Friday, February 29, 2008
This year I missed the show but Mom told me she bought me a pattern to make a small quilt that holds a photograph thinking I could put a photo of Chesty in it. Tonight she sent me the photo of the quilt she made for me. Isn't it cute? I can't wait until she sends it to me.
By the way, although Mom made clothes for us while we were growing up and taught Deb how to sew, I wasn't interested in sewing AT ALL! My love for photography got me into quilting after seeing a memory quilt made with photographs. I wasn't able to convince Mom to make a quilt for me but somehow, I hadn't even finished my first one and I was able to convince her to try it. That was 7 and 1/2 years ago and both of us have made many, many quilts since then.
Can you pick me out in this photo? How about Deb? I just realized that photo she put in the quilt includes all the same people as the one below (Mom, my two brothers, my three sisters, and me). Click the photo to enlarge it.
Saska, at AklaCookiemaker Quilts worked with her local guild to make 17 quilts that will be donated to a local youth shelter. Make sure you click the photo to see a larger view!
You can see another string quilt at Mamaspark's World - another group effort using the HeartStrings logo designed by Forest Jane.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
After crossing downtown, I walked the last stretch along the river.
You can see the townhouses on the far left (our unit is NOT on the river).
And finally, arriving back at the apartment.
Keith comes home tomorrow late afternoon!
I finished the quilting on this donated top from Annie this afternoon. I used Mountain Mist Cream Rose for batting but although it's a very nice batting, I won't be buying another roll. It just doesn't have the same loft as the Hobbs 80/20 and it's more expensive. I like the texture and definition that the 80/20 gives to quilting.
I know it's hard to believe but I don't have a fabric that works for the binding of the top I quilted earlier in the week so I decided to use some leftover binding bits and do a scrappy one. There's a lot of orange in that quilt so I'm thinking about cutting a few strips of orange to throw in but I haven't decided for sure.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
As you can see, I'm still avoiding assembling this top that's been on the design wall since January. It's on this week's list - I hope I can make myself sew these blocks together.
You'd think I wouldn't have but so much mess - we've just been here for 14-15 months but this is my supply closet in my longarm room. I'm in and out of here constantly and as you can see it needs sorting in a bad way.
And just because I realized it's been a long time since I've shared a photo of Chesty, here he is catching some afternoon sunshine. Poor thing, he wasn't thrilled about the move the Minneapolis but I hope this one won't be too traumatic.
This is one of the tops I pieced from Chinese Coins sections donated to HeartStrings - it will go to Tennessee for donation. I still have one more Coins top to quilt and more coins to piece into tops.
I plan on loading another quilt this afternoon - so I still have a good chance of getting through my *to do* list for the week.
There's a lot of sorting and packing to do so I expect that to slow me down but I hope to continue to make progress with my quilting over the next few weeks. We'll probably have most of the packing done by the moving company but there's a lot of my quilting stuff that I need to go through and pack myself.
Plus, I'm determined to go through my clothing and donate things I haven't worn in years. I don't know why it's so hard for me to declutter - I brought things here to Minneapolis that I should have donated or disposed of during the move last year. I've gotten a lot of comments and emails from those of you who are going through the *stuff* in your lives and removing excess clutter. If we didn't move so often I'm sure I'd be completely buried. At least I'm forced to sort and donate when we move.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I also finished the binding on the Chinese Coins quilt - that's UFO #12 for the year. I'll get a photo of it tomorrow - on the balcony since everyone seems to like those best.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Thanks to Sarah and Pam we have contact information to send quilts.
So on today's agenda will be binding the Chinese Coins quilt on my *to do* list so I can send off two quilts this week.
Although our offer has been accepted on the townhouse, we're still waiting for the signed agreement. I'm going nuts because interest rates are climbing as we sit and wait and we can't lock our rate in until we have the contract.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Last night as I went around the Stash Quilts blog ring I came across a post on Susan's blog (Feb 16th post) that inspired me to pull a finished quilt to send to American Hero Quilts.
Somehow along the way, I must have clicked on a link for the Quilt Mavericks blog ring and I was on Darcie's blog reading about crochet and decided to pull out my crochet hooks - when I went looking for yarn, I found this magazine and fleece that I'd intended to crochet an edging on - that should be a quick project.
As long as I was packing for shipping, I decided I'll pull all my flannel leftover bits that I'd agreed to send Bob, a HeartStrings member to use on donation quilts. With an upcoming move it will be good to have this crate emptied.
My printer was dying so I bought a new one yesterday (Epson RX595) - not sure I'm crazy about it - it's louder for one thing BUT I do love the scanning features on it. I can scan and save the document as a PDF file - which came in handy when I had to email a couple signed documents yesterday to the realtor. It's also a photo printer - which my other one wasn't. I missed being able to print one or two photos since my small photo printer died a year ago.
