Archive for the ‘Piecing in progress’ Category

Border decisions need to be made

I finished the HeartStrings blocks and started assembling the top but I don’t know that I can just use the print as a border. It seems kind of light or maybe the top seems kind of dark?!

I need to put it up on the design wall and decide whether to…..
▪️add just the print border,
▪️or to add an inner border – gold maybe – and then the print
▪️or to sash the blocks and then use the print
▪️or to put an inner border and then a piano key scrappy border

First, I need to finish the blue framed 9 patch blocks that are up on the design wall now to free it up. Nothing will get done tomorrow as I have a dentist appt, a hair appt, and my volunteer shift at the library.


I so want to keep knitting on the yellow blanket but I am going to miss hitting most of my goals this month so I’m pulling out the Herringbone shawl which IS on the list to be finished this month.

Finished my blocks

Still sewing along with HeartStrings this weekend … I finished my blocks this afternoon and am settling in now to knit and watch some of the Olympics. I’ll play a little with block placement before sewing them together.


A few blocks

I’m watching the opening ceremonies and knitting but I’ll go up later and make more of my HeartStrings blocks.

Here’s a quick peek!


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.


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