Friday, March 29, 2013

Quilts I am privileged to quilt for clients. This one took forever but I had a blast doing the quilting.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Longarm machine maintenance: Go to local home improvement store, purchase tons of emery cloth, cut off little tiny strips, sand the heck out of the edges and inside curves of 2 thread guides and one face/needle plate. Re-thread Nikki for the umpteenth time!!! Resume stitching. Who would have guessed that thread could cut grooves into metal guides! Watch and enjoy as thread no longer shreds and breaks every 2 flipping inches! Heaven! lol
Pebbles take forever, but love the look!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Client quilts I'm privileged to quilt. The back.
The front.

Monday, April 16, 2012

QOV, off the frame, April 15, 2012

QOV Quilt of Valor off the frame. Oh, btw, did I say I was having fun with feathers? lol
Feathers, Es and Ls.
The front.
The Back.
Closeup of ruler work and feather stippling.
Feathers, Es, & Ls.
Border treatments.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Free Motion Challenge on the Domestic Sewing Machine

The March challenge has us adding background fillers to our projects. The swirlies and curlies sure made the feathers pop! Now these need to be bound. I wonder if I could sell these as Mug Rugs at next year's Fiber Art Show? — in Pahrump, Nevada.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

QOV (Quilt of Valor) With Feathers

I've been lovin' me some feathers.
QOV (Quilt of Valor) Charity Quilt.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Off The Frame: Charity Quilt, March 2, 2012

Funny Story

Part I:

This weekend, my used-to-be favorite automobile salesman said to me that
quilts were just a bunch of rags. I'm going to print out this picture of
the quilt that my guild raffled off yesterday. We raise money from our
Opportunity quilt raffles to help defray costs of our local arts council,
PAC, or Pahrump Arts Council. This quilt was appraised this weekend for
$6,000.00, and we raised more than $6,000.00 in ticket sales. A lucky gal
from Las Vegas won it, two matching pillow shams, and a custom-made wooden
quilt rack. I think that the many hands that worked on this quilt made a
very pretty "rag," don't you?

You do not have to belong to FaceBook to view the picture.

Next year's quilt has been appraised at $8,000.00.


Part II

When I showed my salesman the picture of the quilt his comment was, "Whoa!
That is no rag!" I've bought all my vehicles from this dealership.
Maybe it's time my newly-artsy-educated, and-again-favorite salesman, and
his compadres, are invited to patronize our quilt show. :)


Part III, Et Finale

Well, it turns out that the joke may have been almost entirely on me. But,
I'm okay with that. There is no need to further "educate" or "inform" my
favorite automobile salesman on the art of quilting. When I relayed my
story at my quilt guild meeting this past Thursday, about what he'd said
and the picture I took in to show him, one of our more prolific quilters,
Mary, stood up in response to my story and informed us all that this
salesman is her son-in-law. Seems as if he was pulling my leg from the
get-go. What a good laugh we all had! Mary makes some beautiful quilts and
makes them often, and my salesman knows very well what she does, and he
turned a bit red and then had a very sheepish grin on his face this morning
when I confronted him (in a friendly manner!) and challenged his use of the
word, "rags," and told him that Mary and I had "outed" him at the meeting.
rofl! But, he's okay with that.

You don't have to belong to Facebook to view the picture.

One of Mary's quilts.


Saturday, February 11, 2012

February's domestic sewing machine free motion quilting challenge: feathers.
My project: feathered pot holders.
Glow in the dark thread.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

January 2012 FMQ Challenge, leaves, FMQ on my domestic sewing machine.

2012 Free Motion Quilt Challenge

Would you like to learn how to do better FMQ on your home domestic sewing machine? Check it out! :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Don't Discard That Leftover Bobbin Thread

Tip of the day: At the end of any given sewing project, if we find that we have leftover, partially-full bobbins, don't unwind or discard the last of that thread. Place really small hair bands around the bobbin to hold the thread in place for the next project. Or, use Bobbin Savers. The bobbins are held in place (no more chasing them across the floor!) ready for use with the next scrappy piecing project, sew on a binding, or in the next applique project. Don't do applique? I bed you know someone who does. I love saving my bobbins in Bobbin Savers. They are flexible, making it easy to pop the bobbins in and out. I arrange my leftover bobbins in color wheel order for my applique projects. Bobbin Savers make great gifts, too, as they come in blue, lavender, and red.

Jhittle company online wholesale sewing supplies for Bobbin Savers:

Really small hair bands:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Got one ready to load. Can't tell. It's a surprise. Gotta wait for a reveal. :)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Off The Frame: Client Quilt. September 28, 2011

Oops on the thread nest. I'll have to fix that before handing the quilt back to my client.

Monday, September 19, 2011