Mom finished hand stitching the binding down last night and I stitched the labels tonight – one of hers, and one of mine. This counts as my first UFO finish for 2019. While I don’t count Mom’s projects waiting for me to quilt in my UFO list, I do count those tops she pieces for me that aren’t yet quilted and bound.

EDIT: Penny pointed out the quilt in the photo was upside down … so I flipped the photo 🙂

Made from a quilt I bought at Mom’s local quilt shop in VA and quilted freehand – dwirling from the Pajama Quilter DVD.

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


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.

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!