Sunday, February 15, 2015

Modern Quilting

My friend Angi made this fun one.  It was 41x51 (if I remember correctly) and she asked for modern quilting.  I tried to keep this on the lower end of my pricing chart, so I stayed away from rulers, SID, and any type of marking.  It was really a fun one to do.  Here is a close up:

Here is a pic of the back...

And one of the full quilt.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Swirly Tablerunner

This was really a fun little project to do.  It's another little table runner made by Christina and I felt like doing swirls.  I have instructed her to do the SID between the little white border and the body of the piece - that's so I didn't have to add my ruler plate and change threads, etc.  

The back of this one deserved its own picture.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


My daughter made this table runner a long, long time ago, and I just unearthed it from the 'to be quilted' stack.  I have been waiting for the right piece to do straight line quilting.  I wish I had electric channel locks, but I put  in a few extra steps by walking around the machine to place the grips on the wheels for the poor man's version of channel locks.  Then I realized I could just stitch it from the same side as the grips! Ha!

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll have another one of her table runners posted in a day or two.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Repairing Scratched Pier 1 Wicker Chairs

Well this is not quilting related, but I thought I would post a follow up to a post I wrote a year or so ago.  The post was about my wicker chairs and what can I do to repair them.

The chair on the left is repaired. 

 Fast-forward one or two years and this is the result   I finally did it!  I am really really pleased with the outcome.  I just used furniture wood stain. That is it. I cannot believe that there are no other posts about how to repair wicker chairs on the Internet and trust me I did a lot of research.  

Closeup of un-repaired chair. 

Not one article mentioned furniture wood stain. Pier 1 had no suggestions for me   On these particular chairs I used cherry. 

Both chairs repaired. I think I'll celebrate by buying new cushions from Pier 1!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Are you an Over-Analyzer or a Nike Just-Do-It Type?

I am an over-analyzer.  I don't want to be.  I know there are advantages to all that research.  I probably get better prices on airfare and hotels than most.  Maybe my appliances last longer, too, because I buy a better made version.  Or, maybe it's all in my head and I just think I am getting a better deal.  

Whatever the real answer is, being an over-analyzer means it takes me more time to finish a project because it takes so much more time to start one.  For example, take this adorable little wall hanging that belongs to Peggy.  I looked at this for days deciding how I would quilt it.  It didn't help that it is the first customer quilt I have started in almost six months.  

Finally, my just-do-it brain just took over and my years of practice and experience helped, and my needle just flowed over this top.  It felt so good.  

Not too much quilting, I think it's just right.  Would you have stitched over the snowman's face?  Let me know.  I couldn't.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My Machine is Back!

We unpacked my machine in mid December, but the movers had left the rails and poles in CA, so no machine.  It was okay, I guess, as I was so busy unpacking and playing with grandkids and enjoying the holidays.  

I finally got the poles and rails on December 31, and the two of us spent some time that afternoon and the next day setting it up.  What a relief when I stitched with it, and it stitched like a knife through butter.  Fabulous!  

I had just one day all to myself before we left again for CA, and I just played.  Now I'm looking forward to getting back to it in a couple weeks.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

a new obsession?

Yesterday I stumbled upon envelope art which led me to calligraphy and letter arts.  I can't let it go. I find myself perusing Instagram and Pinterest looking for envelope art. Then youtube. Ugh!

I couldn't sleep this morning so I learned how to do this from watching a YouTube video. This was done using a pencil. Now I want to go get some calligraphy pens!  

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Great Paper Piecing Tip

I learned this tip from my friend, Angi, and thought I'd share with you. 

f you fiold the paper on the line and trim before you stitch, it makes it so much easier to line up the next fabric piece. 

Fold paper on line between 1 and 2. 
Place fabric on back of paper. 
Fold paper back and trim 1/4' away. 
Place fabric 2 right sides together with 1. 
Turn paper to front and stitch. 

Continue on.

 I hope this makes sense. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Life Without My Longarm

Right abut the time I decided I needed to take some time off to strengthen my back, we accepted an offer on our home.  I spent several weeks packing and then we stored most of our belongings and moved just the bare necessities to a rental home.  Since I don't have access to my longarm yet, I've been filling my days with other activities.  I have really felt a huge hole in my days without my Innova and had to readjust my life.  

I have lived here in this community for 30 years, and never taken the time to hike to the peak.  This was the view I enjoyed yesterday,

It was such a gorgeous day, the high was 75 degrees.

  It is only 2.5 miles, but it is very steep, and I believe the elevation change is 4500 to 8000. I didn't quite make it, but I am motivated to continue hiking here until I am strong enough to do it.  I think I came within .33 of a mile, so I'm sure I can do it within a couple months, if the weather stays dry.  

Friday, September 19, 2014

Modern Quilt LOVE!!

My daughter, Christina, made this awesome quilt over two years ago and I just made time to quilt it.  This will be the last quilt for awhile.  

Just about the time I decided that I needed to take a break from customer strengthen my back, to stop and smell the roses, we got an offer on our home. Funny how things happen in life?  I will be storing my machine until I find a permanent home in Montana near our daughters.  I will be traveling between Montana and California for a couple years since my husband is still working, and still really enjoying his job.  In the meantime, our grands are just getting older and I want to be near them ASAP.  

Okay, so on with the quilt!  I decided to make this a free motion quilt sampler, doing a different design in each row.  Since it's my daughter's and it won't be shown ( mostly because I rushed through it and it's not show worthy) I really played around with it.  Thanks for stopping by!!


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