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Day 62 Thursday September 29, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on September 29, 2011

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

Date: Day 62 Thursday September 29, 2011

Project Accomplishments: see diversions below

Books:  Title: #10 — Cat’s Eyewitness —  Author: Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown — # of Discs: 8 — 

Book Comments: Listened to disc 1

Exercise: 

Tools:

Observations: I totaled the hours I have been in my studio working on the 11-point star project in the last 61 days; I have spent 123.25 hours physically working on it. That is three work weeks (40 hrs/week) in hands on activities plus another 3 hours and 15 minutes. I wonder how quickly I could be done if I worked just on this project and had no diversions. Once I finish the doll quilts (only plan to do 7), I have another project for the MSUCC quilt group to do, which will become a teaching aid for one of the group’s teachers. I am getting antsy to get back to the 11-point star.

Prayer: Oh Lord, as I begin this day, guide my actions and make my decisions sound. Let me get enough done to feel productive and on track. Let me be a blessing to whomever I meet.

Diversions:I finished two doll quilts today and need only to add the binding to a third. Tonight I had choir music practice. The lawn sprinkler system was winterized today. I also made some phone calls.

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Day 61 Wednesday September 28 2011

Posted by Beatrice on September 29, 2011

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

Date: Day 61 Wednesday September 28 2011

Project Accomplishments: See observations and diversions below.

Books:  Title: #9 — The Winding Ways Quilt–  Author: Jennifer Chaverini 2008 — # of Discs: 9 —  Listening Time: 10 hours 15 minutes

Book Comments: I continued with disc 8 and finished the book. It was better than the last two.

Exercise: Walked 5 minutes on treadmill

Tools:

Observations: I decided to finish this set of doll quilts. Next week I will begin in earnest to continue the large 11-point star diamond sections. – Oh my, is this procrastination or what?

 

Prayer: You know my day started in earnest to get a quilt sample done before having to discuss it with a group of quilters. I did get it done and did discuss it. You guided me and you know I did not take time to pray. I pray I always to remember to talk to you at the break of the day. It will help set the mood for the day.

Diversions: My weekly quilt meeting was this morning. Before going, I sewed a doll quilt from 2” squares to use as a demonstration for members interested in participating in this quick process. I laid out more squares when I returned home. I worked, to finish, the one I started this morning and got it to the stage where it needs tying or quilting. I began finishing another started the other day and got the binding on. I will add some quilting.

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Day 60 Tuesday September 27 2011

Posted by Beatrice on September 27, 2011

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

Date: Day 60 Tuesday September 27 2011

Project Accomplishments: See procrastination below

Books:  Title: #9 — The Winding Ways Quilt–  Author: Jennifer Chaverini 2008 — # of Discs: 9 —  Listening Time: 10 hours 15 minutes

Book Comments: continue with disc 8

Exercise: nothing extra today

Tools: no new ones

Observations: I felt downhearted after company left and tired. I thought it better to work on a project that did not take as much concentration as the 11-point star.

 

Prayer: I ask for safe travels and happy returns for my family travelers today. May today be pleasant and as restful as possible.

Diversions: I put software and other office paraphernalia away. Music and doll quilts enlived my day. I had band practice in the evening.

 

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Day 59 Monday September 26 2011

Posted by Beatrice on September 26, 2011

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

Date: Day 59 Monday September 26 2011

Project Accomplishments: Entertained company so no activity today.

Books:  Title: #9 — The Winding Ways Quilt–  Author: Jennifer Chaverini 2008 — # of Discs: 9 —  Listening Time: 10 hours 15 minutes

Book Comments: continued with disc 8

Exercise: none today

Tools: no new ones

Observations: One son left today and the other will leave early tomorrow. The visits are far apart so I get somewhat sad when they leave.

Prayer: Lord, adjust my sadness about the departing of my company turn it into happiness for the time they were able to spend here.

Diversions: Company is still here today and had an afternoon meeting and lunch out. Installed and updated software and updated accounts. A couple loads of washing and drying also got done.

