I had some time to sew today but I’ll be busy tomorrow getting ready to leave on Saturday so I decided to piece another Quick Strippie. I have SO much quilting to do when I get home … Stephanie from my HeartStrings group is getting ready for a quilting marathon so I’m going to join in starting Monday and I’ll try to get 10 tops quilted before we come back mid June.


I didn’t get downstairs during the day so after Keith and Finn went to bed I went down to finish assembling the Boxed Squares top. SO quick and easy – it’s a great choice for a nice lap size quilt from a single Jelly Roll.

This will go back to Tampa this weekend for quilting with the other 3 tops. None of them are large quilts but I’m pretty happy with what I’ve accomplished here in addition to all the work to get the house in shape. The last few weeks accomplishments in the sewing room are:

  • Pieced 4 tops
  • Pieced, quilted, and bound 2 doll quilts
  • Made 70 face masks

I’ll have a lot of quilting to do when I get home along with some packing. We’re planning to pull a small Uhaul when we come back mid June with some more of my quilting stuff and some other household stuff we’ve decided to go ahead and bring here now.

We’re settling into a routine here and it’s starting to feel like home. I’m looking forward to our time here and in Tampa over the next few years!

My plans for the rest of the week are up in the air but if I end up with more time to sew, I’ve got another quick Strippie I can pull out.


Another top pieced – a Quick Strippie. I’m debating whether to give this one to a niece that’s expecting or I might donate it. Maybe when I get it quilted will determine where it goes! I’m getting a little behind on my goal to finish as many as I start – my count right now is 10 starts, 6 finishes, 1 waiting in Tampa for binding. I’ll need to get ahead and quilt some tops when I get home in May because we’ll be back in GA for 6 weeks this summer and all I’ll be doing here is piecing.

I’ve still got a week and a half here … going to have to decide what to start next. I prefer to get a top completed before leaving on a trip or at the very least, all the blocks made. It just feels easier not to start piecing something and then have to pick it back up days or weeks later. It’s one reason why I try to get all my UFOs to the finished top stage before setting it aside too.


I decided on the layout and assembled the doll quilt for Mo’s doll Shirley. I’ll get it layered and quilted this week. With my doll quilts, size is dictated by the leftovers and in this case, it’s 18 x 24 which is a little long and skinny but big enough to wrap around her doll so it will work. (I know it’s big enough because that was the size of Ruby’s quilt and Mo kept taking it and wrapping it around Shirley!)

I also made 4 more masks for me. The first ones I made for me and Keith were out of the same fabric and it was hard to tell without comparing the size which masks were mine so I decided to make some for me out of a different fabric. I’ve made about 70 masks total for us, for family, and for Chris to share with his coworkers and will make more if we need them. I guess that will depend on how long the recommendation to wear masks continues.


The Chisel Stars blocks have been assembled and a border applied and it is now a finished top. March’s precut was bundles and I used a fat quarter bundle from Bluprint for my quilt. I’m pleased with how this one turned out! You can find brief instructions, or maybe I should call them quilt notes, on my website at this link.