Snow etc.

It has been snowing a lot.

When the snow is deeper than Teddy’s legs I really have no choice but to shovel it 🙂

I have been busy making blue denim bags to fill orders but I took a break from that to do a white bag.    here is a video.

I finished it and listed it for sale.

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It sold within 5 minutes.

still hand quilting every night…..I’ll get some pictures of that soon.


Happy Quilting



I got the decorations on the tree today.   Mostly Santa ornaments that I have collected over the years, and most of them were gifts.  (click on pictures to enlarge)

I think teddy is waiting for Santa to put some presents under the tree.


My Christmas tablecloth quilt ( it is a vintage tablecloth that I added a red border to and hand quilted)  made a good cover for the tree base.  I had planned to add one of my quilted tree skirts but I don’t think it needs it.

I have several more Trees and I might put up a few more. I think I will do one with a sewing/quilting theme…..I have a huge bag full of wooden thread spools that would be great ornaments .    Not sure if I will get that done this year, but I think it would be fun to do.

For now I feel happy to have this one done.    It looks small up on the table but it really is 7 feet tall.
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I think I’ll spend the next few days quilting…….but there is a lot of end of the year cleanup left to do in the garden.   If the weather is good tomorrow I think that is the priority.

Happy Quilting


Sometimes you get distracted

I had great intentions of getting my tree decorated today.   I got the tree set up and the lights are on but I didn’t get the decorations on it yet.


I decided to use a smaller tree this year….this one is 7 feet but I have really high ceilings so I put it up on a table.

A Singer sewing machine is the reason I didn’t get more decorating done.  A Singer 31-15 arrived today.    I know it was in really bad shape but it got even worse in delivery.  The balance wheel/hand wheel broke in delivery.

It is missing its needle plate and feed dogs, now has a broken hand wheel, it is VERY rusty and I love it!

It was made as an industrial machine so it is heavy (55 pounds) and huge!    There is 10.5 inches between the needle and the column, by comparison my favorite Singer 15 is 7 1/2 inches ….when I get it cleaned up and functioning it will be great for quilting….all that space in the harp will be a real luxury.
So I spent some time working on getting the first layers of rust and gunk off of it.

I have a lot of cleaning to do yet but I have ordered the parts I need to fix it up.  It will be a while before they arrive but I am excited about it.   Now that I have the machine I can work on getting a top made for a treadle base to fit it.    It will need a much larger opening than a standard Singer machine.  I’ll take a picture soon of a full sized Singer 15 next to this one so you can see how large it is.

Teddy is really not that impressed with it….but he is always ready to pose.


Next time pictures of the finished tree 🙂

Happy Quilting

The Start of the Christmas Season

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving visit with the family….Mom and Dad, aunt, sisters and brothers, sisters and brothers in law, nieces and nephews.    I always try to get a Tree decorated the day after Thanksgiving and that is my goal for Friday ( I’ll post some pictures when I get it done)…… I listened to Christmas music on the radio on the drive home tonight so I guess it is officially the start of the Christmas season.

I had planned to bring my Teddy quilt and peacock quilt to show the family but I forgot them … I am posting a few pictures of them again.   (so here they are family….and I will try to remember to bring them to show you on Christmas)

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The beginning of the Christmas Season reminds me of my favorite Christmas short story,”A Christmas Memory”.
I did a recording of me reading it.

If you are one who enjoys shopping I hope you find great deals on Black Friday!

If you are like me and stay home  happy decorating and quilting!



How to make a quilted tote bag

Yesterday I posted a picture of a tote bag I made.

I made another today (this one is larger) and I took pictures of the steps to make it.

I started with the snowflake applique that I made in this video.

You could use any other quilt block or just plain fabric.

I trimmed the block to 18″ x 20″  and then sewed on another piece of fabric also 18″ x 20″ .


I layered it for quilting using 2 layers of Dream Green batting ( 2 layers makes the bag have more body) and muslin for the backing.


I used 505 basting spray ( pin basting would work well too) .


Next I did the quilting.


I did stippling with white thread in the snowflake and an arc patter with red thread in the background.


on the solid red portion I used white thread.


Next I trimmed the excess backing and batting ( measure the finished size of this because you will need this measurement to cut the lining) and folded it in half along the seam line (right sides together).


then sew it on 2 sides leaving the top open.


Next I make box corners on the 2 bottom corners.   Open the bag out as shown in the picture, pulling the sided out to make a corner as shown .


Then mark a stitch line …..line up the 45 on your ruler and then use the measurement along the top to draw the line.( mine is at 5.5 inches  but you can vary the size depending on how big the bag is).


Then sew on the line.


Then cut off the point.


Do the same on the other corner and then turn the bag right side out.


Here is the inside. (all the raw edges will be hidden with a lining in a later step).


Now turn in the top edge ( I turned in 1.5 inches) It might help to press this down.


Now to make the handles I cut 2  7 inch  by 20 inch pieces of red fabric.


press in half.


then fold the two edges into the center and press.


then fold on half again and stitch along the edges.

pin the handles to the bag on the inside.


stitch around the entire bag (3/4 inch down from the top).


now to make the lining cut a piece of fabric the same size as the finished top was and fold it in half right sides together.


sew the edges as we did for the bag.

and then do the same size box corners.

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now put the lining inside the bag and line up the corners in the bottom .


fold under the top edge and pin into place.


then sew about 1/4 inch from the top edge.


that is how I made it……

here is the back


and here they both are


I made the smaller bag the same way, just a smaller fabric ….

Teddy watched to be sure I didn’t make a mistake.


Happy Quilting



It is that time of year again…….
every year I make a bunch of snowflakes. Here are a few for previous years (click pictures to enlarge)

I am working on them again ( I might do another giveaway drawing in the next few weeks)
I made a video of how to fold and cut them and then make them into an applique for quilting.

Happy Quilting