Archive for the ‘Completed quilts’ Category


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


My 16 patch quilt was bound Tuesday. This little one was hand quilted with the big stitch method and I’m going to take it to Big Canoe so I’ll have a smaller quilt there when I need one for the little ones.  


Another UFO finished

This one was just from last year – another HeartStrings project using leftover strips from the previous project.  

 I’m also getting ready to start the lace section on my Eyeblink shawl and I’ve started working on the ‘leftover’ quilt from the red/white/blue strips left after piecing the Cheveron Rail Fence. 


The binding was hand sewn yesterday and this HeartStrings quilt of mine is finished. It was started a couple years ago during one of our projects but waited a while for quilting so it counts as a UFO finish for me. 

I’ll definitely hit my goal of finishing 12 UFO’s this year which isn’t all that lofty of a goal but since most of mine are tops waiting for quilting I don’t mind having some – I’m most comfortable with 20-22 of them which is where I managed to keep it for years but since the longarm moved to GA last year that number has crept up some. It does help that I’ve been quilting the smaller ones here in FL either on my regular sewing machine or hand quilting using the big stitch method.  


My Sharon Challenge Quilt

Last year at the Maine sew-in, we decided to challenge ourselves to make a planned HeartStrings quilt like the ones Sharon makes and I finished the binding on mine yesterday. I love scrappy but I’ve got to say I love this one a lot and I’m not sure I can give it away. I’ll hang on to it a while while before I decide. 

We’re challenging ourselves to make another one this year and if you’d like the details, you can find them on the HeartStrings website at this post. 


The little zoo animal strippie is bound. No matter how many of these I make, I always love how they turn out. 


I also love a stripe binding – in this case I used the same stripe from the top.  The quilt colors are truer in the above photo, the one below was snapped last night after I finished stitching the binding. 

I’ve already trimmed the next one to be bound and I’ll machine stitch it later today and get it ready for hand stitching tonight. I also want to do some knitting later. 


It’s fun to look back over my finished quilts and know where we were living by looking at which spot I photographed them so today I took the last 3 quilts I finished before moving and went outside to the porch to snap some photos. I chose my favorite two snapshots of each quilt.  







Another Finish

So happy to be making progress. This is a HeartStrings top I pieced last summer during our Red/White/Blue project. All my binding is done just in time to go quilt more!