Good Things Do Come To Those That Wait!


At times it is so easy to just “get” something by never leaving our homes. We search on the net, bid on, or order something. With very little effort it arrives at out door. We of course most often pay the price for this instant gratification!

I collect vintage sewing machines… and generally I am pretty specific about what it is I acquire and bring into the fold. I don’t simply buy something because it is a deal OR even accept someone’s Grandmother’s machine. I have only so much space, time and desire for machines. What I own, I do try to use. Disclaimer*** I own a couple of treadles and have yet to work on them or use them. I most certainly want to! Guess I am intimidated a bit by a different type of bobbin/shuttle. Silly yes! I do keep all of my electric machines cleaned and oiled and try to rotate them into use.

A couple of my machines…

I have had a couple of machines on my radar… one of them being a White Singer Featherweight. I would love a 222 Featherweight, but recognize that it might never happen. So, my husband had been scouring Craigslist and E-bay to find the right machine. He would come to me with what he thought might be a “deal”. I on the other hand wanted a “DEAL”! A bargain. I am not looking to resell it and make a profit. So, I would say no and tell him it would happen. I do so appreciate his enabling…

And so, as I sat at my desk at the office one day, I see a text message pop up from an old friend. A friend who would quickly tell you that she does not like to sew at all. She will only do this out of necessity. She was at a rummage sale. There was a large machine for $50, and a small one for $25. Was I interested??? I could not call her fast enough to say BUY IT! Buy the little white machine!! This was the deal! It happened! She did not even know that this was something I was looking for!

We made the trek about 3 hours north to pick up this little beauty, not knowing if she even worked. I didn’t question that if she didn’t work, that we would make it happen. The extension table on the left was a little bent and did not want to fold up and down easily. The cord was in in great shape, so we plugged it in, and yes!! Light and Motor worked! There was a rattle… that we would troubleshoot later.

The side table was fixed, and so now, she is cleaned and oiled and ready to piece a quilt!! A Happy girl here! And so grateful for those who enable my love for these vintage beauties!

Can’t wait to get this stitching!!




Quartered Stripes Quilts!


At a recent quilt guild meeting, we got to see many examples and a demo on these types of quilts. Simple really. Pick out a striped fabric you like and get to cutting and assembling.

This is a pretty quick sew and fun to see the results! 1.25 yards and perhaps a border will do a nice baby quilt. I had 3.5 yards and did a throw.

At guild, they were cutting the squares based on the pattern repeat of the fabric. I went another route and cut my squares based on this tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company. There are pluses to each technique and both have great results.

Below are a couple of shots of the original fabric and how it came together.


I did come back and add the giraffe border fabric also. It was a nice finishing touch.

I had shared the tutorial with my niece, and her daughter went to town making this.. Just a couple of hours in… She picked a perfect stripe for this! Dynamic!

and Luanne started this one… and was not liking it. I on the other hand did. She was going to relegate it to a “someday” pile. Last Saturday I just put it together as I like hers better than mine!!


Perhaps she will share a finished shot with us??????

Looking for a quick sew? This is it!



A Weekend of Many Treats!


As we check another year off of the calendar, we sometimes realized that life is not getting longer, but going the other direction!

What’s a girl to do? Eat dessert!

I brought treats for my coworkers on Friday. I was inspired by a display at the World Market to do so. A nostalgic display of Candy!! Mary Janes, Mike and Ikes, Lemonheads, Boston Baked Beans, Licorice, Cracker Jack, Chuckles, Red Hots and more! I loaded up my cart with some of these goodies and created a little Treat Bar at the office. Some were strong willed and resisted, while others returned a few times for treats!

An amazing lunch with Debbie T, meant Crème Brule for dessert, complete with a candle. Then in the evening my long awaited and anticipated Frozen Yogurt with Boba!

A Sweet Day! I generally don’t take pictures of food… but how awesome was all of that?

More Sewing on Saturday with my girl who actually nearly completed 3 pillows. This cute little one was made using the Disappearing Nine Patch method. I started her out with cutting squares and sewing them together to form her nine patch. Then we pulled up the tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company… and watched her gasped when they cut up what they had just sewn!! She cut, arranged and stitched it all back together for a cute, wee little pillow!

