Playing in my strings

I’m still sewing along with my HeartStrings group and pulled out my string bin today to make a set of HeartStrings blocks.


I’m not doing any sorting or themed blocks … just sewing what I pick up. They may not look like much yet,  but I always love the look of our scrappy HeartStrings quilts.


Off the design wall

I try never to take a quilt off the design wall until the top is done but the green and brown Flock of Geese quilt is at an awkward stage … not far along for me to finish up quickly and I’m going to be sewing along with my HeartStrings group next week so I decided to take it down today.


Monday I found these fabrics while I was digging around in one of my bins and decided I’d make another more coordinated Happy Block quilt.


Maybe I just need to work on quick projects for a while – I’m making good progress on these blocks and it will make a cute donation quilt!


On my design wall

I’ve been busy but managed to get some Flock of Geese blocks up on the design wall. I’ve sewn up all the ones I’ve cut so I need to get the fabric back out and cut some more. It looks kind of dull but I’m hoping it will all turn out OK


I also pieced a back for the hourglass quilt so that ones ready to load on the longarm.


I’m still sorting through the last few bins and I came across this UFO – I haven’t seen it in years and it wasn’t even on my UFO list because I didn’t know where it was.

The flowers are English paper pieced and there’s an EQ drawing with my original plan but I think I might just throw this together with some simple 9 patch blocks. Of course, the flowers have to be appliquéd so it won’t quick!1BBFA974-12C8-4FCD-A4C8-156754798D0D

Some progress

I am such a procrastinator when it comes to assembling blocks into a top but I made a start on the RWB half square triangles. I’m sure I’ll drag it out a few more days but progress is being made.


I’ve also got a small doll quilt pinbasted. Sometimes I wonder if I’m wasting my time with these little doll quilts but I love that they use leftovers … leftover fabric, leftover batting, leftover backing … that little bit of flannel left from the Flock of Geese quilt I’m binding wouldn’t have been used otherwise (I don’t have enough flannel scraps in my stash for them to be used in a quilt) but they’re making nice backs for the doll quilts.


Kathy also reminded me that baby quilts were a quick way to catch up and I have a couple of those waiting that might get done here in the next few weeks but don’t worry, I’m not upset about being behind on my goal to quilt one top each week I’m not traveling this year. I’ll either catch up or not but having goals helps keep me focused on what I want to accomplish.

Something new

I have so much waiting on me in the sewing room … the RWB half square triangle blocks to assemble into a top, the t-shirt quilt to trim, a backing to piece and another top to load on the longarm ….so what did I do today?! In the hour I had in the sewing room, I started a new top. The brown/green Easy Flock of Geese. This one won’t have a border.

oops!! I just noticed the first block in the photo is rotated the wrong way but I am not going back in the sewing room tonight to take another photo!


A 9 x 12 block setting would give me a quilt that is 54 x 72 which is my usual donation size but since these are guy colors, I think I’ll add an extra row to the bottom to make it 54 x 76. The block size is 6 inches finished (6.5 inches with seam allowances).


Tomorrow I’ll try to get some of the other projects moving along if only to free up the design wall but I’m looking forward to seeing how this one develops.

Happy 4th

We’ve got company to help us celebrate the holiday!


After everyone went to bed, I did sew for just a little while. I wanted to actually work on my RWB half square triangles on the 4th. Just 7 blocks left to make.


Both Chris and I were up in the sewing room earlier … he assembled my chair, set up the printer, and assembled my new stacking bins for me. Usually I’m good about doing all of those but I’ve been too tired to start pulling stuff out of boxes so I’m thrilled that he helped me out.