Mom’s Churn Dash

I’ve been playing with Churn Dash designs and a few weeks ago worked up a little one for Mom to make. 

She sent me a photo of her finished quilt today – it’s so cute!

I did post some VERY brief notes on the quilt on my website if you’re interested in what size blocks/strips/borders we used. The finished quilt is approximately 41 x 52 inches

A change in plans

My schedule needs to be flexible right now and rather than being home for a few more days as planned, I’m heading back to VA in the morning. Today was spent getting myself organized for being gone for another 3 weeks and a little sewing, a little football, and a walk along the bay. 

I did manage to finish the binding on the Drunkard’s Path quilt watching the Vikings beat the Packers tonight – I call that a win-win! (I’m leaving at 5am so no chance to get a better photo before I leave). This makes UFO finish #12 for the year. 

I didn’t make much progress on assembling the HeartStrings top but it will be waiting for me when I get home. 

Loved being home and walking along the bay in the evening.

Loved spending time with Keith

In the sewing room

I think my plans for the days I’m going to be home were overly ambitious but I’m just going to putter along. 

First up – binding. This one is ready for me to hand stitch down tonight. 

2nd up – I put the HeartStrings blocks up on the design wall and chose a sashing fabric. 

I’m not fan of sashing but that was the plan for these blocks so I’ve made a start – the first two rows are done and I’m stopping for the night. 

Wine, song, knitting

Happy to be heading home tonight … Sitting in Atlanta waiting for my flight home to Tampa. 

If you haven’t already found him, listen to George Ezra. 

Going back in time

I’m not a social person and not one to have a lot of friends but I met up with an old friend today that I hadn’t seen in a couple years and we had a great time catching up. We went to nursing school together and since my photos from those days are at Big Canoe, I’ll just share this photo of me to demonstrate how long ago that was 🙂

I’ve promised Rita we’ll get together again soon since I’ll be coming back and forth to VA in the next couple months. 


EDIT: based on some of the comments I probably wasn’t clear – I know some people need patterns and certainly new quilters need step by step instructions on the process of quilting but in those cases I’d spend my money on a good book rather than buying such a simple pattern for $9. 

Am I crazy? I was cruising Pinterest tonight and saw this quilt – $9 for the pattern?!! Really?!! Does anyone pay that for a quilt pattern as simple as this?

I make simple quilts and sometimes when I post instructions I wonder if they’re even necessary – I think someone could look at this and figure it out without any instructions … And my instructions are free. It’s hard to believe that people would pay $9 for instructions on sewing squares together. 


Do you ever remake a quilt? I know some people find that boring but I’ve been known to do it – after all artists work in series right?

My spiderweb quilt is a good example – I liked the first one I made. 

But I loved the one Mom and I made for Chris. 

Web Stats

For years I’d used a free service for my web stats and I really liked the info it provided but one day without warning it went away so I had to search for a new plug-in. It doesn’t have the referral sites which I found interesting – for example which sites had links to specific quilts on my website but this is an interesting stat from the new plug-in. The top 10 pages on my site. 

Just in case you haven’t visited, I post brief instructions of the quilts I make on my website. They assume you have a basic knowledge of quilting and since my quilts are scrappy they don’t usually provide fabric amounts but if you’re curious about how I make a certain quilt, it’s enough information to get you started on one of your own. 

Telling on myself

No one would know about my yarn obsession if I didn’t tell on myself but somehow I can’t resist sharing all my treasures. I’ve done a bit of online yarn shopping over the last few weeks but I’m still knitting hats so at least I’m using some of it. I also cast on another scarf and mailed it off to Mom to knit – she’s enjoying her knitting and I’m happy to share my yarn stash with her!

A peek at my last 3 yarn orders!

They love quilts

This may be why they get so many of my quilts! Chris sent a photo of Becky using the PLUS quilt. In my mind it was a child size quilt but as you can see, it makes a great lap quilt for an adult too. 

It’s football season!

I didn’t get to watch the game today but I got updates from my NFL app during my walk – I never thought the notification feature on my Garmin watch was that useful but it’s nice when I’m walking to see who’s calling or texting and to get the game updates today without having to drag the phone out. 

