cork!

Turns out…I like cork!  I like the feel of it, I like how easy it is to cut, I like how easy it is to sew.  I’m not crazy about the price of it but that’s a good thing because otherwise I’m afraid I might go into overload on making things from it at the…

Blazing Star – finally quilted

Whew!  I am finally starting to catch up with everything that’s fallen by the wayside for the past 18 months. I can’t remember if I mentioned this before, but I decided to go back to my alma mater for another degree. Silly me – I thought as a mature adult, I’d get the work done…

Cleanliness is next to happiness

Hi everyone!  I’m finishing up my final semester and I’m ending on a really busy note.  Each of my classes has a paper due typically each week.  These can range from 4 to 20 pages each for 3 separate classes and then there are discussion boards and responses which account for another 2 + pages…

applique progress

I bought a jacket pattern a couple of weeks ago from Indygo Junction.  You can find the pattern here. I had heard about rayon batik and thought that sounded like the perfect fabric weight for a summer jacket. Since I was at our LQS for the monthly machine quilting bee, I took the pattern with…

wrapping fabric

I finally decided my fabric had the best of me. I don’t have to have things completely spotless, but clutter drives me a little nuts. I’ve seen several people suggest that they wrap their fabric on comic book boards so I bought a pack of 100 and thought that would take care of the problem….

table runner

Whew!  The ink is drying on my last paper for the semester. The last couple of weeks have been pretty intense but I had a surprise this evening as I was submitting my assignment. The summer session doesn’t start for another 2 weeks!  I thought I only had a one week break. I decided to…

learning embroidery

I really don’t know anything about machine embroidery.  So far all I’ve done is just stitch a name on some fabric here or there which is just an introduction into the concept. I joined an embroidery group online to see what possibilities are out there, and in the process I found an embroidery mystery quilt….

2 finishes

A friend called yesterday to remind me that I had this morning blocked off to sew, sew, and sew some more. Our church sends teams to Kenya twice a year (each person pays their own way) and they have eyeglass and dentist clinics where local residents can get fitted for glasses and any dental repairs…

Art Imitating Life

I had an idea about a year or so ago. I thought at some point down the road I could buy a digital laser cutting machine to make custom applique quilts. I looked into several and knew which one I wanted, but filed it under “some day”. I was on the company’s refurbished email list…

Easter basket!

I grew up in a family with several children, and one tradition we had was like many people – we hit every available Easter egg hunt in a 20 mile radius of our house. That may be a slight exaggeration. There was the year I won the golden egg; that was thrilling. Then there was…

The Watcher

I’m still whittling down my 2017 UFO’s. I corrected the blocks that had a rotated piece in them yesterday and was so glad there were only a handful. That’s always a challenge trying to fix something once the whole top is finished.  In the meantime, I had this kit from Libs Elliott which I bought…

borders and corners

Argh! It always helps me to let a quilt hang for a few days so that I can see if I’ve messed anything up. This quilt is 96×96″ so sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the trees, so I took a picture of it and it was immediately obvious that the dark red…