Sunday, December 6, 2009


My husband didn't notice that the first serger turned into another serger, .....They do look alike don't they, he came into the sewing room and saw me working, .......phew.......he didn't say a thing.....I am SO bad.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Another new Serger

I took the Imagine back and got the Evolution! The Imagine is a fantastic machine, but it doesn't have the coverstitch that I have always wanted. This is probably the last serger that I will have in my life so I might as well make it top of the line.

I was happy when my daughter told me she wanted to learn to sew. Well, it is about time!! I think I will give her my old serger which is about 25 years old.

Today I made a knit shirt but it didn't turn out quite as good as the last one. The material is so fine and I have gained 10 lbs. It probably will look much better on my daughter, so Merry Christmas Amy.

I did spend 30 minutes on the treadmill today.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Baby Lock Serger

I got a new toy. I took out my 25 year old serger and it just couldn't serge on the fine interlock fabric that I bought. I spent 2 hours trying to fix the tension and it just wasn't working. I did some investigation on sergers and asked my Bernina Yahoo group about their preferences and the winner was Baby Lock without a doubt. I went to the store and the 2 sergers that I was interested in were the Imagine and the Evolution. The Imagine is a 4-thread, and the Evolution is up to a 8-thread. I took home the Imagine but the Evolution is playing with my head. All for one stitch which is the Cover/Chain Stitch. Does anyone have any opinions on either of these machines?

It sews like a dream without any tension changes. I don't know how it does it but you can go from thick fabric to very thin fabric and it does it perfectly. And to thread this serger is something else, it threads by 'jet-air'. Now that's unbelievable. The ladies at the store say that they serge when they quilt. I can't quite imagine that.......

The most amazing thing that I heard this week was that my daughter is just a tiny bit interested in learning to sew. She saw some 'arm warmers' that she thought were so cute. When she visits for Christmas, I will have to show her how easy those are to make on a serger! I can't wait to see her.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sewing Machine Cover

This little project took me forever, because I just kept playing with which embroidery design I would use. I put a different one on each side. The embroidery was fun, but putting it together turned out to be a pain because I used clothesline for the piping and those upper corners were tough. I changed the foot on my machine to a #70 and that made all the difference.

My quilting is on hold as I keep finding other projects to do. Yesterday I made a twisted turtleneck tunic!!! I haven't made clothes since I was pregnant and that was quite awhile ago. I made it really quick and it turned out pretty cute. I wore it yesterday with skinny jeans and some boots and the men in the house were quite impressed. The picture isn't too great, the wind was blowing and it was freezing outside. I think I will be making more clothing, it was fun.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Step Two in the flea market fancy giveaway

Not much blogging lately huh? Work has been extremely busy and I just get home and sleep. I now have 4 days off. I have been doing some sewing, trying to finish a sewing machine cover, it's almost finished. Hopefully will post a picture tomorrow? I'll try anyway.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sleepless in Seattle

It's one of those nights and I can not sleep. I took a headache pill, which can make me drowsy, but it hasn't started working yet. I am reading quilting blogs and decided to write on my own.

My sister called me today and is looking at a new sewing machine. She doesn't even sew. The saleslady is trying to sell her the Bernina 440QE. This is a really nice machine, a bit over her head, but she called me to get my opinion on the price, etc. I hope she gets it, she deserves something nice for herself. She is interested in learning to quilt. The machine is selling for $2899 brand new from a dealer. Not a bad price for that machine. Something tells me that she won't spend that much!

I did some playing with the embroidery on my machine. My next project is going to be a sewing machine cover. My old machine had a hard plastic cover that was easy to put on, but this machine came with a soft case that I would only use if I was taking it someplace or putting in a closet and since my machine sits out on a table, it needs a cover.

My nephew is having a baby and I just bought some embroidery designs that are so cute. I can't wait to make something. A bib would be something quick and fun. One of the designs says "big brother", I could make that for Jakob who will be a big brother in about 6 months :) Here is a picture of my little sweetie that I never get to see because he is 200 miles away.
This was at his Grandma's house, the toy is one of his daddy's from 30 years ago. I can't find any better pictures than this one. I hope to see him soon. He lives on the other side of the mountains.

