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NYC and a Long Arm Finish

It’s been a few days since I blogged but I have a good excuse. Leah and I took a trip to NYC with her dance studio. We had a fabulous time traveling with friends and seeing the sights. This is the second time we’ve done a weekend in NYC with this group and we all travel really well together! We arrived in Times Square on Friday afternoon and we shopped a bit, had dinner at Guy Fieri’s restaurant, and then we saw Get On Your Feet which is the broadway show of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s story. It was amazing! It was at the Marquis Theatre which is just beautiful.









Saturday the girls attended a workshop with a cast member from Get On Your Feet then we shopped til we dropped. We had dinner at Ellen’s Stardust Cafe and then we pretty much fell asleep. While we were walking around we came upon the ballerina balloon that is currently displayed at Rockefeller Center. We knew it was there, we just didn’t know it was so huge and amazing.









Sunday morning the girls had another workshop at the same dance studio. We picked them up and headed to the 9-11 Memorial before heading home. It was a strange experience being there with so many kids who weren’t even born when that tragedy occurred. I think they all appreciated seeing it. I was in awe of this national quilt that was hanging on display. Every victim has a block. It’s very large and evokes all kind of emotions when you see it.














We got home late Sunday night but it was worth it! It was a great weekend.

Last week before I left, I finished the quilting on the Hawaiian flower quilt. I used a hibiscus pantograph and I love how it came out. So now it needs binding.













Yesterday I spent time getting these Love Notes blocks sewn into rows. If I have time today, I’ll stitch rows together. This one is for Lindsey.








For Mother’s Day, I ordered Judi Madsen’s new dvd on background quilting for applique quilts. She has so much information in her dvd’s. I just love them. I’m a little more than half way through as it’s pretty long – 158 minutes. Hoping to catch the rest of it tomorrow morning.









That’s about it for today. What are you all working on?


So much stuff….

I didn’t realize how many days had passed since my last blog post. I thought about posting several times over the last few weeks but each time I got overwhelmed by how many pictures I had so I bagged it. It has been a fun and busy few weeks here with the junior prom and Lindsey’s trip to Paris. She’s due home tonight and I can’t wait to see her! I’ll just jump in with what I’ve been working on. First off, I’m thrilled to say that my long arm frame was extended from 8 feet to ten feet on Wednesday. We didn’t have space initially to set it up to the full extent but after some furniture maneuvering, it does fit! I am so happy that I can now quilt a queen size on the frame. I’ll be updating my website this month with information on my long arm and the designs I offer.

I’ve been working on the small color theory quilts again and this time I worked in a monochromatic blue scheme. I wanted to continue my study of color and creating improv quilts by piecing gentle curves without pinning! GASP! I know, right? Unbelievably, I found it very easy and relaxing. The curves came together nicely even though I could have sworn they weren’t going to! Convex and concave can be con-tricky!!!


















Here is the final piece which I’ll mark for quilting next and then put on the long arm for ruler work practice. I love that by working on these small pieces, I learn color theory, improv piecing and ruler work! It’s the perfect hat trick!









This week’s fun news is that my bunny block made the inside cover of 100 Blocks this time around!









I will be hosting a stop on their blog tour on May 2nd! Here is the awesome thank you gift I received for being part of their magazine! I love it!









While Lindsey’s been in France, I began working on her Love Notes quilt. I made the same quilt for Amanda when she went to France two years ago. Back then Lindsey asked if I would make one for her when it was her turn to go on the trip! I ordered the fabric two years ago and now I’m making it!









I have the half square triangles done and in piles for 42 blocks. This afternoon I pieced the first two blocks. I love making these cute little love notes!

















For Easter I decided to surprise my mom with a bouquet she could really get into…who doesn’t love a flower pot filled with fat quarters!









This week I also treated myself to new fine and extra fin pins! What a difference these make!









And lastly here’s a little peek at my Lindsey and her prom date, Alex. They had a great time!

Have a wonderful weekend, I’ll be back next week with more to share!


A Finish!

I had a finish over the weekend!!! Yippeee!! Drum roll please….Amanda’s Love Notes quilt is complete!









A close up…









I started this quilt last April while Amanda was on a school trip to Paris. I knew I’d be anxious every day that she was abroad and I wanted something sweet and fun to work on while she was in France. I used the Love Notes pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company and Kiss Kiss fabric by Moda. I loved that it had adorable Eiffel Towers printed all over it. So sweet. I managed to make the quilt top while she was away but didn’t get to the actual quilting until this year. On Sunday I stayed in my jammies until it was done!

