What I’m Working On…

I’ve spent lots of time in the sewing room recently….

Of course there is still mask making.  I’m winding it down though.  I’m tired of making them and the requests are slowing.  I have 76 that I’ve finished over the weekend.  I have about 20ish left to put the ties on- I’ll finish them today-  and then I’m cleaning all the mask stuff and putting it away.


If a big need comes, I’ll ramp back up but for now, I think it’s okay to start winding down.  I’m starting to believe that most people who actually will wear a mask has one.

Several blog readers told me that it’s okay to quit making them if I was tired of it.  They are right it is okay to quit if you’re tired of making them.  But, that’s not me.  If there is a need and I can be part of the solution, I step up.  I volunteer.  It’s just who I am.  So even if I don’t want to make any more masks, if I see I need, I’ll be making them again.

I am all caught up on my mysteries except… for the Quiltville one as the clue comes out today.  So far, I’m liking this.  I haven’t really made a “round robin” style quilt before so I enjoy trying something different.  I almost talked myself into starting another one and then reminded myself that the clues are going to start taking longer and longer to do as the quilt gets bigger and bigger.


That got me rethinking it….No I have other projects I’d really like to get done.  One quilt of this style is enough!

Someone asked how hard is it to make all of the stars around the border.  They said they were quitting as they didn’t want to make all those stars.  Oh my…I love making stars.  Remember Kelli and I are the ones that designed this quilt….

On the Bright Side Plan from American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine

In our quilt the stars are even smaller than the ones in Bonnie’s quilt…so small stars, no problem.

I really would like to challenge those of you who don’t like to sew small to just give it a try.  Make one or two.  It’s really not any harder than making a larger star block.  You likely have more time than even so why not give it a try?

I am caught up on my Quilted Twins Mystery.  This week was a lot of cutting.  There was more than this and I have that done too but forgot to take a picture of it.


So far this mystery has been at a nice easy pace.  If you haven’t started it and are interested, there is still time.  I really think you could be caught up in a couple days worth of sewing.


I’m making mine queen sized.  I’m a little nervous as I know Becky, the creator of the mystery, likes big quilts. I didn’t see any measurements on how big a queen sized quilt is other than say 100″ish.  I can only do 100″ wide on my quilt frame and that is really pushing it. So my hope is that it’s not bigger than 100″.

I’ve also been busy working on my Temecula Quilt Company Stay at Home Sampler.


Rosie wasn’t too happy with me that I interrupted her nap to take the picture.  Her dog bed is under the ironing board.

I typically don’t like to do sampler quilts where there is a new block every day but so far, this has been okay.  It really only takes about 5-10 minutes to make a block.  It takes more time to pick a fabric.  HA!!

I did a few other things in the sewing room this week but I’m saving that for tonight’s blog post…more on my sewing room too.  See you then.

11 thoughts on “What I’m Working On…

  1. Janet R

    I read today that people aren’t going to be allowed in Walmart unless they are wearing a mask, so that might change your demand.

    I didn’t start Bonnie’s mystery because I was already making a Monterrey Medallion and didn’t think I needed 2 medallions. I do like this one, though. I also really like the Quilted Twins mystery.

  2. Karen P

    Hey Jo, I think that Becky posted that it was going to be 100×100 in the first intro post. At least that’s what I’m hoping that I read since I ordered my backing last night. Lol I love your colors in Bonnie’s quilt, of course what’s not to love about batiks. Have an awesome day!

  3. sewhappy224

    If you are tired of making masks, it is time to stop making them. Donate fabric to others. That is what is happening in my area.
    I have a bit more sewing in me. Does anyone know how to donate to the Native Americans out on the reservations?

  4. Anita B

    I am enjoying making the stars for Bonnie Hunter’s Unity quilt, but it is taking me forever! How did you make those 36 stars so fast! The flying geese parts of the stars are slow-going for me. Oh well, I’ve lots of time now !
    I love that quilt you and Kelli designed.

  5. Karen F

    I’m following Bonnie Hunter’s Unity quilt but change it when I need to. The first row was sawtooth stars with a lot of extra piecing that looks too busy to me so I made basic sawtooth stars. I don’t like making 4″ blocks – ever – so I replaced the 4″ stars with 4″ square in a square blocks. She had those in her first row, too. It looks great and I’m happy.

  6. Judith Fairchild

    Thee Navejo nation head quarters can be googled they needed masks I read about it on F. B. last week I’m sure they will give you the addresses. I like your mystery quilts. I’ve done a A sampler quilt. Keeping the patterns straight in my head with so many identical triangles and squares were a bit much enjoyed the experience but probably not again.

  7. Hedy

    The Navajo Reservation addresses can be reached on French General blog. The ladies listed will help distribute masks.

  8. Terry Beatty

    hi everyone I’m new to this site. But I just wanted to share a little info with you about the mask making. I’ve made some for family and the church Pantry people that are helping. But one thing I found when I could not get bias tape or elastic I started cutting up t-shirt fabric from old t-shirts. So I cut the bottom off where it was hemmed and then I went up an inch on the side of the shirt and cut it across the whole width of the shirt. Which ended up being a circle about 32-38 inches then I took that Circle and cut it 2 pieces each 1 in. By 16 in. Then I took each and of those strips and pulled them and they rolled up into an amazingly nice chord that doesn’t unravel. Which are used to make the ties for the mask.

  9. Laurie

    What is he name of the quilt you designed in All People Quilt? I LOVE IT! Also, you recently posted a quilt made with HSTs and 4 patches that you were wanting to submit for publication, but I can’t find that blog post anymore? It was made with bold and beautiful fabric!

    Kudos to you for your mask making. We have a skill that helps save lives. It’s good of us to use that skill. ❤️

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