We’ve got a 15K – 9.3 miles – coming up on October 2nd. Keith and Chris will do it at Ft DeSoto Park in St Pete and I’ll do it virtually from VA. Chris was able to change my registration for me so I don’t miss it. I did a longer training walk today – 7.26 miles. 

Go Vikings!

We had a quiet evening which for me meant knitting and a new audiobook. Casper decided to stay in the room with me too. What could be better? A book, some knitting, and a puppy! This hat will be for Rae – I try to make a couple for her each year but the first one I worked on is going to have to be frogged – I didn’t like the result at all. 

It’s the weekend

The weekend means a little free time for me so I went to the library …

…and out to lunch…

…and did my walk.

My brother and SIL live in Hilton Village which is very near where I grew up but I don’t think I’ve ever stopped and read this sign before. 


Love a good sunset … The sky was gorgeous tonight. 

We had two appointments today so we went to one this morning and back to the house for a few hours and then back out. Nice to be close to the hospital’s cancer center and I feel bad for those that aren’t – So many appointments – being close helps. 
My SIL loves yellow so this hat should be a favorite. I’ve been doing a lot of the Action One Skein hats from one of my knitting books because she likes how they fit. Fingering yarn, size 2 needles. 

Loved this audio book on the Lusitania. I’m completely hooked on audio books now but it’s kind of weird, I love reading mysteries but for audiobooks it has to be history or biography. 

PS – yarn colors can be a little weird on the screen. The yellow is a little more gold-y like the second photo.

Red and white

Do you love red and white quilts? I love the look of them. This Irish Chain was pieced for me by Mom and I quilted and bound it. I don’t use it much because I’m afraid to mess it up but I love it. Now that I have my quilt chest in GA it’s somewhat on display (folded but visible).

I found these two on eBay last night – just because I’m not quilting right now doesn’t mean I’m not constantly thinking about quilts!!

Most of the red and white quilts I make are scrappy and by adding beige/tans into the mix, I don’t worry as much about them getting ruined. 

I’ve used this one on my bed for years and it’s held up really well. Mom pieced this one for me also – she’s always willing to piece blocks or tops for me in exchange for quilting services. 

This is another one of mine – and Mom helped piece this one too on one of her visits. Adam fussed at me and said that I was working his grandmom too hard. 

Do you make red and white quilts? Do you use them or are they carefully stored away?

We have lots of appointments this week so plenty of reading and knitting time. 

I finished one hat that will either be gifted or donated and started another one for my SIL. Both are the One Skein Action hat from one of my knitting books and made from fingering weight yarn. I’ve got yarn here to make one for Rae too. It’s just a little beanie but so easy to make that it’s the perfect project. I tried a scarf but have pulled it out twice already!! I may try again next week when we’ll have more time at home. 

This evening I’m back in VA but

… last night Keith and I managed a walk along the bay after ordering the appliances for the kitchen remodel. (So happy to check that off my list although I still need to pick a wine cooler after confirming the dimensions of the cabinet with the contractor).

My flights back were uneventful

Quilts are piling up

I’ve got stacks of quilts waiting to be washed and donated sitting around the house but Becky’s going to help me out. She took 5 quilts with her … 4 to wash and donate to Safe Haven in GA (an organization that works with abused kids).

And since she loved the Plus quilt, that one will be going home to stay with her. 

Today I’ve got to unpack, do laundry, and repack for my flight tomorrow for another two weeks in VA and we’re going to appliance shop in the hopes of scoring some Labor Day bargains – hard to believe the kitchen remodel is going to start in a month. 

Playing with coins

I don’t know what made me pull out the bags of coins I have sitting around but Chris and I spent a lot of time today going through them. Keith had a couple old penny books and we found 3 coins to add to his book and then we went on Amazon and ordered a few books to start some new collections.

We also went for a swim when we got home from the beach … This little one is fearless – kind of scares me sometime that she’s not more cautious.


In case you were wondering …

I did make it home and Chris, Becky, and Rae made it to Florida. 

So far so good

I made it to Atlanta and so far my 9:30 am flight to Tampa is showing on time. There’s a lot of rain between here and there so it might be a bumpy flight but I bet they can fly around the worst of it.