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Sunday, October 19, 2014


I sound like a football player, don't I?  I know the next thing you expect to hear is "hike".  Well, it is actually my piece count so far on the new wool project I am cutting out.  Can you guess what it is going to be?  The brown is not the background.  I just used it to lay the pieces on.  There are 8 strips of brown, 16 leaves, 32 flower petals and 84 berries.  This is a wool project I have wanted to make for a long time.  I'm going on a mini-vacation and wanted to have the pieces cut out just in case......never fear, those 84 berries are going into a ziploc bag, so I don't have to cut them out again!  It sure doesn't "look" like 84 berries.

And this pic is everything I need for a good time.  I actually have all four sizes of the Karen K. Buckley applique scissors.  The serration on the blades really helps with accurate cutting.  I just love these--so much, in fact, that I keep them well hidden.  I have 'decoy' scissors in my basket on the sewing table for those occasions when the Hubs thinks he will sneak in and borrow them--like yesterday.  The wool applique needles are a "must have".  I've tried the other needles.  I will stick with these.  Carpenters say, "you are only as good as your tools".  Well, I believe the same is true for quilters.  There are just some specialty items that I find essential to getting the desired look.  There are places to scrimp and save, but cutting is not one of them!  There's nothing worse than wonky, jagged uneven cuts.  The little pink-handled scissors actually have a slight curve in the tip of the blade.  These made the little berries a dream.  The berries are approx. 1/2".  If you have ever tried cutting out those little pieces with regular scissors, you will completely understand.  All three scissors were used to cut out this project.

When I ordered Gabbie (longarm #2), I ordered new leaders for Gammie (longarm #1).  The old ones were a bit dirty and I was concerned they were sightly stretched as well.  So, when I took the old leaders off, I gave the canvas to the Hubs aka Fred Sanford.  I knew he would eventually find a use for them.  Yesterday, he sneaks into the sewing studio and grabs scissors from the decoy basket.  They were absconded to the garage, and I haven't seen them since.  I will feign irritation and demand they be returned--that's how I roll.  :)  He used the canvas this weekend to make himself a pouch (can't think of a good word to describe it) to carry wood in for the woodburner without getting dirt/bark/leaves all over the floor.  All I can say here is--FINALLY!  At least the scissors came from the decoy basket.

Last weekend, Bambino got into some briars.  Hubs, again, snuck into the sewing studio and absconded with a small pair of scissors to cut the briars out.  Alas, the decoy basket was effective in securing the safety of my good scissors.  Can you imagine if he had started going through my drawers, etc. to find something?  There could have been trouble.  He might have actually seen that my stash is "slightly" larger than he thought.  Another reason every quilter should have a decoy basket--in plain view--to avoid detection of other novel secrets!

So, there is my tip of the week.  Do with it what you will.

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Money is no object to me.....Sweetest Day

Hubs does all of our grocery shopping.  I hate shopping.  I don't care if it is for groceries, clothes, just doesn't matter.  If I need something new, I go in--grab it--and get out!  The agreement is I will cook whatever he brings home.  (As you will recall, that is how I ended up with the duck!!!!!)

So, this morning I have sent him out to the grocery store and told him that "money is no object".  We don't have enough of a 'selection' in the pantry when I stand in front of the door trying to figure out what to fix for dinner.....and it drives me crazy.  I also have a rule--everything has to have at least one backup in the cabinets.  i.e.  If we open a jar of mayo, there needs to be one in the pantry as a backup.  You may think it is a little much to expect, but remember when you were making potato salad/devilled eggs/burgers and ran out of mayo.  Well, there's my point.  What would you do if it was the toilet paper that didn't have a backup????  OK, I'm done proving my point.  Dang, I should have been a lawyer!  LOL

To change the is Sweetest Day.  Don't forget to do a little something for a sweetie in your life.  I got mine some clothes.  (You have never seen anyone who can pick out clothes and get checked out so quickly at the department store.  Again, hate the whole shopping thing.)  Do you need some ideas?  Check out this link...

Yeah, it is probably a holiday made up by candy companies and florists to get us shopping in a lull business time, but it is a good reminder to not take special people in your life for granted.