My next project for Amanda is this cute and quirky chicken wall hanging. My girl loves her chickens!









I’m thinking April vacation will be a good time to start this one. I’m back to work on Seaglass this week.

We had a rainy day at UNH on Saturday for Accepted Students Day but that didn’t stop us from having a good time! It’s considered good luck to rub the wildcat’s nose but Amanda would not do it on previous trips for fear of jinxing herself from being admitted.








So finally now that she is accepted and is going to attend UNH, she rubbed the wildcat’s nose.








Don’t you just love a happy ending? LOL!!

Have a fun and quilty day!


A Canal, A Campus, A Bridge & A Binding!

Happy Wednesday!

Another full and busy summer week has vanished into thin air! Thursday Lindsey, Leah and I had a picnic by the Cape Cod Canal. We walked along the canal up to the Sagamore Bridge. I took some photos but they are a bit dark as it was a cloudy day. It was also very hot near our house but much cooler along the water.




There were hardly any boats out that afternoon so we’ll have to go back again!

Friday was Greg’s birthday and we had a great night by the pool, Sunday we had a cook out with some of our favorite people and Monday we hit the road at 7am for a college visit at UMASS Amherst which happens to be my alma mater! UMASS by the numbers is a large university with over 20,000 undergrads and 6,000 grad students. It’s daunting but if you can get past the size, the realization of how much this school has to offer comes to light. I asked Amanda early in the tour what she thought and she replied, “I’m terrified”. At the end of the day, I asked again and she said she liked it. It’s a beautiful place but it shall remain #2 on her list as she really loves UNH as her first choice. So, we are working on the college essay, the applications and getting her test scores sent out for early action at her top 3 schools. It’s a lot to deal with but we’ll muddle through. Here is a picture of the UMASS campus from our tour day.


That huge brick building is the library! That’s a lot of books!! LOL!

Last night I snuck in a few minutes in the sewing room and made the binding strips for the Love Notes quilt. I have to baste it and quilt it next.


I also ordered 6 more yards of the aqua Paris yardage to put away for when I make Lindsey’s Paris quilt in 2 years!

Now I’m on to packing because I will soon be sitting at the beach on Kauaii!!!! I can’t wait. I’m hoping to get some pics from the trip on the blog while there but it might not happen. So if you don’t hear from me for a week or so, you’ll know where I am!



Top Done & Cross Stitch

Another busy week around here. Last Wednesday we made the trip to University of New Hampshire for a campus tour. Friday was mine and Greg’s 21st wedding anniversary and Saturday we went to a tour of Simpson Spring which is the oldest bottling plant in the US. We toured the small facility and tasted yummy sodas. Brought a few home too!

I got the borders put on Amanda’s Love Notes quilt this morning! I couldn’t blog until that was done so I’d have something quilty to show you all…


I am loving the aqua borders. The quilt measures about 50″ x 60″. I have a few yards left of the aqua but possibly not enough to back and bind it. I really want the aqua for the binding so I’ll cut all those strips first and then fudge the back with some other fabric in addition to whatever is left of aqua.

I went to Joann’s on Saturday and got hooked into the cross stitch section. Like I need another hand project!!! I didn’t see anything I loved and of course knew in my mind I had several at home…both ones that are started and some in the packaging. These are two I picked up years ago in Lancaster County because that’s what you do in Landcaster County, right?


This one I picked up in Disney World and gave myself 15 years to complete, at least 8 or so have gone by. It should look like this…


This is all I have completed…lol!!!!


Now I’m going to blame it on the floss. Disney is sparkly and magical and the instructions want you to use whatever color floss called for plus a piece of metallic floss for dazzle. Well, do you have any idea what a pain in the behind metallic floss is to work with? Just saying….Of course I found this cross stitch in the first quilted tote bag I ever made…


Ok, so moving on. The last one I have in progress is this really cute Christmas one. I pulled it out, reread the instructions and began working on it again this week. I have to tell you though, the little bitty squares on the aida cloth have gotten significantly smaller in the last 10 years. Wow, is that hard to see.


That’s about it for the week. We are back to doctors and dentists and orthos and oral surgeons this week. No fun. Next week we head to UMASS Amherst for a college tour. That is my alma mater so I’m looking forward to returning to it. Amanda’s heart is set on UNH now and I can see that but we must visit a few more!

Have a good week and be well.


Update For The Week

It has been a very busy week around here. Leah turned 13 on Friday!! That makes teen daughter #3! When I think back to when the girls were really little, I couldn’t really imagine what life would be like when they were teens. Now it’s here and I can hardly believe it. Life is fun and there’s never a dull moment, that is for sure.

