She sewed her strips and pressed her binding.

She wants to get it really straight so she is pinning her binding to her quilt.

All pinned and ready to finish.

Slow and sure wins the race!
Tied and trimmed and ready to bind tomorrow.

And boy is she happy about that!


Her individual pieces were all sewn into squares and now she is “squaring” them up.

Fortunately I have a king size bed so it makes it easy to lay out the pieces and decide on the design. She laid it all out, used her kaleidoscope and changed many pieces many times until she was happy.

She is starting her row piecing.

Here row 1 and 2 are all sewn together.

I told Am she wasn’t the first.
Every good quilter has had to rip out a seam or two or three and start over!

Hard at work!

Rows 4, 5, 6 and 7 are all done!
She’s working really hard today! I love her dedication and drive to finish.

She’s just about had it for today!!
When she finishes tying her corners, we’ll trim the edges and
set it aside until tomorrow when we will tackle the binding.
If all goes well, she’ll be done tomorrow!


We stayed up late last night reading, chatting and watching an old movie so Am is getting a bit of a late start today on her quilt. It makes me smile though. We have her all set up at the kitchen table with my old sewing machine, all her cut squares, her instructions, the ironing board nearby and she is singing away to her iPod as she creates her squares. She is making great progress.

Her first finished square ever.


Our ‘niece’ will be visiting for a couple of weeks and helping to organize around here. We will find some time for fun too though. We’re going to take the Shipwreck tour and see the Madeline that will be in port a few days.The one thing she wanted me to teach her, was to quilt. She picked out this pattern, a great beginner pattern and then from my quilt stash she picked out these fat quarters as well as many others for her quilt. Then she learned how to use the quilt bug to narrow down the fabrics to just those that went together well, which I personally always find exciting. To these we added a great border fabric and solid backing that she picked out when we went to town.

Today Am learned how to cut out her pieces using the quilt rulers and got a taste of the tedious part of quilting. The pressing and cutting take so much time. Tomorrow she can start sewing.

She’s getting her summer reading requirements accomplished while Sady keeps her company and reads along. And yes, Am is wearing a turtleneck in July – it’s been chilly of an evening here.