What I’m Working On…

I was feeling a little better this week.  I started the beginning of the week still a little rough but gradually the week got better.  I’ve gotten into a bit a routine that in the early morning before childcare I do some sewing and in the evening after the day winds down I do a little stitching.  Right now, it’s a good balance I am content with.  I do know the next big stretch of time I get, like over a weekend, I am definitely going to put in some extra time in the sewing room.  I’m so ready to sit down and do some intense piercing.  For now, I’m still working on Georgia’s baby quilt.  In my old life, I’d have had this quilt done LONG ago, but I’m here in my new life now dealing with the day to day.

My stitching has been going great.  The weekend before last I grabbed this out.  The kids were home and visiting at the table.  I thought I’d start a project and this is something I had started kitting up.  All I together was the chart, fabric, hoop, needle and the thread for the letters.  I figured I could start with that much and off I was stitching.


I’ve been stitching this with the ball-tipped needle testing it out.  I have plans to write a review on them but want to make sure I’ve finished at least one project, even if it’s a small one like this, before I give my full opinion.

By the end of this week, I was this far….

I’m so glad that I picked up this project.  I am hoping to get a few fall things out in a month or so and hopefully, this will be one of them.  These little quick projects are a little addicting.

On Georgia’s quilt, I made some progress too.  I got the next border side together.

I also started working more on the center design.  I drew out a tentative design and want to make the “heart” of flying geese.

Here’s a picture with the center top of the heart oriented the way I was hoping.  I’m thinking the flying geese with make a heart shape.  So far, that’s the top row of the heart done.


The little blocks at the top that bring the top of heart together were a little tricky and time consuming.  I’m hoping it works.  All I can do is keep keeping on.  It was easy for me grab and do the letters..this center part is going slower.  It’s okay though.  I’m enjoying the process and at this point the gift is so late it matters now when I finish.

I thought you all were likely missing Ruby…I haven’t had much about her on the blog lately so when she plopped herself down for a photo op, I snapped the picture.  She’s been doing good.  She is more clingy since Kramer passed.  I think she knows I need a pal.


I get asked all the time if there is a pattern for this quilt.  No.  There isn’t.  I simply grab some fabric and randomly sew it together.  The sides aren’t the actual measurements they need to be.  I’ll likely add some fabric to them if they need to be bigger or smaller.  Right now, everything is cut to an 8″ height.  The letters are not usually 8″ wide as you can see.

That’s what I’ve been up to on the crafty side of life.    Hopefully I’ll get the little cross stitch piece a little further and the baby quilt a little further along too.

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9 thoughts on “What I’m Working On…

  1. Judith Fairchild

    Jo, I love Georgia’s quilt! For a no planned pattern. Quilt written out what a lovely surprise. The colors are perfect. Can hardly wait to see the finished project. So glad you are feeling better and able to get in a sew.

  2. Lori Sparks Douglas

    Georgia will love this! So pretty for a little girl. You do wonderful work and every stitch has love in it! Can’t wait to see it finished. I am planning to sit down and write you a long letter.

  3. Ellie

    So happy to see you getting your quilting mojo back! Georgia’s quilt is going to be perfect and she will love it. Bring babies up with quilts is wonderful. So glad to see Ruby. I’ve wondered how she has been getting along without Kramer. Animals grieve too.
    Your stitching is very cute!

  4. Hedy

    I was concerned about Ruby and I’m glad she’s doing good. We got a rescue Beagle named Ruby last year. Poor thing was scared and malnourished but is the picture of health now. Probably always will be a little frightened of noises and strange people but such a sweetheart. So glad to see Ruby again.

  5. Cindie Winquist

    The quilt and the stitching are both going to be darling. I truly love the randomly pieced yet pulled together look of the beginnings of your quilt, and look forward to seeing it when it is completed. The heart in the center will be truly special.

  6. Mary Jo B.

    Jo –
    So happy to see Ruby again. How funny that she plopped herself down in the “not quite a quilt”.
    You have her well trained. Have a good week.

  7. Patricia Boelens

    Glad to see that you are working on Georgia’s quilt. It will be as adorable as she is! Sometimes we just have to schedule some “me” time and then things will fall into place. Glad you are feeling better this week. Just remember to take care of you. Hugs and prayers.

  8. Susan the Farm Quilter

    I love the way you build these quilts from the border in!! Totally the opposite of the way we normally create a quilt. Love the flying geese heart – that’s going to be awesome!! Keeping you in prayer and drive safe.

  9. Jeanne

    I love your cross-stitch pattern. I’m going to try to find it. I love ABC patterns (i’m A retired teacher).

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