January’s precut top

I said it was going to have to be an easy one for me to get it done this month. I’m still scrambling trying to get tidied up from Christmas and getting ready for Mom’s visit but the rest of the week is going to be busy too so I kept sewing until I had a top. I saw a quilt like this somewhere, maybe the Moda Bake Shop or Craftsy but didn’t use a pattern. It used 2 Charm packs that I bought at Craftsy.

I don’t know why I don’t make more small quilts like this … they’re a perfect size for pinning and working on the big ironing board…no crawling around on the floor!


I kind of thought I’d get this top together before the end of the year but since that didn’t happen, I was determined to get it assembled today. In my book, a completed top counts as a finish and it’s nice to start the year off right! You can find brief instructions for this quilt I call Easy Flock of Geese on my website.

I’m not a perfect piecer by any definition but these half square triangles were cut with my Accuquilt GO and I find they piece together nicely! I’m always happy when my piecing lines up well.

More errands

Finn got his haircut yesterday and today it was my turn.


I usually don’t do so much running around and I was out doing more errands today but first I finished assembling my HeartStrings top. Glad to check that one off the list. The Patriotic Rail Fence is still not loaded on the longarm but that will either happen later tonight if I find some energy or tomorrow.


Sewing along with HeartStrings

The annual Maine HeartStrings sew-in is going on this week and I hate not being there with the group but I’m sewing along from home. This afternoon, I finished assembling the Happy Hearts top and I’ve got a small HeartStrings top loaded on the longarm and ready to quilt.


Since I’m spending October in Maine, the girls are kitting up quilts for me to tie while I’m there as they assemble the tops!



I know some people have tops waiting for borders but I always put my borders on at the time I’m actively working on a top … this one however wasn’t going to have a border initially. When I pieced it I was planning to quilt it on the regular sewing machine so the size was perfect without a border but now that the longarm is here, I had decided a few months ago that I would make it a little larger by adding a single framing border of 4 inches … I found a fabric that worked and then it sat out on the bench for a few months waiting for me to add the borders which finally got done today.


I think this is going to be the next one quilted too, I have gray thread on the machine and while it may be hard to see in this photo, the background is a light gray fabric.

My countertop is going to be installed in the half bathroom tomorrow and then there are just a couple other things to be done in there and it will functional again. I can’t wait! Not having to run upstairs every time we have to use the bathroom will be great!