It's a good thing that daylight savings starts tonight, at least I get another hour to sleep. It is now nearly 2am, which means it is really now 1am. That doesn't sound nearly so bad.

I am buying embroidery thread online. I heard about this site that sells Isacord 1000m for just $3.15. I pay that at JoAnn's for Sulky and it only has 225m(250 yards) on it. Husbands don't know that you can easily spend $100 on thread. You agree that they don't need to know those things right?

I need to get up in 6 hours to go to church...... I really must get some sleep......I put a really comfty chair in my sewing room that I am sitting in right now. I find myself spending all my time in this room, big tv, nice sewing machine, everything I need......

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


If you look closely, you will be able to see that there is a dog carved in this pumpkin. Can you see it? It's a Golden Retriever......This was made by my husband, the artist.

Here is a real picture of Murph, he isn't posing for the pumpkin on this shot. But he does like to pose. Wish I could stay home with him, but it's off to work for me.

Monday, October 26, 2009


Have you received your H1N1 shot or intranasal vaccine? I encourage everyone to get it. There are several of my nurses that are refusing but after having a few deaths in my hospital on healthy low-risk patients, I am ready to get mine. Although we are short on our supply, I will get mine as soon as I am able. I work at a major trauma hospital and I am surprised that even we are not able to receive enough vaccines. Age 2- 49 get the intranasal and over 50 get the shot.

The Christmas season will soon be here and I am starting to make some Christmas gifts, here is a start of one. Not sure what it is going to be : ) A pillow? A potholder? A pocket on an apron?

We are still working on finishing up the sewing room and also the guest bedroom. It has taken up a few weekends now and I am ready to get that over with. Spending lots of money on things I don't want to be spending money on. Like closets. I am wanting to buy some of the new Amy Butler fabric!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

My Sewing Room is almost finished!!

This is the way it looks when you enter the tiny bedroom, I mean, sewing room, I mean, "studio".

I love Gerbera daisies.

I will be getting a larger cutting area but right now this will work.

My husband threw away the blinds, it's off to Home Depot to order some new ones. At least I have a beautiful yard to look at. My husband does a great job out there!

So there is my room, the other wall will have a cutting table, which resides at Ikea for now. I have a nice comfty chair that you can't see and the closet is way cool. Not ready for prime time yet.....

What do you think?

Friday, October 16, 2009


October is half over. Can you believe it? My sewing room is almost finished being painted. I fell asleep on the couch, as usual, around 8:30 last night while he was painting. I checked out the room this morning and all he has left is the trim work and the inside of the closet. I ordered a new closet system from Storables which I will pick up tomorrow. That was over $700, lots to spend on a closet I suppose.

Having some health issues. Going to my main doc this morning. Had a terrible 'procedure' done on Monday. It was absolutely the worst pain in my life and as a nurse, I cannot believe they would even do that without some sedation. The doc said they might have to do it again as she does not know if they got enough tissue to sample. That will be up to the pathologist. Well, doc, next time, it will be done in the OR with anesthesia, because I am not doing that again!

Here is a block I did awhile back, I did about 10 of them, all wonky different. I should get back to this and finish it, but as you might guess, I have lots of unfinished stuff laying around, which is one reason a $700 closet system was purchased. I am so ready to get this room organized!!

By the way, the block is from my favorite blogger, Jacquie, from TallgrassPrairie. I think the circle fabric is the exact fabric that she had posted on her blog some months back. She is my inspiration. She has a tutorial on how to make wonky log cabins if you are interested, right here.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Christmas Fabric

Is it me or does the fabric for Christmas completely suck? I would like to make some Christmasy stuff but I don't see any fabric that gets me excited to do anything with. For example this, it's cute but I don't have anyone in my family who does Christmas in blue.

I don't want traditional prints, but I do want traditional reds in some bright contemporary Christmas fabric.

