The binding has been done for a few days and Mom’s been sitting under it but I stole it away for a quick photo and to wash it – since I don’t prewash my fabric, I like to toss the quilts in the wash when they’re done – and I love how they come out all cozy and crinkled!

It’s my 2nd UFO finish for the year – started in 2014. There are brief instructions on my website – Framed 9 Patches.

Keith caught us working in the sewing room this afternoon …

We were working on a small UFO of mine – I started making some half square triangles from a Charm Pack last year and then misplaced them. I wasn’t sure if I’d have enough of them for a baby quilt or if it would end up doll size but when I put them on the design wall, I decided I’d pull fabric from stash to make a few more blocks and then will put a border on it. I’ll donate it to Safe Harbor in GA when it’s done.

I don’t know if I’ll get it assembled before the end of the month but it’s one more project for our 2019 Precut Party! Did I tell you that February’s precut is fat quarters? What’s your favorite fat quarter pattern?!


Mom finished hand stitching the binding down last night and I stitched the labels tonight – one of hers, and one of mine. This counts as my first UFO finish for 2019. While I don’t count Mom’s projects waiting for me to quilt in my UFO list, I do count those tops she pieces for me that aren’t yet quilted and bound.

EDIT: Penny pointed out the quilt in the photo was upside down … so I flipped the photo 🙂

Made from a quilt I bought at Mom’s local quilt shop in VA and quilted freehand – dwirling from the Pajama Quilter DVD.


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.