Monthly Archives: July 2015

Intimidated By a Big change…


wpid-20150726_143843.jpgSometimes we find Change happening around us, good and bad and also amazing!
There has been a huge change/addition in my world. What’s a girl to do when this happens? Yep. ..clean!

My very dear husband researched and sought out a longarm quilting machine for me us. He says he is not interested in quilting on it, but I am not convinced! I had hoped that someday I might own one, but never dreamed it would be anytime soon. After a lot of his making phone calls, e-mailing and so on, we went to look at a machine which I test drove. The seller loved this machine and took great care of it. She had however moved onto a computerized model. We set up a date for pick up and in the meantime discussed and prepared for transport. This is no small feat!


A successful hour and a half trip home! We unloaded everything and put it in place in the basement where we have a finished room. That is with the exception of the 14 foot table. Too heavy and large for the two of us to handle. That had to wait until we had some extra strength. After we had 2 additional bodies to help out, removed a door and a railing on the stairway, there was a sigh of relief that this fit!

She was quickly set up and leveled. It was my goal over the weekend to test drive and practice on this machine. I did get as far as oiling her. Quite honestly, this is all a bit overwhelming and intimidating. I even went to a local Ben Franklin and hit the clearance table for some clearance cotton to practice on. Got a deal on some fabric at $2.00 a yard.

Seeing as how the locale for this addition is in the basement, which is not used often, I felt as though some cleaning, sorting and mopping were in order.  I am almost done with that!  Additionally, we hooked up the dehumidifier so that we no longer needed to remember to empty, but that it could drain. Need to protect the investment right?


Hoping to report very soon about my progress in getting this up and running! Just need to put the fears aside!wpid-20150726_143815.jpg

Very grateful to the dear person who made this possible!


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A Special Sunday!



This last Sunday was a special day for me. It was the first time I have ever exhibited any of my quilting anywhere!

Fiber Arts Biennale is the current Exhibit at the Wisconsin Quilt Museum. Two of the quilts I have made and shown here are now hanging in this exhibit until October 18th.

It was very special to see my quilts hanging with so many other beautiful works, but also in this wonderful barn setting. It is a gorgeous facility.

I was there with loved ones who cheer me on – my supportive husband Frank, beautiful daughter Tori and dear friends Luanne and Debbie. Thank you!

So here in photos are highlights of the reception on Sunday. There was a wonderful turn out of artists and guests.







It was great fun to be in this space and see all the other works. Here are a few shots:


And then there was this work… wpid-20150719_124131.jpg

And this guy trying to figure it out…wpid-20150719_124204.jpg

Pleased as punch to be able to participate in this exhibit!


When Life Gives You Scraps…


Sort them!

Not too long ago I attended a small, local flea market. I am always a sucker for quilting scraps! While they are someone else’s leftovers, they are a whole boat load of possibilities to me!

So this box called out to me….


Looking at the labeling on the box, it held out all kinds of promise!!

On the very top of the box were these two lovely little blocks calling out to me.

wpid-20150706_194108.jpgBeckoning me over to investigate. Were just the blocks for sale? or even better the whole kit and caboodle. Upon further investigation, yes, the whole box of scrappy goodness could be mine.

And this is what I sorted through:


Now, all sorted and put away in their proper place. Looks like there is a scrap quilt in my future!

Hoping someday to post what becomes of that box of possibilities!


Letting Go


I am learning to let go.  Last night my son’s fiancé came over to work on a quilt she is making.  She is new to the quilt world and I am really enjoying working with her.  As I prepare to to let my son go and start his new life with this young woman, I am given the gift of creating a wonderful relationship with her.  Emily chose to make a t-shirt quilt using t-shirts she had saved from high school.  image

We backed the shirts with a very light weight interfacing and just cut out different sized pieces.  She laid them out in an arrangement she liked and started auditioning fabrics she had chosen from my stash.  I love the fact that she wanted many different fabrics as I adore scrap quilts. Then came the next big letting go moment for me.  I am a pattern person.  To me there is safety in a pattern, you follow it closely and you end up with a beautiful quilt.  Pam has worked at encouraging me to let go a bit and let my quilts go where they want to.  In that light, Emily and I just started putting the quilt together not thinking too far ahead.  Each “roadblock” would become a design decision.  Emily was excited to get a few blocks together by the end of our evening of quilting.image

She also started to sew on my machine, a new thing for her.  It looks like this letting go thing, both of my son, and my quilting “rules”, is going to turn out wonderful.



Celebrating the 4th of July


Can you believe it is already just about the 4th of July?  The summer seems to speed by so rapidly. I’d like to slow down time right now as I thoroughly enjoy the summer.

I thought I would take this time to share a few of quilts that remind me of the 4th of July. image

This first quilt I made for my son many years ago.  He requested a patriotic quilt and really loved all the flags.  Yesterday I came into the living room to find it displayed on the back of the couch as he wanted to decorate for the 4th.

This next quilt was made during a trip to the international quilt show in Rosemont, IL a few years back.  I attended this show with a few friends every year.  We always brought our machines and would pick out a project to work on during the evenings in our hotel room.  This was the project I chose and the top was finished before we went home.  Of course, like many of my projects it is still just a top waiting to be quilted.image

This last quilt was the result of a strip swap I participated in at my local quilt shop.  I love swaps among friends.  As you look at the finished quilt, different fabrics remind you of your friends, all while giving you a lot of variety.image

While it is not patriotic, it is certainly a quilt that celebrates summer.

I may not take as much time to quilt during the summer, but I still love being surrounded by my summer quilts.  I may just grab one of the finished quilts to wrap up in out by the campfire tonight as we start our 4th of July celebrations.