 

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Day 58 Sunday September 25 2011

Posted by Beatrice on September 25, 2011

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

Date: Day 58 Sunday September 25 2011

Project Accomplishments: : none today because of company

Books:  Title: #9 — The Winding Ways Quilt–  Author: Jennifer Chaverini 2008 — # of Discs: 9 —  Listening Time: 10 hours 15 minutes

Book Comments:  none today

Exercise: walked in neighborhood

Tools:

Observations: It is great to have family visit.

Prayer: Thank you Lord, for the visit from my sons. It does not happen often. Give them safe travels home in the coming week.

Diversions: There were many nice diversions today. I went to Sunday church and participated in the church music group. At the Farmer’s Market, I picked up green beans, potatoes, beautiful eggplant and more. Then my family had brunch at the U. Club, nice dinner with grilled fish, conversation and scrabble.

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Day 57 Saturday September 24, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on September 24, 2011

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

Date: Day 57 Saturday September 24, 2011

Project Accomplishments: The two large diamond paper-piecing units are finished. I have to take the center of one apart and adjust the fabric pattern alignment.

 

Books:  Title: #9 — The Winding Ways Quilt–  Author: Jennifer Chaverini 2008 — # of Discs: 9 —  Listening Time: 10 hours 15 minutes

Book Comments:  continued with disc 5 track 18 and got through disk 7

Exercise: walked 15 minutes on treadmill

Tools: no new ones

Observations: I enjoy making doll quilts.

Prayer: This public, daily prayer is foreign to me Lord and sometimes I wonder for what to ask. You have given me so very much already. Now, as I age, it seems that you begin to take away. Nothing we receive on earth will last when we pass I only ask to make me a kinder, gentler, more loving person. Thanks for the nice day to work outside.

Diversions: I Finished a doll quilt top from the Crazy for Lemoyne book pattern. Then I put together and finished another using an embroidery machine appliqué sample. They took part of the day. I also put together some dinner roll dough for Sunday.

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Day 56 Friday September 23, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on September 24, 2011

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

Date: Day 56 Friday September 23, 2011

Project Accomplishments: Today I began (about 10:00 in the morning) adding fabric diamonds to the paper-piecing patterns. I paid attention to directional fabric patterns as I progressed and got all the diamonds sewn to two of the large patterns. I found I had to take out some stitching and then properly align a few pieces. When I originally cut the fabric diamonds, I cut outside the marking line. I found that I needed to trim each piece for it to fit within the pattern outline. I don’t like the extra step, but I knew I might have to do trimming. The original cut allowed for thread/seam fold over thickness. Using the paper-piecing pattern changes that dynamic. I have about four more seams to stitch but they are looking quite accurate. Before I print more patterns, I will add some alignment lines, making it easier to place fabric.

Books:  Title: #9 — The Winding Ways Quilt–  Author: Jennifer Chaverini 2008 — # of Discs: 9 —  Listening Time: 10 hours 15 minutes

Book Comments:  I continued with disc 1, track 18 and ended with disc 5 track 18

Exercise: walked on treadmill for 20 minutes

Tools: I used a pressing stick after sewing each diamond seam. It replaces an iron and is similar to finger-pressing but it gives you a seam that has a sharper press. You can see one, which is slightly different from mine at http://www.shopfonsandporter.com/product/Pressing-Stick-Right/

Observations: 

Prayer: If you could see your way to making this a nice weekend instead of a rainy one, I would appreciate it. If you can, Do it for H.

Diversions: My day was primarily to work on the 11-point star project. I did take two short naps because I had what I call my 4:00 morning, when I awoke and decided to do some reading.

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Day 55 Thursday September 22, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on September 22, 2011

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

Date: Day 55 Thursday September 22, 2011

Project Accomplishments: I folded the two paper-piecing patterns along the fold lines and then began to add diamonds to the paper. Folding the paper before adding diamonds is easier than waiting until fabric in added. Waiting to fold after the fabric is applied does not give as accurate folds or stitching. I only glued and sewed a few on because of diversions below.

