Archive for the ‘Quilted’ Category


Keith arrived last night and we went to dinner with Chris, Becky, and Rae – can’t believe I didn’t get a single photo. 

This morning I loaded and quilted my HeartStrings top from our Sharon Challenge last year. Unlike most of my HeartStrings quilts, this one was made according to challenge guidelines and only has 8 fabrics.  I rarely keep one of my own quilts but I think this one will be staying with me. I just love the colors. 

Quilted freehand with funky feathers from the Pajama Quilter DVD.  


The quilting shows better on the back. 


We’ve got family stuff scheduled for the weekend so it will be Monday before I get back downstairs to quilt. 


Ready to load …

Quilted – I used a panto … I can’t remember the name right now but I liked the fern like texture of it for this string rail fence top.  


My goal is to quilt 6 while I’m here but I’ve got a lot of family time scheduled too so we’ll see how it goes. Keith joins me tomorrow.  For now, I’ve got a glass of wine, my knitting, and audiobook to keep me company for the rest of the night. 


My aunt’s log cabin is done. I made some adjustments to the tension before I started and had no issues thank goodness!

The Pantograph is Jilly by Keryn Emmerson. My aunt sashed her blocks which is a little unusual for a log cabin. 

Next up will be this Pineapple quilt of mine. I frequently end up changing my mind about which thread to use and  I think the best way to choose one is to lay out several choices on the quilt. I should have done that with the little strippie from yesterday!

Can you guess which thread I’m using for this one?! It’s not the one I thought I’d be using!


Can’t  say I’m thrilled with this one … Got a late start and have dinner plans so decided to quilt something quick. First, I needed to piece a batting. Usually I’d machine stitch this but didn’t want to set up the sewing machine – yeah, like hand stitching it was quicker. Normally if was going to hand stitch it I’d use hand quilting thread – couldn’t find the bin with that so used this size 12 perle cotton. 

I also had some tension issues even though it was the same thread I’d had on the machine yesterday that stitched beautifully so I had to spend extra time tweaking it and in the end, the brown thread probably wasn’t a good choice – I think it looks kind of busy. Maybe green thread would have worked better but it’s done and in the pile to go back to FL for binding. 

I’m quilting

I’ve got a top to quilt for my aunt that’s brown and turquoise so I decided I’d warm up on one of mine. This is a rail fence pieced from fabric leftovers from the HST quilt and it will be donated. The pantograph is Happy Times I think, I’ll have to check the end of it when I’m done to be sure. 

Mine is the one on the right, hers is on the left. 

Loaded on the longarm and the quilting in progress. 

A close up of the quilting

Chesty supervising

And this is what I did on my break … Ordered more Wollmeise yarn from the Loopy Ewe. Now I need to get back to work so I can finish this up. The goal this week is to quilt 4-5 tops. 

Changing plans

I didn’t intend to quilt this top today but unexpectedly I’ve got to head to VA first thing Monday morning and I’m spending tomorrow afternoon with all the kids so I had to get this one quilted and everything packed up. My goal was to quilt 8 tops in the 2 weeks I was going to be here and I did get 4 done so those will go back to FL with me for binding. The other 4 will have to wait until the next trip as well as all the others I brought from FL and the ones already here.

You can’t see the quilting but I did some quick Dwirling from the Pajama Quilter DVD on this RWB HeartStrings top of mine.


Chris and Becky were a big help as usual and helped me go through the boxes of stuff from the kitchen. Note to self, don’t ever let the contractor empty out the kitchen. NOT EVER! Thanks to the kids, the next time I visit and have to get everything washed and back in the appropriate cabinets it will be a much easier job.


Today was a much better day – maybe the wine I sipped while knitting in front of the fire last night helped!

# 3 was quilted today with freehand swirls. This is my HeartStrings top that I pieced last year during one of our projects or was it 2013? Time is flying by so fast I can’t keep up.


I also got all three trimmed and #4 is loaded and ready to quilt. I’m seeing both Chris and Adam this weekend although our plans are still a little up in the air.

When it rains it pours

Lots of issues both machine related and non quilting today … But I did manage to quilt this HeartStrings top pieced by Tish. It’s so sweet! I quilted some freehand flowers – again from the Pajama Quilter DVD. With everything going on, I’m going to stick to the tried and true and see how many tops I can get through. I could push harder but one per day is my limit and there will be some days I’m here that I don’t get anything quilted. I have the number 8 in my head but it could be more or less depending on how things go.


A better view of the quilting on the back.


I’m going to run over to the pub for dinner and then I’m cracking a bottle of wine. Believe it or not, I haven’t opened one since I got here Monday but that changes tonight!


I was so tired last night and today. Some reading, crochet, and lots of hand quilting — All things I could do sitting cuddled on the sofa with Chesty and I did manage to finish the big stitch quilting on this small quilt. I enjoyed it so much and am looking forward to starting another but not just yet. I now have 4 to bind.


I used a Mark B Gone pen in the light diagonals and a CharcoLiner in the dark. Marking just a few lines at a time.


A pretty sunset tonight and I have to admit it’s nice to walk Chesty in short sleeves and flip flops in December!



Since I had my walking foot on to assemble the HeartStrings blocks I decided to go ahead and quilt this small tumbler top pieced by Barbara at the Maine sew-in.


Keith’s traveling again next week so I’ll wait to then to set up my table to trim it for binding.

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