New Attitude

It has been a long time since I have posted.   I have been very busy, here are some pictures of a bit of what I have been up to. (click pictures to enlarge)

I really thought about stopping the blog for good.   It is not inexpensive to pay the fees it takes to keep it up and running,  and it takes several hours a week to do.    I didn’t mind doing it , in fact I truly enjoyed it.

So what made me want to stop?

Frankly I was hurt by a lot of negative comments.     I have been hand quilting for several hours a day for 10 years, and blogging about it for many of those years.     I still love to do it but frankly I was feeling rather stale.
I started to do machine quilting on my antique treadle sewing machines and got very excited by it, it was new to me and expanded what I could do and it really refreshed my creativity and outlook  ( I still hand quilt for 3 or more hours a day)

But I started to get comments like ” I prefer hand quilting” , I wish you would hand quilt more” ” don’t you ever hand quilt anymore”  ” hand quilting is so much prettier”  “I like your hand quilting so much better” ……….

and I was feeling guilty for machine quilting and felt like I was letting people down…this was a real conflict.    I can’t quilt (by hand or machine) unless it is enjoyable and feeling guilty about doing something I enjoy was not working so I simply stopped blogging.

I made a video about a few weeks ago where I talked about it… will probably need to turn up the volume to hear it


I have added several videos to my YouTube channel about both hand quilting and machine quilting and embroidery… can see them here

My new attitude is that I have to do quilting that excites and challenges me no matter what is expected of me.   With that new attitude I am back to blogging ……. but It has to be fun for me so expect a mix of machine and hand quilting and other things that I am interested in as well.

Happy Quilting



324 thoughts on “New Attitude

  1. terryknott says:

    Good for you, Tim! Do what brings you joy. Life is way to short to doing anything else.

  2. Vera Milz says:

    Appreciate the time it takes to share your talent. I’m inspired by your hand and machine quilting and hope you will keep sharing the things you are exploring.

  3. Diana says:

    I enjoy your blog posts and videos. Please ignore all negativity and concentrate on what brings you joy. Thanks for sharing your quilts.

  4. acromer2012 says:

    Your treadle machine quilting has really inspired me to start using mine for quilting and embroidery. And yes, I hand quilt, too and am a professional longarmer. Please keep posting! Your work is truly inspirational.

  5. Christy Reysen says:

    You’ve got to do the kind of work that makes you happy and fulfills your creative side. Ignore the critics and keep doing your thing. I will keep reading your posts and continue to admire your work. Thanks for your thoughtful and honest post.

  6. Sara says:

    Everything you do is exceptional as everyone who knows anything understands! Yes, your hand quilting is pure and exciting, however, what you are accomplishing on a treadle for goodness sakes, is beyond great! The peacock feather piece WILL win awards no doubt in my mind and I would challenge anyone to doubt your talent and imagination and skill. Don’t listen to people who have a one way mind!

  7. Jul says:

    I so enjoy your comments and discovering different techniques on so many machines. Don’t stop and never listen to those that make u feel bad about having such a wonderful talent. It’s yours, use it how u enjoy it and we will enjoy it with you as long as u let us.

  8. Robert B in Denver says:

    I was so happy to get an email that you posted. Like others, I was a bit worried about you and Teddy after getting used to regular posts. I echo what others say. You gotta do what makes you happy. Welcome back!

  9. I’m so glad that you decided to keep blogging! I find all your work inspirational. I love that you are fearless about quilting, exploring everything from your own new ideas to refurbishing antique quilt tops. Your excitement about using these neat older machines in addition to your very skilled hand quilting is great! Don’t let anyone put you in a box, unless that box is full of fabric 🙂

  10. Cathie Lanier says:

    So glad to hear from you again, Tim! Missed You! I actually enjoy any and all methods you use and I learn something from every video from something you say or do. Just do whatever you are in the mood for on a particular day. People don’t need to be so fussy. Thanks for all you do for us !

  11. Deb says:

    This is your blog, you pay the fees… so write what is making you happy.. if someone isn’t happy with your blog then they can move on.😊 Welcome back!

  12. Nina Schwerdtfeget says:

    Oh Tim, I wondered where you have been. You inspire me so much in both avenues! Please keep your joy as I’ve learned much from you. I hope to try quilting on my vintage machines someday like you! I’ve learned a lot from information you give on your passion and I thank you!!

  13. Mitsn Mitchell says:

    Personally, as much as I like hand quilting I am very impressed with machine quilting on a treadle machine. Keep up the good work.

  14. Annette says:

    Delighted to see a new post. I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years and always find so much of interest and and creativity. And especially love your machine quilting and videos. Inspired, I’ve begun quilting on a home machine. Please do keep up the beautiful work and what pleases and inspires you! Love seeing Teddy, too.

  15. Hi Tim. Usually I lurk, but this post seems to need a response. I had really been missing your blog [and blamed word press feed, never knowing you were feeling unhappy.]. Your blog is always informative and beautiful. I love seeing you remake the old machines then use them to quilt so exquisitely. I love how you are always willing to try new ideas, and then share them. And of course I adore Teddy. I’m sorry things were unhappy, please know that I and [I am sure] many other readers admire and suport your work and your blog. I hope you won t quit, but do what is best for you, of course.
    best wishes

    gone to the beach

  16. Cathie King says:

    Oh what a lovely surprise to get your email. I missed you and Teddy!
    Don’t listen to those people with their negative comments. Do what makes you happy. You are blessed with both talents – hand and machine quilting and that my friend is rare. Give Teddy a hug from me.
    Enjoy the rest of your week, and thank you for blogging again.

  17. Sandy Scribner says:

    Was just thinking of you today and how long it’s been since we’ve heard from you. You have so much talent and passion and give so much of yourself in everything you do. Your creativity is beyond amazing. You have to honor your inner feelings. Thank you for your honesty. Have enjoyed your blog and learned a lot from you. Hi to Teddy!

  18. Katherine says:

    So glad to se a new post and happy to hear that you have found the perspective (attitude) that lets you continue to do what feeds your soul. I’m a hand quilter myself but have so enjoyed watching you take flight in a new medium – and frankly been more than a tad jealous that I don’t have the talent that would let me fly along with you! Keep pushing your creativity – it’s a wonderful trip to see and I’m glad you allow along on your ride!

  19. Rebecca Nairne says:

    Tim, there will always be negativity . I think we all cop that at times. I only discovered your amazing talent just recently & I’m absolutely blown away. My thoughts are, if you enjoy your sewing it doesn’t matter what others think. Thank you so much for sharing your quilting with us. Just keep being you.💕

  20. Kathi C Anderson says:

    Everything you do is cool, from the vintage machine and table refurbs, to the way you use quilts and patchwork in decorating, to all the different quilting techniques and I enjoy seeing all of it. Keep it coming!

