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A change in plans

My schedule needs to be flexible right now and rather than being home for a few more days as planned, I’m heading back to VA in the morning. Today was spent getting myself organized for being gone for another 3 weeks and a little sewing, a little football, and a walk along the bay. 

I did manage to finish the binding on the Drunkard’s Path quilt watching the Vikings beat the Packers tonight – I call that a win-win! (I’m leaving at 5am so no chance to get a better photo before I leave). This makes UFO finish #12 for the year. 

I didn’t make much progress on assembling the HeartStrings top but it will be waiting for me when I get home. 

Loved being home and walking along the bay in the evening.

Loved spending time with Keith


My 4 Patches on the Diagonal quilt is bound. It’s another UFO (#11 for the year) and the 6th quilt bound in my binding marathon this month. 

There are two left to be bound when I get back from VA so I’ll definitely hit my goal of finishing all the ones quilted last month at Big Canoe. I’m anxious to do some piecing but that will have to wait until I return too. Today is for packing and figuring out which knitting projects I’m taking along on my trip. Hat #6 is already in progress and I want to get hat #7 started too. I’ve also been working on the gray Yowza shawl at night during the Olympics and I’ve started the ruffled edge so progress is being made on all fronts!


Binding #5 is done, it’s another one of my UFO’s. I love a double 4 patch!

Instructions and a couple other versions are available on my website. 

I’ve got the 4 patch on the diagonal next on the list to bind but I took some time out to dig through my browns looking for binding options for the last two. I’d cut one binding for the tumbler but in the end decided to use that for the Drunkard’s Path and chose another one for the tumbler. 

I don’t know where the last week has gone and find it hard to believe that I’m heading out of town again in just a few days. This afternoon was spent choosing countertops and the backsplash for the kitchen remodel. I’m thankful to have most of the choices made even though we won’t actually start the project until mid October. 

It’s been rainy here the last few days and my walking has suffered although Keith managed to get out earlier today. I did get 5 miles in yesterday but I’ve missed 3 days (Sun, Mon, Wed). I have to make sure I get out the next couple days. The effects are coming slowly –  I’ve lost 15 lbs and have toned up a bit but even better, I feel like I have more stamina. The challenge as always is to keep it up. I’m going to be traveling a lot this fall so I have to do better when I’m home. 


My binding marathon continues – this is the 4th one – Mom and I worked together on this one for my sister and Mom was supposed to bind it but I decided that I’d save her the trouble since it’s a heavier quilt due to the Minkee backing. It was from a kit I bought on Craftsy – Mom pieced it and I quilted it last month in Big Canoe. 

For those of you that love Jelly Roll quilts – it can be made from 2.5 inch strips! (This one is made from strips cut 2 inches).

EDIT: I’ve used this block in a couple quilts when I first started quilting but I can’t find photos right now (I really need to digitize the photos of my early quilts – they’re in a couple albums that are in Big Canoe). It’s a log cabin variation and I just realized I have a couple Jelly Rolls that I could use to make another one. They’re not from the same fabric line but they’re both reds and neutrals. I’ll have to make a note for myself to use them for one of these. 


My Red/Black/White Log Cabin is the 9th UFO finish for the year. This one just took me 4 years to finish! I’ve told you before a lot of my tops wait for quilting – it used to be because I was quilting so many group HeartStrings tops but now it’s because I have a limited amount of time in GA with the Longarm but still, I’ve enjoyed learning to quilt again on my regular sewing machine and it’s all working for me. I love the texture the quilting created on this one – it’s one of 7 I quilted last month in GA that I’m trying to get bound this month. 

Are you watching the Olympics? We are and I thought I’d be binding but I’ve been knitting while we’ve watched and then I come upstairs to hand stitch bindings.  I’m working on the decreases of this hat now – it’s taken a while since it’s a big slouchy and I’m using fingering weight yarn. I don’t think I’m a fan of the twisted ribbing on the band on this one – it seems a little tight and not as comfortable as a regular rib. 

I did manage time in the sewing room today – my aunts quilts are packed and labeled for shipping, the quilt Mom and I are making for my sister has been trimmed and I machine stitched the binding. I was going to let Mom hand stitch it but there’s lots of fuzz from the batting and trimming the Minkee so I’m going to go ahead and stitch it down and then go over it really well with a lint roller before shipping it. 

We travel again on Saturday and there’s a lot I need to get done before then! 

