sampler quilting on the Splendid Sampler

2017 has been off to a crazy start. I’m going to my second funeral of the month in 2 days and we have a new car after a teen driver didn’t see our SUV and totaled our car – hers doesn’t look much better.  Instead of sewing, it seems like I’ve spent all my free…

Block 82 – Under the Apple Tree

I was thinking this afternoon as I finished this up I didn’t know why it took me so long to finish this block.  But then I remembered that I was busy quilting 3 tops with my Avante when this one came out so I put it off on purpose. I cut each of the pieces…

home again, home again!

I receive a phone call this morning – my regular sewing machine was ready.  And as expected, all that was ever wrong with it was a simple fuse that was blown.  They told me I owed them 29 bucks, and I was on my way! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ I was also talking to a friend who is…

Bloom block 19

I admit it; I’m sad to see this sew-along come to an end.  This is block 19 of 20; last week is the last block and then it will be time to sew on the outer sashing and border, and then quilt it.   I’m usually more drawn to primary colors over soft palettes.  My…

give me an inch and I’ll take a mile

It’s another paper pieced block – with a twist.  See that piece A3 there?  It’s 2/8″ by 3/8″ – if I’m being generous with the ruler. Do the math, and that comes out to less than one square inch for that little piece.  A2 is only 2/8″ tall, and A4 isn’t much more than that….

she’s back!

I got the call yesterday that my Sweet Sixteen was finished and ready for pickup.  And it was about half what I expected to pay which was a bonus.  It was raining at lunch so I didn’t want to take a chance of slipping; I left my still non-working sewing machine at home but told…

Happy mother’s day!

See this beautiful work of art?  It’s mine!  It’s all mine!  Sit down and grab a cup of tea or whatever you prefer – I have a story to tell.  It goes back to 1906 when my grandmother was born…  My grandmother was a professional seamstress; people would come to her and ask for a…

Bloom block 15

I had a big surprise when I went to put this week’s block on my little stand and found out that the block from 2 weeks ago was on there.  I thought I was on block 14 this week, but I’m a week ahead! It’s been a week like that in Texas.  I followed Lori’s…

Curses, Foiled Again!

I took my sewing machine to the husband-of-the-wife-who-knows-my-friend-who-also-is-a-member-of-the-same-quilt-guild repair guy. Without even plugging it in, he took the needle plate off and declared there was surely a piece missing in it. No I was sure there wasn’t; that piece under there had been flapping in the wind like that for years.  I clean my machine…

Block 13 Scrap Stars

I made this into half of a Lemoyne star because I wanted the 4 star points to pop, and also because after trying out a number of fabrics, I didn’t find one for the other 4 that just  had that wow factor.  Other than a couple of bobbles, I like the way it turned out…

Self cleaning machine 

I’d pay good money for a self cleaning sewing machine. My feed dogs weren’t advancing and I was pretty sure it was time to remove the needle plate which isn’t the easiest thing since I’ve misplaced the special super short screwdriver that turns the screw. I finally got the big screw out of there and…