Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Flying Geese Quilt

I've completed my Flying Geese Quilt.  It's actually been finished since mid February, but I'm just now getting around to photographing it and posting about it.  

Isn't it divine?  I haven't free-motion quilted in 4 years because I almost always have tension problems.  Nothing has changed with the machine since then that I know of.  I really wanted to free motion this one.  So I tested the machine again and it was decent.  So I went for it.

The quilting is far from perfect, but I like it that way.  Although its size made it tough to manage it was more than I expected it to be as my second attempt in 4 years at FMQ(free motion quilting).  Of course the Denyse Schmidt figure eight loops were my inspiration.  She is such a trend setter.  I used a black Aurifil thread for the quilting and it was much smoother than the Coats and Clarks quilting thread I've been buying.  I just may be hooked on Aurifil now.   

Here it is all layed out (poor photo quality - sorry).  As you can see I added some boarders to add length.  We like long throw quilts in this house.  Must expand from husband's neck to over the his toes.  

It never looks like this.  Neatly folded that is.

More like a fort.  Of course its my new favorite too.

Quilt Stats:
51" x 76"
Fabrics: Jelly Roll of Chicopee, and scraps from Greenfield Hill.
Both by Denyse Schmidt

You may barely notice my two new photos above the mantel.  They are new, and dreamy.  I'm finally at peace with my mantel set up.  I got them from here


Friday, March 14, 2014

Little Man Cuddle Quilt

My son has been asking me for a quilt for a while.  A soft quilt, meaning plush.  My girl friend, Christine Adolph gave me a stash of her line from a couple years ago.  Its was perfect for him.  Skateboards and BMX bikes.    

I cut 6" squares and quilted it in the ditch.  Quilting minky fabric was a first for me, but it was quite easy.  I love these boy colors.  The rust orange marble is my favorite.  

He picked out the back. 

Which happens to match our vintage chairs perfectly.  Wonder if he thought of that when he chose that color?

I sewed as quickly as possible and now he enjoys it daily.  Don't mind the messy pink hair.  It was crazy hair day today;D

Monday, February 3, 2014


It may seam pretty quiet around here, but I assure you it hasn't been.

I managed to finish some table linens.  My dear friend and neighbor shared this fun ikea fabric with me she didn't end up using and it was perfect for this project.  

I've been a quilting away on the never ending swoon quilt.  Although I am enjoying the peaceful act of hand stitching, I'm getting a little 'over it.'  Still I will persevere.  I love thinking of how the Amish women have ultimate patience when it comes to quilting, but I do envy the whole group quilting effort.  Community like that isn't easy to find around here.

I ordered myself a couple Amish related books recently and am really enjoying the first which is called Money Secrets of the Amish - by Lorilee Craker.  Its a study on some of the Amish money habits that keep them out of debt, living simply, and being content.  Its pretty meaty and is helping challenge me in my spending habits.  I caught my husband reading it the other night, and he even loved it.  I've found that nothing says "I love and respect you, dear husband"; than truly appreciating his hard earned money by managing it wisely.  

The second book, which I'm looking forward to next is Amish Values for Your Family - by Suzanne Woods Fisher.  Another thing I admire about the Amish is their tight family relations and strong values.  

Back to conquering the 2014 List.


Friday, January 31, 2014

New List :: Finally!

The 2014 goal list has begun much like the last list, but with many things crossed off and a few added in.


  1. Celebrate 10 years of marriage!
  2. Simplify
  3. Camping
  4. Bible Study
  5. Walk/Run Beach Trail


  1. Amish inspired quilts
  2. Skirts
  3. Finish WIPs from last year


  1. Refinish/Paint children's table & chair set
  2. Furnish outdoor patio
  3. Polish Silver Flatware
  4. New dishes?

I've already begun a few items, because I'm just itching to get started.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Road 2 California Quilt Show

This was my 3rd year attending the Road to Cali quilt show, but it the first where I had an agenda.  Usually I'm just going to for the quick fix of quilt fabric and inspiration.  But this year I wanted to try out a new machine.  Rachel at Stitched in Color has talked me into my next machine, so I guess I needed to go and try it out.  Its the Juki TL2010Q.  And I lucked out because it was the second booth, on the first asle and no one was sitting at it.  It was a dream to use.   So when I'm ready, I'll be getting it and working on my free-motion techniques.

The other high light that made me super happy was this collection of quilts from the recently release book Amish Quilts - The Adventure Continues: Featuring 21 Projects from Traditional to Modern by Lynn Koolish 


My Mama & Me
It truly was a fabulous day!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Happy New Year!

Hope you had a wonderful holiday season.  We did.  I even got some sewing done.  Its only taken me a few days to get back into the swing of things.  With the kid back in school my mind is rapidly processing the endless possiblities of how I will fill my time up.  Ahhh... if only I could do it all, right?!

Well with the new year comes new goals.  I was reviewing last years post NEW and was surprisingly proud of myself.  Of course, shortly after that post we found out we had to move, but that only thwarted a couple items off the list.  Since I did so well with my goal setting, a new list is brewing for 2014.  I'll be sharing that soon enough.  

Until then, please visit my shop.  I've got a DESTASH Sale going on until the end of January.  

Fat Quarters  -  Half Yards  -  Yardage  -  OOP

Use coupon code: STASH14 for an extra 25% off already great prices!

Talk to you soon!


Friday, December 13, 2013

Time Out

Wow its been awhile since I sat down at my sewing machine. I've spent most of my free time hand quilting my swoon quilt.

Although it will certainly be some time before she is complete, I'm enjoying the process. Did I just call my quilt 'she'? Isn't it funny how we do that?

Today a stack of blocks that have been sitting neatly at my sewing table began calling me.

And so another quilt top was born. I'll just put it on top of the other top. I'm having quilter's block:: the lack of a quilting plan. You can read more about this flying geese quilt in this post.

I have no idea when I'll be back here to share more being that we are smack dab in the middle of the holidays, so Merry Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by.