Another UFO

This Double Sashed 9 Patch is a little older than the one I finished the other day. Started in May 2011, the top was finished in July 2013 and it waited 3 years for quilting so if someone asks me how long it takes me to make a quilt I can honestly say sometimes 5 years! I’ve got brief instructions for piecing this quilt on my website so click the link above if you’re interested. 

I haven’t decided whether I’ll keep this one or not, it’s actually a good size for sitting in the chair or to use on the cot for the kids when they visit. I’m going to wait until all the quilts are bound and then choose. 

Let the binding begin…

I finished hand stitching the first binding last night. My Sharon inspired HeartStrings quilt – it counts as a UFO finish but it’s just from last year so not one of my older ones. 

These planned HeartStrings quilts are inspired by Sharon in Maine who has an ability to put 8 fabrics together and come up with something wonderful. It’s the second one I’ve made and I’ve brought fabric for two more of them back from GA. I like to start with a stripe in my center and pull my other fabrics from that one. 

If you’d like to make one of your own, here are the guidelines we use. 

(please review the guidelines to see how we make our HeartStrings blocks first and then adapt them as noted below).

Choose 8 fabrics – I yard each ( not all of each fabric will be used)
 All strips are cut 2 inches (fabrics 1-7)

For the corner triangles (fabric 8), use the same fabric on both sides of the block and they are cut from 4.5 inch squares (cut the squares first and then cut them on the diagonal).

This is a planned quilt with all the strips in the same place for each block.

NOTE: Nann made one last year and was a little more precise in her fabric measurements — we just estimated a yard of each knowing there would be some leftovers but I’m including Nann’s measurements here in case you have some fabrics you’d like to use but have less than a yard of them. 

*It turns out that you don’t need one-yard pieces of all eight fabrics. Label the center 1, the strips flanking it 2 and 3, then 4 and 5, then 6 and 7, and the corners 8. #1, #2, #3 — 16 strips (32″). #4 and #5 — 12 strips (24″). #6 & #7 — 11 strips (22″), #8 — 4 strips (8″). That is handy to know if I try another Sharon quilt. 


I finished the binding on the Giraffe Strippie last night and after my bedroom furniture is delivered and set up, I plan to start a small hourglass top. Work continues on the hall bathroom also. 


The Bow Tie quilt was a Craftsy kit and was the first thing I pieced in the new sewing room back in July 2015 before I’d even organized my supplies and fabric. Meandered on the new Babylock Jane. 

The Coins doll quilt is also quilted. I have 3 other doll size tops to quilt and I’ve decided they’ll make great practice pieces before attempting a quilting design on a larger top and by larger I mean baby or child size. Anything larger than that goes to GA for quilting on the longarm. 


I love it – wobbly quilting lines and all. I finished the binding this morning but it’s not washed yet so the crinkles will help some with the wobbles but it’s a bright happy quilt in spite of them.  Easy to make, easy to quilt.  I used part of a Jelly Roll for the pluses and chose 5 of the leftover strips for a scrappy binding. 

Now back to work on the Rail Fence. 


Do you procrastinate binding quilts? I’m always surprised when quilters put off that last step. I procrastinate during the assembly of the top and have been know to drag that out for days but I enjoy hand stitching bindings so unless I’m in GA quilting up a storm ( those come back to FL for binding) I typically get my quilts bound quickly. 

This was one of many tumbler tops assembled in Maine and the 2nd of three that I brought back with me to finish up. Don’t you love my geraniums? They remind me of the deck in MN.


There were so many tumblers cut by Rebecca, Brenda, and Jackie and brought to the 2014 sew-in that I’m sure I’ll still be tying tumbler tops this September!




I’m so tempted to start another top right away but if I don’t want to get too behind, I need to get one quilted. Today I  pin basted the 2nd tumbler from Maine  and I’ll quilt a grid on it tomorrow. It’s so wonderful to have that table up all the time in the other room – I didn’t have the space in the MN townhouse or the FL apartment but it saves time and effort when I can just walk into the other room to trim or pin baste a top. 

I finally got around to taking a final photo of my Rainbow HeartStrings quilt that I finished binding last week.  

I can tell I’m being productive because the stack of quilts needing to be washed is getting larger.  No room in the house is safe from my quilting stuff except for the kitchen and Keith’s office! These are stacked in the breakfast room and I have another stack under the entryway table. 



I wasn’t thrilled with this little one when I finished the top, I’d used a Jelly Roll and thought that it might have benefited from the addition of a background fabric to calm things down a little but now that it’s done,  I like it OK.  Instructions are on my website – 16 patch and framed 4 patch. 

