I don’t have a lot to say about these quilts, but I am ever so happy to finish and deliver them.

Both of the tops were finished just as I finished a few customer projects on my long arm.

I chose an airplane design by Deb Geissler to quilt the plane quilts and loved how the stitched planes fit inside the plane blocks.

Similar quilts, but each special little man will be able to tell their own bed covering.

I will be delivering these to my sweet grandsons the end of the week as restrictions for sheltering are lifting.

The bonus is the airplane fabric I found enough of in my stash to make them both some pillowcases.

And these are finished before their number comes up on the UFO Project list I am using to challenge myself this year from American Patchwork and Quilting.

Building a Squadron

We have two Grandsons who like airplanes, as did their father before them. They can identify planes as they fly overhead, sew naturally as they are now in big beds, or soon to be, it follows they need airplane quilts! After much searching. I found this pattern:

The cutting directions were very good, but took some concentration. I’m making 50 blocks…yes, 25 for each bed with a side and end drop.

I have been piecing four at a time, to keep the pieces straight. But able to chain piece!

And slowly they are coming together. Our daughter in law requested navy and gray, of which I had much in my stash. I did find some fun new fabrics to throw in.

Many of the sets (each paired fat quarter makes two planes; a gray background and a navy background) I have enough for both boys to have the same plane. But some will be unique to one or the other.

I also have extra fabric in case some simply dont work. The extra will get pieced into the backing and serve as a label.

I have 16 to go! They remain high on my list to get finished; although it’s nice to take a break in between sets. One more month?

Colorful Dots

Found this pattern online and thought it would be a quick and easy way to use a Jelly Roll I purchased some time ago.   wp-15800650185114357547965879070240.jpg Amy offered a different arrangement of the blocks that appealed to me; as you will see soon.  As I was recovering from knee replacement surgery, my husband brought my machine near to my recuperation space so that as tolerated I could “work” on this quilt.  Plenty of ironing that I could sit and do.wp-15800650188414748644123355996741.jpgThen to trim the squares to the right size.wp-15800650188245279764497917725404.jpgAnd then mark and pin for sewing (this with my legs up).wp-15800650185645574106265065178419.jpgI was not thrilled with the finished squares and attempted to use spray starch to achieve a flat crease.

It went on and on…

Finally time to lay it all out; I found a problem. I thought Amy said it did not matter which way you sewed the diagonal seam.  I thought her alternate arrangements did not require any different instructions.  Still not sure how it happened, but between my efforts to square up the block, and then use the layout I liked, the bars ended up parallel instead of perpendicular.wp-15800650184541315693477519420366.jpgBy now it was 3 months post surgery and I was headed to camp and determined to get the top together and ignore the layout issues.  the crisp white and colorful fabrics were cheerful to me.wp-15800650184383328413193891642199.jpgSew fun!

wp-15800650184353773039007799824133.jpg It hung in the basement awhile as I contemplated the quilting.  wp-15800650184208426563764145828855.jpgI was motivated to do a lot of stitching in the ditch and quarter inch lines. Plenty of practice.wp-15800650184043395212847131936980.jpgOf course the triangles needed something special.wp-15800650183718196764977840970075.jpgStitched in Layers with designs by Joyce Lundrigan It was sew much fun and I was liking how it looked.  Whew.  Christmas came and went, but twenty stitching hours later it was ready for the binding.

The plaid binding and backing were bold and as cheerful as the other fabrics.

Jelly Roll (1)

It’s finished in under a year.  The first of 2020; and part of the UFO Challenge.  Despite all the quilting it washed up softly and is on our grandaughter’s bed.wp-15800650183465555312577006829267.jpg



Making way for 2020

Can a whole year have passed by? Sew cliché I know, but sew true. In 2019 I finished 8 of the 12 quilts from my long list of projects begun but not finished.

UFO 2019

I did start a few new things and some of them I finished as well.

12 projects in all and over 231 hours of stitching. Some of it hand stitching!

I did take on a Sue Garman designed Block of the Month Snowman


with Traditions at the White Swan (that has since closed their doors, sadly). And have been working steadily on a handful of wool projects.

The beautiful quilts made by my wonderful customers, did take some of my time; almost 200 hours on 30 quilts in 2019.

Here is the 2020 list. The four from 2019 are there and a few more. All from a long list of quilts I have already begun, or planned to begin, or bought fabric to make. I left a few months blank to allow some extra time.

UFO 2020

Love seeing what everyone else is up to out there at American Patchwork and Quilting UFO Challenge. Also plan to stay connected with goal setters at Elm Street Quilts and their One Monthly Goal; I missed the January link up, but hopefully will catch up with them in February.

And this year I am planning with a friend in Colorado to quilt across the miles. We are planning our own My Small World. We will be sewing them together across the miles; with monthly goals and helping texts and emails along the way!

It easy to keep listing things…now to begin! There is something exciting about a new year with all its hope and promise and clean start. It’s fun to look back and wonderful to look ahead. I’m blessed and sew happy to still be quilting with terrific spaces to imagine and create. Good luck with your projects and goals in 2020.

Making time for baby quilts

Tumbler Baby Quilts (1)Two sweet sisters were expecting two sweet girls and their mother had a giant party to celebrate!  And when you are known as a quilter, its hard to show up without one.  So all other projects went on hold and this is what I came up with.  Having some darling “girly” fabrics from my stash and having just seen a cute tumbler quilt in a shop; the idea was born.  I also already had the ruler!  It was meant to be.  For one a used the largest shape the ruler would make and paired like fabrics together.Tumbler Baby Quilts (7)Tumbler Baby Quilts (6) For the second one I used the largest I could still cut from the remaining yardage and I mixed the fabrics in each set.Tumbler Baby Quilts (3)Tumbler Baby Quilts (2)Sew the dear sweet cousins will have almost the same quilt.  I am hoping they enjoy them for years.

They were Stitched in Layers with a design called Am Ginger Snap by Apricot Moon.  And I had enought fabric in the stash to border and back and bind them.  Meant to be.Tumbler Baby Quilts (4)