|Some years ago I "met" a fabulous, kind and generous person via an early message board that focused on hand embroidery. We were an innovative group and shared our needlework passions. Members from all around the world joined in our embroidery exchanges. Dear Paulette was from the great state of Texas and lived for the bloom of the blue belles. She had a wonderful life with family and friends nearby and anticipated the birth of each Grandchild with embroidery and quilts. The last few years were laden with illness and she passed recently. She was taken far too young. So when I see a picture of blue bells I think of Paulette. Happy Spring dear Friend.|
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
- I think I am out of sorts because it has taken until Late March for us to have our Winter. I was totally geared for Spring. Ready to power wash the world here.
- I'm getting fussy because I need to strip clean the studio and I don't feel like it. I am reminded of how far behind I get at this time of year.
- I was leaving Joann's yesterday with hands full, not one but two lovely ladies opened doors for me. I was so grateful.
- See, there still are some kind and reasonable people in the world despite what we hear. Works for me.
- My bones are screaming with the constant temperature and barometric pressure changes. I learned how this is not my imagination from the veterinarian. She told me that everyone is bringing their dogs in for this. How come my "arthritis specialist" didn't mention this?
Monday, March 20, 2017
|Here is the whole collection.|
- I attended a little class on free motion quilting and using rulers and templates. I just love how easy it all looks when the pro's are doing it! I'll be sharing that soon.
- The best thing about attending classes is meeting up with old sewing friends and making new ones.
- Learning, testing, stretching our creative muscles is essential at any age but as we enter our retirement years there is nothing better. We have time now, time to enjoy the process. We want to be with like minded souls to enhance our lives and any creative pursuit helps us attain that.
- 1974 Rock Your Baby-George McCrae
Saturday, March 18, 2017
|Tuesday last Terri, from the Ladies of the Cloth, shared her latest project. Isn't it adorable. This is a Jenny Doan design and Terri chose the perfect colors to showcase her pinwheels.|
Sustenance: When I am in the zone I get very engrossed. For example, if I am quilting on the sit down mid-arm quilting machine and the music is cranking I can go for hours without a break. Instead, I plug in my electric kettle and work on a steaming cup of tea. If I plan ahead I make a little sandwich and store in it in a little fridge I keep there. That way I don't even have to climb steps for nourishment! I know many people fortify with chocolate while they work. Not for me, I am not so much for the chocolate....well unless they are chocolate diamonds but that's another subject.
|A little tea station off my studio makes life simpler when I am working.|
|I lost the packaging ages ago but these are available at many quilt shops and machine dealers. They are worth every penny but quite frankly I don't remember how many pennies!|
- I am getting more comfortable with the in-the-hoop method of layering and embroidery. My first embroidery machine is down right primitive by today's standards. How technology has changed the way we sew in a short time.
- Working on two projects at one time is great if you can do it. Of course, at least one of those projects needs to be downright simple or things get a bit muddled and that seam ripper gets plenty of use. Ask me how I know this.
- If you follow Bonnie Hunter she is a strong proponent of her Leaders and Enders method. I can't say I have mastered that but plan to try when she introduces the new project in a couple months. She is a very busy quilter, I wish I had her drive. However, she announced this week that a simple biopsy of a "thing" on her face turned out to be Basal Cell Carcinoma. She will have additional surgery to remove the remaining lesion and treatment will be determined after that. My thoughts and prayers go out to her, she is a trooper!
- Interested in a project to use all those orphan blocks? Check out this post on A Quilting Life!
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Particularly when "assembly line" sewing, as Eleanor Burns says, I need to be organized. Everything in its place makes the work fun, less tedious.
Over the years I have saved little drawers from plastic rolling carts when the carts no longer suit my purpose. I use them to organize my projects. Here I have the 10 inch white strips and the 8 inch colored strips ready for their sewing.
First I join one white to one colored strip for the entire quilt, then connect by two's then fours, then close the row by sewing the short ends together. This makes a closed circle. Then in slightly random areas I cut open the loop on a white section.
By the way, I changed sewing machines. I am using the Destiny for embroidery and the Baby Lock Rachel is getting ready for her new home in a new cabinet in the family room. This is the Viking #1+, a vintage machine by now.
|I have always like the 1/4 inch quilting foot from this machine. The flange on the right side of the foot is very long fits so well. Viking feet were much more expensive than the Baby Lock feet are now. This was a major purchase!|
|The side view of the quilting foot. I also have a acrylic Sew Rite flatbed extension table attached. Makes for much easier quilting by providing a larger surface for the fabric to lie, without tension on the stitches.|
|The stitch settings.|
An interesting and informative article for those who want to learn to quilt from Quilting Digest. Worth a read for newbies and seasoned quilters.
Stackers Quilt, Part #1
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
I am fortunate to meet like minded souls in public forums and classes. Today we spent 3 hours playing with free motion quilting and learning how to use templates and rulers. My main goal was to learn how to make a decent feather. Well, surprise, surprise, they are still not so good. I just can't seem to get it. The solution? Templates. Yes and I will be sharing my template journey soon.
Thanks Gloria for hosting another learning event.
- The rulers and templates are manufactured by Westelee Quilting Templates and Rulers. I only bought one long straight line ruler for the sit-down long arm but I bought a whole magilla of them for the Destiny. Had great fun giving them a try and enjoying the company of other ladies who were as taken with them as I was.
- Our class was taught by Cathy Brown of California. She arrived just in time for the cold Winter weather. She is a trooper.
- The event was sponsored by my friend Gloria Horn, of Gloria Horn Sewing Center in Mt. Lebanon.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
|The Celtic design I made a few weeks ago on the Destiny. A Tea towel for the season! The sweet little cup with Shamrocks is a favorite, actually a gift from my Mother many years ago. She who did not celebrate St. Patrick or his snakes.|
|Hand Painted Shamrocks on translucent porcelain with gold accents.|