Archive for the ‘Completed quilts’ Category


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! 



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.