Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Public Service Announcement!

No matter how much Extra fluff your thighs may have, DO NOT use them to catch falling items such as a seam ripper!!
The whole entire inch went in and I didn't feel a thing until I looked to see where it had gone....

Priority #1: DO NOT bleed on the quilt:)
Waddle to get paper towels with object sticking out of leg.
Gently remove and apply pressure.
Take a sewing intermission preferably with a glass of wine.
That will teach me to correct my mistakes!

It is easy to joke about it now but in all seriousness this could have been much worse.
During the course of our sewing day (years) we tend to get slack in our safety precautions...
-Put the pins in our mouth
-Leave the rotary cutter open and/or unlocked
-Forget to the shut off the iron
I feel some of you nodding along.

So please take that extra moment to be safe.
Do the extra crunch to bend over and pick up the item off the floor.
Your body will thank you.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Machine Quilting for anyone!

Have you wanted to attempt machine quilting or are you looking for a new way to approach it?
This is the class for you!  I have met Christa and so it was no surprise to me that her class would be well organized and exactly what it says it is: Plan It, Stitch It, Quilt It! 

Christa's class is perfect for anyone wanting to start machine quilting. Her voice is calm and her instruction is precise and linear.  There is a great combination of walking foot and free motion instruction. 

As a student I appreciated the method of showing how to draw out your design first and then follow that up with the machine work.  This is so accessible for the home student.

Christa has graciously offered a 50% off code for you to access.  It will show up in your cart and is only available for her class until 4/4/17:

Enjoy and Have Fun!!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Good-bye 2016 and ....


As 2016 draws to a close I am so thankful that I was surrounded by my girlies and lots of love at Christmas. 
Here is a little end of December collage for you starting in the upper left:
1.  Jim was in a bit of a car accident on his way home.  Everyone was ok thankfully! 
Once home though we had lots to do for the arrival of Christmas guests:)) There was the tree to decorate and stockings to hang.
Some mold that ruined a few treasures and a badly timed winter cold would not stop us as we decorated and cleaned.  I pulled through with a bit of quilting on my commission quilt, 2.  It is coming along very nicely.
3.  Stockings hung- check!
4.  A rare shot of me and my girls ready to go listen to a band for a bit of Christmas eve cheer:)
5.  The tree all done up.  Had to use the half tree since we had 4 pups here that like to tussle!
6.  The whole gang at Clearwater Beach 2 days before Christmas next to the sand Snowman.
7.  A little winter vignette on my MIL tiny school desk.  I can't wait to figure out what to place on it next:)
8.  Little Pooka after stealing poor Biscuit's toy.  He can't have anything of his own but she is SO CUTE!
9.  One eve we went on a small brewery tour of Palm Harbor and Dunedin.  In Dunedin there is a new one named Dunedin Woodwright.  It was absolutely adorable that evening with the crystal lights, a bon fire, a chill in the air, and a bluegrass band.  A tiny bit of Christmas down here in Florida.
Lar and Dev both came this year with their men and a wonderful time was had by all!  Those times are so precious to me and go way too fast.
Those of you following along lately know that I was participating in the 31 day blog challenge and you will notice that I fell off the wagon right around the time Jim arrived home.  Now you know why:)
The sole purpose was to challenge us to do more blogging.  I do believe that it served its purpose for me.  I see that with a bit of diligence I can blog more than I was before.  Thank you for following along and see you in 2017!

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Have you met....

Kim Lapacek?  Along with being a fun quilter to follow, her family runs an orchard:))  Not sure how she has time but I think that is just so cool.  As a kid I loved going to the orchards in upstate NY and then taking my little girls apple picking when we lived in Illinois.  Who am I kidding....I love it as an adult too:)
This year I was invited to write a blog post about scrap quilting to go along with Kim's Scrap challenge.  Put it on your calendar for next year!
Also, check in to read about her PBS interview on Treasured Quilts of Wisconsin.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Down the rabbit hole!

Do you ever sit down to the computer to do one thing but get sidetracked??  Ok, I know you do but how long do you get sidetracked for?  And, do you ever head down the rabbit hole from one pretty quilt/ article to another? 
"ALL the time", I am hearing :))  "Join the club", you say. 
Well have you ever headed over to the this site?
It is a fabulous resource with lots of links that you will find yourself clicking on and then trying to find your way back to where you started....ALICE!!

There is a glossary of terms, stories about quilts and about the origins of quilts, and a great index sorted by styles of quilts......
Enjoy!  Muwahahahaha!

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Studio Disorganization!

I would love to tell you that I am super organized and in my mind's eye, I am:)  The reality is that I work in a crazy zone most of the time until every now and again my mind tells me to STOP and take charge of the crazy!

For a peek at my old studio, click HERE.

So these pictures made it to this post because my floor is actually clean!!  Usually I am side stepping creative piles of fabrics for future quilts.  These pics are from one of my sane moments because I just couldn't think properly anymore and worse, I had to move 2-3 piles just to get to one thing I needed!! I can live in the mess but I hate having to keep moving things to get what I want.
This is a picture of an adorable Captain's Desk I found in my travels that has tiny little drawers down each side that are perfect for color organizing my bead stash:))))))
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