Machine quilting practice, installment three

I’ve skipped posting a few “installments” here on the practice piece I began here and continued here. Between those two installments and now, I added about a zillion “pebbles” around the flying geese, as well as two sections with curved feathers. The latest task, which I did today, was to […]


Last week at our group’s meeting, one of our members showed us how to make some folded star potholders. Coincidentally, I needed a new pair, so I made these. They’re fairly thick with all of the folded fabric, and of course there’s insulation inside to prevent burns, so they should […]

Koala Studio Cabinet 2

I’ve had a terrific sewing machine cabinet for many years, and it would have lasted me many more. However, I have a storage problem in my little sewing room, so in March I began considering a change in cabinets. My timing was pretty good, too, since there was a Bernina […]


First of all, I’m still working on my current quilt — slowly, it’s true, but I’ll show pictures when I’m happier with what I’m doing. 😉 However, my husband of almost 45 years bought me a gift for no particular reason a few weeks ago, and it arrived yesterday. He’s […]

Springtime baking 4

I haven’t posted in a while, as I’ve been going through something that hasn’t left me much in the mood. Today, though, I decided to do some baking to get my mind off of things. A few months ago I’d purchased Dorie Greenspan’s newest book, Dorie’s Cookies, which is crammed full of scrumptious-sounding cookies, […]

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 […]