Archive for November 2012

How to make a boutique tissue box cover with bow

About six years ago I got a free pattern to cover my tissue boxes with style. I made tons of them, I knew that pattern so well that I apparently didn’t feel the need to save it. Plus I was working full time, my sewing room was not nearly as organized as it is now.... Read more »

Gift ideas for the quilter or sewer in your life

Ah, the holidays are upon us and many of us are going to be buying gifts. If your family hasn’t gone to White Elephant or gag gifts you might be buying a gift for a quilter or a sewer, you lucky dog! How to decide what to get her?  A lot depends on how much... Read more »

Nursery sewing in yellow and grey nearly done

I can see the end in sight for the nursery sewing. Hmmm, does that mean if I finish the sewing projects then the baby will come quicker? I better get a move on! The least glamorous of the projects was the window seat cover, whoa, for such a simple project I had to have a... Read more »

Thanksgiving at a Quilter's house

I would rather sew than cook and for a blissful period in my life, I got to do just that. My sister in law hosted my family and I sewed her aprons, tablecloths, table runners and anything else I could think of to keep her at the stove instead of me. But all good things... Read more »

Rocking chair cushions completed, quilting continues

I am continuing to work on the nursery, I am in charge of the sewing projects. My daughter and her husband found a rocker on Craig’s list which they purchased, sanded and painted yellow. Today I finished making the cushions for the rocker. I thought this would be a quick project but I was wrong... Read more »

Modern baby quilt on Longarm with red snappers

I was able to load the “modern” baby quilt onto Gladys the Gammill pretty quickly, hurray! I have been pretty motivated to sew because that baby is coming in less than a month. I want to get a few more things done so I can just enjoy her once she gets here. Here is the... Read more »

Yellow and grey baby quilt completely done

I finished the baby quilt before I went on the quilt retreat but I didn’t want to post it to my blog until today. Emily’s wonderful colleagues contacted me and wanted to have a low key shower for her. She had previously said she didn’t want any showers as she is too nervous because of... Read more »

The pluses of attending a longarm quilt retreat

Sewing is a solitary pursuit for me. I have my thoughts, my music and whatever project I am working on. People don’t normally stop by my sewing room to see how things are going or swap ideas. My guild is a place to see new projects but very few have longarm machines and none are... Read more »

What to do if your candidate loses tonight

The polls say that this election is so close, we are split 50/50. That means tomorrow half of us are going to be pretty darn happy and the other half pissed off! What do you do if you are in the surly half? I’ve been there over the years and might be tonight. I know... Read more »

Yellow & Grey hearts all quilted, now for the border

I am in some sort of manic quilting craziness right now. I dream about the yellow and grey quilts and do work on them. Son of a gun, when I wake up, none of that work is actually there. I didn’t even go to the swimming pool this morning, I was so excited to sew... Read more »
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