Saturday we hosted a family reunion which was very fun. Yesterday I finished typing up the Quilter’s World project and this morning I shipped it! Now I’m tying up loose ends and getting phone calls and emails out of the way.

On Sunday I treated myself to a morning of sewing for pleasure and I finished piecing the love notes quilt.


This one is for Amanda and it served as my ‘therapy’ quilt while she was away in Paris in April. I got the rows all joined but it needs some major borders to get to an acceptable size. I will do an inner border of 3″ in Kona white and then a larger 8″ border in the aqua Paris Kiss Kiss fabric. Amanda chose the aqua over the pink and I think it will be pretty. I ordered the yardage from Fat Quarter Shop this morning. I ordered enough for borders, binding and backing.


The white Kona I’ll have to get at Joann’s because I couldn’t match up the whites on Fat Quarter Shop. I originally got the white at Jo’s so I’ll go back this week.

My next work projects will be a few more mug rug patterns for Craftsy and some magazine designing for upcoming submission deadlines.
What are you all working on?


A Day Trip, A Hat & Other Stuff

Happy Wednesday, again!

Last week the girls, my mom and I took a day trip to Rockport, MA. It’s less than an hour there from my mom’s house and we enjoyed lunch out and a walk around the harbor. There are so many cute shops and artsy little places to check out. This is the very famous Motif 1. It’s one of the most photographed places in the world. I was very pleased with this picture as it caught the reflection of the boats in the water!


I played with the panorama setting on my phone finally and took this of the harbor…


And this is looking back down the road that we had just walked up. The little restaurant on the corner looked adorable-maybe next year we will eat there…


Before we left Rockport for the day, I found this awesome hat! I’ve never been a hat person before but I saw this on the mannequin in one of the shop windows and I just loved it. My mom purchased it for me and it’s going to Hawaii with me in August! I had it on at the pool yesterday and it took about 67 tries to get a decent selfie but here it is…


This week I finished sewing the project for Quilter’s World. I still have to draft the pattern but I’m feeling relieved to know I’ll meet the deadline before vacation. Tonight I had a few minutes so I stitched together the first row of Love Notes which is for Amanda.


The new needles for the Singer 40k came on Friday. I put the new needle in and that machine is sewing like a dream! Here is a little back story on the needles. Evidently, the size 24×3 needles that you are supposed to use in the machine are not being produced any longer, however, a 24×1 needle can be used in the machine by simply inserting the needle backwards with the rounded side toward the needle clamp as opposed to the flat side. These 24×1 needles are much easier to find. I was able to get 10 of them for $10 on Ebay.

Yesterday, I came across this article via a tweet by Abby Glassenberg. The article refers to the practice of people copying free patterns and tutorials and giving them to other people. This blogger feels doing that is unfair because often designers will offer freebies as a way to increase blog views and income potential. I cut and pasted the following paragraph from the article…

“How is this my problem?” I hear you ask. Without your support and assistance, designers will be unable to continue to provide free patterns and tutorials. Many of us rely on our freebies for blog views or downloads, which subsequently turn into sponsorship, sales or other opportunities. Without those, the blog will survive for only so long. The blogger too, for that matter. It takes a lot of time and effort to create patterns and tutorials. Design, images/diagrams, writing, testing, advertising. This doesn’t even include monetary costs such as materials, computer software, blog costs etc. Without some form of compensation, be it financial or otherwise, freebies simply become ‘not worth it’.—-Sew Today, Clean Tomorrow

She goes on to ask that in the future, instead of copying or emailing the freebie, mail the person a link to the website. The person still gets the free pattern but must visit the original designer’s website.

Hmmmmmmm…as a designer who has had free patterns on my website, I can see her point but I guess I don’t agree with it completely. I believe that if you are offering something as “free”, it is just that FREE. So I feel you are free to do what you want with it in terms of passing it along. It seems a bit over the top that a designer would depend so heavily on traffic from a free offering. She also states that part of the problem is not knowing how many times the freebie has been downloaded…was it 10,000 times, 20,000 times or 100,000 times. To me, that doesn’t really matter. I’m not a numbers girls when it comes to blogging. I check my stats about once a month and if anyone is still reading, I think that’s grand! Not for nothing, but I have a whole lot of other things that are more concerning than how many hits and visits I have. Offering something free is a way of giving back and also a way to draw in a new customer. As long as your name is on the download somewhere (as it should be), people will find you. Believe me, Google knows where your website is! I say, be joyful someone liked your free offering enough to recommend it to the next person and let whatever comes of it happen naturally.

What are your thoughts?


