Happy Halloween


Happy Halloween

Teddy has a Halloween costume that he will wear on his evening walk today. (click on pictures to enlarge)


It has a hat but he did not like it!!

Progress is happening on the snowflake quilt.

Flowers for the sewing area (which is actually the dining room)


I had that star quilt kit out


so I decided to put one block together before I put it away (and it need to press it better and fix the seam on the front triangle so there is a point)


Here is my sewing machine


it is a vintage Singer 301.

Here are a few designs from the class I teach

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The forecast here is for snow tonight mixed with rain and down to 28 degrees.   Glad I finally got my tulip and daffodil bulbs planted yesterday!

No yard work today….misty rain and wind….yucko.

Back to hand quilting

Happy Halloween


Making Progress


I have been busy hand quilting.  Here are some update pictures….making progress (click pictures to enlarge)

The second picture is the real color…..without the flash it sort of looks cream colored but it is white

More updates soon

Happy Quilting


Stars and Stripes


I am quilting away on the snowflake quilt but not much new to show


so I decided to show one of my vintage treasures

Stars and Stripes quilt kit.


All the pieces are pre-cut


and the instructions are really funny to me


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Here are the pieces for one block


and here is the price


$12.95….not sure what year this was from but I can easily spend that one just one yard of fabric today.

It will be a while before I put this together but it is going to be a fun quilt.

Happy Quilting


More Hand Quilting


I’m still at it.   I worked on the snowflake quilt for about 14 hours on Saturday and 16 on Sunday.   I have 2 corners left to quilt.

Here are pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

Teddy wanted to try it out again.


I get a lot of questions and concern about my hands.    Many hand quilters use the finger on the under hand to feel the needle.   When the needle goes through the fabric from the top the finger on the bottom side of the quilt is used to feel the tip of the needle coming through and determine how far to push it through before pushing it back to the top thus regulating stitch length.  The result being that the finger on the under hand gets poked by a needle with every stitch.   I have seen some fingers that really look painfully damaged!  Some say that they build up a callus and the pain goes away.    I do it differently, my under hand finger pushes up the fabric but doesn’t touch the needle so I rarely poke it so I don’t suffer from the same kind of pain.   My hands have built up a lot of strength over the years of hand quilting so they really don’t get tired unless I am quilting very thick fabric.

Here are my fingers this morning after quilting for 30 hours over the weekend


a bit rough but more from flowers than needles.

I have 2 corners to finish and based on the last corner I will need 60 hours to finish them.   That would normally be about 10 days but I am going to try to do it in a week.    Check back for more progress pictures soon.

Happy Quilting


Hand Quilting Marathon


I am quilting away non stop trying to get this done By Nov 6.

Here are some pictures

Teddy says HI


More progress pictures soon

Happy Quilting


Fabric Temptation

I realized that if I am going to enter my Snowflake quilt in the AQS show in Lancaster next year I will need to finish it by Nov 6 .   Yikes!

Lots of quilting to go!

I really do want to make this one

fall idea

But I will finish the snowflake first.

Temptation is strong to work on the new one

I have some fabrics ready


The picture doesn’t do them justice, they are actually brighter, but you can get the idea.

perhaps just a few blocks?

I’ll let you know next time

Happy Quilting



edge work


Last time I posted about the snowflake quilt


and said that I pinned towels to the edges to make quilting the edges easier in the hoop.


Today I put it in the hoop so here is how it looks


The light was perfect so I took a few more pictures …when the light is right it really shows the texture. (click pictures to enlarge)

Teddy was ready to pose today so here is his photo shoot

He is such a good model….but I am afraid he really needs a bath :(   but don’t tell him….he hates getting wet!

Happy Quilting