The Sashed Whales top has been assembled. As I mentioned when I started this one, it’s a remake of a quilt I made the first year I was quilting and I recently “rediscovered” some of my old quilt photos and decided to remake this one for our July Precut Challenge. I will be adding this to the website eventually but here are a few notes to get you started if you want to make your own version.

> Quilt size is approximately 46.5 x 60.5
> Focus fabric squares are cut 10 inches and they’ll finish at 9.5 inches
> Strips for the sashing and nine patches are cut 2 inches.

Stephanie has pulled “orphans or spare parts” for our August precut and for me that means I’ll work on a doll quilt or two from the leftover bits of other quilts as Stephanie commented below!

Our target for August is Orphans or any other spare parts like part blocks, strip set ends, random HSTs, leader/ender pieces, swaps, embroideries, and various other sewn together bits and pieces. 
Mary often makes her ends into a doll quilt (great idea!), and I did some pet crate quilts a while ago from some of mine. 
This time I might gather together some that go together nicely color-wise and make a random rows Strippie.

If you have a shining halo with no spare parts in your stash, you can choose your own adventure for August.


The Blue/Green Walk and Stop quilt is finished. It’s #9 of 10 quilted and bound in July. Pantograph is Steam.

I might be in the minority here but I use Joann’s flannel on the backs of some of my quilts. I’ve used it for years on both my personal and donation quilts without issues. The personal quilts have been well used and washed many times. Unlike most people, since I don’t prewash my quilting cotton, I do not prewash the flannel. Everything crinkles up nicely together and I’ve never had an issue with the back shrinking more than the front. And all of that information was just so I could show you how cute the flannel back is on this quilt. This is one that will be donated and I just know it’s going to be loved by someone!


It’s been six years today since Chesty died leaving a big hole in our hearts and our lives.

I still miss my quilting buddy very much but am so thankful that a year and a half after his death, Finn came into our lives and helped fill the hole left by his death. I feel so blessed to love and be loved by both of them.


The Rectangle quilt is finished. Freehand quilt with wavy lines. It’s #7 of 10 bound and quilted for July. I’ve done several of these quick quilts using Jelly Rolls and you can find brief instructions on my website.

And in a very rare occurrence, the doll quilt made from the leftover ends of the strip sets was finished right after it. . It’s #8 of 10 for July.

I’ve got #9 trimmed and the binding has been sewn on and is ready for me to hand stitch tonight while I watch the Olympics and I’ve also got the whales about halfway assembled.

Another one

I hadn’t intended to quilt this small doll quilt when I walked into my sewing room this afternoon but it’s been pinned and waiting for several weeks and I’m tired of moving it around the room. Crosshatching done by walking foot on the Jane. It’s #9 of 10 to be quilted in July.


Finn and I drove home from Chris’ this morning and I got back to work. I pieced a backing, loaded and quilted the Walk and Stop quilt. Pantograph is Steam. This is a pattern I got in a kit several years ago from Connecting Threads that is no longer available. I’ve used it a couple times now and am sure I’ll use it over and over! It makes a great donation quilt and it’s quick to piece. It’s #8 of 10 to be quilted this month.

After quilting, I sat with Finn a while. He seems to be settling down after all the anxiety from the move. He’s handled visits from the kids and going to Chris’ without any added anxiety and did fine boarding last week too.

Little ones

I was looking for a completely different photo tonight and this one popped up …. I’m not sure why I created this collage but it represents a couple photos of each of my little ones! I might have to stop calling them that soon since they’re growing up so fast!


A picnic … a hike, splashing in the water and then dinner out. We had a fun day with Chris and his girls! Keith heads off to the airport tomorrow for his first trip since March 2020 and Finn and I will head back to Big Canoe.


Just a day to work before we go to Chris’ tomorrow and I managed to load, quilt, and get this one ready for hand stitching the binding. IF I’m not too tired when Keith heads to bed, I’ll go down and stitch the binding down. Quilting is just a freehand wave … maybe I should have tried harder to be consistent in each block but I just zig zagged up and down across the quilt. It’s #7 of 10 so I might just have a chance to hit my goal to quilt 10 in July.

I try not to bore you with too many deer videos but Momma and Baby came to visit yesterday and I just had to share!

I have visitors

We haven’t seen Adam’s kids since last fall so I was thrilled when he let me know he’d gotten a few days off and was going to be able to visit. They got here Wednesday late afternoon and we’ve had fun visiting … fun hiking and swimming, and have more of the same planned for tomorrow.