Our longarm special is still going on all month.  For more details you can go here:

Well, I am off to spend my glamourous day cleaning and then, I think I will play with some wool.  Going to cut out a Christmas project so I have something to do while we watch the football game.  I will have to put my little prim project on hold until I finish this wool table mat for Christmas.  Want to make sure I get it done in time to decorate.

Have a blessed day!

P.S.  I forgot to remind you.  Today and tomorrow are the last days for the Columbus Day (week) sale.

For more info, click here:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Longarm Special!

Christmas is creeping up on us.  Don't be a naysayer--really, we only have TEN more Saturdays until Christmas!  Can you believe it?  I feel like I was just out working in my garden.  (Really, I was!)  Are you making quilts to give this Christmas?

We have a LOT of wide backs in stock.  Why wide backs?  First, there is no labor.  You just cut off your yardage and go.  Second, it is more economical.  Three yards of wide back (108" x 108") will do up to a queen-size quilt.  That is approximately $45-48, depending on the backing you pick.  Nine yards of regular fabric that you would have to piece at $8 per yard.  Well, that is $72!!!!  The quality of wide backing is the same of the regular quilting fabrics.  I choose not to piece whenever possible.  Third, you don't have to worry about squaring up the back.  When you piece, there is always that chance that your backing won't turn out square.  Give them a try.  You won't be disappointed.

To "motivate" you to finish those tops and be ready for Christmas, we are offering a Longarm Special for the month of October.  If you haven't brought a quilt to us in the last three months, we will give you HALF OFF your batting.  (We carry the Quilters Dream products.)  Never fear, if you have brought a quilt to us in the last three months, you will still receive 25% off your batting.  Quilts can be dropped off or mailed in.  We return them via USPS Priority Mail when they are mailed in.  They are automatically tracked and insured by USPS, and we have never had a problem with them getting lost or damaged in the mail.

So, what are you waiting for?  Get those tops finished and get them in.  This offer is good for US customers only.  Turnaround time is usually 1-2 weeks.  We are taking allover quilting designs for this offer only--no custom quilting.

....and don't forget our book/pattern sale going on this week.  See yesterday's post for that.  Maybe you can find a quick Christmas pattern???

Have a blessed day!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Columbus Day Sale!

It's a SALE!  On all pattern orders received Monday through Sunday this week, receive 50% off manufacturers suggested retail price!  We change the price charged before we hit your credit card.

This offer is subject to availability, no backorders and will be given on all books/patterns in the shop.

Have a great Columbus Day week!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Girls day!

So, last weekend "M" and I made some scrubs for her to wear to work.  It was too much fun.  We just kept picking more and more fabrics we wanted to use--I cut--she sewed--and she ended up with five tops and two more that needed finished.  Here's what we accomplished:

 Yeah, so I pretty much snagged this from her FB wall.  I forgot to take pics before she left.  The orange one is bats.  Bottom left is really a light yellow fabric with the cutest paisleys.  Pink one is fabric from Peace Love Joy fabric line....and then there are the pumpkins and of course the OSU one.  Won't she be festive?

Then there is the matter of the prim quilt.  As you can see, I haven't gotten much done on it this week.  Hubs is working me like I am Amish and there has been no time for fun.  Maybe tomorrow.....

Why wait until tomorrow?  Well, today is Girls Day!  Princess Daughter, Daughter-In-Law and "Adopted" daughter are all coming out to make candles.  I have little care packages for them to take home with their candles.  Princess Daughter gets the scrubs caps and they all get some of the latest batches of soaps....Strawberry Shortcake, Red Clay Facial Soap and Black Magic.

After we are done soapmaking, we are going to the big city to go to the Italian Festival.  We will eat our way through the festival and hopefully Stella Bella and her parents are meeting us there.  I must remember to take my camera!  While us girls are having our little day together, Hubs is going with Stella Bella to pick out her own personal pumpkin.

What are YOU doing today?  Hope it is a blessed one!

Saturday, October 04, 2014

How to turn a bad day into a really good one.....