I’m almost finished assembling the Double 4 patch top and might just go in and sew those last few seams tonight. Earlier today, I pin basted this little HeartStrings top too so it’s ready for quilting.  It’s nice having that table left up in the spare room.



My first Rainbow quilt for our latest HeartStrings challenge is completed. If you look closely you’ll see I used a striped binding on this one.  

I’m also contemplating what to work on next – I drafted this courthouse steps top based on an antique quilt.  I’ve used 4 colors in my design but the actual quilt will be scrappier. 

I also looked up one of my UFO’s that I started just before we left MN in 2014. I think I’ll finish this top first, if I remember correctly, I’d just done the cutting and maybe some 4 patch blocks.  



I’ve made a lot of HeartStrings quilts and this is one of my favorites (I keep saying that!). The backing was one of many made by Tish and sent to me for use with HeartStrings donation quilts and I love how it looks with my top. I just smile when I think of how this quilt will brighten the life, just a little bit, of whomever receives it. I finished the binding on it tonight and it’s now my 3rd UFO finish for the year.  


Edit: here’s the beauty shot taken this morning. 

And since we’re talking about strings, I just had to share this photo I came across during my photo sorting today. (Don’t worry, I didn’t make a habit of allowing Chesty to wallow in the strings and all my donation quilts are washed.) 

I’ve really missed him this week, a combination of seeing him in so many photos as I sort them and being home long enough to feel his absence. 



This was my second UFO finish and I just noticed the birds are hanging upside down – no time to retake the photo now so I’ll post it and if I think about it later take another one and change it out.  

Edit: photo retaken with the birds right side up!

It’s one of my Quick Strippies and its quilted with a combination of straight lines outlining the smaller strips and some freemotion hearts. It’s not half bad since this is only the second one I’ve done any freemotion quilting on with the regular sewing machine since I got the longarm 13 years ago and the first one was done when we moved from MN – that’s been about 20 months! I definitely need more practice but I admit it’s been easier to use the walking foot and I’ve hand quilted 3 using the big stitch method. It’s a challenge to freemotion quilt even the small ones but if Mom can do it so can I 🙂

I’m heading back to the sewing room to finish up the 16 patch blocks. 


Funny how I can go from feeling like I’m accomplishing nothing and turn around in a day and feel like I’m making great progress. The printer is still an issue but in my sewing room…lots of progress has been made including my first UFO finish for the year. I have a longstanding goal of finishing 12 UFO’s each year – it’s a modest goal but usually it keeps me from having too many unfinished projects sitting around. I’m a little behind since it’s already March but I’ve got two more in the process of being finished below. 

The 16 Patch quilt has been bound – I love this one too … In fact I love all 4 quilts in today’s post. 

The Quick Strippie is in the process of being quilted. I started with some straight lines with the walking foot and now I’m ready to do a little freemotion quilting in the largest strips. Isn’t this cute fabric? Yesterday, I ordered one yard of fabric for Mom from and since I didn’t want to pay shipping – I’ve got fabric for another one coming – 3 one yard coordinating pieces and they will also make a very cute Strippie. These really are my favorite quick donation quilt. 

The next one for binding is also trimmed – quilt # 3 that I’m in love with – a bright HeartStrings quilt from a project we did last year. And still on the design wall so I can admire it longer, the PLUS quilt. 

Nothing lifts my mood like making progress and being surrounded by beautiful quilts that I’ve created. 


Yesterday’s sew along task was binding this HeartStrings quilt, assembled by Sue from blocks sent in to the group. Quilted last month while I was in Big Canoe.  Love how Sue used that border print with these blocks!

 I haven’t made it up to my sewing room yet, we went over to a local bar for the first half of the games (we can’t get the Vikings or Redskins games here at the house). Looks like they’ll both have wins today although the Redskins are losing ground as I type this. We’re kind of following the Bucs these days too but they’re going to lose this one. 

It’s time to decide what to work on this afternoon and head upstairs!

UFO # 12

I started this HeartStrings quilt in Dec 2012 but like most of my tops, it waited a while for quilting. It’s my 12th UFO finish for 2015 which means I’ve met that goal.  



My black/white/green Two Rail Fence is done. This was one of my leftover quilts – when I pull a group of fabrics for a scrap quilt, I like to make more than one quilt, it’s especially nice when I’m using the same cut – in this case, 2.5 inch strips. This one is a gift so I’ll get it washed and sent off to Andrew in Chicago.  

Edit: I did post information on how I inserted the flange in this post.


The leftover strips were from a Boxed Squares quilt