All good!!


My Time Has Come


Have you ever wanted something so much you dream about it, think about it during the day, and pretty much obsess about it?  That pretty much describes me and my dreams of a new sewing machine.  For the past 2 1/2 years I have been saving and dreaming of this new machine.  I got a flier and would look at it, I even visited it at the store.  Well, last week she came home.  I am so totally thrilled.  Let me introduce her to you.  She is an Elna Excellence 780 and she is simply awesome.

The picture just doesn’t do her justice.  I purchased her at a shop in Racine, Wisconsin called Sew N Save.  It is a wonderful shop, having machines on one side and a delightful quilt shop on the other.  The owner Jim seems to know most everyone by name and he really knows his machines.  He sells and services both Janine and Elna machines and was great to work with.  I’ll be taking a class on getting the most out of my machine soon and I can’t wait.  So now I need to start spending lots of time with this new machine I affectionately named Sassy.  Let the fun begin!


A Sewing Saturday


Ya see, my girl.. she paints and she is creative. She has never really had the desire to sew much of anything… until now!

And then.. she decided to make some new pillows for her couch. So, off we went to the fabric store where we found some great prices for batiks…

My daughter then joined a group of quilters and sewers on Saturday where she got busy sewing on the pillows.

All of this does a mother’s heart good! It was great to see the spark  and interest in sewing come alive when she made great accomplishments.

And in between helping with pillows, I was working on my layout for a scrap quilt. I have started to assemble the rows, and am adding a dark blue sashing in between.  At some point, this quilt will be on my docket for the UFO Challenge I am in. As it is furthest from being completed, I need to get cracking!

As of now, this quilt (shown only at the beginning stage here) needs to make it’s way to the longarm… this month!!

Till next time!


Holy cow! It’s May!


I just glanced at when a fresh post hit this site! March 30! Lots of quilting and living in the weeks past! So, I will post some pictures and catch up from where I left off.

I headed to California to meet the cute wee one. She is content and beautiful!

So, I had kind of left off here;

And from there I had added the applique I had drawn out. A bit of fantasy with a hot air balloon and an elephant on the colorful background.

This grandma got a bit carried away with the size of the quilt!! Finding the baby girl is like playing “where’s Waldo”! As her dad said, this way it will last longer, she can grow into it.

I did however also have another quilt I had started. I didn’t really have a next step in mind for it. It was a great place to stop! It was done. It made a very bright and colorful baby quilt. It is also much smaller in size!

Nothing better than a baby snuggled up!



Scrapping Continues


This bin….


Hasn’t gone down very much! I have made 50  six inch squares with scraps and the bin doesn’t even look like it has been touched!! I posted about this just the other day here… I used this book

by Judy Gauthier of Bungalow Quilts as my inspiration, along with the associated templates.

The good thing about making up a quilt as you go is that you can decide when you have done enough of  something.

I have no set size in mind for this quilt. It could end up as a throw, or perhaps bigger. 50 squares was enough for me. Now I have gone back and am adding another row of neutrals in whites and off whites to border each square. So, I started by putting together scraps, then cut into 4 1/2″ squares using my template. Again from scraps, I cut 2 – 3 1/2″ squares which were then cut diagonally and sewn on around the original block. Those squares end up at about 6 inches. Now, I am taking a variety of neutrals and have cut out 100 4 1/2″ blocks. Cut diagonally. Now I am sewing these around the 6″ blocks.

Will this be too stark for me? Maybe. I may have to border this with either a busy border, or a pieced border. Time and my mood will tell.

Next week a very special and very little girl and I will meet. I will have something special to greet her with… this was the beginning of it…

Just a sneak peek for now…



Of babies, technology, scraps and such…


This Little Bit of Cuteness came into the world a week ago!

My newest Granddaughter! She is already home and I can’t wait to go and visit her!! Of course there is a quilt for her.. but that will be a story for next week.  I have been busy getting ready to meet this cutie!!

