Mom’s little Strippie is quilted and already boxed up to send back to her. Quilting is simple, just a watery meander and some hearts from Granny! She made this one for her youngest great-grandchild.

It’s awkward trying to walk and quilt with the boot. It wasn’t too bad with these two little Strippies but that’s all the quilting I’ll do on the longarm until I get the boot off. I’ll have a few weeks at home before Christmas and I’m planning another quilting marathon hoping to catch up a little before the end of the year.


I’ve already been asked about instructions for my PLUS 3 quilt so I wrote up some brief notes and added them to the website. You can find them at this link.

I also finished assembling the leftover squares into a small doll quilt last night. If I don’t do these right after I finish the top, they seem to sit in Baggies for a long time! I think I’ll probably big stitch hand quilt this one in a simple crosshatch. It’s not fancy but I’m enjoying the little bit of hand quilting.


My Fat Quarter top for our October precut party is assembled. The plan is to make another top from the rest of the fat quarters but I doubt I’ll get it assembled before the end of the month. Right now my goal is to make the blocks and take them to GA to assemble in November. I’m calling this one PLUS 3 and you can see it’s a simple 9 patch variation. No sashing … just positive and negative blocks.

I’m not sure the photo does it justice but it’s a sweet looking quilt in person!

Do you like Plus quilts? I must because this is the 4th one I’ve made. This one is still waiting for quilting and is from a Craftsy kit.

This was a sweet child’s quilt I made from part of a jelly roll.

And this was my Plus 2 quilt, based on a vintage quilt I’d seen on eBay. Still waiting for quilting. Some of my favorites wait a long time to be quilted because I’m not sure if I should keep them, gift them, or donate them.


My husband knows nothing perks me up like a sunset! We took a short drive over the Gandy bridge before coming back home for dinner. It’s easy to feel shut in these days but if you look for them, there are safe options for getting out.

Autumn Quilts

Carol asked about the two quilts seen in the photo I posted the other night in our library. They’re Autumn inspired quilts and I use them year around. Both were made while we were living in Marietta so they’re at least 15 years old!

The first one that was on my lap is a Log Cabin quilt from the book Best of Black Mountain Quilts. Mom liked mine so much she made at least 3 versions herself … 2 to give away and 1 to keep.

The one that is thrown across the arm of the loveseat in the photo is a Pineapple Blossom quilt, from a free pattern found on Bonnie Hunter’s site.


I was a little nervous of having it done while we were gone but the painting has been finished on the Big Canoe house. Our inspection found wood rot and some pealing paint on the trim of the house so even though the house didn’t really look too bad … we needed to address the issues. We debated whether we wanted to just deal with the trim issues or do the whole exterior and in the end we decided to paint it all.

This is the before photo

And this is the one the painter sent today. I told Keith he could pick the new color and after reviewing what was allowed … he decided on staying with the same colors although the shades might be a little different. The green is a little darker than I expected but I think there had probably been some fading over time too.

Overall, it looks really good in the photos and I’m anxious to see it in person.

Funny thing is they’re painting our townhouses here too but the Big Canoe house was finished in 4 days and they’ve barely started here after 2 and a half weeks! Of course, there has been a lot of rain here and there are 21 units plus garages and a pool house.


It’s nothing fancy but I did manage to load and quilt the Truck Strippie today. I’m definitely not going to try anything larger or a pantograph with this boot on but I will go ahead and quilt a small Strippie for Mom too.

I’m also cutting out some masks … COVID cases seem to be rising quickly now and I think we’re in a for a rough ride through the end of the year. Now, I’m going to sit with my foot up and knit a while. Keith is going to take a walk after work and then get us some take out for dinner – PF Chang’s! I’m in the mood for some Chinese.

Moving on

Several of you commented about using my left foot to sew with and I have been doing that … I’d forgotten how easy it was to manage the pedal with my left foot but it’s also easier on the Elna than the Jane because I have a speed control dial so I can’t go but so fast!

No photo of it yet but I’m about half way done assembling the first Plus quilt. I’ll have enough squares leftover for a doll quilt too. Just a simple one with alternating colored and background squares. Rae has requested that the next doll quilt be a little bigger so she can put more than one doll under it! I need to cut some more gray squares.

I’ve done as much knitting as I have sewing… maybe more. I alternate between the two so I can have my foot elevated some. The Blue hat is finished. This is one I started in February I think and it got set aside.

It looks big on my hat head but she has a little head … this is large enough for a guy but it also fits me with a big overlap on my ears ( that makes it nice and warm). It’s nice to have a “one size fits most” hat when you’re donating them.

And rather than start a new project, I pulled out another UFO last night … that’s the scarf you saw sitting on my lap in the library photo. I’m rather proud of myself for resisting a new start!


I’m not going to start debating politics with my commenters but I will tell you all this – you DO NOT get to dictate the content of my blog. You DO get to choose whether you visit or not.

I think it’s rather interesting that comments supporting my beliefs for the most part have not had to be approved meaning you are regular visitors who have commented before while the negative comments have required approval meaning those people haven’t interacted with me previously. I have chosen to approve those comments even though I personally do not agree with them. I think they demonstrate why we should be worried about the state of our country.

Letting it go

I had a hard time letting go of the election worry after voting today but a quiet evening with Keith and Finn helped. We put some music on in the library and while Keith worked late, I knit and Finn slept!