Getting organized

I have a couple weeks before I head to GA so I’m getting organized. Unpacking sewing stuff from Maine and packing for Georgia. I’m pretty pleased with what I’ve accomplished in the couple months I’ve been here in spite of traveling 3 times. There are a couple finished quilts, 3 tops (a 4th sent to Kathy in WI to finish and donate), and a small knit blanket.

Since Keith is gone for a few days I’m spreading out. I’ll cut out a couple Strippies using the kitchen island (one is for Bree, one for donation).


And I’ve set up the tying table in the living area so I can pin baste a couple small HeartStrings quilts for machine quilting on my sewing machine.


My sewing goals will be to piece the two Strippies and quilt and bind the two tops before I leave for GA. If I have time, I’ll start a new quilt too!



I wasn’t sure I’d feel like assembling the blocks on the design wall this weekend but I had a little time this afternoon before we were scheduled to go out to dinner and if I’d stayed on the sofa reading I would have fallen asleep!!

My 4 Patches on the Diagonal quilt – instructions on the website. I decided not to add borders since the quilt is child size as it is.




Do you see quilt patterns everywhere?!

I saw this design on the bulkhead of the plane and then again in the Delta Sky Club …. Thanks to my TouchDraw app, I’ve saved it for a future quilt. I love quarter square triangles or hourglass blocks … So one day I’m sure I’ll make this….and I even have a GO die for it.



I hate to leave

I drove out to Cape Elizabeth for one last lobster roll before I fly out. Just me, the rocks, the ocean, a cool breeze, the sun, and my Kindle – three hours of pure bliss at Two Lights State Park.




My work here is done but what an amazing week. As always I get re-enthused about HeartStrings after spending this time working together.

As we speak, I have 105 photos uploading to share with HeartStrings members and they include this one of me that Jackie snapped tonight and a stack of finished quilts. There are more tops that are going home with us to be finished and a couple more days of sewing for the others.




Having fun

While the bulk of what we’re working on in Maine are HeartStrings blocks and quilts, it’s not all strings. Several people decided ahead of time they’d cut and exchange some tumbler blocks … Both large and small. Seriously, I’ve never seen so many tumblers and the bulk of them were cut by these three … Tomorrow they’re going to have a Tumbler Race and we’ll see who can assemble a small top the quickest. There was lots of fun and good natured smack talking going on tonight!



I ♥️Maine

Lucky for Keith I can’t stay away from Chesty too long or I might be tempted to stay!

Love the water


Love the Lobster Rolls


Love tying HeartStrings quilts



Do I live in a fantasy world?

On my list of quilts to make is a tumbling blocks. I’d like to hand piece it … and even hand quilt it. I’ve found a beautiful Jenny Beyer quilt on Craftsy and am so tempted to purchase it even though I never make quilts from kits … Sometimes I buy deeply discounted kits and use the fabric for other projects but I don’t believe I’ve ever made a quilt from a kit.

So although I may be living in a fantasy world … I think I’m going to buy this. Who knows how long I won’t be living with my longarm and stash and if I’m ever going to do something completely by hand now would be the time right? Worse case, I use the fabric for a different quilt.



The weather

It’s still hot and sticky here in south Florida and I’m so jealous of everyone writing about their cooler weather.


However, I am very excited about experiencing some cooler weather for myself next week in Maine … I can’t wait to pull on some jeans and a sweatshirt!



You guys are amazing!

I am thrilled and honored every time I receive an email from one of you sharing your version of one of my quilts. Today I received two emails.

First, Marijke wrote and shared her version of my Forest Bricks

I thought you might like to see what I did with your forest brick pattern. It’s a wedding gift and I think it turned out beautifully. Thank you for making the pattern available.



Then Linda wrote and shared her version of my Carpenter Star

Yesterday I awarded quilts to veterans at our Alaska Veterans and Pioneer Home. Amongst the recipients were three brothers who each served in a different branch of the service. I decided I wanted to make three branch specific quilts, similar but different to these three young men. I used your Carpenters Star pattern for the Marine. It’s getting rave reviews!


Linda goes on to say that she shares my website with others looking for ideas for Quilts of Valor.

I also received a third email about an interview about HeartStrings that will appear in a book in the future.

Today I feel really good about what I do — quilting for those in need, organizing HeartStrings, and designing and making my quilts available to everyone via my website.

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