#7 of 7 is quilted! I love hitting my goals … the last top of Mom’s is quilted. It’s a kit I bought from Connecting Threads and it’s quilted with the pantograph Wave. Isn’t that a cute flannel back we found for it?!


One of my UFO’s from 2014 … I’d promised Mom another quilt with a Minkee type backing (it gets cold in the Virginia mountains!) and let her choose one of my tops. Pantograph is Halcyon. There are brief instructions for this Framed 9 Patch inspired by a vintage quilt on my website.

While I was working on getting this one quilted, Mom worked on a project for me! All the bright squares she cut will be pieced into alternate blocks for the butterfly blocks that Mom appliquéd for me last year.

I love the look of all those bright scraps together … I think I need to put them in a bin and come up with another quilt to use them in!

For those of you that liked the Dog quilt I posted yesterday, I saw an ad for that GO die from Accuquilt, it’s on sale and there’s a link to the pattern Mom used too.

Today’s tasks

I finished quilting Mom’s dog quilt last night so today, that one got trimmed and it’s ready to go back to Virginia with her for binding. She used the dog die from Accuquilt and the pattern was free on their site too.

I also got her giraffe quilt trimmed. This one was from the Animal Parade book and it’s also ready to go back home with her for binding.

We made the alternate blocks for her Schoolhouse quilt and we just had to toss them up on the design wall to see how it’s going to look. The borders are cut too and this is all packed up and already in the first box we shipped home to her. The pattern is from an old book I bought used off Amazon. 

We didn’t put the border up there but it will have the blue print in a 5 inch finished border with red cornerstones. She’s going to have a LOT of appliqué to stitch down when she gets home!

And finally, we cut 3 Strippie quilts and they’re all kitted up for her too. I’m always on the lookout for cute kiddie fabric and had a bin full for her to choose from – she picked the dinosaurs, the owls, and the ladybugs.

I’ve got 2 more tops to get quilted before she goes home but we’ll have to get to Joann’s before I do the last one because we want a flannel backing for it.


Mom’s cold is kicking her butt so she’s resting today. I loaded and quilted another small top she made from the Animal Parade book. Pantograph is Happy Times.

This is #4 of 7 I want to get quilted while she’s here.


The goal is to quilt 7 tops while Mom is here … this is #3 of 7. I’m even counting it as part of our HeartStrings precut Party because I gave Mom the Jelly Roll, she pieced the top, and I quilted it! The pattern is Boxed Squares and I have brief instructions on my website.

Pantograph is Halcyon but you can’t see the quilting very well in this photo.

I offered her a sick day … she’s got a cold … but she has a better work ethic than I do, she insisted on working in the sewing room with me today. I think she’s enjoying my Big Board for pressing!

I also trimmed her fish quilt, she’ll take this one back home to bind but I got the binding on the boxed squares and she’ll work on sewing that one down here.

In addition to all the hearts she’ll have to appliqué, and the binding, we’re shopping my stash to kit up some projects for her to work on at home. Isn’t this going to be a cute Quick Strippie?!!


This is one of Mom’s tops – she has several I need to quilt and I’m going to see how many I can get done while she here. Yesterday’s map quilt is one that we both worked on and are gifting a family member. (It might NOT be you Chris!) so this is number 2 of the 7 that I’d like to get done … we’ll see how far I get!

This was a pattern from the book Animal Parade and the pantograph is Jilly. You should be able to click on the photo to see a larger view.

We’re sewing

We had a productive day — Mom worked on 9 patches (and getting used to my machine) …

I quilted a top, trimmed it, got the binding stitched on … and got a backing pieced and another top loaded and ready to quilt tomorrow.

And Mom worked on hand stitching the binding down this evening.

We’re talking about and planning future projects for her to work on when she goes home too. I’ve got lots of fabric to share and we’ll probably make a trip to Joann’s in a few days too.