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On my Design Wall

Loving these blocks … Got some red added in yesterday.


I also re-cast on my shawl yesterday during the Super Bowl and made good progress I should be back to the lace and beading section soon.

I couldn’t resist

This is just the type of quilt I like, big easy blocks! It’s another in my 2.5 inch strip challenge and it’s based on an antique quilt I saw on eBay. I get the best ideas there. I also seem to be finally using up some of the fat quarter sets I’ve been collecting. This is the third one in a row that has used them. I had to make myself stop piecing and go downstairs to load another HeartStrings quilt or I would have spent all afternoon up here making these blocks.



I finished up the blocks for this little pinwheels and rails quilt today. I won’t put a border on it and I’ll save the blocks to assemble when I spend some time in Big Canoe later this year. I’m planning on another 6-7 weeks down there and this is the 3rd set of blocks I’m putting aside to assemble there … I love having a reason to procrastinate.


This was another quilt pieced from 2.5 inch strips. Even the pinwheels!

Pinwheels and Rails

My 2nd quilt using 2.5 inch strips is inspired by this one Jackie made. Mine will be child size and have no border – here’s my draft. Ignore the coloring, I was too lazy to change all the pinwheel blocks to different colors.


I started cutting and piecing a few blocks this afternoon AFTER getting a binding made and sewn on February’s UFO which is now ready for hand stitching, and AFTER loading and quilting a HeartStrings donation top.

The first few blocks … The blue pinwheels won’t stay next to each other like in the photo. I’ll move them around as I get more blocks made.


These blocks are all from 2.5 inch strips … Even the pinwheels. I haven’t used Thangles for a while but they’re perfect for this quilt.


And here’s the first of 9 HS donation tops on the list to be done.


My switches have been shipped so they should arrive soon, in the meantime, I stitched this one from the back again using the pantograph Leapfrog.

1000 Pyramids

My triangle die arrived the other day and while I’m not going to piece this quilt right now I plan to cut triangles as I clean up in the sewing room. Before cutting too many, I also decided I needed to make a couple blocks to make sure they went together easily.


On my design wall

I finished piecing the HeartStrings blocks this afternoon and for those of you who commented that I don’t post enough photos of Chesty … I had him pose with the blocks.

We’re doing a Black and White project at HeartStrings in Sept and Oct and if you’re interested in participating, you can find the details here.


Hopefully I’ll finish binding the Carpenter Star tonight while the game is on.

I’m a planner

I drive Keith crazy all the time asking him what the plan is? Not that I expect HIM to have a plan but it’s my opening to asking him what he wants to do so I can form a plan for our day or trip.

I also wake up each morning and plan what I need to accomplish that day.

In order to meet my goals for September, I’ll start with HS blocks and binding during the day and hand stitching bindings and knitting in the evenings. Keith will be coming and going all month so I’ll be able to listen to my audio book while I work in the evening.

This morning I started my set of Pink centered blocks for our current HeartStrings project. If you’d like to join in, details are here!


I don’t have enough of any one pink so this set will just have the pink centers unlike the blue centered set that has some blue corners and will also have a blue binding.

I also got the binding on the Charmed Squares and its ready to be hand stitched.


On my design wall

I like a day like today … A little quilting, a little piecing, and a little knitting. I even managed to make dinner for Keith!

I also like that I’ve been doing these HeartStrings blocks for so long that I have my process down pat. I use 48 blocks per quilt, 6 rows of 8 blocks and it takes me an hour to piece and trim 8 blocks … That’s just 6 hours for all the blocks and its easy to do an hour here and there. I’ve got half the blocks done now, an hour’s work each day for the last 3 days and its fun to see the quilt grow on the design wall.


Finally – a few hours sewing

Today was the first day all week my head didn’t hurt too much to sew. I started with grunt work and pieced 3 backs (just 10 more to do …. ugh!)

And then I cut fabric into strips and started a new HeartStrings top. We’re having a special project in Sept/Oct and since I’m going to be gone so much I need to get an early start.

Cindy’s quilt is our inspiration.

For blocks sent in for group quilts, we’ll use red centers but for anyone making an entire set or the whole quilt (me!) any color center goes. I’ve also made one other adaptation, I’m using my center color on half of my corners to give me a little extra pop of color. My quilt will also be bound in the blue.


We usually have prizes for our HeartStrings projects and VickiW offered to sponsor one of them for this project. I was thrilled to accept as I love her hand dyed fabrics. If you haven’t seen them, take a look at Vicki’s links below. I’ll be posting the full details of the project on the HeartStrings site in a few days and will let you know in case you want to participate.



I pulled out the tumblers today and started playing with them.


I decided to modify my original design somewhat and if I was at home with my stash and tumbler die, I would modify it to look like this drawing … But I’m not so I’ll work with what I have here. I’ve also decided I don’t like the half tumblers … I prefer leaving my edges irregular. I think it adds more interest so this will be the first and last quilt that I use the half tumblers on.


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