Category: General sewing thoughts

Musings about what I sew and why

Returning to the Grand Hotel Annual Spring Needle Art Seminar

In 2015, I attended the Grand Hotel Annual Spring Needle Art Seminar and I loved it. My husband adored it even more. Three gourmet meals a day? Golf? Fancy rooms and many comfortable chairs? He told ME we were going for sure in 2016 as well. I am a pretty smart lady, I signed up!... Read more »

How long should a sewing machine last?

Over my lifetime I have personally owned four every day sewing machines, that’s a span of 40 years. Each time I bought a machine, I thought it would last me forever. Recently someone asked me when I was going to replace my current sewing machine. I was shocked and stammered out NEVER! I thought I... Read more »

Things only last minute quilters and sewists know

I am not naming names but some of us are last minute stitchers. We do not start our Christmas quilts in the summer when we could easily get it done, where is the sport in that? Quilt contest coming up? Why finish up early and then fret? Post your pictures last minute and then you... Read more »

I don't like to change the thread on my sewing machine

I don’t like to change the thread on my sewing machine. Nope, in fact I have used a color that really isn’t perfect just to avoid changing it. When my girls would ask me to mend or stitch something for them I have been known to say, OK, but I’m not changing the thread! Why?... Read more »

What to do to relieve sewing frustration

I wrote yesterday about my longarm machine going rogue on me. And by rogue I mean acting naughty beyond belief. I was very frustrated because I wanted to get my table runner finished. I found ways to calm myself down and I thought I would share them with you. Here are my suggestions on what... Read more »

Let's talk about different kinds of quilt batting

Let’s talk about different kinds of quilt batting. For example, what is your favorite batting? I am not sure I have one. When I first started I would just buy bags of batting with a coupon at Joann Fabrics. I used that approach for about 30 years and always hand quilted. I saved the scraps... Read more »

What makes a quilt a success?

I think and dream about quilts all the time.  I might be remembering one I’ve previously created, improving one I am working on or imagining one I want to make. Those compelling quilts that I want to make urge me to stop at quilt stores or pull fabrics out of my stash when I am... Read more »

What to do if you run out of quilt motivation

Sometimes I hit the wall in life. I just run out of ideas, I think we have all done this. We don’t know if we can think of one more dinner to make, one more lesson to teach or maybe even one more quilt to make. I am hoping that quilting never becomes ho hum... Read more »

How to describe the love of sewing and fabric

One of the things I love about writing this blog is the knowledge that my readers get me. I write sewing time knowing that you all understand the enjoyment. I can report that I bought more fabric and expect that most of you are sighing in contentment along with me. A whole different situation is... Read more »

Grand Hotel Annual Spring Needle Art Seminar 2015

We are on our to Mackinac Island and I am very excited. Earlier this year one of my twitter friends posted this link. The minute I found out about this seminar, I realized I had wanted to go there all my life! OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration but I have wanted to visit... Read more »