  21. Cheri says:

    Bravo, Tim! I like your new attitude and endorse it wholeheartedly. I have enjoyed both your hand quilting and what you’re accomplishing on a treadle no less. It’s all very inspiring, so thanks for picking up where you left off. And now I’ll quit worrying about you too!

  22. Kristin Shields says:

    Sorry to hear about those comments Tim. I like following you because you do things that are different from everyone else, whether or not they are hand quilted. I have also been doing more machine quilting lately, but for me it’s a matter of how much my hands and body can take. I’ve had to embrace machine quilting or go to making only one or two per year. Do what you like and I’ll happily await any blog posts you decide to make.

  23. Sheri Ketarkus says:

    I love every thing u do. Wish i had that talent. Keep up the good work.

  24. Ellen Norman says:

    I’m so happy to find your blog! Just love all of your quilting. You are so very talented.

  25. Kathy Roloff says:

    Oh Tim, I have missed your posts! We are supposed to be under a big tent of inclusion. I am disappointed that some of your readers aren’t aware. So bring on your new quilts, techniques, machines, garden, and of course Teddy. Welcome back, Kathy

  26. ellennorman says:

    I am so happy to find your blog. You are an inspiration and such a talented artist. Say hello to Teddy.

  27. Sandra Henderson says:

    Oh Tim…. I hate to hear this.
    Please don’t stop. Please. I’d contribute money to put up with ads on your blog (which, frankly, I think you could make money with- you have a lot of viewers!).
    I use to have a blog for many years.
    It is a lot of work.
    Also, I found that bloggers go through periods of what you are feeling and experiencing. You are not alone. Hang in there. Do what the hell you want to do, when the hell
    You want to do it!
    Listen, I lost my husband three years ago – four in April. Life is so very short. I kinda wish I’d not stopped blogging. For me, it wAs a journal.
    Think of it that way. Don’t think of it as work. Don’t post if you don’t feel like it. Don’t do things just for posting or blogging. Do what you want!!!!! For goodness sakes, this is suppose to be fun!

    Besides all of thAt!- you’ve come a long way since you began and I see a very bright future for you. You are famous! You are up there with Bonnie hunter, etc. how do you think they began?!?! Listen- these people have no lives. They don’t realize you work full-time!!!!!! You keep up two houses and the gardens! You do all you share with us – and!- you have a life besides thAt! I’m sure….
    I think this is wonderful exposure for you. I hate to see your work stuffed away not to be shared with the world. I don’t do Facebook, I don’t do Instagram, I don’t have internet at home (only smartphone), I don’t have cable or satellite tv…. I enjoy seeing your posts pop up in my email to go to and enjoy. I apologize for not commenting often enough. I am so sorry for that. I feel guilty about it. I just don’t take the time- as I have been so very busy here. Everyone has a life. You keep doing what makes you happy. These people who make hear comment need to get a life!!!!! They probably don’t even hand quilt!

    Bottom line is that you are very talented. Don’t let someone bully you into stifling your talent. Let it out. Do what you want to do- when you want to do it. Don’t feel guilty about it. Just be- enjoy the process. You are a very unique individual and are going to go far. Please think about this.

    You are a hard working young man. You deserve the best. You are on the right track. You are doing thing nobody else does. People don’t like change. Life is change. Every day. We grow and change and develop and become what we were meant to be. Butterflies can’t stay in their caccoon forever!

    Eat some ice cream or do something special
    For yourself and tAke a break.
    Get with friends (I’m a hermit- easy for me to say! But it helps when I do it.). Take a ride or trip if you can and look at the leaves….
    Come to the smoky mountains and see me! I have a couple extra bedrooms and a studio and a killer view on my porch for you to treadle or hand quilt or just sit . Seriously.

    It’s all going to be okay. Be happy. Go back and look at your first post… Look how far you’ve come. You are amazing! Keep going.
    But, don’t feel pressure in any way. Share what you want to share on here, when you want to share it for those of us (who far outnumber the negative ones !) who love and adore you and your work.
    Big hug.

  28. Ranchwife in Nebraska says:

    I learn so much and am inspired by your talent, your creativity, and your skills. I’m sorry you were hearing some negativity. I’m certain folks didn’t mean for their comments to be hurtful. Keep doing what you love, whether hand or machine quilting. Whether you continue to blog or not, I’ve enjoyed a peek into your world. So thank you.

  29. Good for you! Keep doing what you love and enjoy.

  30. Karen Pedigo says:

    I don’t understand why others need to project on you what their expectations of you should be! It can quickly take the joy out of what you are doing. When I got my studio, everyone had expectations about what I should be doing there. Some thought I should teach, have retreats or sew their requests. I run 2 very busy businesses. The last thing I needed was another job! My quilting & sewing are my joy! At some point, I had to learn to tell them “no” I don’t want to make that quilt you saw in a book for little to nothing because we barely know each other! It is my happy place & I just want to keep it that way. Sometimes when I go there I don’t have a clue what I am going to work on, but some fabric or an unfinished project catches my eye & I am off with new enthusiasm! Everyone needs that kind of joy & outlet in their life. If they could find it, there would be less time for such negativity!

  31. Do what you love, love what you do in all its iterations. The naysayers are always with us. Do what gives YOU joy, guilt free. Thanks for all your posts both hand and treadle machine. I look forward to your posts every evening. Keep sharing your bliss. Thanks!

  32. Sandra B says:

    So glad to see your blog post! I have missed keeping up with news about your quilting and your gardens, and what you and Teddy are up to…so glad that you are both okay….
    My mother always told me if I couldn’t say something nice, not to say anything….but since everyone didn’t have my mother to teach them good manners, don’t let the negative comments upset you….while I am predominantly a hand piecer and hand quilter myself, I have thoroughly enjoyed your posts about the quilts you are doing on the treadle machine…
    So welcome back! Hello to Teddy!

  33. Mary Britton says:

    Well, of course you have to do what excites you, Tim! We all do! And sometimes that is something new and different from what we have been doing, and maybe our work takes a new direction, or maybe we come back to what we have been doing and loved. Your work is fantastic and we all love to see what you are working on (and the pictures of Teddy make us happy too!) I have never really liked paper piecing, (because I’m not good at it!) but wanted to do a Storm at Sea quilt and the paper pieced pattern I found seemed like the best solution for me at this time.
    Also I have looked at some videos and picked up some tips that help, so now I’m excited about a new technique I have avoided mostly. I’m sure the people with the negative comments didn’t mean to hurt you, just express an opinion, but we are all very sensitive about our work, so please remember to keep your comments positive. We are all glad to see you back and look forward to your posts in the future.

  34. Tim, I am glad to see you back and sharing again! You certainly must quilt for you and be true to your own unique genius. We don’t all have to love everything you make, but we do need to respect your creative muse. Your work is special and thought-provoking. I started following your blog because you don’t just recreate other people’s patterns; your unique voice is so refreshing! So, thank you for being and sharing you!

