Category Archives: Completed tops

Boxed Squares

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I put borders on the Boxed Squares today so that top is finished. Instructions are on my website – this quilt is Jelly Roll friendly or you can use 2.5 inch strips from stash. I used a kit purchased on clearance at Craftsy and in addition to the Jelly Roll there was enough fabric for the borders and binding. There’s just one small 1/2 yard piece left from the kit – I love it when I can utilize all the fabric in a clearance kit and still make my own quilt and not the one included in the kit. 

Quilt size with borders is 64 x 76

Inner border is cut 2.5 inches

Outer border is cut 6.5 inches

I’m still moving things around in my sewing room – I have just a handful of days here in FL in December and the time I have left to figure out how I want the room arranged before the longarm comes is limited. 

I love my Koala table BUT it is completely impractical without an extension on the left side of the machine. I didn’t want to move this table from behind the machine to beside it because it means that either my cutting table or ironing board will end up back in the corner but I need the extra space and support on that side of the machine. 

The longarm will go in the middle of the room where the other table is now … I thought I’d have a hard time giving up that workspace but as you can see I’m measuring and pinning borders on the floor because there’s too much stuff on the table to use it!

I can’t believe that I’m going to have everything back in one room in just a few weeks. I’ve had a number of different sewing spaces and some have worked better than others but I haven’t had everything in one room since 2006!!!

Clean or sew?

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I’d much rather sew! We only use a cleaning service every few months but it’s so nice to spend the morning in my sewing room while someone else cleans for me. Of course, having someone come in means that I spent all day yesterday straightening up and putting things away but even that’s worth having a clean house!

While Jocelyn was cleaning, I assembled the HeartStrings top. This one is completely scrappy  – I just sewed with whatever strips and strings were in the bin and some people might even call it ugly but from these leftovers, comes a quilt that will provide warmth and comfort to someone in need. I love that!


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My Veteran’s Day quilt is a finished top. Inspired by the planned HeartStrings quilts made by Sharon in Maine and because i frequently get asked about these quilts, brief instructions are now on my website. 

Like all my tops being finished now, it will wait for quilting until I get the longarm here from Big Canoe which hopefully will happen in January if all goes according to plan. 


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The Plus top is completed and I like it a lot more than I expected. It was a discounted kit from Craftsy and I added some length to it so it wouldn’t be square – it ended up about 67×76 inches. 

My stairs are also finally carpeted – as I waited for them to be done today I found myself remembering that the one thing I told Keith I didn’t want when we started house hunting here in Tampa was to have to do any renovations. So of course, we’ve gone from one project to another in the two plus years we’ve been here but I can finally mark re-carpeting off my list. Next up is having the painter in to repair and paint the ceiling that the electrician had to cut into when installing the library lights. One project just seems to lead to another. There’s a 4th light but I couldn’t fit them all in the photo and I’m not even sure if we’re going to be able to get this scheduled and done before we leave for GA in December. They’re coming out Thanksgiving week to give us an estimate. 

I’ve also done some rearranging in the sewing room. I hope to have figured out where I want everything before I bring the longarm but I think that cutting table is going to move to the other side of the cubby. 

I love having the table to spread out my projects – right now I’m using it to pair up Happy Block centers and frames. 

Those are my string bins underneath and I’m about ready to start another set of HeartStrings blocks too. Having them under the table rather than tucked in the back of the closet should make it easier to get to them and hopefully use them up!


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Wow, does it feel good to be back to work even if I still have bins sitting on the floor waiting for me to finish sorting and deciding where to put the stuff in them!

The spool quilt is a finished top and will wait for quilting now until after I bring the longarm here to Florida. 

I’m linking again to the brief instructions on how I pieced my quilt – there’s also a photo of the vintage quilt that inspired me. 


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The 5 Star top is assembled. It’s rare that I make a monochromatic quilt and right now I’m a bit ambivalent about this one although I know it will be fine with quilting. There are instructions on the website for this quilt including RWB version

By the way, I don’t like making square quilts. I make quilts to be used and I’m taller than I am wide (at least for now) but sometimes I like to start with a square design like these enlarged star quilts where I start with a single block.  In this case, border 1 (the light green) and border 2 (the half square triangles) were only added to the top and bottom of the quilt giving me 16 extra inches of length before I added the final border. 

Sometimes I frame the entire quilt before adding the length like in this Log Cabin but the idea is the same, two of the borders are only added to the top and bottom of the quilt to add length. 

Another way I like to add length is to add borders just on top. These hearts weren’t square before I added the border but I wanted just a little more length. 

And of course, I’ve added rows of stars over my Patriotic Rail Fence quilts several times, including the original version that had stars not just on the top but also on the bottom. 


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I ran into a few challenges but the Ohio Star top is finished. This was a kit but I didn’t want to make the pattern that came with it so  made up my own. Cutting and piecing the quarter square triangles is a breeze thanks to my Accuquilt GO but as I mentioned, there’s one 4 inch square on the Ohio Star die and it was just easier to rotary cut those. 

This top will go to Big Canoe for quilting and will be eventually donated but it will probably wait a while before I get to it. 

Still miserable

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I just can’t seem to shake this congestion and cough and now I want to feel sorry for myself because it’s my birthday and it’s raining. Instead, i decided to head for the sewing room.

After aimlessly wandering around in the room for 30 minutes trying to decide what to start, I realized a Strippie would be perfect – no real concentration needed and I could piece it from start to finish today. I’ve had this fabric forever and I guess I liked it so much I was saving it – now I know just where this little Strippie is going be gifted in 6 months and it’s even better that Gram started making it on her birthday!

Another positive ….. in addition to being my birthday it’s National Donut Day! Thanks Keith for helping me celebrate!

I’m going stir crazy after hanging around the house for the last couple weeks so I have no idea what we’ll do later but rain or shine it will be something that doesn’t involve staying home!