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Do you use your leftovers? While I had the fabric out for the HSTeria quilt, I cut some 2.5 inch strips from the leftover fabric and kitted them up for later. A simple 5 rail fence is the result. Quick and easy and better than the fabric going back in stash. It will be donated when it’s eventually finished (don’t hold your breath! My tops tend to age a bit on the shelf before being quilted).


The problem with multitasking

Working on a little of this and a little of that makes for slow progress but I did manage to get the 16 patch top assembled.


I head to GA in two weeks so I needed to start sorting what goes and what stays. Why is it that organization in my sewing room is a never ending task?! As you can see, I have piles everywhere – and the fact that you can see is due to my finally buying a light for my sewing room so now I can work at night and actually see something beyond the sewing table. I haven’t even managed to remake the bed in there after Chris and Becky’s visit. I will get to that once I pack up everything going to GA.


I sorted through the finished tops – 4 small ones will stay here for quilting and 6 will go to GA. I might eventually decide to big stitch one or two of the ones going to GA but I have more than enough to keep myself busy for the next 6+ months and I expect to visit at least 4 times this year.

I sorted through the finished quilts and started washing them – again some will go to GA for donation and some will be mailed from here so there are two stacks.

There are 4 afghans to go to GA for donation – 3 need ends woven in before I go so that goes on the to do list.

While I told myself I wasn’t going to establish another fabric stash here in FL I haven’t stopped ordering fabric online so that’s sorted through – the larger 4-5 yard pieces go to GA for quilt backs and I’ll keep the rest here for now.


Making a doll quilt from scraps left over from the 16 Patch sounds like a good idea but probably only going to happen if I pieced it while everything was sitting out … I knew if I put it away to do later, later would never come so I assembled the little top today.


The 16 patch blocks are all made and next I need to get that top assembled.


I know you just saw this yesterday but now it’s a finished top. It’s bright but I like it!



I’ve had a bunch of emails about my Sharon inspired HeartStrings quilt so I’m going to summarize the challenge and my process in this one post so it will be easier to refer people who are interested in making their own version.

First up, here’s the information about the challenge which goes through the end of December.

While we were in Maine admiring yet another one of Sharon’s planned HeartStrings quilts we decided to challenge ourselves to make our own version and invite other HeartStrings members to join in the fun. The guidelines for the challenge are:

Using a muslin foundation like our typical HeartStrings block that is cut 10 inches and trimmed to 9.5 inches after sewing the strips to it. We’re setting these blocks 6×8 for a quilt that will finish at 54×72 inches.

Choose 8 fabrics – I yard each ( not all of each fabric will be used)

All strips are cut 2 inches

Corner triangles are the same fabric on both sides of the block from 4.5 inch squares cut on the diagonal.

This is a planned quilt with the strips in the same place for each block.

You know by now that I’m living temporarily in South Florida and my stash and Longarm are in our condo in the North Georgia mountains so I had to wait until I went to GA in October to pull my fabrics.

My favorite way to choose fabrics for a non scrappy quilt is to chose a multicolored fabric that I love (this fabric may or may not end up in the quilt). In this case, I chose a multicolored stripe and searched through my fabric bins for ones in colors from the stripe. I chose 11 fabrics in total because I wanted some wiggle room when I got back to Florida and actually started to make the blocks in case I didn’t like one or more of the ones I’d chosen.

My initial 11 fabrics


Back in Florida, I cut a 2 inch strip from each of my fabrics and arranged and rearranged them until I found 8 that worked well together.


When I went to cut the gold, I found I didn’t have a full yard and was happy I had another fabric in my original 11 that would work.

While I didn’t intend it, it just happened that I had two stripes, two stars, and two dots in my choices … The different prints and scale of the fabrics were key to making my quilt successful.

Once I had all my blocks made, I needed to decide the layout — there were only two options which made it an easy decision.

Which would you choose?

Layout A?


Layout B?


I chose B because I found the brighter green more distracting on the edges of the quilt and loved them when they were the focus of the center.


This is definitely one of my favorite HeartStrings quilts and I had fun with the process and challenge. I think I’ll pull fabric for another the next time I go back to GA.

Modest Goals

Can you believe it’s December?! I have two trips this month and some family obligations so my goals are rather modest.

Assemble 2 HeartStrings tops
Bind 3 quilts
Quilt 1 small HeartStrings top

I’ll finish up my gray shawl and continue working on my Big Stitch Quilting project. Walking is a priority also as we’re doing another half marathon in March.

I’m getting ready to head out for a walk and I already have progress made on the list – the first HeartStrings top from blocks made this weekend is assembled. It’s a smaller 24 block top that I’ll be able to quilt here in FL.



The last set of finished blocks is now assembled. Child size as it is, it will not get borders and I might even choose this one as my next one for big stitch quilting. If not, it’s small enough that I could quilt it on my regular sewing machine.


We’re heading to Marco Island for a few days and Keith’s nephew will come stay at the apartment to watch Chesty. We’ve been lucky that he’s been available and that Chesty has only had to go to the kennel once since June. Of course that meant that one of my tasks for today was to clear off the bed in the sewing room and neaten up everything else in the room for him to stay. Laundry is in progress, packing is next and then a walk is on the agenda for the rest of the day along with some more big stitch quilting tonight.


These blocks were pieced from my leftover strips and strings last November. The plan was to spend the summer again at Big Canoe so I set aside some projects to work on while I was there … Of course, the move was unexpected and I did not spend the summer in GA but the bin came here to FL and now this too is done.


I’ve got a second set of blocks to assemble that I’ll work on next I think. A smaller quilt and no borders so I should get that one done before our trip on Friday … I think!


Yesterday I added a row to my Tumbler Race quilt so it’s now 12×13 blocks. I love how this one turned out!


And while I was in the sewing room, I went ahead and finished assembling the Drunkard’s Path Ladybug quilt. I’m also pleased with this one !


Now to decide what to work on next. I want to start a 16 patch quilt but I have two block sets that need assembly and a double 4 patch cut out and started just before the move. I really, really should work on one of those but we’ll see what I decide after I finish my coffee.


I don’t love it but I like it OK … I’m sure I’ll like it better after quilting.


Keith gets home this evening so I trimmed the other 4 quilts while I had the table up … This is much easier than crawling around on the floor to trim them like I did in MN.


This is why my string bins will never be empty no matter how many HeartStrings quilts I make.


The table is folded and back under our bed, I even vacuumed! I would like to do a 3 mile walk this afternoon but Chesty is not feeling well so I’m waiting a while to see if he feels better before leaving him.


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