Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Click on the above album to see photo's from the trip.
We're home again at least for the weekend. We leave for Hawaii early Tuesday morning so unfortunately Chesty will be heading back to the kennel on Monday afternoon, for now he's glad to be home.
We enjoyed our night at the Ritz Carlton - Reynolds Plantation and then a couple days at the Marriott at Stone Mountain. Spring was in full bloom in the Atlanta area and I had a dusting of pollen on my clothes every time I went outside but it was beautiful.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Christ the Lord out of Egypt by Anne Rice
Nineteen Minutes by Judy Picoult
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
We had a great dinner with the boys and Becky to celebrate Adam's birthday. The Ritz Carlton at Reynolds Plantation is beautiful and they upgraded our room to a HUGE suite (there was one and half bathrooms plus a full living room plus a nice deck). It was hard leaving there this morning to come to Stone Mountain but I did have a wonderful afternoon sitting by the pool and then a hot stone massage before dinner.
Tomorrow - more relaxing by the pool with my book.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Then we'll spend a couple days at Stone Mountain where Keith has a conference and I plan to relax and read.
Chesty went to daycare/boarding late this afternoon. Between this trip and the upcoming Hawaii trip he's going to think I've abandoned him.
I've got my Pineapple blocks partially assembled and may get the blocks completely together tonight. The small lap quilt I was using the Featherz template on was progressing well until I made a significant error on the last wreath - that one will have to come out and be redone so it will be waiting for me when I get home.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
DB wrote: I'd love to see you 'practice' piece. I've never seen a posting that references woggly stitching with the Circle Lord. Someday I hope to get the C.L. THANKS
I'm using the Featherz template with my Circle Lord for the first time. As with any new quilting template or design, I expect that a bit of practice will improve my results.
For those of you wondering how the template is used - there is a stylus attached to my machine that fits in the groove of the template and I guide my machine to stitch the design.
The results are definitely affected by how smoothly I move the machine as I'm stitching the design and advancing the template.
I'm thrilled with my Circle Lord and fully expect some learning curve rather than instantaneous perfection and the instructions with the template clearly state that "at first you will not lay the thread as well as with more experience."
I frequently share my quilting challenges on my blog and this case is no different - I have wobbly stitches on these first attempts using this template. It's not a negative comment on the product and I have no hesitation in recommending the Circle Lord.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
For my first quilt, I just modified my EQ drawing of my Half Square strings - those blocks are smaller than the HeartString blocks so the setting is 8x10 blocks - adding a red center like the HeartStrings blocks - and I felt it needed borders.
Then I started thinking about what if I made part of the blocks with a blue half so I'd have a built in border when I assembled them and that was version 2.
Finally, I thought I'd make fewer blocks and make them the same size and setting as the HeartString blocks and this was version 3.
I was going to use a lightweight fusible interfacing for my next string quilt foundation but if I decide to try this quilt I'll stick to the muslin.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
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Thursday, March 15, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Keith's home from work and a business dinner and has taken over puppy sitting so I'm going to get a binding sewn on.
Monday, March 05, 2007
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Saturday, March 03, 2007
We did commit to a trip to Hawaii in April that we'd been talking about on and off for a couple years. It's been a challenging few months and it will be good to get away together. Tickets are purchased so no changing our minds again.
Friday, March 02, 2007
I didn't particularly care for the first version but did like the *X* version better. I decided to throw in an Hourglass version too similiar to my Hourglass Strings. I also think sashing these blocks is also a way to calm things down for those that find them too busy.
Keep in mind that I LIKE the blocks set straight and don't find them too busy but I do like seeing lots of variations of the same quilt and I want people to like the quilts they're making. I've enjoyed the discussion that this has generated on the list.
A couple links showing how to make the half square triangle blocks
Quick and Easy Half Square Triangle units
Half Square Triange Tutorial (also shows how to make the hourglass blocks)
Thursday, March 01, 2007
I've been busy finishing up a quilt for Mom. I didn't line up one of my rows right and had to pick out stitches AGAIN! I've had to frog some on my last 3 quilts - hopefully I'm done with that now since trouble usually comes in 3's. Yes, I did use the Baptist Fans again but Mom has wanted one of her quilts done with the fans since I got the template. Since it was already on the table from my last quilt - I brought home her baskets with me from my trip to her house and went ahead and quilted that one first.