What I’m Working On…

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I had a great Mother’s Day weekend but I’ll tell you more about that in a post later this week. For now, I’m going to tell you what I’ve been up to in the sewing department.  The short answer is not much.

When I was at Kelli’s house helping her I picked up a quilt top she had finished.

This quilt is from Bonnie Hunter’s Addicted to Scraps book.  You can find it HERE on Amazon.  Happy news for you that don’t own the book.  If you have Kindle Unlimited, the book is free.

Kelli did her version in reproduction fabrics.  I just love it that way.  It’s a scrappy beauty for sure.

I took it home with the intention of quilting it for her then got looking at it.  When she was here I asked her if she wanted a border put on it.  She does so I’ll be doing that before I quilt it.


I also grabbed this box of shirts at Kelli’s.  I’m deboning them and putting them in my stash with the understanding that Kelli can raid my stash anytime.

I worked on them when I could this week.  I planned on three a day.  I kept up until this weekend hit.  Wowza it was too busy to worry about shirts.  I’ll finish them up this week.


Besides that, I worked on my Lori Holt Red Sampler Quilt Along.  Here’s how far I am…

I have all of the blocks finished except this last one needs to be trimmed down.


The new blocks are released today so I’ll be working on them this week.  I’ve really only sewing these blocks this week.  I’ve had so much family here and yard work to do…and helping Kelli that I really haven’t had any time to even think about sewing.

I think for me quilting has turned into a little more of a fall-winter activity.  I never dreamed I would be so busy with family 8 years ago when Kalissa was just graduating from high school that quilting wouldn’t be the priority it once was.

No worries…I’m not giving up quilting.  I’m just enjoying the days that come my way and currently, there’s just not a lot of time to quilt.

14 thoughts on “What I’m Working On…

  1. brenda

    u an imagining you are really thrilled with all the organization time you put into your quilting sewing room. Now, with all the extra busyness of gardening etc, it is easier to just pop in for a bit of sewing in your lovely sewing center and it takes much less time to decide where you wish to start and it is quite easy and less time consuming to pull out what you want to work on. {sorry about the rambling sentences. My imagination and typing does not always flow properly{

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    1. Ellie

      Considering all you’ve been doing in the garden and with family I think you’ve gotten lots done! The quilting will wait patiently for you so enjoy the distractions.

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  2. Kelli

    Love Kelli’s quilt! Looking forward to seeing the border you pick. And thanks for the Kindle Unlimited Bonnie Hunter book heads up!

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  3. Stacie

    Caroline Chain is on my to-do quilt list. Now I’m inspired to make it in reproduction fabrics!!

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  4. Margaret from North Texas

    The Red Sampler Quilt Along blocks are looking good. Enjoy the different moments!!

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  5. The Joyful Quilter

    SEW sweet of you to offer to add borders on Kelli’s quilt, Jo! Taking on the shirt project was, too, was probably a big relief for her. She’s going to have her hands full for the next while!! We all go in spurts with quilting, don’t we? Life just has a way of getting in the way of our plans.

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  6. Bridget

    Just as an informational, I was about three years out from my twins when I finally found myself with time to really sew. There were times when I never thought it would happen. Now I have two girls who like to sew with me!

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  7. Judith Fairchild

    I’m so glad you put family 1st. I enjoy quilting so much but when family needs attention they get it. I the last 2 months I’ve been to both sides of our country due to family calls. Mixed feelings as to reasons excitement at seeing states I never thought I’d see and joy in being with family again. Meeting new great great nieces and nephews. Seeing how their parents and grandparents have matured. So much joy and sorrow all mixed up.

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  8. Stephani in N. TX

    When the iron strikes, step to it. Children are babes for so short of a time. I marvel at the baby photos of my grandson fitting on a pillow, all pink and glowing, and babbling. In such a short time, he is ready for kindergarten with a sharp mind and a memory that won’t quit. His foremost plea is can we play…Much as I am devoted to quilting, spending time with family is foremost, whatever Covid will allow us to do since lots of family is fearlessly off in their busy worlds.

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  9. Cathy Odle

    Dear Jo, With so many beautiful grandbabies, under 5, you can’t be anything but busy. Enjoy this stage, it will be gone so fast. My oldest grandchild, only has one year of college left. Before long, I will be making wedding quilts.

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  10. Joy

    Jo, I am interested in making an I spy quilt similar to the one you posted about a couple days ago. I’ve made a similar quilt before, but I am wondering the sizes of the large and small squares and sashings. Thank you. I have some eye spy squares that were given to me and I think I may be able to use them to make this quilt. Thank you for your time. I always look forward to your posts.

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    1. Sarah

      Joy-a quick way to do it would be to make a nine patch with all 5 inch squares row 1 i spy, background/sashing fabric, i spy. Row 2 background/sashing fabric, cornerstone background/sashing fabric. Row 3 layout same as row 1. Then cut row 2 in half horizontally through the background/sashing and cornerstone fabric. Also cut each of those
      halves down the middle. You will still need to cut some extra sashing pieces(how many depends on size of quilt) but still overall this saves loads of time. Also if you have directional fabrics that you are concerned about keeping directional you will need to factor that in to the orientation you use to sew them into the nine patch. Hope this helps

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  11. Sharon F

    Love Kelli’s Carolina Chain quilt! I have one ready to quilt, too; it’s a true scrap quilt made from all kind of leftover scraps – from batik to 30’s reproductions to Hawaiian fabric. That pattern makes it all go together and look good.

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