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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.



Today’s the last day of our sew along and I quilted one of my HeartStrings top. It’s my UFO for February and still needs binding but I’m ahead of the game! I wanted to test my theory that the problem with the longarm was the switch so I wanted to quilt this one from the back – no problems at all. I’ve already ordered replacement switches which will be here soon so I won’t have any down time. The pantograph is called Leap Frog.


I made an off center 4 patch backing for this one … Great for when you don’t have a single fabric large enough and don’t want to spend a lot of time piecing a scrappy one.




HeartStrings is continuing our New Year’s sew along and since I finished my Coffee makes me Happy top last night, I decided to quilt one. This is January’s UFO, a sashed version of my strips and strings log cabin blocks.


Just some quick Dwirling on it but I had some machine issues. After consulting with my sister Deb, we decided it was a switch going bad so I’ve ordered replacements and if I need to I can switch out the one from the back.



Last quilt of 2013

Some Dwirling from the Pajama Quilter DVD on a top of my cousin’s. That’s one less top I have here to finish up in 2014.




Turning the quilt

I’m more than halfway done and maybe 70% happy so far with my quilting. I turned the quilt today to quilt the side borders. Another few hours and I should be done with this one.


Our HeartStrings sew along also finished today. I didn’t get as much accomplished as I wanted but my string rail fence blocks are coming along and I’ll finish them up this month. This week will be incredibly busy with a couple doctor appointments for Chesty, a volunteer shift at the library and a trip to Mom’s. Luckily Chesty’s incision has healed and his stitches will come out Tuesday so I won’t have to cancel my trip to Virginia – we’ll be celebrating my Mom’s 82nd birthday.



I’m kind of surprised I was able to finish the quilting on my half square triangle top tonight but my foot didn’t bother me too much other than some balance issues … leading to an occasional unintentional wobble in my stitching.

I used the pantograph Leap Frog by Norma Sharp


I was able to line the pantograph up so the design was fairly centered on the side borders.


Chesty even came downstairs to keep me company.



Quilted – more Dwirling

I briefly considered quilting my freehand Baptist Fans on this top of Jackie’s but it’s a big one and I needed to get it finished today so I did more Dwirling.

I’ve got the binding on one and made two backings today but I’ll still need to get two trimmed and the bindings on later this week between my library shifts and errands.




This HeartStrings top was pieced by Tish and will go with me to Maine for binding and donating. I think my favorite thing to quilt on these is a swirly version of Dwirling from the Pajama Quilter DVD. Fun, fast, and fabulous.



It’s going to be a very busy week

I have to get ready for my month in Maine and have a couple days at the library and errands to run in addition to all the packing.

Today I quilted this top of Jackie’s, I’ve got one more of hers that I will get quilted and ready for binding while I’m in Maine so I can leave them there for donation. The pantograph is Seaweed.




I’m kind of lazy…or maybe we can call it easily bored or even just busy but I’d had in the back of my mind that I would custom quilt my Carpenter Star. I kept putting it off and choosing other UFO’s to finish but today I decided it was time to get it done. Pieced in February 2011, it’s finally quilted. There are instructions on the website for this easy quilt.

Quilted with the pantograph Halcyon. Yep, the same pantograph I used on the Charmed Squares because a) I knew it would look good on this quilt and b) it was already on the machine.


That’s the 4th one quilted … It’s very, very unusual for me to quilt 4 of mine in a row but I mentioned that I try to finish 12 UFO’s a year. Most of the time I aim for one a month but with all the recent and upcoming travel I needed to do one for July, Aug, Sept, and Oct. Now these 4 just need to be bound by the end of October and I’ll be caught up.

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