  35. Blue says:

    I was wondering why and where you went. Sorry to read how some people’s comments affected your activity and attitude. I for one think you are great! What ever you decide. I will subscribe on Utube for quilting, but what about your lovely gardens?

  36. I am new to your blog, but I say life is doing what makes you happy.

  37. Helenanne says:

    I’m so thankful for all you’ve shared through your blog and videos. Part of being creative is growing and developing new avenues of expression to manifest the wellspring of interests and ideas. Your hand quilting is amazing, but so is your machine work. Your gardens flourish, your furniture and machine restorations inspire and encourage us to try new (and old) things.
    Have missed hearing from you and knowing what Teddy is up to.

  38. Susan Nolta says:

    It’s like telling an artist what they can or cannot paint.

  39. I am ashamed to hear that people have said unsupportive things. You are growing as an artist, and there is no wrong or right to artistic growth. New challenges and techniques keep your creativity fresh. Do what you love!

  40. quilz4me says:

    I do enjoy reading your blogs and have gotten some new ideas from them.  Don’t  be discouraged by the nay sayers.  I was excited to see your hand quilted reindeer quilt hanging in Des Moines in 2015.  After watching your progress on it in the blog, I just had to look for it! Sandy RuffinoOmaha  Nebraska 

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  41. Neame says:

    I love your blog and come to it often just to see what you are doing. In addition I get really good tips on quilting, lovely photos of your garden (no small thing for those who are housebound), and a renewed sense of creativity about my chosen interest: quilting. Please do not be discouraged on any account. Do what you love (wait…did someone else already say that?). Share what you love. Be with those you love, as we said in the 60s (or was that “love the one you’re with”?). Many more lovers than haters out here and you have many, many gleeful and grateful followers.

  42. Sharron Evans says:

    Never ever ever allow what you love to do be changed by anyone with an opinion!!!!! This is YOUR life! Do what you want to do! 1. I’m stunned anyone has ever made a negative comment to you. 2. I’m equally stunned you let any comment get into your head. Stop it! Have fun!

  43. Karen Friedrichs says:

    Ah……attitude changes everything!! People will always have opinions, let them roll off you. Love the portrait of Teddy–in a gilded gold frame, no less!

  44. Julie Porter says:

    Well Tim you inspired me to pursue my hand quilting and now I am getting my machine fixed to try machine quilting. I make charity quilts and can achieve more by machine quilting some of them. I like your ‘have a go’ attitude and you are inspiring me all the way over here in Western Australia. Keep it up please. Change is growth and growth requires change. Thanks

  45. sewbea2515 says:

    Welcome back Tim. I missed you and Teddy.

  46. Tina Williams says:

    I say block those negative people and don’t let them get in your head. You are an amazing artist. Stay true to yourself. You must do only what inspires you and brings you joy. That goes with fabirc and thread or expressing yourself on this blog. YOUR blog. Those that can’t grow with you can bug off. Please don’t fall away. There are many who follow you looking for inspiration and enlightenment and would miss you very much.

  47. Barbara says:

    Do what you love. So good to have you back blogging-thanks for sharing it all from gardening, to hand quilting to machine repair to machine quiting. I’ve been telling everyone about your amazing talents with refurbishing old sewing machines and even getting them set up for machine quilting. It just amazes me how multi-talented you are!

  48. Nancy says:

    I had been thinking about you a few weeks ago, Tim, and decided to leave a comment on your blog to see if you were okay. But when I tried to get to your blog it wasn’t there. So I’m glad to hear that you’re fine and sorry to hear that you were having a rough time because of comments. I have a few followers on my blog and sometimes think about what quilts readers would like to see instead of what quilts I really want to make. It never really works unless we make things we enjoy making. Quilt on in whatever way you choose!

  49. Susan says:

    I have missed you and Teddy. I enjoy your posts and have marveled at your using a treadle for machine quilting. Follow your bliss, Tim, and pursue those endeavors that feed your soul. Be yourself…everyone else is taken!

  50. Chris Hudson says:

    Glad to see you back! Missed your posts, was hoping that you and Teddy were ok! We can’t please everyone- sorry there were negative commenters out there. Keep doing what makes you happy, and thank you for all of your beautiful work.

  51. June says:

    I sincerely hope you keep blogging about ALL your passions. I started following you after seeing your incredible treadle quilting. (I acquired my first treadle several months ago and have pieced several quilts on it. I’m now ready to get my feet wet with FMQ on it.) I’m not a hand quilter or a gardener, but I love those parts of your blog also, as they inspire me with colors and patterns. Stay true to yourself and know that you are inspiring many people!

  52. Rosalie Leaberry says:

    I appreciate all of your work as representative of your many talents. Furthermore I have a treadle Singer and never thought about using it for machine quilting. So I was very appreciative of your demos doing so. Keep doing what you love Tim – wherever that journey takes you, There are many of us who just enjoy your garden, your work and your enthusiasm. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for blogging – it is a big commitment to do it on a regular basis with as many photos as you provide.

  53. Pat says:

    You GO Tim!!!! Your quilting is awesome, both hand and machine and your piecing is always fun to see! I am amazed at what you can accomplish on a treadle!!!! Don’t let others steal your joy! I have missed your blog-love all of the photos that you post of quilts and of your gardens and plants. Thank you for sharing.

  54. Li says:

    Creative. Inspirational. Your posts demonstrate the value of taking the time, working hard, and practice, practice, practice. Thank you for many more posts to come. The videos have been a fascinating addition in communicating your wide range of interests. I am off to your youTube channel for more happy discoveries.

  55. I will add my thanks to all the above for your post. Your quilting and your descriptions of what you do are fascinating. Your work is incredible. Ignore the negativity and PLEASE continue to inspire us!

  56. I live vicariously through your posts and enjoy them immensly no matter what you do. You have passion and I hope your choices cause quilting inner growth for you and your readers. Listen to your heart. It comes through beautifully in your posts. 🙂 This particular day, you have posted some wowsa, eyebrow raising pictures!

  57. Jan says:

    Welcome Back! So glad to see a post from you. I am fascinated by all the components of your blog: quilting, antique machines, gardens and the quilt inspector Teddy. Your posts introduce new skills and ideas. Your gardens inspire me (I garden in northern WI) and I’m amazed at the variety of species in your garden. Ignore the negativity – who needs it. You are a highly talented, busy man who is willing to share and many of us are grateful for it. Thanks!

  58. Mary says:

    I’ve been missing your posts and was worried about your wellbeing. Thank you for sharing your feelings and continuing to blog.

  59. Ann Smith says:

    Everything you do inspires me to experiment, do better, do more, try new things, try things period. Please keep sharing with all of us. That’s what makes quilting fun!