I started to write this post once before, and Hubs thought it made him look like an ogre.  So, I will give it the old girl scout try...again. He wasn't at fault, sorta.  I was having a really bad morning.  Had to fast before getting some medical tests done.  No coffee and had to get up at 5 am to go for the tests.  Forgot my insurance card, so had to drive all the way home, then back to get the blood work done.  It is now noon, and I haven't eaten since 6 pm the night before.  So, I may have been a tad *ouchy*.  After the medical tests were all done, I decided "we" would go fishing.  (Now, that's the nicest way I can put it.)

So, we loaded up the fishing gear and went to Momma's to let her know we were going out to her lake house to do some fishing.  She couldn't join us because she had to pick up our nephew from school.  After she picked him up, they moseyed (is that a word??) out to join us.  He had been fishing before, but had never caught a fish.  I got to be there for his first!

 He is such a little cutie patootie!  He is usually quiet and doesn't say a whole lot.  See how skinny that little dock is?  Well, it was just me and him....talking and fishing.  I don't get to see him much, so for me, this was just the most awesome day.
Did I mention he caught more than one fish?  He was so excited that he kept catching fish.  It was just magical.  There is nothing like a child who feels excited over an accomplishment.

 Then, there was this.  Momma is such a workaholic that she never just does nothing.  By the end of the day, she was even putting her own worms on her hook.  I've been taking her to places she has wanted to go and spending time with her doing just nothing.  With Pops being gone, I worry about her dwelling on being alone.  As you can see.....she is flourishing.  She got to spend time with her grandson doing absolutely nothing....and, of course, her awesome daughter.  My cup runneth over.  :)
 Then, there is this.  We live in a subdivision.  We have been overrun the last few days by wild turkeys!  There is an inside joke with some of my Quilters Hollow quilty friends about these guys, so I have had a great time posting their pics on Facebook.
 They came back this morning....during the SNOW.  They love the red berries growing wild along the fence row.  Between the turkeys, the snow, and the cold, I felt like I should be up making Thanksgiving dinner!  Pumpkin pie anyone??
Today, Prodigal Son and his girlfriend are here.  We will be making candles, sewing scrubs and watching the football game together.  Life is good.


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Wool....glorious wool!

The pumpkins are out.  The mums are blooming.  The leaves on the trees are starting to transform into beautiful hues of red, daffodil and rust.  Fall is here.  I love the smell of the leaves and walking through piles while they rustle under my feet.  A nice fire in the pit, with a mug of frothy cocoa....the beauty of my favorite time of year.  There is nothing like watching a good football game with some hand-stitching on your lap.

Wool is by far one of the easier mediums to practice applique.  Whether it is by hand or machine, wool is very forgiving.  For me, personally, wool projects seem to go a little quicker.  I dunno why....they just do.  Maybe it is the excitement.  Whether your tastes lean toward the more traditional or modern, there is a wool pattern out there for you.  Wool is also very easy to create your own patterns with.  Just draw out your favorite shapes and cut them out.  Easy peasy!

I've stacked a few of our wool fat quarters to show you just how beautiful they can be.

So many colors and textures to choose from.  So, for this weekend only, I am offering half-price shipping on all of our wools.  Here is the link to wools on the website.  I've left the pictures large, so you can see the actual pattern of each piece.

Don't forget to vote for us on the Chase website using your Facebook account!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Prim Progress

Have you ever heard the expression "Slow and Steady wins the race"?  Well, that's how I am feeling with my hand applique quilt.  It's coming along slowly.....

I had to fold it in half to get the clothespins to hold it to the clothesline.  Don't worry, there isn't anything else done to it, but the stems.  I haven't had the time to hand applique in quite a while.  I really enjoy it, and have forgotten just how much!

New wide backings came in.  I hope to get them uploaded to the website today or tomorrow.  I love it when customers use the wide sure helps a longarmer out.  That's why I carry so many of them.  Much easier for the quilter and the longarmer.  It's a win-win situation!

Aren't they just divine?

I purchased a bunch of new allover designs for "Gabby" (the computerized Statler) a few months ago.  I got bored and wanted to spice up my world.  Customer "K" and I put one on one of her latest quilts.  She was kind enough to e-mail a pic after it was bound.

I love the "flirtiness" of the curves.  I think I am going to have to make a quilt just to show this one off.

