I struggled with this layer cake and chose a simple Hourglass Block in the end but I really like how it turned out. Very cute, very cheerful and another donation quilt is done.

I’m almost done with the cubby assembly but waiting for the next time Keith can run up and help. These are going to be so much more functional for me and look so much better in my sewing room. It will be great to have cubby storage again – I’ve missed them the last 5 years!!!


All 8 of the Happy Block tops I brought back from Maine have been quilted and bound – several have been donated and the rest will be washed and go back to Maine with me in a couple weeks to be donated.

This was #7

and this was #8

If you’re interested in making Happy Block quilts I have instructions for 4 versions on my website.

Happy Blocks for Maine – these have the larger centers like the ones above.

Happy Blocks for HeartStrings – these have a smaller center and were from our first HeartStrings project years ago

Twisted Happy Blocks – a variation I used during our first project

Happy Blocks from Charms – my version using a Charm Square pack


This 16 patch quilt is UFO finish #11 for me this year which sounds good until I look at my New Starts … 12 quilts have been started, 11 are finished tops, and only 2 have been quilted and bound … at this pace, my UFO number is going to go up next year.


Keith and I had a nice weekend together – some biking, some time just vegging, and a date nite. I didn’t have time in the sewing room but I did manage to make progress on the crochet Shell blanket (this thing is massive) and get the Strips and Strings Log Cabin quilt bound.

Instructions for the Strips and Strings Log Cabin are on my website at this link..

Keith left early this morning so I’m back to work. I’ve made a good start on assembling the Bow Tie top and I’ve got a Happy Block top loaded on the longarm but the afternoon storms have rolled in so I’m going to sit and work on hand stitching the 16 patch binding.


Another one of the Maine Happy Block quilts is finished. This one is #5 of 8 and I have another one waiting for binding and two more waiting for quilting and then this batch will be done.


I finished the binding on this Sashed Tumbler yesterday so I’m making good progress on the goals I have for the rest of June. Can’t you see how cuddly it is from the photo?! This is my 10th UFO finish for the year!

There are some quilt notes on the website if you’re curious about how I pieced this one.