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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?