Quilting, Sketching & Mug Rugs

Happy Monday…after school vacation!! Yipppeeee! Vacation week was fun and I managed to accomplish a few things. It was a busy week while I attempted to remain calm while Amanda was in France (despite news stories that fueled my anxiety) and make it a fun week for Lindsey and Leah who, well , didn’t get to go to France. We aimed to do something fun each day and I think they had a good time. I know I did! And Amanda had the time of her life, for sure.

I worked a few days on the Love Notes quilt that was acting as my therapy quilt while Amanda was abroad. I got all the pieces cut and I’m working on stitching the blocks together. I stitch and pin them to the design wall in no particular order as of yet.

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I’ve used quite a bit of sizing on each patch hoping to overcome the bias problem. So far, it’s going ok.

I made a bunch of Star Wars totes for the comic show as well.

My sketching class on Craftsy continues. My third assignment was the banana one where I had to use two values of the same color in a watercolor sketch. So basically sketch the same item twice and color it two different ways.
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The feedback I received from the instructor was this:

I think this is a lovely study. One thing to watch out for are proportions–your banana might be getting a tad bit skinny, like a string bean. The colors are spot-on, though. The other thing I would work on is making the background values even darker, and laying in the banana’s shadow. I think that would really help the banana “pop” more. Nice job!

I was pleased. The fourth homework was HARD, you guys. It was to sketch a person in motion. So basically sketch a person moving very quickly and fill in most of the detail from your memory. I sketched Leah walking in front of the fireplace. It didn’t come out great and I had that darn coffee table in my way. Ugh.

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The only part I liked was that you could see her foot lifted up like it was in motion..sort of. Here was the reply of the instructor:

Nice job. You’ve got the right idea, working with the general features first, like the ponytail and the style of clothes. I think you can be even more gestural with these. I would try sketching in public with people you don’t know and see what you can capture.

I think he’s too kind to say what he really thought! LOL!

Today after lunch I took my sketching on the road which is really what this urban sketch class is about. I went to Dunkin Donuts, ordered a coffee and started to sketch. I ignored anyone looking at me strangely. My intention was to sketch the whole counter. I realized I was way, way, way in over my head so I did the part of the counter that was right in front of me.

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I’m not feeling all that encouraged but I will keep trying. One of my favorite quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt is, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” She is right. She is sooooo right. Also, I watched all 6 Star Wars movies in order last week so I’m feeling particularly Jedi-ish with the mind set that I can do anything. Ha ha ha. At least that’s what Yoda says.

Ok, on to mug rugs. I never posted what the mug rugs looked like that I sent to my two partners, Tina and my mom. Here it is.


I found the free pattern on line and I thought it was really cute so I made one for each partner.

Today I’m working on my presentation that I’m giving to the Seaside Quilters in early May. What are you up to?

And I do still podcast though it seems I skipped a month. I’ll be remedying that this week! Stay tuned!!!


Spring in Paris, Sketching & A Therapy Quilt


My girl is off to Paris and she’s having the time of her life! It looks beautiful there and I can’t wait to hear from her each day and see all the amazing things she is experiencing.


Each day is a new adventure for Amanda and her fellow students. They are a lucky bunch!

While she is away, I decided to begin work on the Love Notes quilt that I am making for her. It’s a Missouri Quilting Company tutorial.

I am using the Kiss Kiss charm squares from Moda which are adorable and have little Eiffel Towers all over them. The only thing I’m finding not adorable is this:

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Some of the charms are nearly a full 1/4″ off. Grrrrr. I am cutting my own yardage of Kona White for the white charms instead of using a precut so I know that my cutting is accurate and these charms are off. I’ve found a few like this and I keep setting them aside. I did buy two of the charm packs so I have wiggle room but this is what annoys me about precuts. Anyway, I’m happily working away on Amanda’s quilt as I think about the wonderful time she is having and what a great experience this will be for her. I know she’ll come back changed in a way and that’s ok. We are supposed to give them wings and my girl is flying.

My watercolor field set came this week and I was able to do the third homework assignment in sketch class. The assignment was to sketch two of the same item and then paint them in two values of the same color. This is right up a quilter’s alley! I’m feeling kind of proud of my work on this one. I really, really tried to get the rounded curves down. We’ll see what the instructor says when he looks at it.

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The fourth homework will be to sketch people in motion. Good Lord, I have never even sketched a person not in motion!! This will be tough.

Don’t forget to post your beautiful mug rugs and potholders in the Flickr Group. There are some really nice ones in there now.

And the Sail Away Mug Rug pattern is still just .99 cents in the Craftsy store.

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