I got the Plus 3 top bound a couple nights ago.

That’s the last binding – My Aunt’s Quilt #10 of 10 is on the longarm now but I won’t have to bind it which is good. It’s giving me fits! The center is quite a bit larger than the edges and while I’ve got it about 2/3 quilted and only have a few tucks so far, I’m not sure how I’m going to get this last bit done. Crossing my fingers that I can manage it somehow.

I’ve mentioned before that we’ve been a one car family since 2007 except about a year when we first moved back to FL but we knew we were going to need a second car at Big Canoe since you have to drive everywhere unlike Minneapolis and Tampa. Keith has been wanting a truck and I finally caved in and agreed. He picked it up yesterday and is very happy.


I bound my Stop and Go quilt last night so that’s another one finished. I’ve got to take Finn to the Vet today but the plan is get #9 of 10 loaded on the longarm when I get back. Pantograph is Bubbles. This was made from a Connecting Threads kit that is no longer available (Walk and Stop) and I have been unable to find the pattern for sale anywhere. If you’re interested in making your own version I’ll tell you my blocks are 10 inches finished (10.5 with seam allowances), strips are cut 2.5 inches and squares are cut 6.5 inches.


I set a goal of working more with my scraps and strings this year and I’m doing a pretty good job with that. I dug into my green and neutral scraps for this tumbler pieced in January. Quilted with the Blowing Leaves pantograph and with the edges left irregular… I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I always get questions about whether I use bias binding on these and the answer is no. I use binding strips cut width of fabric and don’t have any problems zigging in and out on those sides.


This scrappy Hourglass quilt is done! I finished hand stitching the binding down and I love how it looks. I used a 6 inch finished quarter square triangle die to cut this one from my scraps.

I also worked on some of the twisted blocks today and have another binding ready to hand stitch down tonight.

It’s just perfect!

Mom and I presented Keith with his birthday quilt today. It’s just perfect! The deer have been popping up on my cameras all week so it’s the perfect quilt for Big Canoe! Mom sent me the top while we were still at Big Canoe and as soon as we came home I got it loaded and quilted … and bound. It was a busy week but this was one quilt that had a deadline for finishing. It even has a soft Minkee backing so it’s extra warm and cozy!

Pantograph is Flutter Leaves.


I’m retreating virtually this week with my HeartStrings group. Today was another productive day. HSTs were sewn and more pinwheel blocks assembled. A set of Strips and Strings log cabin blocks were arranged up on the design wall. And I finished binding this large camouflage bedspread that I made at Chris’ request for his camper. It looks kind of long and narrow on the queen size bed but he doesn’t need it that big and doesn’t need extra width for the camper bed. Hopefully it will fit – most of the length is hanging over the railing!


So glad to have this one quilted! I had planned to take two days to quilt it but things went smoothly so I kept at it and it’s finished. I think Mom will be happy with it. I’ve told her to send me the binding and I will get it machine stitched on and then let her do the hand stitching. It’s a big one for her to try and shove through the machine and I should have thought about it when she sent the top.

Pantograph is Kindle. I like the echoed leaf shapes.


I finished binding the last two quilts of Sue’s this week too. I’m glad to have them all done and ready to donate.

So it was a busier than usual week for me but I managed to hit my goals for the week.

  • Quilt 1
  • Bind 2
  • Piece a tumbler top
  • Make string log cabin blocks (16 blocks made)
  • Sort and organize