Excuse me, I suppose I should be calling it holiday fabric just to make sure I am politically correct. NOT!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Apple Green

This is the color that my new sewing room will be. At least it reminds me of it. Bright and cheery. The paint is in the cans, just waiting for hubby to get busy. I could do it myself but he so loves to think it's a man's job. Go for it honey. I just want my walls green!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Authentic potholder

My mother is having a birthday. I had to make something quick! She doesn't want presents, at 81, she says she needs nothing. I know she would love something that I made, so here it is, it will 'match' her kitchen, with her black granite countertops with a slight touch of green in it. Green, her fav color.
A matching apron will be made tomorrow.

My mom has the same Le Creuset in Kiwi. It looks so cute.

This is the backside.

I love to make these potholders, especially when the quilting starts.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Quilt Top- Fall Colors

I have been busy making the back bedroom (since the kid left) a sewing room. My dining room is now a dining room again. I did do some sewing and finished a quilt top. I was ready to quit on this top because of certain blocks I don't like, but instead of throwing it in the pile of never to finish stuff, I decided to keep those blocks in. Now that it is finished, I have decided to use the embroidery on my machine and add some butterflies to the blocks I don't like. I will post that picture when I get brave enough to embroider right on top of a finished top!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt


This is the line of fabrics that so many quilt bloggers are trying to have reprinted. A petition is going around to sign. You can find it here:

Friday, September 11, 2009

How to find a quilt store via your iPhone

It's really fun to take road trips and find quilt stores in the middle of nowhere or find them all over a big city! It's easy, just open up Maps. Tap on Search, Tap on the magnifying glass in the upper left corner. This will open your search. Then just type in "quilt stores", and whatever area you are in, red pins will drop down all over the map, wherever a quilt store is!! You can also type in "quilt stores in Indianapolis" or wherever. Then tap a red dot and the name of the quilt store will appear, tap on the right arrow thing and it will take you to a screen with the address, phone number, and website for that quilt store. BUT the coolest thing is that you can then tap, "Directions to Here", you will get all the directions you need to get to that quilt store!!! Any questions please write me. Sandy, thanks for asking!!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Country Quilt

This is a block for the quilt that the husband wants. The fabric was found in Whitefish, Montana at the cutest quilt store. I have made 4 blocks and then got interested in other projects. He doesn't understand that!

My machine is needing to go to the doctor. For some reason the tension is not what it should be and that has me all crazy since it is a brand new machine and cost me a fortune.

I am on my way to Indiana for a week, so there will be no sewing for awhile. I will also be driving to South Carolina for a few days. I will search for quilt stores via my iPhone, which is such a cool feature of the GPS. Maybe my kids will let me stop at a few of them, but they are driving, I am just the passenger.

It is time to start packing, my plane leaves in 8 hours!!! and I still need to get some sleep!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Baby Quilt Ideas anyone?

I just found out the great news that my one and only nephew, Aaron, is having another baby. Grandma (my mom) doesn't even know yet. I need to get some ideas for a contemporary baby quilt. Any ideas anyone? They have a beautiful baby boy, who is 1 1/2 years old, named Jakob. We don't know what we are getting, another boy or a girl. Either way, a quilt is in the making.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Flea Market Fancy

I just saw a yard of this fabric going for $40 on ebay. I can't believe that. I never got any of this line, I would like some, but I will not be paying more than $9.50 a yard!! I wonder how it's going with the group of quilters trying to bring the line back into production ( I did join the group ).

I am going to Ikea to turn the back bedroom into a sewing room instead of the dining room. The kid leaves in 2 weeks, and it won't have room for him to sleep in any more. Just kidding, he has found room on the floor to sleep all summer long. Funny thing, he had a bedroom with a queen size bed, but he preferred to sleep on the floor in my exercise room. I don't get it.....I know it used to be his bedroom, but his bed and stuff are away at college. The kid doesn't like change....

