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Archive for January, 2012

Dressing the windows

My neighbor called to say she had about a dozen boxes sitting on her front porch and they were addressed to me.

Why yes, those would be the blinds I ordered. They were clearly addressed to me, why would the FedEx guy leave them next door?
She doesn’t use her front door, so they sat there for two nights before her other neighbor noticed them and called to tell her.

Fortunately it didn’t rain so I doubt there’s any damage, but I did call Lowe’s and report it in case I need to make a claim.

But I am excited to replace the cruddy aluminum blinds in all the upstairs windows! I’ve been saving and planning for this for a year.

Now if only the installer and I can quit playing phone tag so that we can agree on a time for him to put them up for me.

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The dog got me up early this morning, so I settled in to catch up on the videos on The Quilt Show. When I logged in, I saw this. I had to rub my eyes to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. How cool is that! (hahaha, I know it’s a random computer thing, they show somebody’s quilt every day). But still…

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Almost done

I finished machine stitching the binding onto the front of the Gratitude quilt this morning. Now to hand stitch it to the back.

The curves on this quilt are gentle enough that I didn’t need to use bias binding. I use Pirate’s method of joining the two ends of the binding and I was concerned that it might not work exactly right for a wavy edge, that I’d either have it too tight or a little too loose. So I pinned the loose ends around the curve, stretching the binding slightly, and followed her instructions for measuring and cutting. It worked just fine!

I usually cut my binding strips at 2-1/4″ and stitch with a 1/4″ seam. I like to use my walking foot and the edge of the foot to the needle measures 3/8″. So this time I cut my strips at 2-1/2″ and stitched with 3/8″. I thought I’d have a teeny bit extra on the back for covering the seam but it looks like I’m going to have to use force. Actually, this will be a good time to glue baste the binding down so that I don’t have to use clips and I can be assured of covering the seam.

I didn’t make my goal of getting all my UFOs done in 2011, so I’ve extended it to 1st half 2012. Hey, my quilts, my rules.

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Another UFO finished!

This shot is from 2004, when I presented this unfinished top at Show-and-Tell at the Cyberbees’ Jersey Shore retreat. I put the last stitches in the binding last night and all it needs is a label. I have now made 3 quilts with this pattern, I will not apologize for loving, loving, loving the Irish Chain pattern. This one is by Alex Anderson in her Start Quilting book and features an alternate block for a different look.

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