Archive for October 2017

I got a new to me serger for free!

I got a new to me serger for free, can you believe it? It just so happened that a quilt guild pal of mine had a serger she had been looking to pass on. She subscribes to my blog so she posted on my Facebook page, “Do you want my serger?” My answer was an... Read more »

Frankenstein by Mary Shelly book club was an Oktoberfest delight

Frankenstein by Mary Shelly book club was an Oktoberfest delight at my condo yesterday. We read three classic novels a year and this choice was perfect for this time of year. Let me tell you all about the fun. My last post described how I created the table runner you see on the table with... Read more »

How to create a DIY Scrappy Halloween table runner

I am going to host a Frankenstein book club this weekend and I decided I needed a scrappy Halloween table runner. I still have to put the binding on it but I will include pictures of that when I post about our Grand finale. It’s going to be a Frankenstein/October Fest, too much fun! In the meantime,... Read more »

Help! A sneaky sewing serger is seducing me

I have been involved in an advanced sewing class for the past five weeks. I am really enjoying it and getting my granddaughter’s Cinderella costume made as I learn all kinds of techniques about heirloom sewing, garment adjustments and patterns. But I need your help. A sneaky sewing serger is seducing me each week in... Read more »

Things I still care about and haven't given up on in life

On two different Wednesdays I wrote posts about things I don’t care about and those which I had given up on. You might think from reading these that I am apathetic about life and without opinions. Au contraire! There are many things I still care about and haven’t given up on in life. Let me... Read more »

7 important lessons quilting and sewing have taught me

I prefer to sew on a daily basis but sometimes that doesn’t happen. I enjoy the heck out of quilting and sewing but I think I have gained more than just enjoyment from my hobby. I would like to share with you 7 important lessons quilting and sewing have taught me. 1. Mistakes – Who... Read more »

How's the view from your sewing machine?

I have sewn in various locations including kitchen tables, dining rooms, basement, corner of my bedroom and dedicated sewing rooms. I have always tried to have something pleasant to look at while I am sewing. I might have piles on chairs and bags stuffed behind other bags but I want to be happy while I... Read more »

Be happy by creating your own greeting cards

It's a two-fer!
I love sending cards to people but it can get expensive. Most of them aren’t all that clever after all. WE, quilters of the world, could make our own. Yes, I mean it! Look at your own photos, you have pictures that would be perfect! Scan them or copy them. Write a little something on... Read more »

11 Glorious Facts about Gingham

My very first sewing project on my own was created from gingham. It has a fond place in my heart that was awakened recently while watching The Wizard of Oz with my grandchildren. It was their first time and they were fascinated. I was having a ball watching them and I impulsively mentioned to Zara... Read more »

There are good people and hope in the world and Project Lydia is one of them

Some days are hard to fathom and sad in so many ways. Other days give you a ray of sunshine that there are good people and hope in the world and Project Lydia is one of them. I was lucky enough to encounter their booth at the Sewing and Quilt Expo 2017 in Chicago. I reached back... Read more »
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