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Stippling quest was a Success!

First I practiced stippling on a baby quilt panel that I had inherited from Grandma Dott.  It has a high loft poly batting, which makes it nice and fluffy.









As a newbie quilter, I posted on our neighborhood Facebook page that I was looking for some quilts to practice stippling on at a very discounted price.  I got several quilt tops…thank goodness for quilters who are brave enough to give a new quilter one of their precious tops!  My neighbor down the street loves to piece tops and has a big stack of them waiting to be quilted. She brought me this queen sized top.

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Here is a close up of the stipple size and a picture of my favorite print in her quilt.  The rectangular rose print.  I am not really a pink sort of girl, but I love the colors in this quilt!


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I also got this beautiful baby quilt from a friend of another neighbor.  I was nervous about this one because she usually pays top dollar to very experienced quilters.  I used a green from Superior and it blended beautifully with all the colors.



When I was at my quilter’s boot camp, I was so frustrated by the Pantovision (digital pantograph) that I went home feeling overwhelmed and horrified that I had taken out a loan to buy this longarm when I couldn’t even trace a pattern and make it look good.  Free motion quilting came much more naturally and was so much fun.   I am happy to say that I have made pretty good progress and now pantographs don’t scare me anymore.


Wow – Sew Many Projects – Sew Little Time

It has almost been a year since I posted…mainly because in my free down time…hmmm….what is the right word?  In the moments I choose to ignore all the rest of the my responsibilities (especially laundry, dishes and cooking), I would rather be piecing one of my MANY projects or longarm quilting on my Innova than blogging. Plain, undiluted truth!

So what has happened in the past year!?

My handsome hubby still works hard for us every day.  He has an Etsy shop where he sells his wood turned bowls and pens.  They are awesome!  He is really into tree and wood books.

Elf Princess is dating and driving and already had her first accident – in MY car, of course!  She also got her first job at a fast food place and Loves (not) the hat she gets to wear. haha

Miss America is still beautiful and smart.  Her art teacher entered some of her art in the school art contest and she won 2 ribbons. She was the manager for the wrestling team (smart girl – haha)

My son (been so long that I forgot his nickname-heehee) managed to survive and pass 5th grade.  I hate homework more than he does!  He earned his Bear badge and almost has his Weblos badge.  He still loves Legos and reading.

Blondie got baptized a member of our church – Loves school – this is an accomplishment because she had kindergarten anxiety so bad we did home school with her. She still loves dancing and crafts.

Brownie started Kindergarten – so excited that the first morning I didn’t even get a kiss good bye.  As soon as the car stopped she jumped out and ran to the playground.  Made me sad!  But was much better than 10 minutes of crying and pulling Blondie off me every morning for weeks of 1st grade.

We have a new addition to the family.  We named him Doug.  He is a beagle/cow mix.  Not really – he is a beagle and something, but his coat looks like a black and white cow.  We rescued him from the local pound and that day in January was better than Christmas at our house for the kids.  He is a sweet dog that is totally fixated on food!

Another school year is almost over and the summer fun is about to start!  Yay!

For me –  what did I do?!  Lots of great things – lots of firsts!

I will keep it to 10 top things: (not in any particular order)

1. I joined a quilting guild – love it!

2. I joined a long arm quilting guild and am learning so much!

3. I have quilted for customers – very exciting- and gotten paid!

4. I got a new Viking Sapphire 875 Quilt sewing machine

5. My sweet hubby built me a new fabulous sewing space

6. I got called to work in the Nursery at our church – I get to play with the kids 18 months to 3 years for 2 hours every Sunday with my hubby!  It is so much fun!

7. I joined a Bonnie and Camille swap.  They are fabric designers for Moda.  Love their fabrics!  Of course, the swap gave me the perfect excuse to stock up on their fabrics!

8. I joined Instagram and have participated in a few swaps and found a lot of really great quilty friends!

9. I got way more involved in the PTA at the elementary and at the Jr High than I ever intended to be!  I feel less sewing time coming up!

10. I got to go the Home Machine Quilting Show and take classes from Judi Madison and Angela Walters!

Lastly and MOST important – My 23rd year of marriage was great and I am so grateful that we still want to be together!  (I love you so much, honey – thanks for your love and support!)

Summer plans?!  The usual – parks, swimming, gardening, biking, hiking and, of course – LOTS of sewing and hopefully more customer quilts to quilts!  One very exciting addition to this summer is my sister and her family coming to spend a week with us!  We can hardly wait!

