Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Deadline Met

I met my deadline, with a little help from my friend and customer, Janice. She gave me permission to finish her quilt in January. Thank you, Janice!

Motorcycle Dude and I are off to California tomorrow to spend Christmas with our kids and grandkids. If I don't have a chance to post before, have a very Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 18, 2011


Six quilts down, six more to go before the morning of the 22nd. No time for anything but quilting. Thanks goodness the Christmas shopping is done. Sleep is highly overrated.

Monday, December 12, 2011

I Won!

Pat Sloan has been giving away treats, and I won! She sent me a charm pack by 3 Sisters. How cool is that? I will have to begin researching some patterns that use charm packs.

I never win, and now I've won the honeybun at the longarm guild and this charm pack from Pat. I guess I can't say I never win anymore, can I?

Design Wall

I've been working with some pre-cuts. At the longarm guild meeting I won a honeybun of Christmas fabrics. I got the crazy notion to make a Christmas quilt, for this year! I visited Moda Bake Shop, because they have great designs using pre-cuts. I typed in honeybun in the search engine, and up popped Counting by Fives. Perfect! Quick, easy, and best of all I would only have to buy backing fabric.

 Here is my version. It's a flimsy. The only problem now, is getting it quilted. Hmmm, just a little snag, right?

Thursday, December 1, 2011


I don't like mending. I never have. When I was young and my mother learned that I liked to sew she gave me anything that needed mending or altering. My mother didn't sew at all. Not even loose buttons. That was always my job. But, that doesn't tell you why I dislike it.

First, I don't really know what I'm doing, unless it's sewing on a button. Second, I'm not very good at it. It never looks like new. You want evidence?

This is my most recent mending attempt. Not pretty, but effective.

Why mend a dog toy? Because, they are expensive! Snowman Wubba was $10.50. I noticed this
morning that his head was held on by just a few threads, and
we bought him just two weeks ago.  Out came the buttonhole twist. You know, like in Beatrix Potter's "The Tailor of Gloucester." That was the easiest part. I had to find a needle that had an eye large enough to handle the thread. It felt like a railroad spike after working with a straw needle for Dear Jane.

I stitched all the way around Wubba's head on both sides of the neck band. Hopefully, Ginger (AKA, Bad Dog) won't undo my mending and decapitate Snowman Wubba too quickly.