Monday, August 31, 2015

Back to Reality (sigh)

I haven't had time for quilting or blogging or just about anything else for the last several weeks because I've been a few miles away from home...actually, a few thousand miles from home, with no access to a sewing machine and almost no access to the internet.

My husband and son and I took a fabulous Western Mediterranean cruise to belatedly celebrate our son's 2014 college graduation and my husband's and my 25th wedding anniversary (also in 2014). We had a lovely time enjoying Barcelona, Naples, Pompeii, the Amalfi coast of Italy, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Monaco/Monte Carlo, and Mallorca. Fabulous food, drink, art, and scenery.

And although I didn't have access to the usual ordinary daily stuff at home, as you can tell from the photo, I had plenty of access to gelato!

Now it's time to get back to needle and thread!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Great Tool

I love, love, love this little travel iron for when I have to go somewhere away from home to sew. It's compact (the handle folds down) and heats up very nicely. Great for working out on the deck, too. It's a Black and Decker Travel Pro that I bought many years ago.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

"Fun Is Good" -- Dr. Seuss

In honor of the new Dr. Seuss book that was released this week, I finished another Dr. Seuss quilt.

I've lost count of the number of Dr. Seuss quilts that I've made over the last several years; I believe this is number 5. Most of them have gone to local fundraising events for libraries and teen book clubs, and now this one goes to the grandchild of a friend who is very involved with our local library.

The pattern is my all-time favorite quick quilt, Quick Strippie, graciously provided free to quilters by Mary on

Here's a closeup of the easy meandering quilting and the fun fabric...

Thursday, July 23, 2015

She's Home!

My version of the Jane Stickle quilt is finally home after traveling to a few U.S. quilt shows over the last year, including the International Quilt Festival in Houston. As much as I loved having my quilt on display for others to see, it feels really good to have it back on my wall again. Sometimes I look at it and wonder, what the heck ever possessed me to make this? All I know is that I never would have been able to complete it without the support of my local quilting friends and the support of my readers in cyberspace. Thank you all!

I am very impressed with how my quilt was packaged for her trip home...

It might be hard to see in the photo, but the note says "Packed with tender love and care and white-gloved", and then signed by those who handled it. There was acid-free paper rolled up inside the quilt to prevent creases, and then it was all packed in acid free paper and a heavy-duty plastic bag, inside a sturdy box.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Straight From the Heart

Finished just in time for a quilt show deadline. This one's a big one -- about 77 inches square.

Soon after I first put the squares up on my design wall in March, I found a mug to match!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Binding, Binding, Binding

I've now finished the quilting on my current project, so now I have miles and miles of binding to sew on in time for Monday's deadline. Thank goodness for Netflix!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Quilting, Quilting, Quilting

There's nothing like a deadline to motivate me to finish the quilting on my current project. This big quilt needs to be ready to photograph (binding and all) by Monday morning if I want to enter it in an upcoming show this September.