  60. Linda says:

    Tim, do what you enjoy. There is great freedom in not caring what others think. Let’s not give others the power to control us.

  61. naomiz5 says:

    Yay! So glad you’re back. You are inspiring in so many ways!

  62. Gerrie Reese-Jones says:

    I have enjoyed your creative evolution and recognize it to be a natural and exciting progression. I’m hanging on to your every move, Tim, and enjoying it all! Let me know when or if you ever publish a book, so that I can bring a small piece of your creativity into my home to keep! Until then, I continue to support you as you inspire me to keep evolving.

  63. Sharron currie says:

    Thank You for putting everyone else’s negativity to rest! The obvious fact that you are a wonderfully creative person and so able to move competently through each phase of your growth… not easy for those stifling people who are lacking in encouragement and truthful praise. Wouldn’t it be boring if we were all painted by the artistic brush of one style and were forever confined to other people’s expectations. We live in the Northwest and your blog is always a day brightener in my inbox, and more so now that the dark winter and fall months are here. I am so relieved to now that all is well in your world. Treadle On!


  64. Susan Schreurs says:

    Tim, you are a real artist, and you are not working for the negative people, or any of us. Trust your path, even if – especially if- it is one that takes you forward to ever more beautiful expression.

  65. Heather says:

    Tim, I’m sorry you had to experience the negativity. I missed your blogs but found your Facebook page and was happy to see you were still around! I am envious of both the hand and treadle quilting you do. All of it is unique and so artistic it makes me wonder why I bother. Fortunately I realize my love is the piecework, the playing with the fabric and sewing together a quilt top. Please keep posting. You always provide beautiful inspiration.

  66. Barbara Wells says:

    I was so happy to see your post this evening. I have enjoyed reading your blog for a couple of years now. I do love hand quilting but I was totally blown away when I saw your machine work , AND on a treadle machine to boot! I have my grandmothers and use it from time to time. Do what you enjoy, and I will certainly follow you on whatever path your quilting takes you! So good to have you back!

  67. Mary says:

    I missed your blogging. Glad you see that you are not out of commission. I enjoy following both your hand and machine quilting and am so amazed that you are able to mq using a treadle. Keep on keeping on!

  68. Amie says:

    My teenagers have always said, Haters are gonna hate. I wondered what that term meant. When the kids explained to me exactly what that meant I was impressed by their realistic view of narrow minded and small minded people. Unfortunately there are also haters in our quilting world who will never see beyond what they have always done bc they are only comfortable in a tiny little box. You and many of the rest of us won’t fit into any box LOL. We see quilting as an endless adventure without limits! We can do it all and do it very very well!! Stagnant quilters prefer to stay in their tiny single minded boxes and complain when they see something they haven’t seen before or something out of their tunnel vision little hole. Tim, you wouldn’t fit into a box!! Your smart, talented and exuberant!! Your energy and creativity is totally out of control and its bigger than any box!! I love everything you do and you better keep doing it, blog or no blog. Your fabulous!! 💙💙

  69. Catherine L McIntee says:

    Tim, I am so glad to hear of your decision to follow your heart, your head and your hands to do what you love and makes you happy, regardless of what anyone else may think or say. Life is too short to do otherwise.
    Best wishes, Cathy

  70. Leslie Beltz says:

    I am so happy that you are blogging again. Your creativity is so inspiring and I always look forward to what your going to create next. You sharing your words and pictures of your quilts, gardening, and Teddy are a gift to so many of us. Thank you for the joy that you give to all of us that follow you.

  71. Aliaon says:

    It gladdened my heart to see a new post Tim. I thought that perhaps you had personal issues. Please don’t let the naysayers get to you – easy to say I know, but the critics are the ones who seldom do anything themselves. Let your creative spirits soar wherever they may take you. Thank you for your honesty and decision to stay with us.

  72. Ginney Camden says:

    I echo what just about everyone has said. Do what is fun for you. You shouldn’t have to be stuck doing just one thing. I love your hand quilting which is my favorite thing to do. But your treadle quilting just blows me away. And the machine embroidery. I feel inspired by just about every post that you write. Love seeing pictures of your wonderful flowers and Teddy as well. Keep quilting and keep having fun.

  73. Karen Beauregard says:

    Your talent is exceptional and your unique creativity continues to amaze…but your spirit and integrity are truly inspirational. Thank you for showing what it means to be true to one’s self!

  74. Molly says:

    I have shared your post with our church quilt group, and we all applaud your skills. We took a vote and invite you to join our craft group each Thursday evening in New Haven, CT. We used to hand quilt, but so many of us have arthritis that machine quilting on our yearly church quilt to raffle at our bazaar was the only answer. Keep blogging.

  75. Mrs. Plum says:

    Oh, Tim, I am so sorry you suffered from negative comments, and I’m SO glad you decided to continue blogging. I’ve missed your posts. Your time away has been put to good use. Your treadle machine quilting is so proficient and so gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing your latest projects. Though I am not a hand quilter, I admire your talent and skill. You inspire me in so many different ways, and I appreciate you being willing to share your art in all its forms.

  76. katechiconi says:

    I’m very glad you’re back. I was worried that there was a bad reason for your absence: maybe health or an accident, or something was wrong with Teddy. So it’s good to see you back, and with such creative results to show us.
    I’m with everyone else: this is your blog, you get to choose what you write about and show, and if that involves creative development of your machine quilting, then hurray, the rest of us can enjoy that. It’s not like you’re suddenly anti-hand quilting, just that you’re developing something new. Sad that the negative-sayers can’t wrap their tiny brains around the concept.
    Bottom line is, if they don’t like what they see, you could politely invite them to search elsewhere for the same level of skill and creativity (and fail to find it, of course!). I see you’ve had loads of positive comments to this post. I bet they outweigh the negative ones from before!

  77. Elizabeth K says:

    I appreciate the variety you provide and I am happy that you do both hand and machine quilting. Different quilts need different types of quilting! Very good to have you back.

  78. Mary says:

    Do what you enjoy doing!

  79. Tim, I have followed your blog for several years and have never been disappointed with anything you have done – quilting or garden work. Your attention to detail ahows through in everything you do. You are a perfectionist but that does not necessitate that you be a purist. Whatever craft that grabs our hearts, we must do it in a manner which makes us happy or the joy leaves. What is that gorgeous blue and green batik-like fabric/quilt I am seeing in the above photos? It reminds me of the sea which I so love. Keep in mind that each of us has a preference for the manner in which we go about our art/craft and while it may work for us, not one of us has the right to impose it on someone else. Keep doing what makes you and Teddy happy! If you are interested in a 1930s hand-made Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt that has a few worn hexies that could use your expertise, just pop me a note. It is a lovely thing and is like a treasure trove of early fabrics. I love it but it is heavy for me as I do not need the degree of warmth it provides. I can send photos if want to see it.

