A little cleaning and organizing this afternoon and then I loaded and quilted this top of Sue’s. Pantograph is Flower Power.

I’ve now got 4 waiting for binding so tomorrow I’ll trim at least a couple of them and get the binding started. Tonight after Keith heads to bed, I’ll make some more log cabin blocks. I won’t work all that long, just an hour or two and then I’ll head to my chair and crochet. I’m not sleeping at all at night but I sleep all morning. I’m not going to worry about it as long as I make progress on my goals. Mornings are not my friend at the best of times so it’s a good thing that for now, I have no morning appointments or travel scheduled in January so no need to get up early. That’s the tough part, not sleeping at night and having to be up in the morning.


My last top quilted for 2020 was done today. It’s the 3rd and last of the Rainbow HeartStrings tops I made with our Maine group this year. The plan was to take the blocks to the September sew-in and make and tie group quilts from everyone’s blocks but since the sew-in was canceled due to COVID, we had a virtual sew-in and I assembled 3 tops from the blocks I’d made and had a few leftover to send to Brenda to combine with other leftovers into group quilts. Pantograph is Leafy Love.

This also ends my December quilting and binding marathon. I exceeded my goal of quilting and binding 15 tops and got a head start on January’s goals.

  • 18 tops quilted
  • 16 quilts bound
  • 9 backings pieced
  • 4 battings pieced

I’m sewing Tumblers with my HeartStrings group tomorrow. I don’t know if I’ll make one or two quilts but we’re going to have some fun with tumblers in January.


I may be slowing down but I’m still working… Sue’s Batik Rail fence is quilted. It’s #17 for December for me and the pantograph is Dollop.

Keith and I are planning to go to the beach tomorrow but I hope to get my last quilt bound too. These last two tops of Sue’s will wait for the new year to get bound.


It was a gorgeous day here in Tampa and we got outside and on the bikes today.

When we got home, I loaded and quilted this top of Sue’s – it’s #16 quilted in December and with this one I’m making a start on January’s list. Pantograph is Halcyon. It’s been one of my favorites for years and I recently bought the digital version so I can use it with my Pantovision. I haven’t quilted a panto from the back on the new machine. It would be more challenging than the Gammill because of the way the bars on this one limit the visibility but I do have my pantographs and can use them if I ever have a problem with the Pantovision tablet.

I also got my last one trimmed and ready for binding. The plan is to get that one bound in the next day or two and quilt another one or two. I won’t worry about getting these “extra” ones bound before the end of the year but they’ll be quick finishes in January.


My Modern Square in a Square top is quilted. It’s #15 for December and once it’s bound, I will have met all my goals for the month. Pantograph is Mermaid Fingers which is basically just a teardrop like meander but the name alone makes it perfect for a nautical quilt.

Keith and I took a walk along the bay this afternoon and when we detoured around a construction site came across this – egret? heron? crane? I can’t tell even after looking them up! I’d say egret but their legs are supposed to be black …


My turquoise Sharon inspired HeartStrings top is quilted with a swirly version of Dwirling from the Pajama Quilter DVD. I loved freehand quilting this one. So easy and it looks great on my HeartStrings quilts. This is #14 quilted for December.

I want to use more of my scraps in 2021 so I decided to pull a group of them to take to Big Canoe. I just don’t seem to have enough time to precut and kit projects when I’m here in Tampa so I gathered these up and pulled my 6 and 3 inch HST dies and we’ll see what I can come up with.

All ready to go to Big Canoe. The larger green bin stays open and I drop supplies and projects in it that also go to Big Canoe on the next trip.


I got a late start but the Granny Squares top is quilted. Pantograph is Steam and it’s #13 for December. I also finished another binding last night – #12 and have one ready to stitch tonight. I’m so close to meeting December’s goals!


The L Block Charm top is quilted. I went looking for a star pantograph last night and didn’t see one that wasn’t complicated. Many digitized patterns are intended to be quilted by a computerized machine and they can be very detailed. I use a digital pattern but quilt it myself so they need to be more simple. This morning I found one that came with my machine called VermStar and it was basically a meander with stars mixed in so I decided to give it a try. This is #12 quilted for December.

I actually was up early and got this one loaded and quilted by 12:30 pm. I was waiting for the exterminator who didn’t call or show up. I’ve spoken with Terminix and they’ll be out tomorrow. I’d say I got up early for nothing but that’s not the case. I was piecing a backing for this one when my Elna started to screech. I know she’s way overdue for servicing and she’s 19 years old so as I headed out the door to take her in for servicing, I told Keith not to be surprised if I came home with a new machine. He was still surprise when I walked in with a new machine. I’m still hoping the Elna can be repaired and be a backup machine but it looks like this will be my main piecing machine here in Tampa now. Mom will be shocked because I always said I didn’t like her Bernina’s but the shop didn’t have a Babylock and said they were having trouble getting them so I gave it a try and decided to go with it. Now I just have to get used to a new machine again. I’m just now starting to feel comfortable with the Innova longarm after a year and a half so I hope it doesn’t take that long.

Normally I would never piece a quilt on two different machines but who knows when the Elna will be ready (if ever) so I’ve been piecing windmill blocks this afternoon. I’m hoping I don’t have to do too much easing when it comes time to sew everything together.


My Chisel Stars is quilted – #11 for December. Pantograph is Bountiful Feathers. Pulling this one out of the closet reminds me that I want to use this pattern again. It used the Chisel and 3 inch finished HST dies and it was an easy one to piece.

I’m tired and I’ve decided I’m not going to work tonight. No coming up to the sewing room to work when Keith goes to bed, no sitting up to 2 AM binding! I’m going to relax and read, listen to music, sit on the porch with my Christmas lights and just take it easy. I’ve worked hard the last couple weeks and with 2 weeks left in the month I can slow down a little. Just 4 more to quilt, 6 to bind, the Windmill blocks to finish and the top to assemble on my list of goals to do before the end of the year.


#10 for December is quilted. I quilted my 5 yard Map quilt freehand – a less swirly version of Dwirling than I usually do. I wanted to give the quilt a topographical feel and Dwirling is perfect for that. It’s another one of the 5 yard quilts – I got my pattern free with a fabric pack but I found a version of it online on Pinterest if you’re interested in the pattern.

I had to take a break and turn the machine off for a bit – we had a thunderstorm with a tornado warning – usually not a problem I have to deal with in December!

I used the time to trim another quilt and get a binding cut. I was kind of shocked to see I hadn’t cut a binding for the brown Sharon inspired HeartStrings quilt. That’s very unusual for me but luckily it was one I pieced here and I was able to find fabric used in the quilt and cut it. Now I’m going to get it machine stitched on and ready for hand stitching tonight.