Quilt Finish: Iowa Hawkeyes Half Square Triangle Quilt

I have my first quilt finish of 2023.  It’s my Iowa Hawkeyes quilt.  I actually finished it last week but didn’t get time to put the blog post together until now.

My quilting on this wasn’t fancy…just a simple stipple.  Sometimes, with a busy quilt like this, adding more than just a stipple just makes it look more busy.


The second I rolled it off the frame… …

Some Punch Needle Finishes

When I had organized some of my cross stitch stuff around Thanksgiving time, I unearthed a couple of punch needle pieces that I did years ago.  I honestly think I did them back when we lived in the farmhouse and as of January, I’ll have lived here in this house for 8 years.  WOW!  That’s so hard to believe.

Anyway…it was long past time for me to fully finish these.  I set them out on the table and make a resolution to finish them and not stuff them back in a drawer.  So one of the days when my grandson Gannon was in the hospital, I had baby brother Anders at my house and he was sleeping, I grabbed the two pieces and decided that I was going to get at least one of them finished.

These are both older patterns and I have no idea if they are still available or not.  The star is a Teresa Kogut pattern…sorry I don’t know the name.  The snowmen are a With Thy Needle and Thread pattern.


The snowmen weren’t completely done.  If you look on the pattern, you can see that they are supposed to have eyes and buttons on them.  The maker is supposed to accomplish that by making French knots.  That is why I never finished this piece.  I didn’t want to screw it up by making terrible French knots.

I can make them…I just don’t enjoy it and every so often one of the ones I make is bad.   I decided that I would start by finishing the edges.

For me, that means… …

Quilt Finish: Connie’s Easy Breezy

I want to send out a HUGE thank you to my friend Connie.  During the summer Connie stopped at my house and dropped off three quilt tops for charitable use.

I had planned to get to them at some point and have them on hand for when I needed a donation quilt.  Well, that just didn’t happen.  I’ve been so busy.

About a month ago the area community college contacted me.  In the past, I have always sent them a quilt for a fundraiser they do to help college students that are in need because of extenuating circumstances.  I gave them a quilt and it was my last finished donation quilt.  I wasn’t too concerned, I figured I’d get another one made.

Then there was the auction for HEART Animal Rescue that needed quilts.  Thankfully I did have two pet-themed quilts finished waiting for them…and then the church benefit came up.  Shucks.  I didn’t have a quilt.  I was truly at the bottom of my barrel.

I frantically looked around to see what would make a good quilt for the benefit and started full speed ahead on it.  That’s when I remembered that Connie had given me those quilt tops.  I stopped, took a deep breath, and loaded it on the long arm.  Phew.  I was going to be able to get a quilt done on time.  THANKS SO MUCH, CONNIE.  You saved me!!


Isn’t a cute quilt top??  I love it and it will be perfect for a fall benefit.  It’s actually tomorrow in Waucoma, Iowa.  It’s a Soup and Salad meal with a silent auction.  The quilt will be on the silent auction.  If anyone wants to put a bid on it, email me and I’ll bid for you!

Here it is finished… …

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