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And the week goes on…

We are almost to the end of the school year!! The kids are out tomorrow and we just can’t wait. It has been a long end of the year. I’m ready for no packing of the lunches, no setting of the alarm and some time to just hang out with the girls. Check in with me around the end of July and my tune will have changed drastically!!! LOL! Just kidding. We are looking forward to a vacation in Kauai during August. We have been to Maui before and are really excited to see another Hawaiian island. Now I need to find the quilt shops on the island and plan when I can get there. I looked briefly and found 2 possibly 3. I’ll whittle my choices down to 2 to keep my fellow traveling companions from the requisite eye rolling and teasing. Time to break out that ukulele again.

This past weekend was the music school show. Look who won the raffle quilt…


For a brief moment, I felt I should tell the school to choose another ticket but Leah was so thrilled to have won it, I didn’t have the heart. She loves it and I’m glad. We had a great show that night. Amanda was given the flautist of the year award along with high honors awards in piano and flute. Lindsey came away with high honors in voice and honors in piano and guitar. It was a good night.

This week I’m working on bright project for Quilter’s World magazine’s spring issue. I can’t tell you what it is but the fabrics sure are pretty…


Greg and I had a hot date to the antique store yard sale on Saturday morning. I know, we are so adventurous! LOL. I found this adorable quilt rack for $15. There was no way I could leave it there. I’ve never seen one like it and it’s perfect in my living room.


I had great news earlier this week. My block has been chosen for QuiltMaker’s 100 Blocks Vol 12! I’m thrilled to be part of that magazine again for the 6th time! They are fabulous to work with.

I’ve got a new obsession. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know I see something quilting related and then I obsess until it’s in my possession. I promise myself this will be the last purchase and then it happens again…does this sound familiar? Bonnie Hunter posted about her friend
Carla’s adorable hand crank machine. It’s a Singer Model 20 which is actually a toy model. She has brought it on long flights with her and used it to quilt blocks even though it’s a chain stitching machine. Bonnie swears that chain stitching stitches are small and get crossed over with other seams so they are fine to use. Long flights (Hawaii) + adorable machine + my obsessive nature = I want one. Do you see where this is all heading? Here is the link for the post:

So I troll Ebay every night now looking for one that works and has all of its pieces. And yes, I hate myself for it. LOL!!! I’ll let you know how this works out…

Projects I’ve been neglecting for the moment are Amanda’s Love Notes quilt and the comic show sewing. Hopefully I can get back to those soon. I’ve also neglected sketching and handwork. I see I need to spend some time in the garden as well…thank goodness for summer!

What are you all working on today?


Progress Inside & Out

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. We spent it at home and I was thrilled to get my planting done. I have two small gardens and my favorite phase of the garden, is the planting! The two garden areas are small but it holds just enough for our family and to give a bit away. This year we are growing zucchini, summer squash, basil, cucumbers, jalapeno peppers, green peppers, beefsteak tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes. In the past we’ve done more herbs but this year I wasn’t feeling it! LOL!!

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Lindsey normally helps with the planting but this year she wasn’t feeling it as she is still slowly recovering from her concussion. She had the staples in her head removed last Thursday and now we are taking the rest of the recovery slowly. She is in school this week for half days and will try to get a handle on the work she missed.

I managed to finish up the music school raffle quilt. I’m happy with how it came out and I’ll be even happier to hand it off!

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This week I received some fun mail. The wonderful folks over at 100 Blocks sent these adorable tote bags out as a thank you for participating. I love bags!

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I also made this cute box bag on the serger! It was one of the projects in my Craftsy class, Beginning Serging with Amy Alan.

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The super awesomely cute fabric was from Lori K. I pulled it out and thought it would be perfect for this little bag.

The bag was easy to make but I did have two mistakes. One was that the zipper on the far end of the photo was not lined up properly. The other mistake was that I didn’t have the knife turned on so there were some stitches on the inside of the bag that sort of had too much loopiness on the edge. I’m planning on making another soon and I hope I can correct the issues on that one.

Over the weekend I met with a friend and her beautiful daughter. They are looking to have a t-shirt quilt made with all of her daughter’s high school t-shirts. We laid them all out and came up with a plan so I’ll be working on that next.

Have a beautiful day!


Monday Progress & Screen Time

Last night and this morning I made some progress on my hour glass quilt that will be the raffle quilt for the music school in June. I got all the rows sewn together. In the next few weeks I’ll be basting, quilting and binding this one.


