Archive for the ‘Completed quilts’ Category


Just one more quilt to bind which is good because I’m leaving for Big Canoe on Sunday and will be quilting a few more. It feels good to finish up these quilts and shawls in progress but I’m going to be really ready to do some piecing by July!

This is my HeartStrings top pieced in 2013 during one of our special projects. Keith called it the Good and Plenty quilt when he held it up for me to photograph today. 


My Pinwheels and Rails quilt is finished! I really enjoyed big stitch quilting this one. I had several questions about the thead I used and while I answered those via email I will tell you all that I’m using size 10 Curio crochet cotton by KnitPicks to hand quilt these. If you do a search it seems that most people use size 8 or 12 perle cotton. I like that the crochet cotton comes in a larger ball so I don’t have to wonder how many to purchase or worry about running out. I also think 8 is a little thick and 12 is a little thin … Size 10 seems the perfect weight for my liking. 

Since I drafted and pieced this quilt after seeing another one made from a published pattern, I will not post instructions on my website but I will tell you that everything in the quilt used 2.5 inch strips, even the pinwheels. I used Thangles for them which allowed me to use the same size strip as the rails and the framing of the pinwheel. 

Blocks are 8 inches (8.5 inches with seam allowances) and my quilt is 5 blocks across and 7 blocks down making it 40 x 56 inches. A perfect size for hand quilting I think!


This may be my favorite HeartStrings quilt ever! Pieced by Tish and quilted in Feb by me, the binding is finally finished. It’s a good thing I went back to get the link above to show the quilting because with all the challenges with our Moms the last few months I’d forgotten that I needed to order a new bobbin winder! It would not have been good to get back there to work and find I hadn’t ordered a new one. 


As tempted as I was to start another quilt yesterday, I’m feeling the need to finish up some projects … I have the 4 quilts I quilted last month in GA to bind, 2 tops pin basted to quilt here, one hand quilting project in progress,  3 knitting projects in various stages, and a crochet blanket that I haven’t touched in weeks. 

This HeartStrings quilt was pieced by Tish and now the binding is finished. Her quilts are always gorgeous and I’m not sure this photo does it justice. I’ve got a 2nd binding in progress and now I’m going to knit a bit. Today is Keith’s birthday so we have plans later today. 


I didn’t sew today but I did get a final photo of this little quilt. It’s the one I big stitch quilted and I needed to wash out the blue pen I used to mark the quilting lines that went through the center of the blocks. It was just a small quilt but I really enjoyed this one!


Under the wire

My last finish for 2014 – a small HeartStrings quilt I pieced during our project in November. I quilted straight lines alongside the seams and then a curvy line down the middle of the blocks.


Chris, Becky, and Rae are pulling up as I type this so I’ll sign off and wish everyone a Happy New Year!!


When we got home from taking Keith’s Mom back, I pulled out my binding and finished stitching down this one pieced by Sharon. After the first of the year, I’ll get this one and the other bound ones washed and ready to donate.


And here’s a photo of my boys Christmas morning! Poor Chesty threw up half the day but seems better now.



My last UFO for the year – a Strips and Strings log cabin.


Instructions are on my website.


I’m puttering along, binding is done on this one and in progress on another. I also got the HST Quilt trimmed and ready for binding.

Pieced by Barbara at the HeartStrings Maine sew-in


And in the mail, a postcard from Vicki. We’re not putting up a tree so maybe this will be my substitute! Be sure to check her blog if you’re following her Drunkard’s Path sew along. She has some more layouts to inspire you today. As for me, I’ve got two more Drunkard’s Path quilts cut out but I won’t get to them until the binding is done or even later …. Maybe I can play again in January?!



This is one of my HeartStrings quilts and I finished the binding last night.


After the binding was done I set it on the table to wait until today to photograph and kept stopping to admire my freehand Baptist Fan quilting. I just LOVE how it looks on our HeartStrings quilts and that its so easy to do.



Pieced by AnnG – I love these Homespun HeartStrings quilts!


Keith leaves this in a little while and my work table is already back up in the living room. I’m knitting now but after a massage this afternoon, I’ll trim, pin baste, and bind!

Another gorgeous HeartStrings quilt

Hard to say you don’t like string quilts when you look at Beth’s from yesterday and this one from blocks pieced by Marianne!


Aren’t I lucky to work with these other HeartStrings quilters making these beautiful quilts to donate?


This gorgeous HeartStrings quilt was pieced by Beth and quilted with freehand spirals.


It’s the first of 6 brought back from my GA trip for binding.


My sewing table made it downstairs today … Ready to bind Bree’s Strippie


And completed. The binding hand stitched as we listened to music tonight in front of the fire!


I also got a backing pieced and started cutting the Drunkard’s Path quilt.


Chesty and I had a quiet evening and I sat and bound this small HeartStrings top — SaraF recognized it as one she sent me to finish and donate. I’m glad she let me know, I was feeling bad about not remembering!!


Is it crazy that I’m having fun quilting these on my regular sewing machine?! I have no desire to try a larger top but these small ones are fun and even though slooow seems to be in right now, I admit I’m motivated by finishes. Finished tops, finished quilts.

Patting myself on the back for another finish and thanking Stephanie for egging me on!


This little HeartStrings group quilt is now done. Blocks by Marianne, assembled at the WI//MN sew-in and quilted and bound by me. Such a fun quilt.


And I love how well the backing goes with the top … Just a lucky find at Joann’s.


I’m leaving for Maine in a few days to attend a HeartStrings sew-in and I’m trying to get a few things done before I go. Quilting and binding this one has now been checked off that list.


I had so much fun making and quilting this little Strippie and am quite pleased with it. Simple things make me happy – like relearning how to quilt on my sewing machine and making a sweet little quilt that will be donated and wrap a child in warmth and comfort!


Finished UFO’s



March’s – which was finished late but now I’m caught up on my goal of finishing one UFO per month.



This is the last HeartStrings top from the group in CA and it’s finished. I put the last stitches in the binding last night.


I haven’t accomplished much sewing or knitting wise today. Too much time spent on insurance issues but we’re closer to getting some compensation from our insurance company.

I did manage to piece a back for one quilt and pull some yardage for another that doesn’t need backing. I’m falling way behind on piecing backs as I have 8 of my quilts and 3 non standard size HeartStrings waiting for backs.

Last night’s finish

I hand stitched this binding down last night. The top was pieced by a group in CA and sent to me to quilt, bind, and donate.