Wednesday, December 17, 2014


On Monday, I did a free demo on using specialty thread on the Handiquilter.  Don't own one yet?  You can buy one at Soring Water Designs in Columbia, MD!!

Anyway - I've always struggled with metallic-type threads on my sewing machine.

When Dawn asked me to do the demo ... I had to figure this out and make it work and I did!

The thread needs to be horizontal.  Spinning off in the correct direction means no "extra twist". That alone made a big difference.  Slowly down also helped.  I tend to drive too fast.  And tension - back off the top tension on these threads and life gets a whole lot better.

I quilted 2 (TWO!) of the Christmas tree wall hangings with silver metallic glitter thread and it did not break even once!!

There are lots of fun threads on the market, even glow-in-dark.  Try them out!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Field Trip

It's been busy around here but not a whole lot to show.  Some things are gifts and one or two of my gift receivers may read this blog - sometimes.

So ... I'm knitting.

This is what gets done at hockey.

And this is what gets done while traveling to PA on a quilting adventure.

Pretty good progress!

A couple of Bee-mates and I went on a fabric acquisition trip last Friday.  This is how I arrived home.

There's yarn and fabric and cookies and a couple of gifts and a bolt of orange fabric.

Ever been to Obies in Goodville, PA?

I do believe they have every single piece of fabric ever made, crammed into a tiny shop.  A little scary but a great laugh and some found treasures.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Hockey = Knitting

Yes, you have heard it here before ... there is knitting at hockey.  My Cute Husband and I had a date night - hockey game!  Washington Capitals vs Blue Jackets ... Sadly, we lost in OT.

Metro riding and intermission knitting will produce a great start to a sock.

And - to make it a great date night ... we were early for the game and wandered through an outdoor artisan mall and I bought ... YARN.

I never knitted with bison. It's soft and squishy.

I love hockey!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Party

My guild - Southern Comforters of Bowie - had a party!  Every year we have a holiday dinner - potluck style.  The tables are decorated by a "hostess".  I've hosted a lot and did again this year.

The table favor was a Christmas mug, complete with hot cocoa and a peppermint candy cane AND a mug rug.

I made 10.  The 1/2-square triangles were leftovers from a long ago Christmas table topper (4 years ago?). Stitching them up actually went pretty quick but the idea of quilting 10 little bitty quilts, well, it just wasn't happening.

I stitched them into ONE top and quilted it (on my Handiquilter).

Then cut them apart and applied binding.

Pretty smart - huh?!!

OP's Done

Sharon has some binding to do.  These are all quilted and ready to be finished.

Oh, Christmas Tree

A long time ago ... 6 or 7 years ago ... I started to make a quilt (haha- heard this story before?). Anyway , it was going to be a shop sample. I started it and worked for a bit and then stopped.

1. It was a full size bed quilt.
2. It was done with templates (way more than a 4-letter word).
3. It had an appliqué border
4. With a bias vine.
5. We only had 2 other kits for sale

Basically - it wasn't a good business decision to make this quilt.  The other kits sold without a sample and the shop closed. This quilt sat for 3 or 4 years in a box.

Then Starlyn and I started working on making the tree blocks - on retreat, on sew-days.  Sometimes the trees came on retreat and never made it out of the box.  Sometimes we made a few (or lots) but never enough.

Then we redesigned it ... to a smaller quilt and ditched the appliquéd border and divided up the trees and on Saturday we sitiched 2 quilt tops!

We did make the trees right side up.

On Tuesday, I quilted them!  I even did my binding and label.  Starlyn - your binding is made but not sewn.

Another UFO is off the LIST!

Moral of the story - do not listen to well-meaning family/friends. Do not throw away long neglected projects.  Sometimes the curator of the museum (that would be YOU in your sewing space) discovers a treasure that needs a little dusting off and suddenly - you have a new quilt.


Don't give up on orphan blocks ... leftover, trials, oopsies ... Someday you just might need to make a couple of pillows.

Raid the box of orphans and the job is practically done!

Yes, I did load and quilt these 18" squares on my Handiquilter - fastest way to quilt.