Finally, I scanned a image from the above magazine. They had a neat case for crochet hooks that is very much like the crayon rolls that I've seen on several blogs. Deb made a couple for her granddaughters and was going to make Adam one for his drawing pencils - I emailed her the photo hoping she'll make me one too.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
1) Bind the Chinese Coins quilt (it's been waiting a LONG time)
2) Quilt the 2nd top donated by Sandra and Stashbusters
3) Quilt the 2nd HeartStrings top pieced by Annie
4) Assemble the crumb/string/heart quilt (the blocks have been on the design wall for a month)
Wish me luck! Keith will be in Denmark from Sunday - Friday so that will help.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Both the top and backing were directional and I laid both out to make sure I had them going in the same direction. I then picked up the backing and added fabric to make it long enough to load on the longarm (Nann had send the fabric along with the top and backing) and manage to load the backing and top in opposite directions and started quilting. I was halfway done with the quilting before I realized my error.
I was so upset but Nann was very gracious when I emailed her pictures of the quilting and backing and explained what I'd done. It's just another reason why I have no desire to quilt for hire - if it had been one of my quilts I would have just said to myself "oh well" and not worried about it.
If you click on the photo you can see that the lighthouse fabric on the back is going in the same direction when it's flipped over like this but if you are holding the quilt up from the back - they're upside down.
To answer some questions I've gotten.
- These are townhouses so we don't have anyone above or below us - just to the sides.
- They're not all that big - just barely under 1800 square feet which is the size of the apartment we're in. Ideally I'd like to have more space but being downtown is VERY important to me as is being in a townhouse NOT a condo.
- It's 2 bedrooms/ 2.5 bathrooms with a family/bonus room downstairs.
The family room is too small to fit my sewing stuff and the longarm so my quilting things will be split in two rooms like it is here at the apartment BUT they're on separate floors NOT next door so I'll organize things a little differently so I'm not running up and down the stairs every few minutes.
I copied the photos from the online brochure if anyone wants to look at the actual rooms.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
We might have a done deal by tomorrow which would be great because Keith is heading off to Denmark on Sunday.
No sewing today.... lots of cleaning yesterday but no sewing. Tomorrow I need to get back to work.
We've already made an offer on the unit next door so we're back to waiting. Cross your fingers that we get this one!
Here's a cool satellite photo of the townhouse community we're trying to buy in. That's the Mississippi River you seen in the photo and Minneapolis has a great set of bike paths and walkways called Grand Rounds that goes all along the river with both state and local parks along the way. Click on the photo for a more detailed view.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
This definition of paralyzed from Dictionary.com describes me exactly. I hate waiting. HATE, HATE, HATE it.
I need to be quilting, piecing, and even cleaning but I work a bit and then get distracted again thinking about moving and everything I'll need to get done if we do buy one of these townhouses. I just want to buy or not buy and get back to work.
Of course, I'm doing some long overdue cleaning (thanks to reading Keryn's blog last night night) and have a pile of laundry in process so I'll admit I'm fairly easily distracted. Have I ever mentioned I HATE cleaning and doing laundry, and while I'm listing things I hate - grocery shopping. I can't tell you how often we go out to eat because I haven't made myself go to the grocery store. Guess what's for dinner? Nothing - I've got nothing here I can fix tonight.
Can you hear me whining?
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Our realtor seems to think there's a good chance they'll accept....it's nice to be in the driver's seat for a change but I'll be happy with either one.
I also had a tiny ray of hope on the condo in Georgia. There was a couple in FL that looked at it and liked it but they're going to take a week to decide if they want to make an offer. That's probably too much to hope for but we'll see.
I got more quilting done on Nann's top and started digging through the pile of paper on my desk. Tonight, I have tax stuff to work on - ugh!
Sunday, February 17, 2008
My stashbusting report is pretty lame this week. With the trip to Georgia, the only thing I finished was the RWB HeartStrings quilt and I only used 3/4 of a yard of my stash to make the backing large enough.
I bought 3 yards of fabric - I decided I needed some kiddie prints for making a few quick donation quilts.
Friday, February 15, 2008
I fly home tomorrow and on Sunday, Keith and I are looking at a couple townhouses. We've been watching ones that come up for sale in a particular community downtown and if we find the right one, we'll move earlier than planned.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
By the way, the ECQG is hosting Bonnie in a couple weeks - too bad that our visits didn't coincide!
I'm in Marietta visiting the boys and my DIL and I'll sign the closing papers tomorrow for the Marietta house. It's rather strange to be a guest in my own house and it will be even stranger tomorrow when the kids will actually own it. They've lived here a year and have kept the house looking really nice. They've spent more time *decorating* than I did in the almost 5 years we were here.
Travel time means lots of reading time...check out my bookshelf to see what I've been reading on my Kindle.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Here's the finished HeartStrings quilt - it's been bound, labeled, washed, and is packed to send off to Fran who is collecting quilts for a group of soldiers returning from Iraq. This top was pieced by Sue Frank from blocks donated to the HeartStrings Quilt Project. Since it was here waiting for me to finish it at the beginning of the year, it does count as a completed UFO. I'm glad to have one more done!
I know I show lots of HeartString quilts on my blog but I can't tell you how much I love being a part of this group that is making and donating quilts to so many individuals in need, charitable organizations, and those injured or serving in our military.