Well this week I have made no progress, I’ve gone backwards.  I started back on my quilt #14 that I started in June, Quilt #14.  As I started to get back to it, I have no clue what happened.  The points weren’t matching up.  So I thought I should check and re-trim the blocks.  That didn’t work either, so on to the next step, Ripping it all out down to the HSTs.  So yesterday was my ripping day.  Yikes.

But to not leave you without a great quilt finished.  I’ll share with you my sisters story of her quilt.  It was her third quilt every.  When we went to Charleston, SC to visit family we stopped at People, Places and Quilts.  It was a great shop that is housed in an old hardware store.  The original wood floors are beautiful  They had several rooms of quilts and fabric.  The staff was wonderful.  In talking with one of the ladies, we determined her sister is from Holland, MI, which is about 20 minutes from us.  Small world.

She had wanted to get some additional material and they were so helpful to do all that over the phone.  Great shop, if you are in the area, I would definitely make the drive.

So here is the quilt kit my sister bought and put together.

It turned out so nice.  This is the first rag quilt I’ve really seen in person and it was very soft.  Although she did learn from the web, don’t wash and dry it the first few times at home, go to the laundromat.

So at least there is a finish in this post, not mine, but a finish.  Hope to have mine finished in the next 20 days.


It has been awhile, since I left this project.

But I got back at it this week. Here it is pinned and in the quilting process. I do my quilting on my Janome 9400.  At this point all my quilting is straight line.

Once the quilting was done, today was onto binding.  I have to give a shout out to Red Pepper Quilts for the inspiration of the striped binding.  I love it and have used it on a few of  my quilts.  Here is the finished quilt.

I love how it turned out.  I decided that I need to do a final summary of each of my quilts for my own sanity of how they turned out and details of fabric.

Size:          54 x 80

Fabric:       Flow Zen Chic by Moda

                  Kona White

                  Backing from Joann’s quiilting collection

                  Binding from Hobby Lobby


Saw this post from Red Letter Quilts and thought it would be perfect to kickstart me for a finish.

I started my quilt #14 in early June of this year.  At this time I was using my sisters Viking Platinum 930 and was getting ready for vacations this summer.  I ran into a few bumps in getting the piecing to work and just gave up at the time.

So I am ready to get back to it.

I started with Kate Spain Canyon Collection  I had bought this last winter.  It was the first fat quarter bundle I had purchased.  I just started quilting in the fall of 2015.

Then I decided on this pattern, Summertime Herringbone Quilt by Michael Ann Made.

The pattern called for 6 1/2 yards of fabric, so I chose 12 fat quarters from the bundle.  Here they are:

Now that I have trimmed my HSTs, I started to layout the top.  Of course, I had to try straight up HSTs, as well as a few other patterns.

Straight up HSTs

Diamond HSTs

Chevron HSTs

Not sure which I like best, so I decided to sit on the pattern choice for a few days.

I then decided on the Chevron HSTs.  I sewed a few rows together and ran into a few issues with thread breaking, difficulty going over some of the seams, etc.  and decided to put it into the box for then.

Here are the rows I put together, before giving up.

Even have the backing all decided.

Here is my give up box.

But now I am ready to go and commit to my September goal.  I will finish this quilt in September.  Vacations are over.  I have a new machine.  I am ready to go.  Oh, that is after I finish up the quilt I am binding right now.  Hopefully that will only take me a day or so.

I am linking up with

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts


I had signed up for Heart Builders in late June.  Then went on vacation, so couldn’t take material for a quilt.  But now that I’m back, I received fabric yesterday for top.

This was the fabric I received.  I thought it needed something else, so dug through my stash (which isn’t very big) and pulled some olive color.

Here is the final top.  It went together very quick.  So it is ready to go back to Heart Builders  

Wow can’t believe it has been about a year since I did my first quilt and I’ve just finished #19.

Hope everyone has a great day and fantastic weekend.


I picked up my new machine just in time to do a quick quilt to take to Charleston this weekend.

I picked up some fat quarters at AQS on Saturday, when I picked up my machine.  I had the yellow and white left over.  So I wanted something quick and decided on Bijou Lovely Color Block pattern, I used this pattern for my first and second quilts.

Spent Sunday cutting and piecing.

Spent Monday quilting, straight line 1/2″ apart.

Tuesday did the binding and washed. Here is the finish.  

I decided to get some labels and start labeling my quilts.  Once I decided that I wanted to label my quilts I knew I needed a name.  So I looked at my daily shadow and thought Cocoa Quilts.  So here is Cocoa, she is a senior, 14 years old in November, Hungarian Vizsla.  Now that I have started to use Cocoa Quilts, I need to figure out how to change my blog name.  That is for another day.

I ordered labels from lillalotta she was very helpful and quick.  Although she is in the Netherlands, I received them in less than a week.

 I had several quilts and labeled the all.  Here they are in a fun pile.

Four of them are headed with me to Charleston, SC this weekend.  

Quilt #5 is going to my Aunt for her 90th Birthday.

Quilt #10 is going to my sister.

Quilt #16 is going to my niece

Quilt #18 is going to another niece as she graduates as a Physician Assistant.

It will be a great weekend.  Hubby and I are flying out Friday morning and won’t be back until Wednesday next week.