Design wall Monday and Linky Tuesday


I had a crafty fail, so I made this economy block to get back on track. I had to call my friend who does flower arranging and we made this corsage. See link below.
It made me nostalgic because this is the last prom any of my children were go to, even though it is time for them to grow up.



Here is an adorable child for a grand child that my the customer made, she’s 90 years old this month!!!
And I have the privilege to quilt it in a meander for her, with a few leaves adn swirls along the way. Love the crossed canoes!!! Tent’s too.



My daughter found some very cute baby items that I can  sew, I have forgotten a lot about garment sewing but I will refresh my memory as i go. 

Go to to see what all other quilters are doing this Monday and Freemotion by the River for linky party Tuesday.

 #lunchhour #longarmquilting off the frame! full view of the quilt. Thanks everyone!!



Road Trip adventure


Saturday is a bright sunny day after a grey rainy and snowy week. We had a road trip planned to buy some spring clothes. My closet is full of threadbare old things.

DSCN9605 The trip was delayed because of a problem with a renewal of our virus protection program… weeks early. But I did long arm a quilt–a future post.


Then along the interstate we ran into another delay…….



My husband is changing the flat tire so we can get to the next town to buy a tire. I got a sunburn waiting along the road!!! (with a winter jacket on, please note snowbanks)


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That’s the spare, I am a bit concerned about the rust on it.

Buuuuuuut, We had a great day anyway. I found some clothes on sale. I found the prefect bag to carry on my vacation and for festivals. I had a great time visiting with my husband. We ate at a Famous Dave’s Barbeque…… a very fine way to end this day.

Lessons learned: changing a tire isn’t too hard and I would have called triple A and it would have ended the day. But we pressed on.

Also, for as much exercise that I do, we walked while waiting for the van. My Achilles has been feeling great for several weeks. Well, walking on a hill made it hurt a bit. The weight lifting and bike riding aren’t gonna help if I have to walk, and I need walking shoes.

So I have to walk outside this summer to prep for my vacation this fall.





Ok, this is going to be a pic heavy post with just a few words. It is about hope and hoping!

wpid-IMG_20130823_063210_619.jpgHere’s hoping to the book proposal I sent off…..

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2014-04-03 19.28.34 Heres hoping to some success at pebbling, I talked to my long arm dealer and he gave me some ideas.

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Here’s hoping to teaching a class.


And here’s hoping for spring.



I am a Fusion quilter

I had the best time meeting Mary Fons and filming Quilty.  The above link is to the show that aired today on It was such a lovely time on this set.  You can read about it here.

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I have to say that making this episode has inspired me to continue in my quilting journey.  I have a love of the deep rich colors of Civil War fabrics. I really enjoy the bright colors and large patterns of modern fabrics. I like small  blocks and I also like graphic punch. Fusion of ideas that mix, marinade and meld together. That’s what I think fusion quilting is.

I have to say that it is such a very cool thing that and Quilty have  free videos for everyone to watch. However, I just purchased a year long membership and have to say the I am LOVING the videos once you are a member. I have learned so much about long arm quilting. There is tons of shows on piecing, too.

I must encourage anyone who wants to learn about quilting to sign up. I live in a rural area so classes are limited. AND I work so I don’t have tons of hours to devote to classes at a local shop. You can’t beat the price, with. I really enjoy seeing some of my quilting hero’s share.


I am going to make the block named Nordica that will be featured in the next Quilty magazine. With the most awesome polka dot fabric that Mary gave me. Yep, it’s gonna be pretty sweet.


Old yet modern


I sit behind customer quilts and look at them closely for a long time while I long arm them. I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful fabrics chosen for this Civil War reproduction d9p quilt. It amazes me how these reproduction  prints are really very modern. They are on a smaller scale, but they still have a very modern feel. I guess that’s why I like civil war reproduction fabric so much and why I also like to use modern fabrics. If you look very closely at each of these little blocks you will see what I mean, they could be used in modern quilts if they were larger scale and had brighter colors. I guess everything that is old is really new again is my grandmother used to say.

Linky party Tuesday


I am making 12 and 6 inch economy block. I may be on to something with this layout! The little blocks  are from the scraps of the big blocks, so far.

You can read about the pattern and sewing tips here:


March madness and this isn’t about basketball

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Its is that time of year, the long stretch until winter is done. It is our first winter empty nest. No sports or music things that kept up going 100 miles an hour all winter when the kids were home.

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We woke up to more snow yesterday, cold and wind. It is also that time of year where there is not much to do. No place to go and nothing much on TV. All in all, stay at home weekend. And the winter madness.



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I did get some things done this weekend. I made several economy blocks in bright colors. See first picture. I finished a customer quilt in a double stipple. I grocery shopped, went to a little home show in town, went to hobby lobby for batting and wandered around,  cleaned up the house, did laundry, watched several basketball games and spent an embarrassing amount of time on the computer and social media….




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I also ate out at our new BWW. Which is good. I spent tons of wonderful time with my husband.

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Then today we went to church, ate salads for lunch out , watch Nascar off and on, watched a show on ancient Egypt, cooked dinner, laundry, practiced violin and we both looked at each other this afternoon and said…..

Bored. Midwinter doldrums, cold weather, weak sun, cold temps, no motivation to do any spring cleaning with this weather. But man did I get other  stuff done…..

Spring , please get here soon, or we may go stir crazy.