I confess

I’m failing at my NO Buy commitment. There’s been some online shopping since Mom left so it’s a good thing I gave away as much fabric as I did while she was here!

All the Ohio Star blocks are pieced for my February Precut Party quilt.

I didn’t feel like starting the sashing so I pulled out the bright squares Mom cut for me while she was here and started piecing them into 9 patch blocks … these will alternate with the butterfly blocks she appliquéd for me last year so at least I’m working on a UFO!

Bunnies and Bricks

I saw a cute bunny quilt online a while back and saved a photo because I thought Mom might like to make it, I even found a bunny appliqué and saved it. I had appointments all day today so Mom worked a bit in the sewing room tracing bunnies onto fusible web and when I got home, I cut a pile of bricks. Now it’s a kit for her to take home and finish.

I didn’t realize there was a tutorial but that’s OK, we calculated our own measurements to give us the size quilt we wanted. I should count this one as one of my Precut Party quilts since she used a set of my fat quarters … of course, there is a lot of fabric left in that bundle so I’ll have to come up with something else to use it up!

9 patches and hearts #2

We didn’t work long today but I pieced a backing and straightened up a bit while Mom fused the last of the hearts for our 2nd quilt. This one will not have a border and I didn’t put all the blocks up on the design wall since I’ll have to wait until Mom appliqués the hearts before finishing it but I did want to see how it’s going to look …

  • Quilt size is is the same as the first one – 54 x 72
  • blocks are 6 inches finished (6.5 with seam allowances)
  • blocks are set 9 across and 12 rows down
  • we used my Accuquilt heart die for the appliqué (fused them with Heat and Bond lite and Mom will machine stitch them down)

Back on my design wall

I should never take a quilt in progress off the design wall and I don’t even remember why I took this one down but I’d like to get the top assembled before the end of the year …

I need more blocks but I’m thinking I might do a border or two to finish it up quicker … we’ll see. For now, I’m piecing some blocks.

I made another version of this quilt earlier this year and it was gifted to my Daughter-in-law’s mother. I love how it turned out!

I have brief instructions on my website here – Easy Flock of Geese

Windmill blocks

All my windmill blocks are made and the rail fence quilt is trimmed and ready for binding. I’ll need to study this one a bit and move a block or two around I think before I start assembling it.

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My laundry is even done … just in time to pack again. Can’t wait to see all my littles ones on Saturday but especially Mo! They change so fast at this age — it’s hard to believe that she will be 1 in a few weeks and I haven’t seen her since July.

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Precut fun

I’ve been talking about needing to use up some of these Jelly Rolls and I’ve got a ton of Fat Quarters too so we were talking on HeartStrings and decided that 2019 will be the year of the precut. Stephanie will choose a precut each month and we’ll make a quilt using that one (using another kind of precut is OK too) and we’ll see how many of these we use up because I don’t know if you’re like me but my precuts look so pretty, they tend to sit on the shelves for a long time!

Can you believe there are just 7 weeks left in the year?!! It’s time to think about what I want to finish up before January rolls around … but first, I decided I deserved a treat and started a new quilt today.

It’s based on this vintage quilt that I saw on eBay.

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I’m still working with my pile of grays so I debated what background to use …. light, medium, dark?!

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I decided on the medium, mottled gray – we’ll see how it goes.

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And as far as goals for the end of the year go … this is what I have so far

  • Trim and bind the Patriotic Rail Fence
  • Make windmill blocks, assemble top
  • Load and quilt Maureen’s stocking quilt
  • Finish making the green/brown flock of geese blocks and assemble that top
  • finish knitting the Yowza shawl

I’m traveling twice before the end of the year and we have company the week of Christmas so I’m going to start with this list and if I finish it all up…I’ll add to it.

Timers

I would rather be knitting or starting a new quilt today but I’ve got too much to accomplish to even think about it. I’m such a procrastinator and usually I can drag out the assembly of a top or unpacking from a trip for days and even weeks but my goals help keep me on track and so do timers especially on a day like today when I don’t want to do any of it!!

I’m setting my timer in 30 minute segments and going from unpacking to assembling to laundry to walking Finn. Progress has been made all around but it’s most evident in the HeartStrings quilt – the last blocks were trimmed and I’ve got the top partially assembled. Next I’ll start assembling the big blocks into rows.

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And while it doesn’t look like it, a lot of progress has been made unpacking but there’s still so much to be gone through and organized before it’s done.

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I’m hoping to get the patriotic rail fence top loaded on the longarm today too. I always underestimate how long it’s going to take me to recover from a trip but I did get through the 5 weeks of mail that had accumulated on Monday, and I did get a massage yesterday too.