Friday, August 01, 2014


After reading Judy's post about making herself spend time in the studio, I was reminded that this has worked on me in the past.  So I've been making myself go to the sewing room.  Yesterday I made two blocks for the Fat Quarter BOM since I was behind so many.  Then I got a new one today!  So I have 4 done, 4 to go to be caught up.

Today I worked on cutting down my embroidery blocks for the Halloween quilt.  I also am trying to remember how to thread my machine for my applique.  Funny how you forget things like that.  Even the manual doesn't seem to help my tension problems at this point.  I thread; the bobbin is too tight.  I rethread: the top thread is too tight.  Repeat.  I will try again tomorrow.

I also went to a few shops for their row quilt patterns.  I went to Hyder Hangout where they are giving away two rows.  One is jars.  The other is birds.  When we were in Knoxville I went to two shops.  Gina's Bernina  had row of landscape and birds.  But my favorite was Mid-South!  Their row has flip flops and idea of summer.  (I hate shoes!)  I had some picked out in NC while we were visiting there, but it seemed like we were so busy there was no time.

We have had a full summer with grandkids in and out.  I hate to see them start school NEXT WEEK!  Good grief.  It's good to be retired.  I don't miss the total exhaustion of the first few days of school.  I do miss my friends, though, and meeting a new group of kids.  I always loved to see their faces on the first day of school.

I had some medicine reactions to my aromasin estrogen blocker, so I've moved on to Tamoxifen.  We'll see how that works out.

So, maybe more soon.  Hope things are well with the few of you that mosey by here!!

Sunday, June 15, 2014


Lost! My quilting mojo!!! If found, please return!!!  I miss it so much.

If anyone still reads here, how do you get revved up once it's gone?  For a while I was making myself go to the sewing room for at least 10 minutes a day, but even that seemed too much.  I would just putter and not work.

The cancer thing is all worked out and I'm happy with all decisions made, but it stole my urge to quilt.  Wonder if they took that out, too!!!!

This is all that was finished.....Grace's peace pillow.  And finished because she insisted!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Well, I've had my surgery and I'm recovering quite nicely.  The news from the biopsies was good, and I'm just spending some time healing and resting.  I don't know what other treatment I'll have to have, but I'm hoping not much.

In the meantime, I have zero quilting mojo.  zero.  I want to, but I don't.

I have looked for the Frozen quilt panels and for wow snowy fabric for handwork, but that is as far as I go.

Hope you are accomplishing more than I!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Pigeon Forge

Well, I went to my first ever quilt show. I had a great time, but was actually a little disappointed. I had built it up so big in my mind that it was way smaller than I thought it would be.  I hope to go to the next one in Atlanta when it comes around.

 I spent a lot of time trying the mid-arm quilters which was really my mission in going. I loved the Gammill Charm, but it would be over $9,000 in the end. I just can't justify that. I also like the Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen which would be about $6,000. I was also disappointed in the "deals" offered. They weren't really deals, in my opinion. If anyone has any advice in this area, I'd love to hear it. I'm really thinking about the Handi Quilter. Wish I could find a used one.

There were some beautiful quilts!

I have thought about buying this pattern from Crab Apple Hill.  There were 3 or 4 of them at the show.

I think I'm going to look for this fabric to make a quick quilt for the baseball mom in my family.

This lady was giving a cool demonstration on paper piecing and I wish I would have had time to watch it.  BUT.... I had a husband browsing in tool shops and a dog in the car.  We were on our way to see our kids in NC.

But here was the big surprise!!! I was looking at fabric and looked up, and she was at the next booth just visiting! What cool surprise for me.  I talked her ear off about all the pattern of hers I'd done.  I think I bored her to tears!!!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Design wall Monday

So things around here are chugging along. Still waiting to have one more test before some surgery. Not looking forward to that.

 I am still working on 1) 9 patches for Hocuspocusville 2) Hexies for Hex on the Beach. I'm almost finished with row 2

 But here is the big purchase!!! I bought 2 panels for my two precious girls who know all the words to all the songs for Frozen!  Wish I could share the videos of them singing and dancing and being Elsa and Anna!  They make my day.  Hope they get here soon.  I need one finished for sure for a May birthday.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Painful sewing!

I hope today goes better than yesterday.  I swear, I had trouble making a 9 patch!!! OMG.  I'm losing it!!!