some.

A few photos from St. Paul. I always try to visit the local library – the outside of the Central Library was nothing special but I loved the inside – I spent a couple hours in this room on Friday. Lots of green space in the city – Keith took this photo of me yesterday after our walk.



Using the stash

Interesting discussion on Stashbuster about using *up* the stash. Having seen the stashes of some of those quilters as well as those on this Stash Quilt ring I’d say there is no danger for many of us of actually using the stash up.

It wasn’t until I started making string quilts for HeartStrings that I realized how little fabric it took to make a scrap quilt and how much of it I had not only in my scrap bins but on my shelves. I’ve come to realize that the best I can do is try to use more than I buy.

Even with all the string quilts made this year (along with pieced backings) my scraps are multiplying not being used up.