  80. Tine Arendt says:

    Heureuse de vous lire de nouveau. Continuez a tracer votre chemin
    en faisant se qu’il vous plait et pour la joie qu’elle vous procure.
    Quilts are joy. Tine from Belgium

  81. Sarah says:

    Dear Tim, dear Teddy, Here in misty England we value you both. I go through your posts with a friend who is losing her sight and we marvel at how many things you do and how well you do them. Sadly, people sometimes attack what they envy, perhaps to vent their anger at their own limitations. Please rise above it. See how delighted we all are to hear from you, and how much we have learned from your generous helpful blog, and how many of us have been inspired to try what we would not have done otherwise. In my own case, you have even taken the trouble to answer specific questions, thus helping me enormously. Furthermore, I admire your open-hearted affection for Quilt Inspector Teddy (richly deserved, of course) who has a loyal following here.
    In conclusion, our lives would be less without your blog so please think no more of stopping it.

  82. Anne M says:

    Love your blog and ALL that you do in this wonderful world of quilting!

  83. Well done Tim. Do what makes you happy x

  84. Lesley Petri says:

    As a very simple machine quilter and occasional hand quilter I loved your blog on both types of quilting. I am always astounded by your prolific output. Your work, whether hand or machine is amazing and I have learnt so much from your blog. Please continue.

  85. Stoney Monte says:

    I am sorry you received negative comments and I am happy your new attitude showed up. The only person you need to satisfy is you. End of story. It’s been great to feel your enthusiasm for this new art form.

  86. Sally Stott says:

    So good to see you back blogging, I’ve missed your work so much. It’s YOUR blog, we choose to follow you. You quilt as you want to, what is right for you, not to please a crowd. Please carry on being yourself. You produce such beautiful work – any true quilter should appreciate that, no matter their own preference for technique or style. And I’ve missed Teddy!

  87. Beth holness says:

    Hi Tim,
    I was loving the diversuty of your posts. Good on you for reviving what I think is almost a lost art (treadle sewing) I have learnt so much from you in all scopes of quilting. My gran’s treadle has been intimidating me for almost 5 years ,thanks for giving me the push I needed to try. By the way, Teddy is a great quilt inspector.All the best from Australia.

  88. Aliaon says:

    So happy to see you back! Missed you and Teddy but thought it might have been something personal. I hope you are very encouraged to see the responses.

  89. glendajean says:

    Dear Tim and Teddy, was sorry that you had been hurt by those thoughtless negative comments but glad you stopped doing some thing that’s was not giving you any joy any more. I for one was very worried about you as I look forward to your blog which I have learnt so much from, it Is so full of positive creations from the garden to restoring old machines cabinets, then the move in to the wee house next door more fun and learning as you made so many Changes inside and out, and of course endless fun and on top of that your restoring of all these old quilts that had so many mistakes when sewn, I blessed you every time you resuced one of them. if this as not enough you make the most motivating design out of the most unusual fabrics what an inspiration you are. Hope you do manage to keep sharing your wondeful life with us all I will miss you both if you don’t. Happy quilting in the future Tim and do what makes YOU happy. Cheers Glenda FNQLD Australia

  90. debby oldenburg says:

    love ypur it all the time. your work is inspiring and wonderful. quit worrying what other people think –quilting is suppose to be fun .apparently all the people who adore your work haven’t commented enough. go tim go

  91. Renée says:

    Oh no, don’t be hurted by “negative” comments ! Keep on doing what YOU like to do. It is so exciting to experiment things in different directions. Change is the best thing that can happen to us. You are such a talented person; I am totally appreciative of your work, was lucky to see some in Nantes last year, New York Beaty from the Volckening collection. I would dream having one of my tops quilted by you !… hand or machine, no importance.
    Keep on going !
    Renée, from France.

  92. Donna Mease says:

    Ignore those negative comments. Feel sorry for those commenters, they are very unhappy people. They cannot see the joy and beauty of your work. You do what you need to do for your own well being. It takes a huge amount of skill and practice to get to your level of expertise and artistry whether it’s by hand or machine. I just thank you for whatever method you choose to connect with us! Please give Teddy, that sweet and adorable partner, a hug and belly rub from this faithful
    Donna j from Kansad

  93. izzysmema says:

    Life is short. Do what makes YOU happy. I think all of your work is beautiful! Thanks for the time you take to share it with us.

  94. Josephine le Cheminant says:

    Tim your quilting is amazing! I so admire your machine quilting on the treadle machine. Mastering the coordination necessary to pedal at the appropriate speed while moving the quilt beneath the needle to form amazing designs is nothing short of miraculous. I am so envious of your skill. My attempts at machine quilting are very poor, I need much more practice. Your work is most inspiring, please continue to delight us.
    Josephine le Cheminant

  95. Carolyn Harness says:

    I’m sure (at least, I hope) most of the negative comments you received weren’t meant to wound you, but merely express an opinion. I love hand quilting but seriously admire your ability to do such amazing machine quilting. I don’t think I will ever master free motion quilting. I enjoyed reading your blog regardless of the type of quilting you were doing. I hope you’ll keep it going.

  96. Peggy W. Norris says:

    I’ve missed you; glad you’re back. I’ve learned a lot about the creative process from reading your blog as well as living and sharing a full life. In fact you inspired some gardening as well as some quilting! Looking forward to what the future brings for all of us as we grow.

  97. Lesley says:

    I’ve missed your blog and I am glad to see you back.

  98. Pat in WNY says:

    It is amazing to me every time I see how much you’ve accomplished. I hope nothing and no one ever succeeds in taking the joy out of quilting for you, or for any of us for that matter. Life is too short for pettiness. I have a couple of those Norman Rockwell panels awaiting quilting – one of these days!

  99. Val Edwards says:

    Sorry to say, Tim, there are people who insist on giving their critical opinion in public, no matter who they offend. ‘Free speech’ seems to be the weapon of choice for fault finders . How ill-mannered. Those who visit blogs do so voluntarily as guests, if the content is not to their liking or beyond their ability – well, pardon me….. they can leave by the same door!
    I admire you for stepping back and re-assessing, and moreso for picking up the threads.
    That being said, your calm manner and clever accomplishments are more my style, rather than the almost hysterical ‘groupie’ fever that infects many art/craft blogs. Please keep your blog, – I’m learning a lot about machine quilting, thanks……….

  100. tami says:

    Tim, do what feels right to you, I have a chronic condition that will shorten my life by five to 10 years and I am already old, so I only do what I want to do. I have missed your blogging very much and wondered if you were ill. I love your work and I have to give you credit for getting me interested in quilting. I have three machines, and a pile of scraps plus some new fabric. I am trying to make all of my siblings, grandchildren, plus one great granddaughter a quilt to remembering me. So do what makes you happy because you never know what tomorrow will bring and I hope it is a smile for you. Give Teddy a hug for me, Tami

  101. quiltville says:

    Tim, this is so spot-on I could not agree more! In fact I have to save your words ” I have to do quilting that excites and challenges me no matter what is expected of me.” And please do not stop blogging. Facebook and all other social media is there and then gone. Nothing keeps a record or a journal of your life like a blog. Each entry is a page in each chapter of your life. And it is not our job to do things that keep others in their own comfort zones.

