I had so much fun making and quilting this little Strippie and am quite pleased with it. Simple things make me happy – like relearning how to quilt on my sewing machine and making a sweet little quilt that will be donated and wrap a child in warmth and comfort!




I’m spending a lovely afternoon listening to my audiobook and binding the little Frog Strippie. My binding tin went to GA but I found another little tin, collected my supplies — straw needles, a jelly thimble, thread, clips, and a small pair of scissors — and I was ready to bind.


Keith is out of town but my sister-in-law invited me out to dinner — there will be a small group of us and it should be fun.


A little progress

Not much going on today … Some errands, some phone calls, a walk, time by the pool … But I did manage to get the Strippie trimmed and the binding on … Will hand sew that down tomorrow. Also went to Joann’s to replace the curved safety pins that disappeared somewhere and picked out a back for a small HeartStrings quilt. I’m kind of into the whole DSM quilting thing but I think I’ll do some assembly on the HSTeria quilt first … Assembling tops is really my least favorite part of quilting but I need to clear off that design wall.


Thanks for all the comments/congratulations on the new addition to our family, Adam’s thrilled and we’re excited about visiting in a couple weeks to meet Bree in person.



Some stitch in the ditch, a watery meander, and finally some swirls….wonky swirls but I can live with them! The Frog Strippie is quilted and ready to be trimmed and bound.


A couple more observations – compared to quilting on the longarm it’s harder to get In a rhythm because you’re starting and stopping so frequently to readjust the quilt and your hands. One thing I remembered reading years ago was the suggestion to stop in a point, it’s much easier to start back up from a point than on a curve so both of the designs I used had points to give me a place to stop and readjust often.

It’s been fun challenging myself so thanks go to Stephanie for reminding me that I could always quilt on my regular sewing machine during the time I’m separated from my longarm … Somehow I’d forgotten that in the last 12 years!!! Thank you for coming along on my journey back!

Next up? Some assembly on the HSTeria quilt, binding the Frog Strippie, and yes, I’m going to get a backing and see if I can’t quilt another one, this time a small HeartStrings quilt.


Can you stand two more?!

Uncle Chris went to visit Bree today.


And snapped a photo of Mom, Dad, and Bree for me!



Quilting progress

Feeling like a beginner all over again!

I quilted the frog sections today … A free motion, watery type meander. I’m not too unhappy with it though of course my stitch length is not consistent at all ( I wouldn’t expect it to be on my first piece) and I have wobbly and misshapen areas where I didn’t stop soon enough to reposition my hands but that’s the beauty of using blendy thread … Those things won’t be that noticeable especially once the quilt is washed and dried.

I struggled some with speed, managing the bulk of the quilt, and not stopping often enough to reposition things – my hands and the quilt.

Although this is a horizontal design on the quilt, I quilted it vertically so make sure you practice drawing your designs in the orientation you’re going to quilt them in and check your back frequently to make sure your tension is good.

The back


The front



Look at that smile

Doesn’t Adam look thrilled?!!


Born at 5:47pm on Aug 16
7 lbs 10 oz

This is probably the last time you’ll see her referred to as Aubrey … I’ve been calling her Bree since they named her a few months ago.


Family resemblance

I tease them that they have the same squinty eyes when they smile.


Good news from Adam – Bree was born at 5:47pm and everyone’s doing great.


Waiting …

Soon to be a family of 4 … Adam and Lindsey are at the hospital today and I’m staying close by my phone. Adam’s been really good about texting me updates



I can’t remember

I’ve already forgotten what yarn I packed in the FL bin so I pulled it out today to see what’s there.


I brought 6 skeins of the color changing cotton yarn because I figured I could knit that and actually wear it here in FL. My next project is going to be the Dangling Conversation shawl I showed in this post.

After looking at the colors I had, I decided on red.


I did decide I needed to get one of the 4 quilting/knitting projects before casting it on but I’m ready to start free motion quilting the little Strippie so I’m hoping that one will be done in a few days … We’ll see. I’d hope to start on it today but I had to get my FL drivers license this afternoon and Keith needs my help this evening.

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