Thursday, September 3, 2009

cup of coffee for the afternoon

I took the day off, and have been running around town, first to Lowe's, then to a quilt store, then to the grocery store. Now the day is almost over and I still haven't cut any fabric. Maybe a cup of Tully's will give me some energy. Tully's is a great coffee place in Seattle that most people around the country don't know about. Many people I know like it better than Starbucks. Imagine that. I think I like this French Roast better than the Italian Roast.

Okay, back to my fabric cutting.......

fabric for coin quilt

lots of washing and ironing done today. I think I need more blue. A coin quilt is in my future. Today, I needed a mental health day from work. I stayed home. Fabric is great therapy. One thing I don't have is a design board. So it's off to Lowe's for me. Then I will return and start cutting. Unfortunately, work will be needing me tomorrow......

Monday, August 31, 2009


This is not what I had planned for today, but this is what I ended up making.

and here is the backside.....
I love orange.......

Sunday, August 30, 2009

I am Nuts

what can i say? I just spent another $150 online worth of fabric. I decided the fat quarters I bought yesterday were not enough to do much with so I wanted to add a bit to them. Now I have to figure out how to get to the mailbox before the husband sees this delivery. I bought a combination of Joel Dewberry, Valori Wells, Amy Butler, and Kaffe Fassett. All in the colors of orange and browns. I must feel that Fall is in the air. is fun to play with their 'design wall'. I think I just spent an hour playing......

Here is a picture of the Objects of Desire Pinwheel quilt top.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

What have I accomplished today?

Another Saturday is near the end, and did I get anything finished? No. My new sewing machine was doing strange things and I rushed it to the hospital. Well, by the time I drove the 30 miles, I decided I should try a few things first. I walked around that huge quilt store and was not inspired by anything. I went to another quilt store north of Seattle called The Quilting Loft and did buy another $40 worth of fabric.

I changed the thread in my machine and now it is working just fine. Could my Bernina be that sensitive? My Viking never complained about thread. I was using some Italian thread called Aurifil. It was $10!! I stopped at JoAnn Fabrics and bought some Gutermann's. My machine apparently prefers German thread. I must say that the automatic threader, the automatic cutter, and everything seems to work better with Gutermann's thread.

Here is some of the fabric I picked up at the Quilting Loft. I love the polka dots of course. I was thinking maybe a coin quilt. I have never made one of those. I did finish the top of a pinwheel quilt, but i am not that crazy about it. Maybe I will take a picture of it tomorrow with something other than my iPhone.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Here's the best dog


My potting shed.


I love my cone flowers. Hubby found these hiding so he replanted them here.

In the Yard

One of the best things about living in the northwest is having berries grow all over the place!! I went to get the mail and found blackberries. Now I have to make a pie, or a cobbler.

Friday, August 21, 2009

my bernina baby

Have i ever said how much i love my new machine....sometimes i just like to look at it .....tomorrow is saturday, i hope husband goes golfing, because then i have hours and hours to spend sitting in front of this fancy thang......maybe one day i will actually finish a quilt......

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Here is the other side of the silly pincushion....

Today I found something to put all my ribbons in. One of these days, I might get a real sewing room instead of using the dining room table....

I got a new charm pack from Moda. It is Authentic which I have been anxiously awaiting it's arrival. So far I have only been able to get the charm pack but once available I will be ordering lots more of this stuff, I LOVE IT!!

I don't know why I have been making so many pincushions, but here is another one....

Friday, August 7, 2009

I am still in Montana, the husband is golfing. I went to a quilt store and bought some fabric. I have been looking for cherry fabric to make a pin cushion, but having a hard time finding cherry fabric where I live. This store in Polson was full of cherries, apparently they have a cherry festival so cherries are quite popular. Not much to do sitting in this motel but wish I had my new machine to play with. Good thing I brought my laptop.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Here's a picture of my real new machine.

It's a family reunion and I was told they want items for an auction that will benefit the next reunion. My mother suggests I bring the pincushion I made a few weeks ago.

Look, it's reversible

it's off to Montana for me. I hate to think of leaving the new machine. Here are a couple of blocks for my next quilt.

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