Archive for the ‘Completed tops’ Category


Finally, the little hourglass top is done. This one will stay here for quilting.

You might recognize the fabrics, brought back from GA and also used in this top. Funny how different the tops look using a different background fabric although I also left out the pink/fuchsia fabrics.

You’ll see them again too because I’ve not made much of a dent in them with these two tops. It’s always a surprise to me how little of my fabric stash it takes to make a quilt and yet I keep collecting it.

Even though I got bored with making this top, I love hourglass quilts. I made this other one in 2013 and it might (or might not) actually get quilted in July. We’ll see. One of the reasons it hasn’t been quilted yet is that I haven’t decided whether to keep it or to give it as a gift.


As I noted when I started this one, I didn’t use her instructions but it’s based on Bonnie Hunter’s Scrappy Bargello quilt.  I’d much rather work in blocks than panels and I used a couple Jelly Rolls from Connecting Threads to make my top. 

On the remodeling front, the grouting is being done today on the hall bathroom and I met with the contractors to discuss the kitchen remodel. I’ll definitely need a break after the bathrooms are done but I want to get an estimate and on their schedule for late fall if possible. 


I hand stitched the binding on the bow tie quilt and pieced this little Strippie today. Trying to wrap up some stuff before I leave to visit Mom so not sure I’ll get much else done except I will get the binding stitched down on the doll quilt. 


The churn dash top is assembled. I know it’s small – approximately 40×54 but the top was finished in just a couple days including design time and time out to buy a sewing machine. 

 I’ll need to practice quilting on the new machine before I try quilting this one or maybe I’ll hand quilt it. There are others in line first so it will wait a while!


I’ve finished assembling my Patritic Rail Fence top. It will go to GA for quilting on the longarm this summer. 

It didn’t even make a small dent in the fabric in this bin. 


You probably realize I hate to waste fabric – it’s one reason I love string quilts! I’ve been piecing small doll quilts with leftovers from strip sets and once again I had enough leftovers for a small doll quilt. I think this is the 4th little one I’ve done but none are quilted yet. In my mind I’m thinking I can practice on them but somehow there’s always another top waiting for quilting. I’m not too worried, as long as I get them assembled into a top they’ll be quilted eventually. I don’t dare leave them in pieces and put them away though or they’d never get done. 

So the little pinwheel top is assembled along with a bonus doll quilt from the leftovers. 

Quilt is 40 x 56

Block size is 8 inches finished, 8.5 with seam allowances

The quilt is Jelly Roll friendly – I used 34 (full width of fabric) 2.5 inch strips and 1/2 of two other strips to make the 35 blocks. Leftovers were used on the doll quilt.  

Your blocks can be set with light or dark centers. I just made sure there was constrast between my two strips.  


Double 4 Patch – instructions can be found on my website. This version does not have a border although one could easily be added if you want a larger quilt. 

Quilt size is – 56 x 72

Block size is 8 inches (8.5 inches with seam allowances)

Blocks are set 7 across and 9 down


I did say it was fast

What’s better than turning a set of fat quarters that have been sitting around for a few years into a quick quilt?! My pink 16 patch is a top. Not quite as beige as it appears but it’s late at night (again) and things photograph differently in my sewing room when I don’t have the sun streaming in. 

So I’ve had a few questions about the size of the blocks – the squares finish at 3.5 inches but you will really want to take a look at the tutorial that I’m linking to here especially if you want to use fat quarters like I did. I’ve got another set I’m going to use for yet another 16 patch already picked out but I’ll piece something else first. 

On our walk today this bird came flying past – I wasn’t sure if it was an egret or a heron so I looked it up. My now educated guess is egret.  


Aren’t you impressed with all that I’ve accomplished since I’ve been home from GA? Three bound, two pieced, one quilted, one scarf finished up and another one started. It feels good to be back into a routine and accomplishing things in my sewing room. 

Best PLUS quilt ever!

That sounds so conceited but it really is my favorite and not just because I made it. The BEST inspiration comes from antique quilts. My instructions for this one can be found on the website. 



This was one of those days that got away from me – lots of paperwork and sorting, laundry, and before I knew it, the light was fading and I hadn’t gotten my steps in so I headed out for a 3 mile walk along the bay. The bay is east so the sun sets across the street from it. I love how it looks through the trees.  

I finally got into the sewing room at 9pm and was able to finish assembling the Plus 1 top. It took less than half of my package of 2.5 inch strips to make the pluses so I’ll pull 5 strips from the leftovers and use them to bind the quilt. Excuse the poor lighting – that’s what happens when you work late at night.  

My reward for getting all my steps in and finishing this top, porch time with a glass of wine! I love that I live in a safe neighborhood where I can sit out even late at night. Of course, the lovely FL weather is nice too. Just cool enough that I can sit under my quilt. 


It’s dreary outside

Inside, it’s cheery and productive! I assembled both sets of HeartStrings rainbow blocks AND cleaned up the piles of strings all over the floor.  The larger top, shown first, will go to Big Canoe for quilting and I’ll quilt the smaller one here in FL. 



So nice to see my floor again! 

