Ice Cream anyone?

Doesn’t it remind you of Neapolitan Ice Cream? Next time I do one of these quilts, I need to do them as JudyL intended and Quilt for an Hour a day. (Here’s the link to Judy’s design)

I started this quilt on July 25th according to the blog (well, at least I drew it in EQ6 on that day). I chose to finish it with one framing border as it was larger than intended and I was limited by the amount of border fabric I had. The plan is to get it quilted before I leave for VA on Dec 5th.

Working late again

Working late again tonight paid off! I’m finished the July QFAH top AND I pieced the flannel back too so it’s all ready to load on the longarm in the next day or so. It’s quite large – 79×99 and that’s even after I decided to eliminate the two small inner borders and just add one framing border. I don’t have a photo because there’s not good place to take a picture of a quilt this large at night so that will have to wait.

As I was finishing up, I looked outside and saw it was snowing…..I wonder what it will look like in the morning? It would be neat if there was some real accumulation.

I’m SO slow!

I had every intention of finishing the QFAH top today but while I made good progress, I still have about 1/3 of it left to put together and then of course I need to put the border on. Maybe I’ll work some more on it tonight but I’m going to relax for now and work on stitching a binding. The good news is that I’m really liking it. I’d take a picture but I’m too tired to go get the camera and the colors probably wouldn’t show up well since it’s dark already.

JudyL is spearheading a renewed effort in stashbusting among bloggers. I’ve been focused on my efforts for 2-3 years but I admit I have a particular weakness for fat quarter bundles.

My weekly stashbusting report:

  • The Pink/Brown QFAH I’m working on is completely from stash.
  • The backings and bindings for 3 HeartStrings quilts are from stash.
  • No fabric purchases this week.

One of the things that helps me use stash is that I don’t allow myself to *save* fabric – if it works for a backing or binding and it’s not being used in a current project then I use it. One of my backings this week was a fabric I had to push myself to use rather than save.

Reading List

I had an email from Cecile, a reader of my blog wanting to share some books she thought I might enjoy. They arrived in the mail yesterday. I was going to put them on my bedside table but there turned out to be just enough space on this shelf beside my favorite photo of my sons. I plan on starting them after finishing up a couple I’m currently reading. If interested, you can always check out my current reading list by clicking the link in my sidebar.

The photo was taken years ago by my father-in-law and is always displayed in my house. As you can see from this photo taken earlier this week, they’ve grown up a bit. As always, click on the photo to see a larger view.

Old photos

I was looking for a photo of an old quilt tonight and came across this one of Deb. This was taken 4 years ago – she came to visit me in GA and tried quilting with my longarm. It wasn’t long before she decided she needed one and well, you’ve all seen her quilting now haven’t you?

I’m feeling so productive – I got the bindings made and sewn on 2 of 3 the small HeartStrings I’ve been working and and even got one hand-stitched down and the label on tonight!

A 3rd HeartStrings top and more swirls quilting

I quickly quilted freehand swirls on this 3rd donated top this morning. I’ll start working on binding the 5 finished HeartStrings quilts I’ve quilted over the last couple weeks. I also need to assemble my July QFAH blocks – are you all tired of hearing me talk about that quilt?

Keith and I plan on going for a walk later – it’s fairly cold today – 31 degrees right now but it was COLDER last night when we walked 1.5 mile to AND from dinner when it was 18 degrees. Kind of a shock to my system since were were just canoeing in GA a few days ago.