    Please keep blogging!

  102. Glad you aren’t giving up on some of us I am new to blogging and your inspire me so much with my quilting. Some day I will start picking your brain on how you decide how to quilt something. For now my Dad”An opinion is like a belly button. Sometime they are just useless.” Keep up the blogging.

  103. Donna K says:

    I am just so glad that you are ok. I was getting worried. I kept checking your blog to see if you had posted.

    You know, I look at peoples blogs as gifts to me. I get to see what people are working on and see new things. Do I love evrything I see. No. It still stretches me.

    Thank you for coming back to your blog, I have missed you! Keep showing us what excites you. I love it all.

  104. Sherry Southgate says:

    I’m sure I’m not the only one to say that I really enjoy your blog and don’t care whether you are hand quilting, machine quilting or showing your garden and Teddy.

    I love the peacock quilt in the pictures. Where did you get the fabric you used or did you dye it yourself. Beautiful colours.

    Cambridge Ontario

  105. Nancy Mackie says:

    I was wondering where you were. Welcome back! Please try to ignore the quilt police. There is no one way to quilt or machine to own or fabric or thread to use etc etc etc. Your work is inspirational!

  106. Karen says:

    You are such an inspiration whether you are hand or machine quilting. I enjoy all of your posts and have missed you. I even bought an antique treadle machine to restore, just need to find the parts for it. The cabinet turned out beautifully and I used your suggestion of oil to clean the machine.

  107. Mardee Dowdy says:

    Atta Boy! Truly following your bliss is all that matters for us all. I’ve missed you and should have spoken out sooner. All best!

  108. Becky Holley says:

    I am very impressed and motivated by your work. I love your hand quilting and am glad to know you get stale like some of us. We have missed you and Teddy.

  109. civilwarlady says:

    Tim, I am a faithful reader of your blog, and I must admit that I have been wondering when I haven’t seen any new posts. I have enjoyed the accounts of your hand quilting, machine quilting, and restoration of vintage sewing machines. I have learned a lot from you and been inspired to stretch my own efforts into new territory. Quilting, either by hand or by machine, is very creative, and I have especially enjoyed your machine quilting on the treadles and vintage machines. I love using vintage technology to produce beautiful items! I am so sorry that you have been discouraged by negative posts and hope that you will continue to blog. With your busy schedule, blogging takes time, but please know that many of us out here in techno-land really appreciate your efforts. Thank you for your inspiration.
    PS–I have also missed your photos of Teddy.

  110. Rose in VT says:

    Tim: Glad to see you back! I was inspired by your machine quilting attempts when you took that on, and really impressed with the treadle work. Enough to get out my grandmothers treadle and get it running again. I both hand and machine quilt, there’s room for both in our lives, and those who can’t look at one or the other are missing out on so much. Keep inspiring us, and give Teddy a hug.

  111. Marta Leggett says:

    Tim,please continue to do what makes you happy, and we are just blessed to be able to watch as you create such beauty. I love seeing your garden, your flower arrangements and your machines. Thank you for sharing!

  112. liz hinze says:

    I’m glad your back. I was so excited to see a new post. I love to see what others are up to. I would blog but I can’t write : (
    ignore the negative comments I don’t think they represent the vast majority of your audience Thank you

  113. Pat Long says:

    Your machine quilting is simply beautiful. Quilting should be about what feels good for you. No one is entitled to make less than favorable remarks! Keep up the good work and continue to make me jealous of your talent and skill!

  114. Louise C says:

    Please Tim! do whatever you like, playing with all these sewing machines and their possibilities. Having enthusiasm about doing anything we like is essential to any creativity: painting, sculpture, knitting, quilting, drawing, etc. I learn so much from all your experience(s), all you do has a very personal ‘Tim look’ that is so characteristic about you so please, keep up doing it the way you feel about it.

  115. Cheryl says:

    I have missed you and Teddy! I love handquilting but I can appreciate machine quilting, too. Every time I see what you are able to do on a treadle, I smile, nod, and think “only Tim would be clever enough to do this!” Keep on inspiring!

  116. Lisa Mikel says:

    Tim, I am truly amazed at all you do. Your quilting is amazing whether it is by hand or machine. Thank you for sharing with us blog readers your projects. I love them all. I also enjoy seeing your machines. I like collecting vintage machines and using them also. I hope you and Teddy both have a lovely day! 🙂

  117. Carolyn black says:

    Tim, there are some people that criticize everything. Frankly, I have been amazed at the expertise you have on a treadle machine. Perhaps it’s easier to have control on a treadle than electric. Anyway, I hope you keep blogging as it’s so informative.

  118. Pam G says:

    Tim – I was just thinking of you a couple of days ago and wondered why you hadn’t had any posts. I don’t get on Facebook much, so hadn’t checked that out. I’m so happy to see this post, but sad to hear about your feelings. I’ve always said – if you don’t have something GOOD to say, DON’T say anything, keep it to yourself. Your work is so awesome and it’s obvious you have inspired countless individuals (including myself). I hope everything works out and you continue to blog! Hugs to you and an doggy massage for Teddy!

  119. Gail in Mich says:

    I have missed your blog. I looked forward to it and even my husband would ask if you had blogged. Please keep your blog going and hug Teddy for me.

  120. Limbania says:

    Love your “new attitude” and love that you decided to come back, Tim. Pleasing everyone around is a lot of work and hard to accomplish but pleasing and being happy with yourself is what matters. Thank you for being here and for so selflessly sharing your journey and your knowledge with the world. Thank you for being back inspiring us with your talent and also for taking the time to answer questions. Hugs and blessing to you and Teddy.

  121. Renie Levecchia says:

    Tim, if you were sitting on the couch thinking and then blogging about your thoughts, it would be worthwhile. I’m so glad to “know” you even if only through a blog. You enrich my life. Thanks so much.