I came across some bins on clearance when we were in Office Depot yesterday … For now they’ll hold strings but I’m hoping to sew a lot of the remaining rainbow strings into blocks during this last official HeartStrings project. For now the plan is to work on a few other projects but I’ll come back to them in a month or so. It will be easy to pick a bin and sew.  

I’m not sure why I’ve been feeling so unproductive, I looked at all the tops on the shelf and counting the two I pin basted, and the one I’m slowly hand quilting, there are 12 of them – all but one have been finished since my last trip to Big Canoe so I must be getting something done. I think it’s because I have so many waiting to be pieced that it feels like I’m working so slowly. 


The Woven top is assembled – finally. I thought this quilt would be more fun to make than it was although it wasn’t difficult. I’m glad I’d decided to make a smaller version than the pattern. 

I also cast on another scarf – for Becky. She liked this one I’d made but wanted it in gray.   

 She picked yarn from my stash while she was here at Christmas and although I was going to finish up one of the others before starting it, I messed up for the second time on the Eyeblink shawl so I tossed it aside for now and started the first of two I’m going to knit for Becky.
Pattern – Falling Birch Leaves
Needle size – 9

Yarn – Wollmeise Twin


That was easy

The Strippie top is done and I’m going to relax and read a bit. Soon it will be time for happy hour on the porch and then some knitting while we watch the Redskins play tonight. 



Don’t mind the wrinkly look – it needs a good pressing especially after being mangled on my lap as I took out and resewed a block on the right edge that had been rotated wrong. Of course I didn’t see it until after I had assembled and pressed the top AND hung it up for a photo. This will be folded away for months (maybe years) before its quilted so I’ll save the final pressing until I’m ready to load it on the longarm.

All that’s left for tomorrow is packing and football. I’ll do a bit of knitting too. 


Although any of the border choices would have worked, I went with the purple because I felt it looked best with the stripe I wanted to use for the inner border and binding. This is the second ‘Sharon’ quilt I’ve made and I’m sure I’ll make more.  I love my scrappy HeartStrings quilts from my string binds but these are fun too. 



In the end, the borders were determined by the amount of fabric I have here. A pieced border to finish the pattern and the one to float the blocks. Quilt size is 50×59 and had I planned better, I would have added one more row of blocks to the length but overall I’m pleased with it. 

I’ll use the other blue print to bind the quilt but don’t hold your breath, this one will go to GA eventually to be quilted on the longarm.  

 The binding is on the HeartStrings quilt and now I just need to hand stitch it down. Progress is being made!


I didn’t spend much time sewing today, just enough to finish assembling the little doll quilt. Tomorrow, I can start sewing blocks for the tessellating quilt. 

We had such a nice weekend together – the weather was great and we spent time out on the porch both nights after dinner – it was exactly what I imagined when we bought this place. We watched some football at a local pub and both the Redskins and Vikings won today. 

Later in the day, we took a walk along the bay to Hyde Park – Keith checked out the play area in the park in anticipation of Rae’s visit at Christmas – hopefully we’ll have a warm sunny day while she’s here so she can have some water play. 



Can you tell I’ve been busy? The RWB Bricks are assembled and it will go to Big Canoe for quilting. This was another leftover quilt also using 2.5 inch strips.  So happy to be back in my sewing nook!

The leftovers were from the Chevron Rail Fence quilt which is also waiting for quilting. 

Jelly Roll Strippie

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again today – I don’t like Jelly Roll Race quilts. I just DON’T. 

I do understand why people make them

  • It’s fun to be part of a group event
  • A lot of us have Jelly Rolls laying around, and
  • Who doesn’t like a quick quilt?

I’m heading to Maine on Sunday for the annual HeartStrings sew-in held there and as I was gathering up my stuff to pack, I pulled out a couple Jelly Rolls – some of girls are going to have a Jelly Roll race (Last year they raced with Tumblers) and I thought I’d take one for my binding buddy and one for the winner of the race. 

Since I like quick quilts and I have Jelly Rolls I thought I’d try my hand at a strippie quilt using a Jelly Roll so I’d feel like I was playing along with everyone else. I don’t carry a sewing machine on the plane so I have to do mine either before or after the sew-in. If you do a search for Jelly Roll quilts you can see some people cut theirs and reassemble them in some fashion because they don’t like the finished top. Some people make Jelly Roll quilts by just sewing their strips to each other rather than in a long roll like the JRR quilts, and some people alternate lights and darks. I kind of jumbled these ideas together and came up with my Jelly Roll Strippie.

I’m done in just a few hours this afternoon. Since I’m done first does that mean I win?

If anyone is interested in my process – I posted the steps on my website. 


I just love marking things off my list! This is the little HeartStrings top I’ve been trying to finish up from our project that ended In August. Technically, the quilts were supposed to have light centers — these leftover dots are kind of light, right?  It’s really a rather overcast day so not the best photo unfortunately. 

I rarely have enough yardage here in FL for backing but how lucky is this? I’m taking this little top to Maine with me next week to tie and donate there and we flip the backings around for bindings on those quilts. This one will work perfectly.  


Keith’s flying home tomorrow, am I the only one that still worries about a loved one being on a plane on September 11th?