Sticking to the list

I resisted the temptation to start something new and decided to work on assembling a set of blocks … It just needs the border now and I’ll sew that on tomorrow.

Next on the list was the second hat for Rae. I really, really, really, dislike using DPN’s but I couldn’t find a 16 inch cable for my interchangeable needles — yep, they all must be in GA.


This pattern is from the book Baby Beanies



It’s always fun to see one of my quilts or instruction sheets published. Instructions for my Amish Stripes and Strings were published in a booklet included with an Australian magazine a while back and recently they requested permission to republish it in a magazine put out by Down Under Quilts.


Finding a copy in the mail last week was a fun surprise.


Unfortunately I didn’t have a high resolution photo and the quilt had already been donated so they used a drawing of the quilt for the magazine.


I take so many photos of my quilting but I’m bad about saving all the high resolution photos in one spot especially since I need to reduce the resolution of photos before using my iPad to post them to the blog. I need to do a better job of organizing and saving the high resolution versions of the photos because most of the requests for publication come after the quilts have already been donated.



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.


Big Stitch quilting

I’m in love!


There are books and tutorials on Big Stitch quilting and I’ve read several over the years. The biggest questions are probably the following:

What size/type of needle to use?
Most of what I’ve read suggests a chenille or embroidery needle. I have both but decided to try the embroidery needle first. I’m using a size 4. It’s a little longer than the size 22 chenille needle which I think is helpful.

What thread?
Again, most of the reading I did suggests size 8 or 12 perle cotton (size 12 is thinner) one or two places also mentioned crochet cotton and since I’ve used a lot of crochet cotton in size 10 to tie quilts, I thought I’d try that. KnitPicks has crochet cotton in lots of colors and I decided to try theirs in a gray … Love the thread, love the color!!

Hoop or no hoop?
I brought my 14 inch hoop to FL but in the end I decided to try it without the hoop. I just felt that I would be moving the hoop too frequently. Tonya had a great blog post several years ago about quilting without a hoop and I looked that up before starting.

Right now I’m just quilting on either side of the seam but I’m going to have to put a line of quilting in the middle of these rows too – I’m trying to echo the piecing to emphasize the diagonal lines/diamond shape.


My choices for marking are to use a Hera – creates a crease but doesn’t “mark” the quilt, painters tape, or a marking pen. People are using frixon pens the marks iron away but I’m a little nervous about that. I’ve used the blue pens without a problem in the past but wouldn’t be able to see that line in the darker fabric.

I’ll let you know what I decide when I get to that point.

Any other questions?!


A respectable showing

Jackie and Rebecca tied at 2 hours and 8 minutes for their tumbler race last month in Maine. Brenda was a little behind but she had to wait for the iron because we only had two pressing stations ….

So today, I tried my hand at the tumbler race
144 tumblers set 12×12

My time was 2 hours and 11 minutes but of course, I didn’t have any distractions either so I probably did better than I would have if I was doing it at the same time they did. Also, like Rebecca, I don’t trim my sides even so we had a little advantage over Jackie who does.

Here’s the proof – the light isn’t good so I’ll take a better photo tomorrow. I also have extra tumblers so I think I might add an extra row. As pieced this is about 54×72 which is a good size but no need to waste the tumblers and an extra 6 inches would be nice.


I did use a few seconds to snap a photo in progress. The blocks are all webbed together.


When I was starting to press I noticed a couple of mistakes so I had to cut some of my rows apart. I think it actually helped my time because I found it awkward to try and press the whole web and I think it was easier to sew together in sections too.


Hat #1

Hard to get a good photo when my hat head is in GA but Rae’s first hat is done.


It’s a free pattern on Ravelry.


Where did 2014 go?

Can you believe there are less than 7 weeks before the end of the year?! Time will fly by with the holidays and I have with 3 trips planned in that time too. I haven’t been making big to do lists but there are a number of things that I want to get done before the end of the year.

Quilting the two quilts I pin basted today are on that list.


I’m finally going to try the Big Stitch Quilting I’ve been talking about for a couple years and will start quilting tonight.

I also got my tumblers ready for sewing tomorrow afternoon. When I was in Maine, Rebecca, Jackie, and Brenda had a couple tumbler quilt races and I was determined to see how I measured up to their time. I cut these last month in GA and we’ll see how it goes!


I’m not laying out all the tumblers, just separating those from the same fabric so they don’t fall right together and laying out the first two tumblers in the rows. From there, placement just be random – we’ll see how that works for me.



This is one of my HeartStrings quilts and I finished the binding last night.


After the binding was done I set it on the table to wait until today to photograph and kept stopping to admire my freehand Baptist Fan quilting. I just LOVE how it looks on our HeartStrings quilts and that its so easy to do.




Pieced by AnnG – I love these Homespun HeartStrings quilts!


Keith leaves this in a little while and my work table is already back up in the living room. I’m knitting now but after a massage this afternoon, I’ll trim, pin baste, and bind!


Maybe not so obvious as I thought

I asked Keith what he saw yesterday looking at the blocks on the design wall and he didn’t get the right answer … I probably already mentioned where I’m going with this quilt in another post but I think it’s pretty obvious what my blocks are supposed to be … Any guesses?


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