  122. Jan says:

    So glad to know you are well, and still quilting and posting! I was worried that something had happened to you since there were no postings for awhile. I am sorry to hear some of the comments had you feeling down. You are such an incredible talent I don’t know how anyone could criticize you. I am completely in awe of your treadle quilting. It is pure genius!I don’t believe anyone else out there in the quilting world is doing it.I am inspired and amazed by what you have been able to produce on that machine…no one would ever suspect it was done on a treadle! In defense of the hand quilters though, it seems fewer and fewer people are hand quilting these days, so your blog is one of the very few that truly celebrates the art. In fact, I don’t think I know of any other hand quilting blogs at all…or at least any that have the prolific works that you are constantly achieving with such quality –and with such helpful instructions for us,the readers. Appreciate all you do Tim; hope you are able to keep posting for a long time to come.If you keep doing what inspires you, it will surely inspire us too! Love to you and Teddy! 🙂

  123. Penny says:

    I was wondering what happened to you. Don’t worry about what anybody else says, you do what makes you happy. It’s your blog and if people want something else, they know how to search the internet. Good for you! God Bless…

  124. Shirley Capps says:

    I enjoy your blog’s

  125. Barbara Clarke says:

    I’m sorry that mean people have kept many of us from enjoying your blog but I’m relieved that you are well. I was afraid something bad had happened to prevent you blogging and sharing your fabulous work with us. Bonnie Hunter at has a great quote today that speaks directly to the expectations of others. So glad you’re back!

  126. Jaye says:

    I continue to be impressed by your design sense and methods. If you love what you’re doing, that is enough. That we love that you share with us is icing on the cake.

  127. Susan Sundermeyer says:

    Oh Tim, I am so sorry that you have felt this way. People’s remarks can be so hurtful. I am sure that I am one of many who thinks your quilting is absolutely beautiful whether done by hand or machine. You have a true gift my friend! Follow your heart.

  128. Sarah says:

    Whatever people say, both your hand quilting and machine quilting skills are amazing. My favorite of your quilts is the rose quilt that you have on the edges of your blog. My daughter’s favorite is your machine embroidered Teddy picture. I don’t usually comment, but really want you to keep blogging! I love reading your blog because of the gardening, and refinishing furniture, and fixing of sewing machines, and quilting of all sorts, and embroidery, and antique quilts, and your Christmas decorating, and of course Teddy! I never know what you’re going to be doing next, and I love how you take on new projects and skills and share the process with us. I personally love the activity of hand quilting, and that is what attracted me to your blog in the first place, but what has kept me has been the delight in seeing your creative talent take so many forms. Keep enjoying what you do!

  129. Mary McFarland says:

    I am glad you are back! You have opened my eyes to many things in quilting. Negative Nancy can go to ****. We need all aspects and your visions are wonderful. KKeep up the good work. Love ya

  130. ME says:

    You are amazingly talented. Thank you for your blog. It’s generous of you to take the time to write it for us. Many thanks!

  131. Isabella Hermit says:

    Thank you Tim , I never understand people that constantly leave negative comments , if you don’t like what’s on the blog Don’t Bloody Read it . Myself and hundreds of your follows like the diversity of what you say and quilt , please hang in there, just the occasional blog I’m sure will keep most of us happy , but at the end of the day YOU must be happy.

  132. Sara says:

    Love all your quilts! Love that you share the process with us! Keep up the beautiful quilting! I enjoy all kinds of quilting and you should too!!

  133. Carline Anthony says:

    My mom was a beautiful hand quilter but I stayed away from quilting until after she died because she was “one of those” hand quilting only people. I am so sorry I let that affect me and wasted so many years. There is something for everyone and we shouldn’t let others make our choices. You do beautiful work any way you choose to do. Thanks for sharing

  134. Louise says:

    I am sorry that negative comments got to you. I admit that I was originally attracted to your blog because of the hand quilting and your work with old quilts. I love seeing the hand quilting but that is in no way a criticism. Even though I will probably never machine quilt I learned things from you as you explored it. Artists grow and change and so does our work and how we acheive new creativity. Please don’t stop blogging and don’t let negative comments keep you from sharing your vast knowledge with us. I have missed you and Teddy.

  135. Tim, I think this is your space to share YOUR process and progress with us; you don’t owe anything to anyone. And pardon my language but fuck those people. If they are disappointed in your work then they are welcome to go elsewhere (and I hope they do). Keep up with your work and share it with us if you feel like it. I think you are amazingly talented with everything you do! Furniture restorations, machine refurbishment, machine quilting, hand quilting, dog care, gardening, are just the things which come to mind; you’re amazing!

  136. jean f says:

    don’t let others negativity stop you from what YOU love. I appreciate hearing what you are making, quilting, gardening.

  137. Judy Struck says:

    I echo all of the wonderful comments above. You are blessed with so much talent and have been kind enough to share it with someone like me who loves the entire process of quilting but will never have one tenth of your talent. I look forward to your posts and thank you for taking the time to share your talents. Your quilts are beautiful and I am blown away that anyone can quilt so intricately, freehand, on any sewing machine as you do. Hand or machine, you have amazing talent! Enjoy what you do. You can’t please everyone.

  138. Suzette Shoulders says:

    Tim , I had wondered where you were, and had worried that something might have happened to Teddy, and that you were therefore not doing the blog! I am quilte a bit older than you, and have been a quilter for 41 years, and I have learned along the way that some people just like to pigeon-hole each quilter…. That is THEIR problem, not yours! You are such a multi-talented quilter, and I, for one, love seeing the many things you are working on, and finishing, my GOSH, you get a LOT finished! You just keep on doing what your artistic muse tells you to do, and keep posting, please? We who follow your work are delighted with it all! Hugs from Oregon, Suzette

  139. Pamela Koppleberger says:

    Your quilting is beautiful, whether hand or machine done. Keep doing what you love!

  140. Cindy says:

    I say do whatever makes your heart sing. I will also say your joy and enthusiasm is wonderful to see. I hand quilt and machine quilt. I don’t feel guilty using a machine.

    Have fun and keep sharing!

  141. Kathy says:

    Hi Tim,
    I’m so glad to see a new post from you. Forget the one trick pony naysayers. The quilt police only exist if you let them exist!
    Your work is truly awe inspiring. I love your hand quilting and your machine quilting. The speed at which you developed your machine quilting mastery boggles my mind. I know you spend many, many, many hours a day working your craft, but it’s magic to me and I’m sure to other readers as well to see the beautiful artwork that you seem create to in a flash.
    Keep up the good work. I look forward to seeing more inspiration coming from you.

  142. Candy says:

    I’m so glad the “green-eyed monsters” haven’t spoiled the joy you find in quilting, in ALL the forms you choose to explore and master! What’s the point of reading blogs if you don’t want to see something new and different? It’s inspiring! Welcome back … we were all getting worried about you and Teddy! Thanks for sharing pieces of your life with quilters, ha, ha,ha!

  143. Teresa Harral says:

    Hey Tim, whatever your hands touch brings such beauty and inspiration to us all! Your gardening, your decorating, your hand quilting, your machine quilting! Sew on we go! We look forward to you and Teddy and your sharing of your projects!

  144. I have missed your posts and I was hoping you and Teddy were having some good adventures! I believe our blogs should share what interests, excites and inspires us. Your varied interests inspire me to try new things. Please keep sharing whatever you choose to share with your readers.