Happy Sewing!  Thanks for visiting!  Promise to blog more often and with pictures next time! Jules



My Innova Longarm is FINALLY here!

Monday morning and I was Anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new baby – my Innova Longarm Quilting Machine!

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It was a few hours late so I puttered around my quilting/sewing studio…It finally arrived!

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The first piece is one of the 12 foot leaders!

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Here is the side piece!

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The frame is almost done!  I hovered the whole time – excited to see it nearing completion!  Mike, the co-owner, was very patient with my hovering.

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Here is the actual sewing part!  Woot Woot!

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It is finally time to play!

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The tablet with Pantovision.  It came with 50 pantograph patterns, but I stand up front and trace it on the tablet instead of behind the machine with a laser light.

I played a little Monday at home and then went to three days of 9 to 5 classes with Renae  Haddadin from Quilts on the Corner.  She is a fabulous quilter – she got Best of Show at Paducah last year.  She was marvelous, as was her whole team!  See all her ribbons?!  I used this photo off her website, since somehow I lost the whole first days worth of pictures!  ARG!  I did ask permission to take her photo so I don’t think she will mind me borrowing one of hers.

My children all decided they are grateful that I am a stay at home mom normally. It was super fun and overwhelming.  I missed my kids and it made for long days and short nights, but I am so happy I got to go learn.  Blessed to have a husband who is excited about my new adventure and is supporting it financially. Now it is time to practice, practice and practice some more.  The experts make it look sooooooo easy and it really isn’t!

Happy Wednesday!

Squeezing in 1 Day Before the Deadline

In February, I found this charity organization and shared that info in an earlier blog.  Here is the kit I got from Quilts for Kids.


I got right to work and had the top pieced and sandwiched the first week.  The pattern is super easy and the fabric is so cute!  I love the tone on tone white.


Machine quilting is required so I got to work on the Bernina.    The quilting they recommended was stitch in the ditch horizontally and vertically and diagonally between all the blocks.  Stitching around the inner border and in the outer border.  My mom’s new machine has all these fun stitches including a car.  I thought that would be a fun touch around the outer border.


It was slow going and harder than the small practice piece I did.  It didn’t take long before the cars were no longer cars and because I wasn’t checking my work as I went, I did a whole long side of the quilt before I realized the disaster I was creating!


Soooo…. I spent a several hours frogging (unpicking machine quilting).  I finally got all the cars out and headed back up to Mom’s to borrow her machine again.  This time I just went with a plain straight line.   I am running out of time to get it back within 6 weeks.  Stitching in the ditch is a little harder than it sounds.  I watched a couple of videos and read a few articles and learned a few tips on staying in the ditch, so hopefully there will be less straying out of the ditch next time.



Brownie is holding up the quilt.  Her little arms didn’t allow for a very long session and she said “whew, this is heavy” after two pictures.  haha  The binding is just folded over backing and zigzaged it. Here it is all done.  It had to be washed and dried and as soon as it comes out of the dryer, I can package it up and mail it back on my way to pick up kids.  Thank goodness – I squeezed this little no sweat project in one day before the final due date.  I still have to sign the label – I was so excited about that to start with and now I am not sure I want to claim it with my name.  Such a learning curve to machine quilting!

My Own Secret Ambition

I just reread my sisters post from a while ago, which I posted here today…I too have a secret ambition.  I have a hard time saying it out loud and admitting to it because it seems so unreachable and out of my league.  But, gathering my courage…here it is.  I want to teach quilting and sewing – you know – all over the United States.  I would love to teach a class for Craftsy.  I would love to design quilts and be a published author of quilt books.  I would love to have sponsors and be invited to contribute to books, magazines and bees, to organize a charity group, to start a quilt guild, to be an awesome longarm quilter, to be noticed and in demand somewhere (besides at home – where I am always needed. 🙂  I am not complaining – I love being a stay at home Mom and I wouldn’t trade that for any of my dreams) There I said it.  Currently I am a phantom quilter that gets overwhelmed at my dreams.  I have learned alot the last year and there is so much more to learn and do and experience.  I do get to go to the Home Machine Quilting Show in Salt Lake City, Ut this year and I am super excited to meet other quilters there.  If you haven’t heard of it, here is the info:

Home Machine Quilting Show
May 8-10, 2014


The premier quilt exhibition and hands-on
educational conference for all machine quilters,
embroiderers and those who love to sew!

