Ditching it 4

Don’t get me wrong — I enjoy the quilting portion of making a quilt. Still, before doing the fun free-motion part, a certain amount of stitching in the ditch is necessary to stabilize the quilt and prevent the layers shifting. That part is sort of boring, IMHO. But that’s the part I’ve […]


Machine quilting practice, installment two

Actually, this is probably installment four, since the first step in this online project was to trace the main parts of the design and sandwich the little quilt. The second was to quilt along the wavy lines and then quilt flying geese inside those. The third step was to draw three large […]


Personalized bibs

There’s a new baby in the extended family! She’s the daughter of one of my nephews and his wife and joins a big brother who is now two. They’re French, so I don’t get to see them often; in fact, I’ve never seen any of my sister’s four grandchildren, sadly. One […]


Machine quilting practice 6

Not too long ago I found out about a challenge sponsored by Teri Lucas on her Facebook page. It’s a slow challenge, with the steps — two so far — coming every few weeks. The challenge is intended to give the participants some practice in free-motion quilting, and so far it’s been fun. The […]


Latest “doings”

I was thinking back recently and realized that I hadn’t touched my sewing machine since before Christmas! Things have been busy, what with the holiday season, our brief trip, my mother’s death, and other life “things”. However, at the end of January, Angela Walters came to our local guild and gave […]


Facelift 6

Back in August, I wrote in this post about having some lovely new tile installed in our home. After we’d recovered from the resulting problems, we began to be less than happy with how the kitchen cabinets looked; the wood-tone cabinets and the grey tile just weren’t a great combination. In […]