This one has been done a while but I wanted to have Keith hold it up so I could get a photo of the full quilt. Unfortunately, he was very busy before he went out of town and we never got the photo taken. I decided I’d just hang it upside down so the stars would be visible and now I can get it washed and shipped off to the recipient. 

There are brief instructions on my website – Patriotic Rail Fence – and if you don’t like Ohio stars, you can use another star block. I’ve done it with sawtooth stars and friendship stars.


#12 was bound on Friday but the weather has been too wet for a photo until today. Twelve Happy Block quilts tied and bound during October and they’ll be passed off to Bev on Tuesday to be donated here in Maine.


I’ll occupy the rest of my time here with knitting and maybe I’ll even finish this scarf I’m working on!


Happy Block quilts #10 and #11 are now bound! I have one more binding to stitch down and I’ve already arranged to meet with Bev on Tuesday to pass off the finished quilts!


More tying

After Mom left Wednesday I got lazy … slept late, took walks, went to the spa, read books (I’m on my 3rd since she left) but planned on getting back to work tying the last 3 Happy Block tops today after Keith left.  I’ve got to trim these outside and it wasn’t worth carrying the table back up the spiral staircase so since Keith wasn’t here I set up right in the living room of the cottage. It took me all afternoon and part of the evening but all 3 are tied and I’ll trim them and start binding tomorrow.


These two were #8 and #9,  finished before Mom got here but I just got photos today.


Meeting goals

You all know by now that I always have a list of goals either written or just in my head of what I want to accomplish in any given timeframe. It’s what keeps me on track. The goal for tying quilts this month is to tie and bind 12 quilts … while leaving plenty of time for walking, knitting, exploring. My Mom and brother are coming on Friday for a short visit from Virginia so I had a goal of tying and binding as many of the 12 quilts before they got here. Nine are tied, seven are bound and the last two are in the process of being bound so I’m happy with my progress. I’ll just have 3 more to finish up after Mom’s visit and that will leave me plenty of free time too.

There were two finished yesterday and I’ll finish the 8th binding tonight and get started on the 9th. Tomorrow in addition to finishing that binding, I’ll do laundry, straighten up, and pick up a few groceries … where is Keith when I need him? I hate going to the grocery store!

Finn and I saved our long walk today for sunset … it was beautiful on the beach.


Playing hooky

Checked off today’s agenda – get up, take a long walk with Finn, make binding and machine stitch it on two quilts, run off to the Lobster Shack for lunch, sit on the rocks at Two Lights and read!


Back at the cottage, Finn and I went for another walk and now I’m ready to hand stitch the two bindings that I prepped this morning.

Whenever I’m in Maine tying quilts I always get comments from people who don’t like tied quilts. I get that, quilting looks neater than tying but have you ever cuddled up under a tied quilt?! They are very cozy and these are especially so because they have the Cuddle backing.  We’re able to finish and donate more quilts during the sew-in when I tie these ….  this is 3rd time we’ve spent the month of October in Maine and the timing is good coming right after the September sew-in as there are always lots of tops to be tied and finished so they can be donated.

Three more Happy Block quilts were finished yesterday.

Miles of binding

It feels like I’m making miles of binding …. finished last night, these two are bound.

Before starting work this morning, we took a long walk, along the beach and explored Fort Preble


Finn’s been resting since we got home and I made binding for 3 Happy Block quilts and got it machine stitched on and am sitting here listening to my audiobook while I stitch them down.