He loved it

Chris sat all day ( and evening) with his quilt on his lap after Mom and I gave it to him.

It’s great to have the kids here … Bree was upset a few minutes before this photo was snapped and you can still see a tear but the three of them had a lot of fun playing together today.

The adults also had a good time this evening playing Scattagories. It was my first time and harder than I expected!

Ready for Rae

The kids are visiting this weekend … Chris and Rae get here late tonight and Adam and his family tomorrow. Because Mom is here Adam is going to stay at a nearby hotel but Chris and Rae will stay in Keith’s office and I pulled out the trundle bed and put my HeartStrings quilt on it … it’s one of my favorites because the blocks were sent to me from HeartStrings members from all over!

Mom is still feeling pretty bad … thank you for all your concern and good wishes. I took her to a local clinic today — We still have lots we’d like to accomplish this visit and more importantly, we just want her to feel better soon!

9 patches and hearts

We’ve got the blocks made for one of the 9 patches and heart quilts. Mom’s going to take all the hearts (for both quilts) home with her and machine appliqué them but these are all fused.

We were auditioning borders and while the rust looks like a clear choice in this photo, the purple looks great too and that’s the one Mom chose.

In case anyone is interested, these are our notes for this quilt. We used my Accuquilt heart die – the hearts are fused with fusible web and Mom will machine appliqué them using a blanket stitch.

Quilt size – 54 x 72

Block size – 6 inches (6.5 inches with seam allowances)

Set blocks 7 across and 10 rows down starting with a 9 patch.

Cut inner border 2 inches

Cut outer border 5 inches

Settling in

We worked on getting Mom settled in and ran some errands but we also found a little time to start new quilts in the sewing room. We both loved a 9 patch quilt with appliqué hearts I saw online a while back so we decided we’d work together to make two of them. I’m not sure if mine will be donated or kept but we’ll have fun making them together.

And Keith took us to dinner. Mom and I both love PF Chang’s.

Mom’s here!

It was a long travel day but Mom’s here in Florida for a nice long visit. We were lucky and none of the flights had delays! I left the house this morning at 4:45am and traveled to Charlottesville through Atlanta … my brother met me at the airport with Mom and the two of us traveled back through Atlanta to Tampa where Keith met us with a big hug!


I was looking though some of my files last night and came across the pattern for this bowtie quilt I made a few years ago (it was a Craftsy kit) and I thought it would be a nice one for Mom to make from her 30’s fabric.

We got to talking about Bowtie quilts we’d made and I remembered that I’d made one from one or two (I can’t remember!) charm packs several years ago. If I’m remembering correctly, there was a little book that was gifted me with the Charms but I couldn’t tell you where it is now – somewhere in the library! However, I looked online and found a pattern on the Moda Bake Shop – I like my layout below better but you can find the instructions on how to make the bowties from charms there.

Are you participating in the 2019 Precut Party? I can’t wait to see everyone’s January Charm quilts!