I’m making a start on my December goals … I loaded and quilted my Sashed Whales today. Pantograph is Happy Times.

My December goals are not as ambitious as November’s since we’re traveling a couple times this month and have plans for Christmas.

  • Quilt – 5 tops
  • Piecing
    • finish making the current set of Strips and Strings log cabin blocks,
    • piece a project with this month’s precut – HSTs
  • Crochet – make a ripple blanket
  • Knitting – make 2-3 hats
  • Cut HSTs for my sister’s quilt
  • Donate – finish washing 15 quilts and get them donated via the local guild


I’m done! Today I quilted #21 of 21 and I’m finished 10 days early! This is one of Mom’s and it’s a gift so I’m not going to show it here.

I did very well keeping up with all the binding too with just one of mine left to bind and I’ll trim and get the binding machine stitched on Mom’s and she’ll hand stitch that one down.

This is a breakdown of the tops quilted. I plan to quilt an additional 5-6 of my tops in December and that should put me in a good position with my UFOs going into 2022.

  • 4 of Mom’s tops
  • 7 HeartStrings group tops
  • 7 of my donation tops
  • 2 doll quilts
  • 1 cat quilt (for our family gift exchange)


#20 of 21 is quilted – this Happy Block group top is one sent to me by AnnG to finish and donate. Pantograph is Ivy Vine. This was the first time I’d used this one and I won’t be using it again. I could not get it to nestle in a way that I liked without gaps in the quilting. I thought I had it close but when I stitched it out, the gaps were larger than I wanted so I filled in with some rows of freehand loops. It makes the overall quilting busier than I’d like but between all the pink fabrics and the heart quilting I’m sure some little girl will love it.

I’ve got 3 waiting for binding now but it’s been a busy day and I’m going to relax and knit tonight. I’ll get to the binding tomorrow.


#19 of 21 is quilted. I’m in the homestretch now and the next one is loaded and ready to be quilted tomorrow if I get to it — I’ve got to run to Marietta to take the BabyLock Jane in for service. Panto is Flower Power.


I don’t have a photo of the quilting on the Plus 1 top because I was so focused on loading the next one I forgot to snap it but it will be bound within a few days so you’ll see it then. It’s #18 of 21 to be quilted by the end of November and I expect to be done this week assuming things go as planned.

Since I don’t have a photo of the quilt, how about one of Finn on a quilt … waiting for me to finish working so he can sit with me.

We have our family gift exchange tonight so I’ll be able to share that project after the call. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else did.


#17 of 21 is quilted. This is my 16 patch quilt pieced a couple months ago from fat quarters … our precut challenge this month is fat quarters and while I usually piece a top from the monthly precut … this month, I’ll just complete this one. Pantograph is Raindrops.


#16 of 21 to be quilted by the end of November is done. This is one of the 3 yard quilts Mom pieced during her visit. Pattern is Dash from Fabric Cafe and pantograph is Double Rose Vine.


#15 of 21 to be quilted by the end of November is done. This is one of Mom’s tops and the pantograph is Water Dance. The quilting looks more prominent in the photo due to the light catching it just right than it actually does in person.

This was a quilt I drafted for Mom to make but who knows, I might make one to donate one of these days so I’ve posted the brief instructions I worked up for her on the website at this link.

The trees are so pretty here now, I had a beautiful view of them from the longarm room while I was working on Mom’s quilt. When the leaves are gone, I’ll have a peekaboo view of the lake from this window.

Since I won’t be binding this little quilt, I’m going to cast on another hat this afternoon. Does this look like 3 weeks of work?! I’ve been making hats since I learned to knit but I’ve never done this many at one time. I’m kind of liking it and I may just end up making October/November hat knitting season! This is all 17 that have been knit so far.


#14 of 21 to be quilted by the end of November was loaded and quilted today but I can’t show it to you yet. It’s my project for our Family Gift Exchange that’s due on November 14th. I’ll get it bound tonight and be done with more than a week to spare!

I also got my Lantern blocks up on the design wall today – I’ll move them around a bit before starting to assemble them but I hope to have the top finished this week too. This was the 2nd set of blocks I made last month for our Precut Challenge.


My Windmills top is quilted – #13 of 21 to be quilted by the end of November. Pantograph is Cornrows and it’s much easier to quilt than the other straight line Chevron pantograph I have but still giving that same effect that I loved.

I’ve got to get some binding done … there are 3 waiting now.

My door was installed today and I’m SO happy! Our downstairs terrace level is a mix of guest space and my sewing spaces and with the kids down here, I always had to put away all the sharps, unplug machines, and put anything that they could hurt themselves with or mess up up out of reach. The longarm room has a lock which has been great and now I can lock off my bin nook and sewing room too. It will save me so much time, effort, and worry!