What I’m Working On…

When I last left you, I asked what you thought I should work on.  There was such a wide variety of answers.  I loved reading them all.

When I last left you my Remainders quilt was this far along…


My green leftovers quilt needed borders…

…and I was itching to start sewing some strings to make this.

So what did I do???? Probably what none of you expected.  I worked on the Remainders quilt.


The quilt I’m making is Remainders and is from the book No Scrap Left Behind by Amanda Jean Nyberg.  Find the book HERE. I got on a roll with the quilt and I just went with it.

This is so not my typical quilt.  I don’t do lots of white.  I don’t do real basic….but guess what??  I love it.

I kept on going with it.  Here it is all ironed-It’s folded in half.  I made this big…bigger than the original.

I just love the quirkiness of this.  The triangles are all different sizes.  All slightly just slightly different.

I even hunted and found a backing…It’s a thrift store find, thus making this one of the cheapest quilts I’ve ever made.


While I was making one backing, I decided to make two…one for another flimsy quilt top here waiting to be quilted.


I reminded myself that my goal is to not let my flimsy pile get too big, so I loaded it right away.


Not only did I load it right away…

I started quilting it right away.  After coming back from appointments one of the days last week, I finished the longarming.


I am totally in love with this quilt.  When I was making it, my plan was to put it in a pile to be gifted.  I don’t know now.  I really like it and it will currently be hard to gift.

For now, it’s in a pile that needs to be bound.

From there I loaded another quilt right away.  Do you remember my Two-Step quilt?


Here is the picture from the book.  I, of course, made mine bigger.


The quilt is in this book. You can find the book HERE on Amazon.

I debated on what to do for the quilting…Straight line quilting won out.

One of the favorite things for almost everyone who has a longarm is unrolling the quilt after the quilting is done.  I snapped a picture.  It’s the time you start to get a good glimpse of how the quilt is going to look all finished.


I’m super happy with this one.  I’m so glad I made it…just cute.


This one went on the “to be bound” pile with the other one.

Being I still had more flimsies here, I decided to keep going.  One of the hardest things for me to find time for is longarming.  So, being I was off work still, longarming is the job I should work on.  So…on went another.

This one is a charity quilt.  Sadly, I don’t remember who donated it.
I kept it aside because it has pets on it.  I will donate it to the next pet rescue group that asks me for a quilt for their fundrasier.  I always have someone who asks so it will be nice to have one already done.


It’s loaded but I haven’t done anything else.  Sometimes, loading it is half the battle of getting the quilts done.

That’s all I got done last week.  My medical appointments took up much of my time as did my hospital stay.  I’m anticipating a slow couple of days around here trying to get back to myself and then hopefully I can get back at it.

I have a few more quilts that I would love to do some longarming on including my Double Wedding Ring.

19 thoughts on “What I’m Working On…

  1. Susan from Michigan

    I love your Two Step quilt. I bought the Scrap School book. Does anyone have suggestions for the name of a good selection of low volume prints such as a jelly roll? Congratulations on getting so many projects done.

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    1. Rita S

      You might check out fabric line Whispers or Hush Hush. I believe both are Moda. I think also Fabric Essential has a line that are ore neutrals. Hope this helps.
      Rita in Iowa

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  2. brendalynne1

    wow. looking forward to seeing the double wedding ring quilt. just really dazzle me everytime i see one,
    It is so great to hearing all this activity from you on this side of those procedures.

    I am also waiting to see how your thyroid numbers bounce back and stabilize. This is the same regimen I was RX’d for a runaway thyroid when meds were not working. The plastic lined bathroom was a real shock and without having been told my first reaction was that i had gone into the wrong room and that it was somehow under construction. Now what was i going to do ???? ja

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  3. Kate

    I think you have accomplished a lot since you had appointments in Rochester so you spent 4 hours on road at the least. I really like the two you finished, especially Two Steps. Remainders is pretty – just a personal preference. You make beautiful quilts and quilt them beautifully too! You are an inspiration to so many.

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  4. Gail L Piper

    Back at it already, huh? Just can’t keep a good woman/quilter down!
    Those are just gorgeous – love ’em!!

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  5. Kim J LeMere

    Wow you don’t sit still very well, lol. Love that your quilt tops are getting finished, no flimsy laying around for you, Yea! I bet it’s nice to be home and that Rosie is also glad.

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  6. Lisa

    Love both the Remainders and the Two Step quilts. Glad you didn’t put borders on either one of them. Wishing you well, don’t overdo it just yet.

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  7. Sharon F

    Both quilts are pretty. Regarding “Remainders”, I am amazed you got all those triangles going the same way. If I’d done it, I’m sure I would have had at least one turned wrong – probably more. Glad that you are home. Like others have said, take it easy for a while and don’t overdo.

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  8. Ellie

    Love both quilts! I can’t believe you drove all that way so early in the morning and then came home and accomplished all this! And your hypothyroid to boot, ! Truly amazing. Beautiful!

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  9. Stearns Carol

    Wow, you are on a roll and I’m so happy you feel well enough to work on those quilts. I ordered the book, you had me at the triangles are different sizes. What a quilt to make with all those bonus triangles! And the price is good!

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  10. Suzanne Yerks

    Good going Jo! I agree about losing quilts. It is good to just put another on after you take one off. Its a step closer to just getting it done. My goal (well I have many ) for 2022 is to tackle the laundry basket of scraps! I used to take a day here and there and cut them up into Bonnies saver system. Well if I only made scrap quilts yes that is a good solution but I do like to get new fabric and cut it up for projects. SO I am wondering if I pick a pattern, cut to the sizes needed as I go would that be better and more efficient? I do longarm for hire and my own projects do get stalled in between the jobs. I love the idea of your leftover blocks with the strings!! Thats one thing I need to do is string blocks. Glad you are home.

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  11. Linnea

    I’m with you on the very first quilt you shared with us! It is stupendously gorgeous!!! The other quilts are happy and will definitely be nice to gift/donate. I know nothing of longarm quilting as I’ve no room for a longarm machine in our home. I take my quilts to someone that has one here in town. She does a lovely job on them.
    I hope you get good news from your doctor this week regarding your cancer treatment. Upholding you in prayer, dear Lady.

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  12. Elle

    Wohoo! I’m glad you’re getting “back burner” stuff done! I find my Zen in quilting. I love the rhythm of it.

    Cheers to getting some rest and your body finding it’s healing through these next weeks. Hugs to you :-)

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  13. Gloria B.

    Woohoo! I sent you the pet quilt! So glad you’re finishing it and will be donating it to a pet rescue group. From one dog lover to another I knew you’d send it on with love.

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