Machine tension

You may get away without adjusting tension when piecing but to get a balanced stitch for quilting, I usually find some tension adjustments are necessary. Since I frequently adjust tension on my longarm, adjusting tension for quilting on my sewing machine wasn’t difficult for me but if you don’t usually make adjustments on your machine, this instruction PDF from Superior Thread might help.



I always caution people to be careful when sewing the Strippies together when using directional prints. For some reason I had in my mind that these animals were oriented in all directions and didn’t pay attention. I was lucky I only had to pick out and resew 2 seams to fix the three rows that were upside down!

Bree’s Strippie – I’ll take it to GA to quilt and bind and give it to her when I’m there next month.


Instructions are on my website


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.


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