UFO Challenge


I did it!  The Virginia Bound blocks are together and are a center.  I have mine in a five by five layout.  Ruby isn’t quilt her perky self but doing a little better.  (Read about her set back here if you missed it)


I am VERY happy with it so far but the next steps is what has me debating….


Here’s the quilt and how it originally was designed.  I’ve already deviated from the design by making larger….but I think I am going to deviate more.


For me, I would be very happy finishing my quilt just as it is if I hadn’t seen something I like a little better.  This border is a little chunky and overwhelming when compared to this… [Read more...]

UFO Progress


Virginia Bound from Bonnie Hunter’s book Scraps and Shirttails I is on my front burner.  I’m having trouble concentrating on anything else.  I’m actually having to discipline myself to do other things…like the wedding quilt I got finished…and the charity quilts I want to finish.  Oh my.

My blocks are in several stages.  We took a car trip so I needed something to do as we traveled so …pulling the backing paper off happened.


Here’s my view…one nice stack of completed blocks and the open road.


Once home  I sneaked up to the sewing room and finished a bunch…these need to get trimmed but I am making myself wait until nap time one day this week.


I scrambled and got the rest of the blocks this far along…. [Read more...]

Working Those Virginia Bound Blocks


I’ve had a few questions while I’ve been working on my Virginia Bound blocks.  I’m hoping I can tell a little more about them today.

First off, this is the quilt I am writing about.  The name is Virginia Bound and it’s in Bonnie Hunter’s book Scraps and Shirttails book One.  (I heard this one might not be reprinted so if you’re wanting to make this, grab a copy now).


The one in the book is made with up-cycled men’s shirts.  That’s what I’ve been doing as well.  If you plan to make other “shirt” quilts, cut them out first and you’ll have lots of left overs for this one.  I know attendees of our retreat will be making the quilt Moth in the Window.  If made from shirts, as the pattern suggests, you’ll have LOTS of leftovers to make this quilt.

I was asked questions about the foundation papers and why I was cutting them out first.  I’ll just show you how I made a block.  I started out with a paper copied from the book.  If you look close at my paper, you can see I let one of the childcare kiddos cut this one out.  Anyway, I need to fill in the middle spot with dark colored fabric strips.  I start and stop close to the line going just past it.

Eventually I have a block that is filled in like this…..See? [Read more...]

Charity Quilt from Heather and Cheryl


This beautiful quilt top in spring colors was made by Heather Lentz.  Cheryl in Dallas, my “backup charity quilter,” did the quilting and binding.  These two gals live in different states and have never met, but they collaborated on the latest charity quilt finish.

Heather’s quilt top was 71” x 84”.  She used calming colors of blue, green, white, and gray on this pattern.

Cheryl in Dallas loads the quilt top on the longarm.  The top of the quilt is fastened to the pickup rollers only. The sides are basted in place as each row is advanced.  I see rolls of batting stacked in the corner of the room.


This top was quilted with a digital pattern called “Threadz” designed by Patricia Ritter.  This screen shows one row of the digital pattern; the dark blue area has already been quilted by the machine as it works from right to left on this particular row.


The first row is underway, whizzing along at 10 stitches per inch.


Heather’s quilt has 20 blocks, with four units in each block.  Each unit contains one blue and one green fabric.  That is a big variety of 2 1/2” strips!



The swirly quilting motif in white thread is very subtle and doesn’t overshadow the beautiful fabrics.


Heather provided matching binding for the quilt.  The binding fabric was also used for the widest border.



While the longarm machine is running, Cheryl in Dallas joins the binding strips.


Quilting finished, the top gets a trim to even-up the three layers.  To enlarge the quilt, Cheryl added a third border.  Heather sent a lot of extra fabric and most of it coordinated with this quilt top, so it was easy to pick this gray-on-white pattern for the color scheme in the quilt.


The binding turned out pretty good.  Cheryl sews all of her binding by machine.  No hand binding for that girl.


This twin size quilt is now 79” x 92”.   It will lose a few inches when it gets a wash, but that is still a generous size for a single bed.


You know how I love polka dots.  I found dot fabrics in 12 of the 20 blocks in this quilt.



More polka dots.



. . . and a few more polka dots.


The backing is a pale green fabric that Cheryl just happened to have in her backing stash.


Almost ready to go!  This quilt will get a label and a good wash to make it soft and crinkly.  Then, it is headed to the House of Hope in Gainesville, Florida.  Two new women are expected to arrive at the House of Hope next week to begin the residential program, so this quilt needs to beat them there.  Thanks to the generous help of blog readers, each gal who has lived at the House of Hope since 2016 has received her own quilt.  You quilters are so generous with your talents.



Thanks to Heather and Cheryl for sharing their handiwork and photos with us.  Thanks to all the quilters who have helped the House of Hope residents by making such wonderful quilted treasures..and if anyone is looking for this pattern I think it is a version of Bonnie Hunter’s Boxy Star pattern that can be found here.