Moving on …

Mom finished assembling her HST diamond top yesterday and I got it loaded on the longarm today. Brief instructions for this one is on my website.

If it looks familiar, it’s because it’s just like mine … The same size, using the same fabrics. I’d already gotten it about half quilted before it was time to walk Finn and give him his afternoon break!

Before I got it loaded, I cut strips for Mom to make a log cabin runner and she started piecing while I was quilting. She going to appliqué some bears and trees on this one.

She also finished binding that turtle quilt last night – I’ll get a photo of the whole quilt when Keith gets home and can hold it up outside for me but I’ll share a photo of Mom binding it … you’re going to see a lot of Mom binding this trip because my goal is to quilt 7 tops for her!


It’s the weekend and we’re kind of boring! Because Keith travels so much, our weekends are usually spent here around the house with a little exercise thrown in. I haven’t been walking in the heat but I do try to get my bike rides in on the weekends. We’re lucky to have such a pretty place to ride. I need to try to get out some during the week too but hopefully it will cool down soon and I’ll be able to walk too. I told Keith today that I miss being able to walk to dinner.

I’m in that terrible cycle where I’m not sleeping at night so I’m pretty useless in the mornings but I am getting a little piecing (and crochet) done at night after Keith goes to bed. The HST diamonds are made and ready to be assembled. It will get a simple framing border with the blue fabric hanging on the right side of the design wall.

HST diamonds

After lots of debate about which fat quarters and which block I was going to use, I decided on HST diamonds for my September Precut Party quilt. The fat quarter bundle is from BluPrint and here’s my plan for the quilt. (Click on the photo for a larger view)

And here are my blocks in progress.

It’s a pretty simple quilt but I’ll add my quilt notes to the website in case anyone wants to make a similar quilt and refer to them.

Ready to assemble

The bow tie blocks are done and ready to assemble. I might move a block or two around so I’ll look at it for a day or two before I start sewing. In the meantime, I’ve got the 16 patch top loaded on the longarm and ready to quilt – I might even make a start on it this evening.

This one will not have borders – it’s a small donation quilt that is kind of a trial run for a larger scrappy one. I enjoyed sewing these blocks together, it was easy to get into a rhythm and as you can tell, they were quick so I’m anxious to make another one. I did a quick look through my stash to see if fat quarter bundles popped out as a good choice for one of these but haven’t made any decisions. I can see using a bundle for one but I can also see pulling random scraps from my bins.

Speaking of bins, I mentioned a few weeks ago when I was working on the Kite blocks that this blue/green/purple bin refuses to empty … this is now the 5th small quilt I’ve made from it and while a few fabrics have been added here and there I don’t see much change in the level of fabric so you can count on seeing this combination again!

Bow Tie blocks

This one is quick and easy! I’m using the 6 inch finished Bow Tie dies for my GO. It’s a two die set with the triangles on one die and the block that they’re sewn on to on another die. I also have have a 3 inch square die I could use but it’s easier to cut those myself.

That one purple looks pretty dark in the photo … but it’s the light in my sewing room. It’s just not good for photos. Here’s a close up of it.

Right now I’m making 4 blocks from each fabric unless my scrap isn’t big enough so the colors will be mixed up more in the final quilt. I just couldn’t wait to see the blocks up on the design wall.

I’m pretty sure this is the setting I’m going to use. I shared two vintage quilts a few weeks ago that I found on eBay and I’ll eventually make one using both settings I think.

Decision time

I made a few more kite blocks tonight and it’s decision time.

My inspiration is this vintage quilt I found on eBay and shared on the blog about a year ago. Took me long enough didn’t it?!

I’m not going as big with my sashing and I’ll have fewer blocks – I’ll need 5 more before I start assembling and this is the plan.

Quilt size – 47.5 x 58

Block size is 8 inches finished (8.5 inches with seam allowances)

Blocks set 4 x 5

Sashing cut 3 inches

Squares (or strips) for the 4 patches cornerstones are cut 1.75 inches

Border cut 4.5 inches

Kite blocks

I’ve shown this bin of fabric before …

It’s the one I put together at Big Canoe a few years ago and brought to Florida to make this tessellating quilt.

Then I used the same fabrics to piece this hourglass quilt …

And pulled a bunch from the same bin to make this Flock of Geese.

It’s a small bin …. and I’ve made three quilts from it and it’s still full even after pulling some fabrics for the Kite quilt.

It’s times like this that I realize just how little fabric it takes to make a quilt and how MUCH fabric I have in my sewing room. Mom is 30 years older than I am and still quilting so I like to think I have another 30 years to use it all up!

I haven’t committed to a final layout yet but I’m pretty sure these blocks are going to get sashed.