Inspiration

I had about an hour to kill and after checking email, decided to look on eBay for inspiration (I search for vintage or antique quilts) and came across this scrappy pinwheel quilt.

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Vintage quilt from eBay

I made one of these quilts – Tessalating Pinwheels – and have brief instructions on my website but I really like this scrappy version and maybe one day, I’ll make another one.  Here’s my RWB version.

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Not a good day

It was not a good day for Viking fans …

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… but the Redskin fans were happy.

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After football, we swam and then worked on National Park and State quarter books for Rae. Gram and Pop had LOTS of quarters to look through.

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Pickleball

I laugh at Chris because he’s very into playing pickleball which is usually a sport played by “older” adults but he convinced Keith to play him when they were here last time and he was surprised when Keith won all the games … Keith doesn’t play racket sports now but played a lot of tennis growing up in Florida. They played again today and while Chris has improved he still lost all 3 games to his old man!

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Rae was cheering for Chris so she was disappointed when he lost but she still agreed to pose for a photo with Pop!

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Chris did comb and even blow dried her hair before we left but it was really hot so while the guys were playing their second game, we walked over to the play area so she could cool down.

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Playing in my strings

I’m still sewing along with my HeartStrings group and pulled out my string bin today to make a set of HeartStrings blocks.

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I’m not doing any sorting or themed blocks … just sewing what I pick up. They may not look like much yet,  but I always love the look of our scrappy HeartStrings quilts.

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Quilted

Continuing with my virtual sew-in, I quilted my last Rainbow HeartStrings top today.

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Pantograph is Steam and I used a lime green thread – I find it’s the most blendy when I’m quilting tops with bright fabrics.

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Normally I cut the binding fabric when I finish a top but in this case, I didn’t have any of the sashing fabric left so I decided to just wait to figure out what to bind it with. It turns out I had just barely enough of a solid black in the stash. That sliver was all that was left!

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The binding is already on and ready to hand stitch down.

On my needles

I have a scarf and a cowl in progress but that didn’t prevent me from casting on another scarf a couple nights ago, I wanted mindless knitting that didn’t require me to look at a pattern.

Pattern is Yowza weigh it shawl and I’ve knit it many times before

Yarn is Miss Babs Yowza, color is Iolite

Needles – size 9

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More shopping

When I can’t sew, I shop … and this is the result of the break I had to take for my RAI treatment. On one hand I know I have too much fabric but on the other hand I do hope that I’ll be sewing for years to come and consider it an investment!

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And I do eventually get around to using my purchases. These were significantly discounted 2.5 inch strips from Connecting Threads and I’m getting ready to pack them up to take to Maine to bind the Happy Block quilts that I’m going to work on while I’m there. I used them on both the quilts I made and a pieced binding looks great on them.

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