I have a customer coming in a bit, so I will have to catch up with you more later.  Wait until you see some of my new wools!!!!  They are great compliments to the ones I already stock.

I hate to beat an old drum, but I will.....PLEASE, OH PLEASE, go to this website and vote for me!  I'm really excited about qualifying and need all the help I can get with the voting.  I'm not even close!!!!  Share with all your friends....offer free whatever you have to a girl out!

Hey.....maybe that's what I will do.....

IF I GET THE 250 VOTES, I WILL POST A CONTEST ON MY BLOG.  I will give a quilt away--pulling the winner from the people who post a comment.  Ready----Set----Go!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sure, I "could" finish another UFO, but.....

I'm really enjoying all this hand work!  I have a basket in the studio that has projects I would like to make someday.  It is getting, well, ummmm, kind shall we say it.....FULL!  I am determined to finish one before I allow myself to put another in.  The new Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine came.  I have to leave it on the coffee table, because I am not allowed to put it in that poor basket.  ROFL  So, I pulled out one of the patterns.  I've cut out all of my freezer paper and made the background to which I will be doing all this hand applique.  Here's my start:

As you can see from the needle hanging from one of the stems, I am still a work in progress.  I'm almost done with the one I am stitching right now, and there is one last one basted.  Then, all of the stems will be done.  I sure hope the Hubs wants to watch football Thursday night!  I can sit and stitch right beside him!

Having that For Sale sign in the yard kept me from doing too much decorating.  I pulled out the fall quilts I could find and did a little decorating Monday.  Surely, you have seen them all before.

 Harvest Time is still my all-time favorite quilt.

So, that's it.  I'm pretty boring these days.  I've been longarming like mad.  Speaking of which, if you have quilts in mind for Christmas, get them to me as soon as possible.  I hate disappointing anyone, and there are only 99 days until Christmas....less than 18 Fridays!!!!!!

Also, please don't forget to vote for me on the Chase Bank Mission Main Street site.  I need 250 votes to make it to the next round, and I have the next round already licked!  $150K would put me in that building and I have been waiting way too long to get there!!!  (You do have to vote with your facebook login, but Chase bank will not share the info.)  Also, if you could share the link and encourage your quilty friends to vote for me, too....I will be forever indebted to you!


Friday, September 12, 2014

New Building....

So, I have found a new building.  To help pay for this building, I entered Chase Bank's Small Business Grant Contest.

I would really appreciate your voting for me in the contest!  You have to have a minimum 250 votes to qualify, which alone is a huge task.  The link is below.....I promise I will bring you an even better shop than I had before...if you just V O T E ! ! ! ! !  (PLEASE SHARE THIS LINK WITH YOUR FRIENDS!!!)

Thanks so much in advance!

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Falling Around.....

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year.  I love the smell of the leaves, the crisp cool air, football, apples, pumpkins....just everything associated with fall.  I have enough fall decorations to take care of an entire neighborhood.  When we lived in "Pumpkin-ville", they would even shut the whole town down for a week--just for me!  OK, so there was a big festival, but I'm pretty sure that was all about me, too!

I just have to stitch the back on this little number and it is ready for my dining room table.  I just love it.  It is a Primitive Gatherings Pattern.  I do need to buy some more needles.  I lost the one I was using and had to finish up with a cross-stitch needle.  That was a "challenge".

Now, I have to pick my next wool project.  I just love doing the hand work.  I have some quilts being dropped off and picked up today, so it won't happen today.....and I have to cut the soap I made yesterday and get it on the curing racks.

We did a show a few weeks ago in "Hippie-ville".  We had our best show ever!  Now, I need to get some more done..they want me to come back next month.  We sold out of a lot of scents and we also sold a lot of candles, especially the new wine bottle ones.

You know what they say about idle to work I go!  Blessings.......

Friday, September 05, 2014

Just humming along....

We have three little friends, who just have to fight over a good visit!

Males are territorial, so they do NOT like to share.  Between the flowers and this little feeder, I figure they will be waddling like ducks any day!  I do enjoy watching them.  When I am sitting out there, I swear they come over and squawk at me to leave them to dine in peace.

Remember these blocks?

