There are just two weeks left in July and I’m traveling 5 of those days so my goals are pretty modest … first up was to assemble my July Precut Party HST top – I know it’s simple but it will make a nice donation quilt when done … no borders on this one so it’s ready for quilting but like all my tops, it will age a bit in the closet while it waits for it’s turn!

I mentioned when I started it last week that these fabrics are from stash but my inspiration was a pattern from a Craftsy kit I’d bought a while back. They used 10 inch squares but I cut mine using my 6 inch finished HST GO die from Accuquilt.

Also on the list for July is to finish this ripple – I might even get it done tonight watching the Tour de France. I don’t have any specific number of rows I do on these, I just spread it across my lap and stop when I think the proportions are right.

The remaining items on the list:

  • Bind a Happy Block quilt
  • start a Kite quilt
  • quilt a UFO
  • finish weaving ends in on the linen stitch blanket
  • packing
  • get my mammogram!
  • laundry … lots of laundry!


Keith and I have been busy this weekend watching the Tour de France, biking, and even playing some Pickleball but I sewed a little each night after he went to bed and the Bento Box Half Log Cabin top has been assembled.

I like this top a lot more in person, the photo isn’t the greatest maybe because I snapped it at night and the lighting in my room isn’t the best for that. In hindsight, using a single background fabric would have been much easier with the fabrics in this Jelly Roll. I ended up pulling out some of the blocks that didn’t have good contrast and while the quilt is smaller than I originally intended, it’s still a great size for a lap quilt. In fact, I like a smaller quilt when I’m sitting in my recliner because I don’t get tangled up in it when I’m getting up and down.

You can find the instructions I used to piece this block from Jelly Roll Strips at this link. It was a quick and easy method but I don’t press my seams open unless I need to – it’s easy to press the seams in this quilt to the dark (or in some cases away from the light strip) and have them nestle nicely.

I don’t have big goals for this week – we’re cleaning up, doing laundry, and re-making all the beds after Chris’ visit because Adam and the kids will be here Thursday for a visit. I’ve got appointments Monday and Tuesday so my only goals between their visits are to finish this top (done), bind one of the Happy Block quilts, and make progress on the current crochet afghan. If I have time I might get the Precut Party quilt for July started – it’s half square triangles this month!


The Layer Cake Hourglass top is assembled! This is my June Precut project so I’m on track this year for at least one top per month using precuts which is good because I’m failing miserably at NO BUY!! More yarn was purchased yesterday thanks to a sale at Michael’s catching my eye.

Quilt Notes

  • I used 36 of my 40 squares from the layer cake.
  • Blocks are set 5 blocks across and 7 rows down.
  • Block size is 9 inches ( 8.5 inches with seam allowances).
  • Quilt size is approximately 42.5 x 59.5


The dinosaur top is done! I already posted that this was a free pattern that came along with the fabric bundle and I’d looked up online to see if I could share a link. I found a similar pattern shown on Pinterest that gives the measurements for the blocks and borders – the layout is a bit different from the free pattern I was given but I changed my quilt and didn’t put borders on it anyway. I’ll definitely use this idea again – probably in a smaller size for kiddie quilts.

I had just enough focus fabric to make extra blocks and set them 6 x 9 for a quilt that measures 48 x 72.


I’m marking all kinds of things off my April to do list today! The Hexagon Flowers and 9 Patch top is assembled. I love it when I’m working on a small top and I can use my big ironing board to measure and pin the borders. It’s so much easier than crawling around on the floor!

I won’t quilt this one right away but since it’s my oldest UFO, the plan is to get it done this year. Those paper pieced Hexagon Flowers waited a long time to become a quilt!


I wasn’t sure I would get the Spool top assembled this week as planned but it’s done. I mentioned yesterday that I’m not a perfectionist so I’m not going to fix the error I found just now!

I have brief instructions on the website for a smaller version of this quilt and it counts as my Precut Party quilt for March – made from 2.5 inch strips.


In spite of being out all afternoon running errands in the rain… I did manage to get the butterfly top assembled. No borders for this one. I’m happy to have made progress on another UFO although this one won’t get quilted for a few years … the recipient has some growing to do!