This NEVER happens … a top going directly from the design wall to the longarm but I had the right color thread on the machine and wanted to warm up after not quilting for a couple weeks before I quilt my Hexagon Flowers and 9 Patch top – not that I’m going to do anything fancy but the machine is still new enough that it’s not unusual for me to run into some challenges!

I don’t know the name of the pantograph, it came with the machine but I think it’s one of my new favorites. Easy to quilt and it looks interesting. I quilted this on one of Mom’s tops last month but I think it works better on this quilt.


This top pieced from the leftover Jelly Roll strips from Mom’s Bento box counts for my October’s precut … just a little late but I did help Mom with hers and quilted it so it’s kind of like doing 2 for the month!

I think both of these little ones turned out really cute! The Jelly Roll was on sale at BluPrint when I bought it – add a background fabric and you get two small quilts – not a bad deal!

I’m also making progress on the ripple afghan. These are so easy to do but look so nice in the Caron Big Cake yarn!

I’m going to run over to Michaels later and look for some “guy” hat yarn and I might just check to see if they have any of the Big Cakes on sale … not that I need more yarn but I’m OK with buying on sale as long as it’s being used!


This is the first time I’ve attached a Pom Pom to one of my hats. Luckily, it wasn’t too difficult and the Pom Pom came pre-made with the yarn – Caron Cupcake

While I was working on hats, I wove the ends in on this stranded design. Not something I’d do again but I might try one with slip stitches. I just don’t like the loose strands on the inside. It’s a little small for the hat head so it’s kind of stretched out.

It’s a start!

I’ve got about half the rectangle blocks made from the leftover Jelly Roll strips from Mom’s Bento Box. I’ll keep working on them a few blocks at a time this week and then get it assembled.

I’ve also got some studying and reading to be done. I reluctantly agreed to serve on the Homeowner’s board last week and have some document review and an online course to complete which I’ll try to get done this week also.

Making a start on my list

It’s Sunday and while I thought we’d take a bike ride, it was in the low 50’s today so we decided we’d walk over and watch some football at the local pub instead. We only watched the first half and it wasn’t looking good for the Vikings when we left but they won!

Keith’s Redskin’s are doing so poorly this year, it’s hard for him to get excited … he didn’t even wear his team colors today … I’ll be glad when Movember is over and he shaves! – I know it’s a good cause and Men’s health deserves attention but I prefer him clean shaven!

I started back to work today (I didn’t do anything yesterday after getting home!!! 32 hours of driving in 4 days … I was TIRED!)

This morning I started the rectangle blocks from the leftover jelly roll strips and I started and already cast off the first hat too – I snapped this photo before I was done but I won’t have another photo before the ends are woven in and I’m going to try to put a PomPom on it.

The yarn is Caron Cupcake and I’m not really following a pattern except for the number of stitches and the crown decreases. The pattern that comes with the yarn is knit flat and then seamed but I prefer to knit in the round.

This is the time of year I like to make hats for a couple little girls! I already have two others made so I’ll probably do one more of these and then I have plans for some donation hats.

It’s fun to look back through my photos and see pictures of the girls wearing the hats that Gram made them! Do you knit or crochet hats?!

My end of the year list

With less than 7 weeks left in the year, I’m thinking about what I want to accomplish/finish up before 2019 ends.

First on the list – I’m going to make a little rectangle top with the leftover jelly roll strips from Mom’s Bento Box.

Next – Use one of my new dies from Blue Wren to make a RWB hourglass top. I drafted this one a while back but it uses 4 inch finished quarter square triangles.

My new die is a 6 inch block so I redrafted it. This one will be 54 x 72 and the hourglass blocks will be set 9×12.

Also on the list …

  • Quilting 4 tops
  • finishing the ripple blanket
  • knitting hats
  • piecing one more top (I’ve not decided what)
  • Stitching the last wool felt stocking

What do you plan to finish up this year?!


This would be a better post if I hadn’t already complained to Keith and my sister about how difficult my drive was today … I need to be grateful that the first two hours of it was perfect – the Blue Ridge mountains and the sunrise with lots of beautiful scenery as I drove south.

Mom and I were pleased to see that we hadn’t missed all the colors of fall as we passed through North Carolina and Virginia yesterday and I saw more today as I drove back along the same route. Overall the leaves are past their peak but there is still a lot of beauty.

I stopped in at the North Carolina Welcome Center on I-77 … how could I not think of Mom … a cardinal and passing through the state where she was born and raised! I know she’s glad to be home and I’m looking forward to getting back to work on my projects but I’ll miss working alongside her and I’m grateful for the time we had together.

I did make it to Savannah today and by tomorrow afternoon I will be home with Keith and Finn!