Thursday, May 17, 2007

My Heartstrings Quilt is finished

It is finished all the way to the label and binding -- which I stitched down today. I used the Popcorn pantograph to quilt it -- nice and easy and looks good, I think. I'll be taking it to guild Monday night and hopefully, between now and then I can get a couple of samples made of string blocks to show. It sure takes me a lot longer to get one done than it does for others to get multiples done! But, I'm glad it's finished anyway.

I have been spending some time in the flower beds lately -- 3 hours yesterday. I was planning on going out there again today, but it's a bit cool and a lot windy and a friend stopped over for coffee this morning and before I knew it the time had slipped away. I managed to stitch the binding down on the Heartstrings, and load a quilt on the machine and that pretty much took care of the afternoon. I am doing a bit of applique in the evenings too.
Next on my list to do is make a couple of baby quilts. I need one for Will. Steph had another ultrasound Tuesday -- everything is looking great at 28 weeks and Will weighs 2 lbs 6 oz. AJ was born at 30 weeks weighing 3 lbs 6 oz, so we're getting close, and hoping she can carry him to term -- they did do another blood test and everything looks good so far. They are monitoring her every week and will start her on injections at the first sign of a problem. But it still makes Grandma nervous!

A good report on Baby Will.
Steph planted her first flats of flowers Tuesday - I'm coaching her on acquiring a green thumb.
The trees have all filled out, the oaks have shiny new leaves in the front yard; the wild geraniums are blooming in the woods behind the house.
Beautiful sunny, not hot, weather for weeding flower beds.
The anticipation of trying a new quilting technique on the machine - straight diagonal lines.
Bill built a fire in the kitchen fireplace this morning before he left for his retiree's breakfast.


Vicki W said...

Your quilt turned out great and I really like the label format that you are using! I can't get enough of these Heartstrings quilts - they are all wonderful.

Connie said...

What a beautiful quilt, it's amazingly colorful and fun. I have a week-old grandson named Will and I love the name! Also have a longarm and have been thinking about ordering the popcorn panto. I just used the Come Dance With Me recently and my customer loved it. There are so many pretty ones nowadays.

Dona said...

Another great finish. I really like the popcorn pantogram. Great that little Will is safe, warm gaining weight. Everyday is a day won.

Jeanne said...

Love your string quilt and the label is terrific, too.

JudyL said...

Love your quilt. Don't you just love all of Jodi Beamish's pantos?

Screen Door said...

I'm glad everyone is healthy. I love your heartstrings project. People that give away--always find happiness comes back--double.

Carol said...

Glad everyone is doing and sound, just the way we like it. Love your Heartstrings quilt.

cher said...

great heartstrings quilt-I love playing in my garden too-good news on would make me nervous too!

Anonymous said...

Wow, georgous quilt. Just love the look of those blocks.
Your colors are so pretty.

Dawn said...

It is wonderful! I love it!

Carol E. said...

Your heartstrings quilt is beautiful! It looks so great photographed on the porch, too. ARe you sure you can part with it?

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

No oak leaves here yet - and you know the saying - can't put your flowers out until the oak leaves are as long as squirrel's ears... but soon!

Your string quilt came out so bright and cheery!!!



Mary said...

The HeartStrings quilt looks wonderful - popcorn is my favorite pantograph because it looks great on so many quilts.

Where will you be donating this one?

Lucy said...

What a beautiful quilt on a beautiful porch

Kathy said...

I see (from a March, 2007 posting) that you're from Byron.

I wonder how many of your readers know where Byron really is, let alone have been there? ;-) I've passed through Byron many times when visiting my sister, when we'd drive up to Rockford -- or better yet, up to Sun Prairie, WI. My sister lived in Oregon (IL) for gosh, probably 10-15 years.

;-) Kathy