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Cats and quilts go together like needle and thread – truth. Honestly, my cat, Emma, thinks she’s in charge of my sewing space. Amanda (Jedi Craft Girl) and Tina (Emily Ann’s Kloset) routinely share photos of their cats on quilts via Instagram, and this common thread sparked a friendship.
Together, they created this cute badge to urge all of us with cats to share our favorite photos of them all up in our sewing business. So far, there are 677 photos under the hashtag #KittyQuilter. Such fun. Don’t miss it.
Click to read Amanda’s announcement post and ...read more
The parade is getting near! When you can hear the police sirens, the teens will miraculously appear. They just do. Expect a few extra teens to show up and expect to feed them. About this time the younger kids get antsy. They will begin to jump around, insist on fixing their perches--the wagon, the ice chest, the barricade, your chair, your shoulders--whatever will raise them 8" off the ground. They will then whine because they can't see anything.
Parades move slowly (there is nothing to see until after the police ...
|NOLA Mardi Gras|
All that said, I thought I'd share my version of ... read more
During 2016 I finished 40 ProjectS
We survived Beta! It got a little dicey at times, but with almost 7,000 teenagers in one room (albeit a large room) one can expect some tiny issues to present themselves. My duties at convention are relatively easy--if everyone cooperates. I am in charge of stage left. Because the stage is 60 feet wide and 40 feet deep, it's impossible for one person to manage it all. So someone has right, someone has front, I have left.
|Betas hanging out in the hall.|
photo from National Beta Club website
The person on stage right handles sponsors, trophies, minor ... read more
Melanie Testa is by far one of the most joyful, and thoughtful quilters I’ve ever met. A beautiful, creative soul. One of my most treasured memories is having lunch with her and Elizabeth, we were on the receiving end of some seriously disapproving looks from because we were laughing so much. This still brings a … Continue reading Character: explored beautyread more
Hello! Welcome to my little corner of the quilting world! Whether you’re a return guest or a brand new friend, I’m so glad you’ve stopped by today! I’m very honored to be #99 of the 100 designers of the Splendid Sampler Quilt. I live not too far from Pat Sloan and was just tickled pink when she asked me to be part of this amazing project. If you’re looking for the block directions and a quick, photo tutorial of how to construct block #99, the Four Corner Spinwheel Block, you’ll find them a little ...read more
I've not been getting into the studio much lately, especially last weekend. Our youngest granddaughter celebrated her 7th birthday with a party on Saturday. She's the dark haired one in these pictures. Caki and Sophie are close in age and in love. What a pair!
This sweety is a fun-loving, never serious, darling. We love her so very much and had a fun time watching her and her friends run, jump, and play for a couple of hours. To bottle that energy!
On Sunday the oldest granddaughter celebrated her baby shower. Yes. BABY. Shower. I'm not believing ... read more
|Collars for Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum|
|A random collar|
The sewing falls to me, by default, of course. But we rarely have more than one or two costumes that need a little "tweaking." This year our theme is "Mad about Maddie" using the Alice in Wonderland idea.
It's cute. It's fun. It's (visually) loud. We want cute, fun, and loud. We're trying to get the attention ... read more
Well hello there! Yes, it has been a while… a LONG while. there’s a good reason though, and that reason is that 2016 was crazy busy. I had the busiest year by far out of my seven years of longarm quilting for the public! Like 140% of business compared to the prior year!
This has all been a good thing, because things happened: I paid off a student loan, I put money in savings and CD’s for my girls, and I sort of learned to say no. Most importantly, I had an intervention with some quilty friends at ...read more
Tidying up in preparation for free motion quilting is an essential step. Because I needed space on the floor to baste the quilt. After spending a good bit of yesterday doing said tidying my sweetie and I were watching some show, which I paused for a moment. Scratch! Scratch! Scratch! Damitol! Wouldn’t you know it…mouse. … Continue reading On Tidying Upread more
My family is such a fun-loving crew. Traditionally we wait to have our get-together/gift exchange on Christmas night. This allows the kids to wake up to Santa surprises, go to mass, and visit their in-laws, or whatever they choose to do.
This year we decided to exchange gifts, have supper and then play games so the little ones could join in the fun. They had been running around screaming for most of the evening and the adults decided this would help to settle them down a little. Of course, not one made much of an effort to pick up ... read more
Last weekend Richard and I went to my sister's house in Natchitoches for the annual Festival of Lights. I wrote a little about the weekend last Sunday.
The rain was unbelievable...so much that the parade was cancelled for the first time since 1959. It was a steady, cold rain that went on for two days and nights, so going out for some sightseeing or festival shopping was out of the question.
We are a hardy lot, however, and had no problem entertaining ourselves. The guys watched football and UFC, visited, and laughed at their own crazy stories. We ... read more
This Nike commercial popped up into my fb newsfeed: The Cubs win the World Series. At this point in the day this is not news. As a Yankee fan I’m happy for them. They worked hard, the played the game hard, they won. Kids all over will be sleeping in this morning and quite frankly … Continue reading Sweet Dreams are Made of theseread more
You all know I stink at recording things for posterity with the camera!
So here are the pictures I did take! Sorry for any blurriness. My phone was full of Penguin opening night pictures and videos so I didn't have enough room so I had to use the old fashion camera..........lol
Great work to everyone! The dates have been set. Prices have not since I have to make a change with the lunch and I'm trying very hard not to raise the price to pay for it. However, I have three choices. Subway boxed lunches or going ...
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behind my pink velvet pincushion?
Years ago during my travels overseas I bought a plump, pink velvet pincushion from a tiny shop in Heidelberg, Germany. When I filmed my very first CRAFTSY class in my home studio, the three young men on the production crew who came to film the class saw my pink pincushion and thought it was just the funniest thing!
They began kidding around and having fun by moving it around the set – much like an “Elf on the Shelf” – so the pink pincushion would appear in different places in ...read more