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Day 88 Tuesday October 25, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on October 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 88  Tuesday October 25, 2011

Project Accomplishments:  I glued the final large diamond paper pattern pieces together

Books:  Title: #14 — A Prisoner of Birth —  Author: Jeffrey Archer — # of Discs:  13– Listening hours: 16 hours 30 minutes

Book Comments: no listening today

Exercise:

Tools:

Observations: Today was what I call a slough-off day where I time seemed wasted.

Prayer: Lord, I have a full week, help me to make the most of my time to have a meaningful, pleasant week.

 

Diversions: I rose earlier than I wanted and saw H off on a business trip. I did some stock research and email. I had a 10:00 appointment (left at 9:30). I stopped at Sears and got back about 11:30. I took care of some bills and balanced a statement. I practiced my music for a while. A plumber came to snake out a toilet and the roofer came to replace a couple of shingles lost in high winds. Waiting for these people was part of why I felt some of my time was wasted. I have band practice tonight.

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Day 87 Monday October 24, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on October 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 87  Monday October 24, 2011

Project Accomplishments: Today I joined some tiled large diamond paper patterns of my 11-point star project. I have a few more to put together.

Books:  Title: #14 — A Prisoner of Birth —  Author: Jeffrey Archer — # of Discs: 13 — Listening hours: 13 hours 30 minutes

Book Comments: I began this book and only listed through track 5 on disc 1

Exercise:

Tools:

Observations: It was good to work on a step of the 11-point star again.

Prayer: Lord, some days prayer just does not seem necessary. But, in reality, talking to you keeps me mindful of mine and other’s needs. Care for those people who need your guidance. Help me to do my best in all my endeavors.

 

Diversions: I made some phone calls, did some email and practiced my Meridian music for a couple of hours.

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Day 81 Tuesday October 18, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on October 18, 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 81  Tuesday October 18, 2011

Project Accomplishments: Well, I did look at 11-point star diamond paper piecing patterns today and moved some pattern pieces around, but really did not make project on progress.

Books:  Title: #14 —  —  Author:  — # of Discs:  — Listening hours:

Book Comments: no listening today

Exercise: I ironed clothes – a lot of them

 

Tools:

Observations: I think you really deserve some photos, which I will try to add ASAP. I hope to add the doll quilts I made and the doodle quilt sample, both of which kept me from the 11-point project. Are you going to bet when I will get back to the project? Lord, I hope it is soon. However, we have activities this weekend and next weekend for which I have to prepare.

Prayer: We have an opportunity to enjoy a couple of couples this weekend. Please heal us so we recover from our colds and can entertain and be entertained with good company and cheer. Heal other people who are ill so they too can also enjoy others.

 

Diversions: Today I completed the process of cleaning off my desk so I could see the surface and catch up. I balanced quarterly statements, updated accounts, and paid one bill. I did two loads of washing and ironed everything but two sets of sheets. I had a morning meeting. In the late afternoon I printed signs for the band. This evening I had band practice.

 

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Day 77 Friday October 14, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on October 14, 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 77  Friday October 14, 2011

Project Accomplishments: Yeah! I actually touched my 11-point star project today. I put together, with glue,  two of the large diamond tiled patterns. I almost ruined one but was able to correct my mistake.

Books:  Title: #14 —  —  Author:  — # of Discs:  — Listening hours:

Book Comments: no new one today

Exercise:

Tools:

Observations: I felt somewhat better today but am not over my cold. If you were betting when I would get back to my 11-point star project, and you chose today, congratulations, you win

Prayer: Gracious Lord, thank you for this day. It was good to get the tomatoes done. Thank you for the food you provide through the work of our farmers. Bless the farmers as they reach the end of the Michigan growing season. Grant that people who have the means, help provide food for those in need. Bless my family. Give each a pleasant day tomorrow, one they recognize as special.

Diversions: The doodle quilt sample block is done. I added some surface circle and amoeba appliqué shapes. I peeled and cooked tomatoes made and canned juice. I set some bread dough out to rise. A nap in front of the TV was also part of my day

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Day 69 Thursday October 6, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on October 6, 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 69 Thursday October 6, 2011

Project Accomplishments:  It has been eleven days since I was able to get back to this project. Hum…the number is interesting since this is an 11-point star project.

To the Large Diamond pattern, I added alignment lines and printed the remaining patterns

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

Book Comments: continue with disc 7 (did not listen today)

Exercise: 

Tools: no new ones

Observations: Well, if you were a betting person, did you bet whether I got started on this project again? Did you win?

 

Prayer: Thank you for keeping me and others safe from harm today. I really need help with a perplexing situation. I ask that this situation be resolved to an understandable result.

Diversions: I worked on some financial tasks. I needed to put some things away in the kitchen and got that done. I cleaned up my email. I printed the pattern for my “doodle” quilt square sample for teaching. I have LAP meeting this evening.

 

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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 37 Sunday September 4, 2011

Posted by Beatrice on September 5, 2011

Date: Day 37 Sunday September 4, 2011

Project Accomplishments: I worked on the center portion of this project using my Templar templates, starch and iron and folded the seam lines in on two parts of the center. I also marked the seam lines where I will hand piece parts of the center. I added more blog pictures of the fabrics being used in the large diamond area.

Books: Title: #6 Code to Zero — Author: Ken Follett — # of Discs: 9 — Listening Time: 9 hours 45 minutes — Comments:

Book Comments: I listened to disc 1 and up to track 9 on second disc.

Exercise:  Walked on treadmill for  5  minutes 

Tools: no new ones

Observations: Once again I struggled with getting photos into this blog. Finally, I persevered and got it finished.

Prayer: The words to music sometimes augment prayer and today these words seemed right today, “May love be the sun shining in our darkness. May love fill the lives of our children. May love be our strength to live a life of justice. May love be our call to live in thy kingdom.

Diversions: I went to church and participated in church music. It was pleasant to have a light breakfast at Panera. Then I did some grocery shopping and came home. I made a fresh apple pie and grilled fresh lake trout—Yum. I worked on the Lansing Area Patchers doll quilt and this blog.

 

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