Bear Paw Quilt #2

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Here is the second Twin quilt that is a Bear Paw pattern. This customer quilt is a set of 2 quilts going in to a guest room This quilt has more blue in it and has a blue batik for the backing. I felt that the batik back made the batting have more loft while quilting it. Cotton fabrics grab the batting more and has less shifting. I love how both quilts are similar but have their own personalities.



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Here are the quilts side by side. You can see the very center of the bear paw has different colors blue and red, and the blue dominated quilt has more blues. And the red one more reds. I think that Aileen did a great job!!






Today was another grey day. It didn’t rain much today , but the previous rains are making things green. The woods are lovely this time of year.

I have some quilting done as you can see. It is the sister quilt to the one I finished last week. It is quilting differently because the back is a batik. I like it!

I am icing my achilles.  No big workouts. I’m pretty upset,  I first injured it last Thanksgiving.  I think its stairs that aggrivates it. Sitting, exercise, walking, hills ….pretty much everything. 

I am enjoying my sitting more by watching Netflix and amazon prime.



My new iron. In my quest to find a cordless iron I found this Panasonic. Price was below $100 and so far it seems to work very well for me it has double pointed end. I hope it lasts.


This is a customer quilt that is a bear paw. It is quilted with all over free hand feather design in a copper color thread I will be loading its sister quilt on as soon as I can get it ironed. I get to play with the new iron again!


Here’s a picture of the detail in the quilting.

I would be lying if I said I was getting as much done as I used to. This commute2 to 3 days a week really put the hamper in getting more stuff done around the house. I have found out that I need to maximize my time when I’m home.

So I’ve been utilizing time management skills more and I have been able to do other things such as catch up on email and phone calls faster. I think in time I will feel that it is balancing back out and that I can get my sewing and quilting done in addition to my day job. I always said work got in the way of my life ūüôā However I’m not in a position to not work outside the home like many of us, I just need to learn how to figure it out.


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What a lovely town to have a local festival that hosted a Highland Games. I think the historic building and mill pond was very pretty.

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2014-06-21 14.12.59There was even a car show as part of the festival.


2014-06-21 12.09.51 Caber from the games. I will have to edit and crop pictures to see if any turned out. It was a great day. My husband had three personal best events. Overall, it was great. It was held in a field in front of a nursing home and even the seniors came out to watch, very cool.

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On the Way home we stopped at a new RenFest. I enjoyed it. I also bought a little house to start my Fairy Garden. Yes, it is going to be awesome. More on that in future posts.

I bought new shoes for working out. I am hitting the gym hard this week and getting back on “the program.” Summer, I am sorry but you are not good for my diet.


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This has been a week of personal failure. I started traveling to the other office half time. I gained 5 pounds. The 2 hours of driving on commuting day leaves me several hours behind my usual schedule…. OK no more eating out, even subway. Packing a lunch. I am taking Zentangle stuff to do a 6 lesson course. I bought¬†a book last year and never did it. I need to relaxation and creativity every day. I have more Zentangle books to do, too!!

By the way the work is the same. The office is beautiful and the staff very very nice. I feel like I am in a episode of the Twilight Zone because I used to work in this office 8 years ago and many of the people are the same…. we are just older. Ha!

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My sewing is suffering. I did manage a little sewing last night and I made this t shirt and diaper cover. Ooops. The diaper cover has upside down pattern on the fabric. I am not finding many free clothes for 12 months like shorts. I am going with dresses, t shirts and diaper covers. I have fleece pants pattern. I may try that in a light knit. All free patterns found on a google search. Love free stuff. I have store bought patterns but they start at 4t.

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I am long arming a lot. I have a twin quilt nearly finished and I have its sister quilt to do. I am trying to have all the customer quilts caught up. I have several family quilts as well as some of my own that I want to do nothing but crazy stuff on them…. customers don’t aways appreciate my free motion¬†custom work, lol. It really is crazy!


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The slow movement is catching on in the US after many years. It is a movement about enjoying life at a slower pace, enjoying the process and focus is more on creativity, connections and the journey. There has been a big movement in stitching. Please check out Mark Lipinski’s new blog    


… I have always been a slow stitcher and long armer…. yep this doesn’t mean all by hand and stuff.





Why can’t it be summer all year?

2014-06-14 13.00.27 2014-06-15 00.38.25Saturday is always an adventure! I started by going to a grad party today and I gave the graduate a quilt. I think it really will go to college in the fall. It is a 6 and 12 inch Economy block quilt.



2014-06-14 15.33.57 2014-06-14 15.37.02¬†The party was near Lake Huron so I had to go see it. The water is still very cold but it is a beautiful view.¬†¬† I don’t get to see the big waters of the Great Lakes every day and the day was perfect for pictures.


2014-06-14 19.08.01 2014-06-14 19.08.16 After I returned home, I quilted Caro’ls quilt that will be a gift. I love the little monkeys. I made curls like the tail and added leaves. So adorable, should be perfect for a new baby.¬† I have 5 customer quilts waiting to be quilted.¬† I will be posting tons of because these are some really gorgeous tops!


2014-06-14 20.42.14 I do a evening walk about my yard and look at the plants. My grandmothers roses have been in my yard for several years. They came from her mothers house. I see signs of rose buds, I am so excited!!!!

2014-06-14 21.03.27My husband at a Highland game today. We are pretty busy, why can’t it be summer all year???




Friday the 13th

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Day just like any other. I made it one week in my new work situation– splitting my time between two offices. It went fine. I think it will get used to the driving in time. I just lose a bit of time to quilt.

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But I had lunch with a friend who gave me this awesome shirt!!! It is very true for me. Thanks Carol!!!!!


How am I going to get things done, well, I decided I probably won’t. Not like I¬†was, in the quantity is was. ¬†And that will have to be ok. And that my friends is how I survived this week and the current downsizing.



and I have the most quilting business I have ever had. And that is very ok, too.