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Fillers, Favorite Rulers and a Selfie

I’ve happily spent the last two days working on quilting the blue monochromatic quilt. I had to laugh at myself that I finally got the long arm machine extended by two feet and then I put a super small quilt on it! LOL! One of the reasons I made this quilt was to practice ruler work and fillers. The other two reasons were to play with color and to figure out improv piecing.

Because this piece is small, the quilting also had to be small. I had a few doubts as to whether my machine could handle going as slowly as I needed it to. That might sound weird because typically you see long arm quilters buzzing around at a decent pace. But when the mission is accuracy and you are using rulers, you have to go slow. The slower I went on the machine, the happier I was with the results and I’m thrilled to pieces that my long arm can work well in a slower speed.

Using Cindy Grisdela’s improv style and Judi Madsen’s methods of marking and quilting, I was able to tap into techniques I haven’t done before. I keep wanting to call this quilt Small Blue for some reason so that shall be its name and here she is…









Each pieced curve has a different style of filler quilting. I used several designs including wishbones, geometric squares, pebbles, meandering, half moons,  paisleys, swirls, and continuous line curved squares. The top and bottom borders have curved lines.
















In deciding whether to use the continuous line curved squares on that last bottom strip, I knew I had to go very small. I marked a half inch grid and then set about quilting in between the lines. It was exhilarating to quilt! Each row was inspiration to keep going.









My favorite rulers so far in this long arm journey have been the ones you see here in the picture. The A1 Straight Edge which is yellow and has the
handle on it and the set of Mini Curve It rulers. Both of these were ordered from Judi Madsen’s website, Green Fairy Quilts.









While I was quilting, I knew my face was holding a very serious and focused expression. I started to wonder if I might be one of those people who sticks their tongue out or something while they work lol!!! Curiosity got the better of me and I set my phone up on a timer for a selfie. No tongue is wagging so I guess I’m good!!!








The black straps on my shoulders are the straps for my back weight. I try to use it when I’m long arming or piecing for a long time at the sewing machine.

If you listened to the last podcast episode, you’ll remember I mentioned having joined the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals led by Morna McEver Golletz. One of the benefits of belonging to this organization is being in contact with like minded individuals in the craft business world. This week I started up with an accountability partner. Her name is Janice. After an initial phone call where we got to know each other and get a feel for each other’s businesses, we set up our weekly goals and plans for how to achieve them. We will talk again on Monday night to check in and share how we did on meeting those goals. I have four areas to work on this week and I’m feeling pretty good about them. One of my goals includes getting 10 hours on the long arm and I’m halfway there. Getting time on the machine gets a little bit difficult on teaching days but I will have to work around that to get to ten hours. I find myself thinking about Janice all week and wondering how she is coming along with her goals. Hopefully we’ll both hit the mark this week!

Have a super day today!


A Jam Packed New Episode Awaits!

I just posted episode #46 of Quilt Cabana Corner which is jam packed with reviews on the Eversewn Sparrow 20 sewing machine, the Fitbit Alta, the Simply Fit Board and the book, The War of Art. I also discuss my new membership in the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals.

I hope you’ll join me and give a listen!

Here are the links which I always forget to post….

The podcast is on Podbean now… click here. It will show up on itunes a little later today.

The Eversewn 20 machine…

The Fitbit Alta

The Simply Fit Board

The War of Art

International Assoc. of Creative Arts Professionals

Have a super great day!

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A Finish & A Clean Space

This morning I finished the binding on the baby boy play mat! It’s just now fresh out of the dryer and so crinkly and warm. I’ll be taking this along to sell at the upcoming Christmas On The Common craft fair.


I spent some time in the sewing studio this week cleaning up and rearranging. For me, rearranging usually happens like this…I move the sewing table, ironing board, and file cabinet around and then six months later, I move it all back where it was originally! Sound familiar? All is not lost though, because I clean a few things out along the way. I think it’s important to have a new look and feel fresh in my work space. The cleaned off counter tops and dusted cabinets give me a sense of renewal. I couldn’t wait to get in there and work this week.

Here is the view as you enter the studio. Note the sewing table has been moved from where you see the end of the ironing board back to the window area. This set up is more in line with Leah Day’s suggestion of keeping the back of the sewing table up against the wall so the quilt can gather on the table and not fall down to the floor creating a pulling effect.


The bookcase remained the same. Nothing new there except now the file cabinet lives next to it instead of near the window where the sewing table is now. The bags and boxes on the file cabinet are inventory for Christmas On The Common. And now the ironing board sits in front of the bookcase under a ceiling fan/light which gives me great light for pressing.


These two hutches are perfect for storage. Previously, the design wall was covering the hutch fronts but I’ve taken the design wall down for a change of scenery. Fear not, in six months or less, it will return!


This counter space is one of my favorite areas but one that tends to become very messy as I drop items off to the sewing studio here. There’s always a pile of something that needs putting away. I like to clean this up once in awhile in the hopes that it will rekindle my longing to scrapbook. It’s hard to have a craft area that is home to two different crafts that each take up a considerable amount of space (and time!). Under the counter is where all of my half finished crochet, embroidery, felted wool, and cross stitch projects dwell.


I don’t like clutter. I have a lot of clutter to clean up before the hosting palooza of the holidays begin. I had so much going on this summer that I nearly felt paralyzed by it all and unable to clean out and simplify my work space and home. I can’t explain what a horrible feeling that was and how much time I feel was wasted except for the fact that I firmly believe I was exactly where I was supposed to be and doing what I was supposed to be doing even though I couldn’t see it then. As some of you know, I am a huge Becky Higgins fan. Becky is the creator of the Project Life scrapbooking system. She is way into clean lines and design. This inspires me. Earlier this week she released a video of the Project Life office. If you enjoy clean lines, beautiful color schemes, and simplicity, you will love this video. It is 8 minutes long. Prepare to drool. Oh and turn your volume down a little as the music seems to be a bit loud in the background.


The last thought I want to leave you with is a link to Morna McEver Golletz’s blog about what judges are looking for when they critique a show quilt. I have never entered a juried show but if I do, I will reference this article. Enjoy!