Any ambitions you are keeping to yourself?  Saying it aloud (in print) was actually therapeutic for me…try it!  Have a happy Tuesday!

My NEVER ending stack of WIP’s

WIP’s – Works in Progress or UFO’s – Unfinished Objects!

Yesterday my Bernina mysterious quit working in the middle of machine quilting my quilt for charity.  I went to mend a tutu on my Kenmore and somehow managed to snap the needle and couldn’t locate any upstairs.  At that point, frustration got the better of me and I walked away from the sewing room tutu still flattened under the sewing machine foot.  My sweet husband spent about an hour with the Bernina with no luck so I hauled it downstairs – you know – out of sight, out of mind, out of immediate aggravation…..certainly not lugging a nonworking machine back and forth!

Today I hauled all my piles back to the preschool room after preschool and I thought it would be interesting to see just what it was I was hauling back and forth twice a week…

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top left – my bee pillow cover recently purchased from my LQS for spring, top right –  a skill building quilt for a special someone – that I cut wrong and put away in frustration.  I finally bought new fabric so I keep it handy so I can cut it correctly and make some progress on it eventually…I better hurry up before the theme is no longer a passion for her. I have hauled that one back and forth so many times it needs a new plastic bag.  haha  Bottom left – a sewing machine cover for my beautiful mom…she separated the charms she wanted from the Mimi charm pack and true to form – I can only find the reject pile which isn’t enough to make the cover….arg!!!  I guess I need to look yet again through all my piles!

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Top – the charity quilt that is about 1/2 machine quilted when the Bernina quit working – I feel a trip to Mom’s coming up!  Left bottom – a half square triangle charm quilt that needs to go up on the design wall so it can be pieced together.  The pretty yellow fabric is not part of the Swirls charm collection, but I fell in love with it for the back. Middle – My spring banner that I want to hang in the front room – My valentine’s banner was so pretty, it lifted my spirits every time I came into the house.  Bottom right – the signature quilt label I did for the Modern Bee that I am in.  After I made it, we decided to go with 4 inch square blocks.  So I have to cut the red strip in half and add 1/2 inch to another side and sign my name.  Which I want to machine stitch in black thread. Yet again, foiled by the misbehaving Bernina.

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Let not forget all the poor animals whose stuffing is coming out and need some stitching “bandaids”.  The puppy lost his heart that says Puppy Love.  Brownie is quite adamant that he can not have his heart unattached. Not to mention the Spiderman suit needs some attention (Not sure why we care about that one – I don’t think it even fits anyone here anymore) and various other clothing items that need holes or seams fixed. You know the super BORING type of hand sewing.

I did sit down to sew the pillow cover and discovered that unlike last time, the pillow cover pieces actually need to be cut. ARG!  So I drug out the ironing board and ironed the fabrics and then called my hubby to ask which way the inch x inch went so I could cut it correctly.  I got the pieces cut and I was out of time….now for homework and chores.

What are your WIP’s?  Sadly, these are just the current ones I haul back and forth.  June can’t come soon enough!!!  And instead of using this 10 minutes to make some progress…I am blogging instead. LOL

Quilts for Kids – Charity Organization

A sewing friend of mine found this organization on Pinterest and shared it with me recently.  I logged on and tadah…. (no idea how to spell a made up word?!)



within a matter of days – here came this baggy full of cute PREcut fabric (I love that word precut), the instructions, backing and a quilt label.

This will be my first quilt label and I am quite excited about using it.  Is that silly?  Somehow a label with my name on it makes me feel more official as a quilter.  haha  I haven’t been brave enough to go make myself official by choosing my own labels.

This organization provides the fabric and pattern.  I paid $6 for them to mail me the kit.  I have 4-6 weeks to piece, quilt and bind it and then I mail it back to them. If you are interested in quilting for charity, here is the website http://www.quiltsforkids.org.  My mom’s new sewing machine has a super cute car stitch that I really want to use when I machine quilt it…hint, hint, Mom

This time when the husband asks what I am making this quilt for, I will have a real answer besides….”hmmm, I don’t know.  I liked it?!”  

I am super excited to be part of something bigger than myself as I am currently a phantom quilter.  I really need to join a bee or quild or start one or something!  

Are you part of a guild or a bee or do you donate sewing projects to charitable organizations?  I would love to hear about them.