Technology… has kicked my butt this week! computers, ipods, external hard drives and more… Three trips have been made to the Apple Store! Old computer… still good, just had a software issue. New ipod… struggle to get the old music all added. Ya see, like most people before everything was downloaded… we bought CD’s. All of that was added to the original computer and then ipod. Well.. that will not just transfer over. That brings in an external hard drive that things were backed up on to, but the computer won’t recognize it.. Sunday was a full day of that! And I still don’t have things solved. Big sigh… When you mention the word CD or DVD.. the people at the Apple Store look at you as if you have a third eye! Really! I had an issue where my CD of pdfs for quilting patterns was stuck in the computer I could not start, and when I told the technician at the store of this.. she tried to tell me that all patterns were now downloadable and hadn’t I ever heard of Etsy? Nope, just looked, the patterns I had stuck in the CD/DVD drive are still sent out on a CD! I could go on about arrogance and ageism…

Stress relief… After a good part of a day spent doing the above, I needed therapy. For me, that means this..

Scraps! Scraps! and More Scraps!

An overflowing scrap bin!!

Step One: Just start sewing scraps together! No rhyme or reason… just sew! I don’t tend to think too much at all about the colors I am sewing together, I tend to use like sizes of scraps. I chain sew a few pieces together, then add more to each section until I have a size that will accommodate my template

Step Two: Find a template and start cutting out a desired shape. Try the template on the piece in various directions. Wonky is good especially if most of your sewn scraps are straight pieces. Cut it out, and use any remaining pieces that are a decent size back in Step One.

Step Three: Unify! All the colors and patterns sometimes need to be reeled in. I took larger scraps to cut 1/2 square triangles and surrounded the piece I had cut out using the template.

Here’s what I have so far:

For my template: I used a small book and templates by Judy Gauthier of Bungalow Quilts in Ripon, Wisconsin. She has a scrap system for making quilts based on her 3 1/2″, 4 1/2″, and 5 1/2″ templates. Her book has a wealth of information, and her templates are also available for purchase.

Where do I go from here with these? My plan is to then go into my stash, as my scrap bin no longer works for what I will need. I will look for something that has 2 to 3 yards, and will either find a pattern that calls out to me, or go with a solid. A sea of dots would work, nothing that is too direction specific. OR, I could use a scrappy light background. I will most likely add another round of 1/2 square triangles around each block that are all cut from this one fabric.

Till Later!







A Promise of Spring…


We spotted this big robin the other day…

Makes me think of getting ready to plant things and get back to doing some outside projects!

Things were busy last fall with outside projects. But once winter weather set in, progress stopped.

Paint will be picked out, columns will be installed, landscaping and container vegetable gardens to plant…

And perhaps there will be some work done on the She Shed.. I hope so..

Fun to think ahead to warmer days…

Enjoy the day, and plan for spring!


Plenty Going On!


There is always plenty going on in my world… never dull for sure! The husband and I have a routine every morning.. Early risers we are! Alarms generally start going off at 4 a.m. The two of us make the bed – pulling back the sheets and 2 quilts that keep us warm all night. Every time we go in to work together, this is our practice. The bed had never been left unmade by the two of us when we have left the house for work in the 14 years we have been in our home.

So, we have been busy, and perhaps a bit more tired than usual. But, neither one of us heard alarm clocks this morning! 5 minutes after we were supposed to leave the house is when we woke up! Yikes. We have never done this before!

Crumpled quilts will be waiting for us! They did not get pulled up into place! These pillows did not get put up on the bed:

The pillows were a recent finish that came mostly from the scrap bin!

The good news is that we managed to get ourselves together, gather lunches and feed the animals before leaving. And, nobody was late!

Last Saturday there was a last minute trip to Racine to the Sew n’ Save. Luanne had something to pick up, and I most readily agreed to go along when she asked.  A few treasures came home to live in my stash. Necessary? Not so much! Do I have a plan for them? Absolutely not!

Then there was this cute block to hold my Clover Thread Cutter –

And a pin for my collection..


Here’s to lots of coffee today!