  145. charmingbubble2 says:

    Can you hear my deep sigh? I have been thrilled by your exploration of free motion on the treadle machine. I have one, but not yet been, brave enough to get it out, set it up and give it a whirl. I’ve never understood, in the creative world, why fellow creators feel the need to be cruel or even just unkind. Why can’t you just rejoice in their journey? What immediately sprang to mind was when Bob Dylan switched from an acoustic guitar to an electric and for that he was pilloried and shunned. Tim I’ve written numerous times of how much in awe I am of your creative abilities and relish your journaling of the places you go. I understand if you choose to leave but know that my creative life will be far less rich without you. I say stay the course and ignore the naysayers. That’s what Dylan did.

  146. Ruth says:

    I am saddened to hear you’ve had such criticism. I don’t care if quilts are done by hand or machine (don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate hand quilting). But it’s the finished result that matters. I have to machine quilt because I’ve wrecked my hands doing hand quilting. Love your quilts, pics of your garden and, of course, cuddley Teddy!

  147. Teresa Barensfeld says:

    I really enjoy your blog and hope you will keep posting!

  148. Darlene Szablewski says:

    I was worried about you and Teddy when your blog disappeared. So glad you’re back! I’ve been a “quiet” viewer for a long time. Sorry I’ve never written to tell you how much you inspire me. I hand quilt because I don’t know how to machine quilt. Yet. (I hand piece too. Love it.) But watching you figure out the treadle gives me courage. My grandmother-in-law’s treadle is sitting right behind me as I type. You’re nudging me to figure out how to use it. You’d laugh to know how many times I’ve called my husband over to see what you’re up to. I’m saying oh my gosh! he bought that machine yesterday and already he’s cleaned and fixed it! Wow! Look at those gorgeous books he’s made! The embroidered dog pictures! And the incredible machine quilting! (love the design you put in the gold border of Teddy’s quilt.) The variety and richness of your designs. Your garden too. Don’t want to forget that oasis of beauty. Unlike me, you are fearless. You jump right in and do things. I don’t understand why some people can’t celebrate and praise others’ work. I was shocked recently when my friend called Japanese quilters, who work so hard and make such beautiful quilts, “anal.” Maybe some of us are just insecure. I hope to see your quilts at a show some day. Meanwhile I look forward to many more blog posts from you. Give Teddy a little hug from me. Darlene

  149. Leslie Sanders says:

    Dear Tim,
    Many years ago when folks first started machine quilting I was agin it! While I did use a machine to piece, it just seemed so wrong to me to use a machine to quilt. Then I started noticing something. One of my good friends was doing things with her machine that would not have been possible by hand. And what she was doing was so artistic and downright gorgeous that I could no longer hold it against her. You are the same for me except that you also do hand quilting! You are an artist no matter what you do, Tim. Embrace it! Your followers love what you do. For example, I have never much liked portrait quilts but the one of Teddy is just spectacular! Kudos! Keep pushing that envelope. I for one can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  150. CD Thayer says:

    I’m glad that you’re back to blogging. Watching your videos of treadle machine embroidery has me almost ready to give it a try on my 1936 Singer 96-40 treadle that I have set up as a darning machine. You’re good, so I’ll keep checking in.

    CD in Oklahoma

  151. Linda Clark says:

    I’m guessing you follow Bonnie Hunter’s blog…she too has had to deal with much of the same negativity. Some of her daily quotes shared in the last couple months aim at changing how we “accept” what others throw at us. I’m sure it is hard to move past the hurt and continue to “put yourself out there” though. Thanks for making the decision to continue…we are all inspired and educated through your blog.

  152. Tim, I really hope you don’t quit blogging. You really are uniquely talented in so many ways and I am completely amazed at how productive you are as well! WOW! The work you do is inspiring in so many ways. In regards to the comments that got you down, please don’t view them as negative. I’m sure they weren’t meant to be. They are simply someone else’s preference, nothing more. We all have them, and there is no reason someone else’s preferences or opinions should get you down. You are giving away your peace when you allow that to happen. So just tell yourself “we just don’t happen to agree on that point, and that’s ok.” Do your blog for you, and don’t worry about other’s opinions. Your quilting ROCKS!! I love seeing the machines that you have restored as well. What a unique talent THAT is!!

  153. Vicki says:

    Your work is amazing in all its forms. Thank you for continuing to post. One question; is FMQ with a treadle a bit like rubbing your tummy and patting your head at the same time? Hard to start with but once you’ve got the rhythm it’s ok?

    • timquilts says:

      I pieced a few tops on the treadle before I tried to FMQ so by the time I started the treadling was second nature and I dont even really have to think about it……actually for me it is way easier than using a foot pedal on an electric

  154. Pauline Milazzo says:

    Tim, I love seeing and reading about all that you do, including your lovely gardening. Apart from your amazing skills, I’m in awe of your stamina and incredible output. We are privileged that you spend the time to share it with us.

  155. Linda says:

    Tim–you’re back . . . yay! I continue to enjoy your creativity and artistry–

  156. Sandi says:

    Whew! So glad you are back….I was so worried you were ill or something. All is right with my world again! Love the Teddy quilt!

  157. Sheila Bishop says:

    I love your blog and am so glad you are back!! Saw one of your new york beauties at the Texas quilt museum and it immediately became my favorite job of quilting in the show. Only later did my friend tell me it was your work. Fabulous! Thank you for teaching us so many beautiful facets of the quilting art.

  158. I look forward to reading your blog, and you regularly inspire me!

  159. Megan says:

    I’m so glad that you’re back, Tim. Please shed any feeling of obligation to blog about what some readers tell you they prefer. The blog is about you, your work, your passions. If those don’t align with the interests of potential readers, then it’s the readers who need to stop reading and go elsewhere!
    I also wanted to add a non-quilting comment. I’m not a gardener at all, but I find your posts about your garden inspiring. I particularly like to see the wide-view shots showing large areas of your gardens – I’m not knowledgeable enough about plants to appreciate the close-ups of flowers etc. The streetscapes you have shown from time to time really showcase the beauty you have added not only to your own properties but to the street as a whole. I don’t know whether your neighbours love what you do because of that or whether they get concerned that their own gardens look pretty shabby in comparison! LOL But seeing those pics just makes me happy – that you have created so much beauty in your little corner of the world. Thank you!

  160. I’ve just stumbled across your blog. Gotta say what I’ve seen of your work so far is amazing!! Ignore what everyone else says and do what you enjoy the most. If you’re anything like me then that changes each day. Can’t wait to see your future efforts.

  161. Tim I am glad that you have decided to do what you love and what makes you happy. You will never be able to please everyone with what you do, it just will not happen. I truly enjoy all of your work and how creatively talented you are. Keep doing what you do best, Quilting! Your pretty good at gardening as well, love to Teddy.

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