Well, I finally did something with them.  It took a bit, but they shaped up for me into a cozy little quilt.  Still not quilted, but hey, I'm just glad the pieces and parts aren't still hanging out all over the studio!

I had to use my phone to take the pic, so it cut some of the blocks off, but at least I finally got it uploaded for you to see!  I just love scrappy.

I've gotten very little time in the studio the past few months.  At one point, I had been to six states in two weeks.  *whew*  I really didn't get any cool pics in Boston, because I didn't take the good camera.  Boston was fun.  Lots of great food.  If I go back, I will definitely have to stay longer.  There was nothing fun going on in Detroit.  I did learn something while I was there--never go to a comedy club during the week.  That's when the really bad comics get booked.  Note to self.

I've been doing a little bit of hand work in between longarming and soapmaking.  I'll try to get a pic uploaded for you tomorrow.  Another death in the family...(we just hit our "3" mark, so hopefully we are done)....will have me going into the big city tomorrow after my new fridge is delivered, so it will either be early or late when I get it loaded.  But, I do love it.  HINT:  It has to do with my favorite time of year.....

Until then.......blessings.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Be warned....LOTS of pictures!

Since we last "spoke", LOTS has been going on around here.....Stella Bella went to her first Easter Egg hunt.  As you can see by the look on her face, she did NOT like the Easter Bunny!!! Even though we showed her later that it was her uncle, she wanted no part of him while in costume.

Once we finally got her to understand the whole hunting eggs thing, she got into it--found out she LOVES chocolate.  She got mad, below, when we took the chocolate out of the eggs.

This is me holding her with the Easter Bunny standing on the other side of the bridge.  She still got upset...  It was a fun day, but she completely wore out Nana and Grandpa.  She kept wanting to go down to the creek and loved that we had to run to catch her.

I put pavers down in the greenhouse........
 I got the garden in....
 This pic is of my tomatillos.  I can't wait to make some chile verde!

And...the green beans.....

These are the lilies from Daughter-In-Laws house.  She was going to throw them away, so I plunked them in the ground.
 And, the brussel sprouts.  I go out and pull the cabbage worms off by hand.  We aren't using any chemicals.  Most of our garden was started from non-GMO seeds.
 These are the "husk cherries".  They are cherry-sized tomatillos.  Once they fill in, the outer husk will turn brown and dry.  Then, they fall to the ground.  That's how you know they are ready.  (I will have to straw them sooner than later.)  They have a flavor similar to pineapple.  This is my first year for growing them.
 Rudbekkia is going crazy!
 We lost a lot of our perennials and bushes with that strange winter.  Behind this planter was a huge butterfly bush.  Now it is a bush of weeds....need to pull them after the next rain.  See the brown-eyed susans ready to explode??
I've also been longarming my brains out.  Everyone got their graduation quilts on time.  :)  I've worked on the blocks I showed you last time, but I can't find the pic on the camera.  I will have to take a new one for you.

By the time I get back from Boston, I will need to set up shop and make my pickles!  How exciting is that??  Prodigal Son wants to see how it's done.  Princess Daughter and I will put up tomatoes and make chile verde together.  She remembers us doing it with her Grandma when she was in Middle School and wants to do it again this year.  Her Grandma passed away a few weeks ago.  Life has been full of ups and downs since we last spoke.  I sure have missed you all.  Hope you are having a fun, productive summer!


Saturday, April 05, 2014

It's the "Big" Day....

It is baby shower day!  Nephew's wife is having her baby shower today, so I can show you the giftie now.  There was an "incident" bringing it in from the car, so I will have to re-work the cake this morning before I leave, but it is still cute nonetheless.

I also got some more projects stitched out on the embroidery machine.
 I love this filigree cross.  When I stitch these out the first time, I follow the color suggestions.  I am going to stitch this one out in other colors....
 Some of these projects took HOURS to stitch out.
 The detail on this one was phenomenal!  If only you could see it in real life....
 I wasn't thrilled with Jesus' hair in this one.  Guess I will have to stitch him out again.  I wouldn't have done the lilies in grey either.
Such it is....  Well, I'm off to get a shower before the shower.  Have a blessed day!