What can be better, than sharing the journey.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Sewing play

Using the writing mode on my new machine. I think this will become my banner for a while, though nothing like enlarging it to see where one should have clipped some threads.

Shiny n new

I must have been very good this year.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Hope you had a Merry Christmas

I hope everyone had a great day. We had a quite day at home with family, playing with new toys and eating good food.
It has been a while since I blogged after my return from down under. It took a while to get back to normal, if threre is such a thing for me. My job status will change after the New Year also. It will give me more time for sewing for the short term but I will be looking for another job. Hopefully it is one where I can use my more creative talents.

Monday, December 19, 2011

New Adventure

Wow, it has been a while since I have posted. Life keeps happening and sad to say it has not always been sewing. I had a wonderful trip to Australia and traveling back was harder than I thought it would be. It took almost two weeks to get my sleep patterns back to normal. When I got back to work I found out I will be laid off at the end of the year. There has been lots of changes to work though.

I have spent some time putting together a tutorial for my fabric Calendar Holders and have listed it on Etsy. This is a new adventure for me and I hope that it works.

I have tried to include several options for making the calendar so it be personalized, also to make it easier to get supplies I have listed a kit of the basic items.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I spy project

I have some time to work on my project while on vacation, and have made some progress.

I spend most of my days walking around the towns of Yarrawonga and Mulwala taking pictures and shopping but in the afternoons I have been reading or listening to books on my ipod. As I listen am working on the English paper project I put together before my trip.

Monday, October 10, 2011

On Holiday

Saturday, October 1, 2011

needle man

I got this magnetic toy free at yard sale last week.  It makes a great holder my needle while I am hand piecing.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

New purse

I am very lucky to have a trip planed to Australia in a couple of weeks.  This will be my first trip out of the US.  I am excited and nervous at the same time.  Of course being me I made a new purse for the trip.  I decided to use a English paper piecing project I have been working on.  It was random fabrics leftovers.  It was meant to have one piece of each only, I think some were sneaking back for a second try.  Any way it became my fabric of choice.  After being free motion quilted I made a simple bag with extra long straps.  The inside is made with heavy duty pelon.  There are six large pockets around and a couple of zippered pockets.  I washed it to soften it and bring out the quilting and it is ready to go.

I Spy project

I received my I Spy blocks some time back and have been looking for a way to show case them.   I have a trip planned and wanted a project to take along so have decided to make it using English paper piecing.  I made a sample block to make sure it would work and am happy with the result.  I will not be able to use all of the swap blocks because of fabric designs so will need a another design for them.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011


I first added two borders in purple. The lighter border is the wrong side of the purple. I didn't plan that when I bought the fabric but I noticed that it matched the fabric better. I then used the right side to add contrast. I then added one more border in orange. Now I must decide how to quilt it. I like how this is turning out so far.

Monday, August 29, 2011

From stripes to squares

I cut stripe fabric into 10 inch or so strips. Layered them to be exactly over each other. Next I cut them into 10 inch squares. I stacked them about 8 deep and cut corner to corner. Hard to describe the next step but basically took the on point pieces sewed them into a square. The other triangles with a horizontal edge each become a set of squares.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


No pictures to go with this one.  I needed a tape recording.  I heard all my china and glassing ringing as they rattled in the china cabinet.  It took me just a second to realize what was happening.  I did worry that the cabinets would fall over if it kept up and got any stronger.  Was really surprised to find out the quake was about 150 miles away near Richmond.  I have always wondered what it felt like in a quake and this was pretty minimal but my curiosity is over.  Don't want any more of the same.



Friday, July 29, 2011

Addition to my sewing room

I found this at the local thrift store today. It is a reading podium but thought it would be good for a standing computer desk for my laptop. There are shelves below that are holding some UFOs, a lovely tin and some sewing books.

I Spy Fabrics

My squares for the I spy swap are all cut and ready to send. I am supposed to get back 200 different squares. It will be fun to see what comes back.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I spy audition templates

As I worked on cutting squares for the I Spy I found that I was having a problem visualizing where to make the cuts to optimize the number of blocks in the fabric piece. I remembered that I have some clear plastic sheets, cut them into 4 inch squares and drew in seam lines and center of the block, then used them to audition blocks. This worked very well for me. I then used a cutting template and roller blade to cut them out. I made a pdf file this morning to print them out. Click here to get Audition Templates to print out on transparencies. Make sure to use no print scaling on the print setting.

