Category Archives: Completed tops


Published / by Mary / 2 Comments on Lazy

One of these days I’m going to have to get back on track and stick to my goals but I’m being generous with myself through the end of the year. Doing just what I want to do and not necessarily what I should do but that doesn’t mean there’s not any progress being made. The tumbler top has been assembled and will go to Big Canoe for quilting. 

I’ve also started sewing the leftover tumblers into a small doll quilt. 

So what’s not getting done today? My walk. 


Published / by Mary / 14 Comments on Assembled

The Log Cabin top is assembled. There are brief instructions on my website including how I used the GO die to cut my log cabin blocks. 

It feels wrong to go about my life as if I hadn’t just experienced the disbelief of America choosing a president who spewed hatred and bigotry but my sewing room is my sanctuary – it’s where I’ve been all last week wrapped in my grief at the loss of my sister-in-law and it’s where I’ll go as I try to come to terms with what just happened. 


Published / by Mary / 5 Comments on Assembled

I got the binding on the tumbler and set it aside to hand stitch tonight. I like to keep the irregular edges on my tumbler quilts – it’s not hard to bind it but you do have to pivot the quilt frequently to follow the edges. 

I also cut out and assembled the Dino strippie top. I know a little boy mad for dinosaurs who asked his Gram for a quilt in July while we were at Big Canoe. 

I’m going to get out for a walk and then I’ll sit and bind. 


Published / by Mary / 3 Comments on Assembled

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.


Published / by Mary / 10 Comments on Assembled

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. 


Published / by Mary / 1 Comment on Assembled

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!


Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Bonus

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.