Friday, April 10, 2015


What started out as an example of when it was necessary to mark a pattern for FMQ....

If you want a round in this very old applique pattern.....

Became a morning of what if ????

FMQ with a little laundry marker here and there.

Monday, April 6, 2015


I have always been interested in fabric collage. This heart reminds me of the Victorian era.....old lace and sepia tones. The base fabric is lightweight canvas distressed with coffee, stamped, pen drawings, text applied with TAP (Transfer artist Paper by Lesley Riley) then machine quilted. The lace was cut away to reveal layers and the heart was hand appliqued. French knots give a little texture. I am reasonably happy with the results. Just doing this little project was very enjoyable as it is the little things that make us happy.

Thursday, April 2, 2015


I have looked at this set for years as it lived in the everyday dishes cabinet....admired but unused. Such beauty should be seen. So this morning after owning this lovely Steubenville set for at least 25 years, I made it into a useable pincushion. It will be my admired and used  sewing companion. Do you own something special ? Consider repurposing.......It's a good thing.

Sunday, March 23, 2014


So I agreed to quilt a top for an organization to auction and raise money. At my first glance, it was beautiful and appeared very flat. It is still beautiful, but once I put it on the machine, I started to worry it wasn't exactly flat. Very quickly I learned the borders were nowhere near flat. Too late to remove from the machine and no real time to redo the borders anyway, I had to come up with another plan. So what I decided to do was gather the excess and create a false seam by hand applique......8 times. Not easy to do standing up at an odd angle, but faster than removing stitches and the border.Below are the pictures of the progression. I think it is OK. I do hope it does well at the auction.

Sunday, March 2, 2014


So how did it go??? Very fast. Retreating at home is not always productive, but it was very comfy. I only really worked on 3 projects, but hey, a couple of naps, a few hours of reading and a movie sort of interfered with progress. And those trips to the frig and pantry take time. My plan next time is to really have a plan...and extra chips.

I really like these and definitely will do more.

You can't really see it but it is cute.

This is my favorite. It's a fish pillow!!! I saw them online and had to do it. You use old sweaters to make it.
He will need some friends.
But that's another retreat.

Friday, February 28, 2014


I am really excited about this weekend. I will have 2 days of uninterrupted time to myself. It has been raining most of the day and will continue through the weekend. I have purchased all my favorite snack foods and found the flannel PJ's I love. It sounds like a personal retreat!!!! So I got a jump on my list of things to do and try. This is  hand sewn folk art-ish row houses. It is backed on black flannel and attached to a machine quilted background. Simple framing found at the Goodwill finishes it off.

                                                      I'll keep you posted with my progress.