Friday, May 29, 2015


Don't be scared ... I haven't become a real "prepper."  I did spend this morning in Prep-mode.

A customer quilt is loaded and ready for some Handiquilter magic.

I made backings for 2 of MY quilts and binding.

I do love this Sue Spargo Imperial Blooms.

AND - I cut sewed blocks for a crazy quilt.  Hand stitching is on the schedule for this weekend, especially if we have a rainy Sunday ... sorry, but I am hoping.

I'm still fussing with the arrangement of these before I get the top stitched together. I LOVE this new-to-me ruler ... sew fast and sew easy to use.  More on the ruler later.

The color is a little washed out on my pictures.  My Cute Hisband replaced some burned out lights - GREAT for sewing, not so great for picture taking.

While all of that was happening, the washing machine was running. Hurray for multitasking!

Mom and I are off to run a few errands and then back into the dungeon for me.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Old Friends

Not all quilty friends are living breathing human types. Today I spent time with an "old friend" that's been in a box for over a year. It was a long overdue visit.

My Woodland Creatures quilt is slowly coming to life. Starlyn and I are each making one.  Makes for a fun sewing day when you are also with friends of the human version. 

And ... today I said good bye to an old friend. We've done a lot together over the last 15 years. 

She has gone to live with Starlyn and will most likely end up in Alabama. She's in good hands!

I really do not need 5 sewing machines. 

Monday, May 25, 2015


This is starting to become a habit.

I don't usually do hand binding. In fact, up until last week, I could have honestly said - I never hand bind.  As I do more border-free quilts,  I have found hand binding is better for my "points."

And then there's ruler work.

I'm still not ready to say "love it."  But I'm not hating the practice.

The end result ... a finish ... always a great feeling!

Pattern will be available at Spring Water Designs at the end of June - it's SEW cute!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

More Cleaning


Have you checked out the blog hop? You really must - it's sew inspiring.  In fact - after the teeny bit of cleaning I did in my sewing room ... I cleaned out my sock drawer.  That's a LOT of hand knit socks.

Then I moved on to the next drawer ... other miscellaneous socks - a whole lot of these went into the donation bag.  In fact, for about 3 minutes, I actually had 1 empty drawer!

In the process of that teeny bit of spring cleaning in my sewing room, I corralled 5 quilts that need binding.  The binding is made and ready.  I just need the time and focus to commit to doing it.

Yes, I do have a weird amount of socks and a slightly cleaner sewing room.

Saturday, May 23, 2015


Such a dilemma ... Sewing in the dungeon (my fabulous, almost perfect sewing room) or enjoy a lovely spring day.  My begonias are beautiful.

My new project really needs my attention.  Sew - a compromise.  I did lots of trimming at my kitchen counter - 48 Square-ups!

LOVE this ruler!

At the same time - I could enjoy the view of my pretty flowers.

A great compromise!  And a great start to a holiday weekend.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Little Stitching

I'm Wednesday, at Spring Water Designs, I taught a handwork class.  18 women eager to stitch with wool and thread and create a cute little needle case.  We had a ball!

Stitchers are very intense and do NOT travel lightly.  We had all kinds of bags and containers.  Is it weird - one of my favorite things about teaching is seeing the what-not that stitchers own.

The best part of teaching a new class ... I have to make a sample.

I REALLY needed a new needle case.  The old one had turned into a pin cushion/catch-all and was sort of a mess.

The pattern (and maybe kits?) will be available (again) soon at Spring Water Designs!

Sunday, May 17, 2015


Spring Clean Your Studio Bloghop. 

I'm not sure how to add a link while typing on my iPad but you really should Goggle this and read/see a whole bunch of fiber folks cleaning up their mess.  It's SEW inspiring.  2 friends (Amalia and Misty) are participating.

I REALLY need this.  I've shared messy photos in the past. It's at it's worst and a bit overwhelming. I decided to tackle just one small part ... a little goes a long way - right?

My wool (and other miscellaneous junk) was getting out of hand.

Much better.  The plaid fabrics and homespun still needs some attention but at least it's all corralled in it's own spot, with no unwelcomed visitors.  

Because I was going to quit there, I didn't take a "before" photo of the rest of this end of the room but I did NOT quit there!

I honestly could not see the carpet before I cleaned up.  

SEW much better!