Monday, July 25, 2011


I am participating in a "I spy" fabric swap. I have pulled some fabrics from my stash that will work. This one is a lot of fun. The fun starts with find the frogs and making the most of the fabric.

For the swap they want 20 4 inch squares of each fabric. Each square needs to have something of interest. This means I will be "fancy cutting" this fabric to cut out just frogs. I used a template to get the size right then roller cut to the exact size. Takes a little time but found my 20 frogs plus a few more.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sewing on the road on I 20 in Lousiana

Working on Flower garden patches.  Powerful magnet helps keep things together.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

School Spirt Banners

Here are the completed wall hangings for my sister's band booster silent auction. There are also matching magnetic calendar holders for each school. I always wash and dry my quilts after they are done. This gets rid of all the chemical they put in the fabric. I do not usually was before I sew. I used a product by Shout that is supposed to catch the colors that wash out this time. I have not used it before but did not want to take a chance after all my work. It seems to have done its job as they is no bleeding though. The Shout sheets have a pink tint to them now.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

School Logo

I have been working on a project for my sister. This is a wall hanging of her son's school's logo.
It was a bit of a challenge but it seems to have turned out okay. I tried several techniques before I settled on this one. I printed the logo in reverse on a plain sheet of paper, traced the design on wonderunder and it out in three sections. The outlines lost their shape and were tricky to sew down so I cut them as a whole piece and added white, black and red fabric on top as needed. The lettering was so complicated that in the end they are machine embroidered.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Quilt entry

I am entering one of my quilt in Quilting Gallery weekly contest. This week the theme is triangles. The quilt I entered is one I made for my Nephew Tyler. It was a lot of work so I hope he still likes it. It is very simple and I am not sure if there is a name for the pattern. It starts with an equilateral triangle divided into 3 fractions. I used and an Accucut die to cut the pieces. That made quick work and accurate pieces. I became very good at Y seams. The hardest part was working with all the bulk in the center seams of the stars.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

All Done!

Emily's Brown Flower Quilt is all done. The quilt was made with a pattern in Malka Dubrawsky's book Fresh Quilting. Quilting the flowers went fairly quickly. Having the binding done before hand made finishing the quilt go smoothly. The only glitch came as I checked the quilt over I found two large t-pins inside the quilt. Since I do not use these normally and the only time I did was when it was laid out on the deck they have been floating around though the whole process. I had to make small holes in the backing to get them out, to cover the holes I appliqued a butterfly over them. I washed the quilt and it is ready for use.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Has this ever happened to you?

It hasn't been my luck before!  To finish sewing and have just the right amount of thread.  Maybe I should buy a lotto ticket.

Friday, May 20, 2011

First flower quilted

I was unsure how to quilt the flowers but decided to keep with geometric echoing and it works well. I have also changed to a yellow thread, it seems to work well with all the fabrics. The bottom is still brown,. So far my machine is okay with this, as the tension tends to pull the darker thread up to the top. Now just 20 or so more flowers to go. The end is on sight.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Progress Report Brown Flower Quilt

The quilting on this quilt has been going slow. There have been many reasons. My daughter's graduation from college was a happy distraction, and so is spring. They have been many gorgeous days around here when it is not raining. Not as fun, is my shoulder. I injured it in a fall about 5 weeks ago and have done something to the rotatory cuff. I am only supposed to work about 30 minutes at a time, but now can increase that some. It depends on where in the quilt I am. In the center it is harder to push the fabric around. On the edge there is hardly any tension. Most of the diamonds are done, and I am working on centers. The flower petals will be done with stippling to keep them smooth with the rest of the quilt. It is one of the largest quilts I have done.

Monday, May 2, 2011


This quilt has a lot of fabric to move under the sewing machine head. Progress is made in small increments, but it is happening.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Laying out quilt

The deck is one place large enough to spread out the quilt. It also works to pin it here because the space between the boards is a good place to safety pin though the fabric. Knee pad from the garden and ipod with Science Talk podcast makes job easier.
Mini the mut already approves, in fact does not want to give it up. Nice thing about a 6 lb dog is that I can win.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Top done

The top is sewed and ironed. The backing is ironed and binding sewn. Now must find a surface large enough to lay it out and pin.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

They're here!!

My peeps arrived today. They are even cuter in peepson! Will have to work on an appropriate display. Thank you to Karen at Sew Much 2 Luv. They made my day.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

I have won a give away!!

I have tried entering many give aways but have never won till now. I have won the Star Trek Peeps from Sew Much 2 Luv. They are super cute and I can't wait till they beam their way to my place.