 

Books:  Title: #9 — The Winding Ways Quilt–  Author: Jennifer Chaverini 2008 — # of Discs: 9 —  Listening Time: 10 hours 15 minutes

Book Comments: I hope this book is better than the last one I read. I listened to part of disc 1 today – up to track 18

Exercise: need to do some

Tools: no new ones

Observations: It was great to have my son visit and to show him what I am up to in my studio.

Prayer: I ask for safe travels for my sons as they “to and fro” in the next few days. I thank you for their visits and for all they do for me.

Diversions: I had a pleasant diversion today in the form of a visit from my youngest son. Another doll quilt, made from my Crazy for Lemoyne quilt book pattern, took up part of my day. I got the star section together and now need to add corner and triangular blocks then a header and footer to the star. I went to lunch with my son and dropped him on MSU campus for his meeting. Visiting and catching up took an enjoyable part of the day.

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Day 54 Wednesday September 21, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on September 21, 2011

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

Date: Day 54 Wednesday September 21, 2011

Project Accomplishments: The patterns I printed last night were too big to fit on the largest paper my printer accepts. So, I printed them as tiles, which means they had to be assembled. Today I assembled those two patterns. I will make those two large diamonds before printing additional patterns. This will allow me to check for accuracy and color placement. However, I could not seem to focus this afternoon or I would have accomplished more.

Books:  Title: #8 — The New Year’s Quilt  —  Author: Jennifer Chaverini 2006 — # of Discs: 5 —  Listening Time: 6 hours 15 minutes

Book Comments: I finished this book this afternoon. Disc 5 was the only remaining disk and only one I can count toward time spent on the 11-point star project, which is about 1 hour.

The book was OK, but as mentioned earlier, I had listened to it sometime in the past. This author is light reading.

Exercise: (need some))—I should have walked my 5 minutes after disc 5 but my feet hurt.

Tools: no new ones

Observations: It is always best if I do not rush through a project. I speed sewed to finish a group of Crazy for Lemoyne star diamonds for a doll quilt and I am not happy with the look.

Prayer: It is afternoon and I simply need to ask you for direction. Guide my mind, hands and feet to accomplish what I set out to do. Thank you for an enjoyable morning.

Diversions: Today is the beginning  (9:00 a.m.) of the fall quilting season for MSUCC group to which I belong. I got up early and rushed off for an appointment. Then I went to my weekly quilting meeting. Groceries took some more time and I replenished my hand lotion at Yonkers. I did my email and now it is time to get something done. I am trying to figure out how I am going to have time for the projects I want to do beside this big project. I collected some leaves and weeds for the potential art quilt project. I also sewed on another doll quilt but I am not pleased with my workmanship. I rushed through it and may end up tossing the pieces—not my typical style. Decided to go to bed and read some quilting  material.

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Day 53 Tuesday September 20, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on September 20, 2011

Reading the tabs titled “An Introduction”, “Background” and “About” will help you know what this blog is about. You can track my 11-point star quilting project progress from day one to today.

Date: Day 53 Tuesday September 20, 2011

Project Accomplishments: I printed a test pattern and two copies of the Large Diamond paper-piecing pattern.

 

Books:  Title: #8 — The New Year’s Quilt  —  Author: Jennifer Chaverini 2006 — # of Discs: 5 —  Listening Time: 6 hours 15 minutes

Book Comments:  I have disc 5 to finish.

Exercise: cleaned house

Tools: no new ones

Observations: It was good to do something on the project, even if it was not a whole lot.

Prayer: Thank you for a busy, productive day I got many good things done. Bless my family members and me with restful sleep.

Diversions: Housecleaning is today. With three of us working, beginning at 7:30, it was done by 11:45 a.m. Shopped for a front porch fall mum and got one at Sam’s Club. I took a nap. Then I practiced music this afternoon. Band practice is tonight. When I came home, I baked ABC Apple Bar Cookies and Praline Apple Bread (for tomorrow meeting and company).

 

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