I didn’t enjoy making this as much as I thought I would because the wonky bias edges drove me to insanity. I used a precut layer cake and as I pieced this together, it seemed as though everything was lining up right but then it didn’t. This quilt won’t win any awards for perfect points for sure. My next precut quilt is going to be the Love Notes quilt and I know there are some bias edge issues with it as I have been forewarned by Torie (Twilter) who has already made this quilt. I’ll have to be extra careful with it and use sizing on the patches. Do you all find precuts difficult to work with sometimes?

I came across a great article about cutting back on screen time. It was written by Stephanie Nickel for Christian Editing Services. It’s called Why I Want To Go Screen Free…At Least Now and Then. Click here to read the article.

I could definitely identify with Stephanie’s feelings of thinking she’s missing out on something if she isn’t checking her email, text messages, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts! Checking those items is like having the mailman come to your house a hundred times a day! There are definitely so many things to look at and look up and learn about. I really love those aspects of today’s technology. I can’t tell you how many times I have to look up things my kids have inquired about…it’s a real life saver some days! What I don’t love about instant technology is the feeling that cyberspace has more to offer than the physical people and items in our lives (like paper books). As Stephanie points out, it’s a feeling that if someone is constantly texting and surfing in your presence, maybe you aren’t interesting enough to pay attention to. No one wants to feel that way or inflict that upon someone else. Of course there are those moments when my head is overloaded from dealing with people that I just want to relax and surf the internet reading blogs and catching up with my cyber friends on Twitter or Facebook. I guess it’s a delicate balance and certainly one to think about!


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Another Finish & A Start!

So, I had a finish this week! I got the quilt completely done for the music school raffle at the end of June!

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Now that this one is wrapped up I am going to work a little bit on the Lindsey Project art quilt and my niece’s t-shirt quilt all at the same time. After a crazy weekend of dance recitals followed by town meetings, bat removal from the house (more on that in the next podcast), physical therapy and getting passport applications processed, I was ready for some quilting fun today! So I started the Lindsey Project by taking the tracing I did of a photo and scanning it into the computer. I darkened the photo a bit in Photoshop so that the lines could be seen more clearly.

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Next I used Adobe Reader to print a poster that was 275% larger than my scan. At first I went with 200% and that wasn’t big enough as you can see. I felt like Lindsey’s face was a bit too small in the one on the left.

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I taped the printed pieces of paper together and laid the whole piece on the ironing board. I secured it with tape and then put a piece of muslin over that and also secured that with tape. I was able to see the lines of the picture well enough to trace over with a black marker. If I couldn’t have seen it, I would have taped it to a window (or you could use a light box). I used pencil for the facial features because I wasn’t ready to commit to that with marker yet.

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Next, I took the traced muslin piece over to the design wall and pulled out my fabric scrap bins. I recently organized my scraps into ROYGBIV order. We won’t discuss how many scraps I threw out that I now wish I kept. Insert sad face.

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I grabbed some Aileen’s Tacky Glue as suggested by Susan Carlson and in the fashion of her technique, I started lightly gluing small pieces of fabric scraps onto the muslin, staying within the lines. I got as far as completing Lindsey’s bathing suit and I love how it’s coming out so far. I definitely had a few moments of thinking this might not work out but once you step away from the design wall and put your glasses on!!!- it doesn’t look half bad.

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This has to be one of the most fun ways to assemble a quilt! I am looking forward to working on another section tomorrow…ok, maybe tonight!

I was pleased to see that my Happy Cupcakes table runner and patterns made it to Quilt Market with the lovely folks over at QuiltWoman! It is on the bottom left of the photo, hanging on the table.

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One day I’ll get to Market myself but for now, I’m just happy to be represented!


Sweets For My Sweets

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I fell in love with the cute mugs!

Last night I was doing a lot of this on the music school raffle quilt…

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And the result is….7 rows to be stitched together next…need to press some seams first though.

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I’m thinking of extending an arm of my little company to making some T-shirt quilts. I’ve done them before and backed with cotton fabric but lately I’m seeing a lot of the quilts with polar fleece on the back…I’m wondering if it is a huge pain or if it’s actually preferable since it eliminates the need for batting and binding strips. I believe they are just turned like a pillow case…any advice out there??? I’d sure appreciate it.

Have a beautiful day everyone!