Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Claiming my blog - something I thought I had already done. The learning curve keeps growing! Follow my blog with Bloglovin Follow on Bloglovin

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Overwhelmed Newbie

Today is the beginning of my fourth week as a blogger.  Thanks to Beth at Plum and June, I am getting a much needed education about the hows and whats on a blog.  I have been visiting the sites, leaving comments (haven't gotten to everyone yet), following, reading tons of emails and searching for who I am and want to be on this site.  As a limited technology person, I am feeling light years behind and scrambling to catch up with the rest of the Let's Get Acquainted group and the rest of the tech savvy world.

In the meantime, I am relaxing (so exhausted from teaching 1st graders) and getting reacquainted with my family, my dogs and myself.  I realized I have too many projects going on and spent the weekend focusing on one, the patriotic quilt.  I also bought an app for my iphone to help with my pictures (thanks to my daughter) - tell me what you think!

hst, red white and blue, patriotic

HST, patriotic

HST, patriotic, red white and blue

Thanks for visiting,

Here's the June schedule.  Check these links!

Friday, June 7th
Owen's Olivia
13 Spools
Wasn't Quilt In A Day
The Studiolo
Yeah, I Made That
Heart Of Charnwood
Robot Mom Sews
Kitchen Table Quilting

Friday, June 14
Jolie Maxtin
Melia Mae Quilting
On The Windy Side
Molli Sparkles
Little And Lots
Duck Egg Threads
My Quilt Infatuation
There's A Thread
Between Quilts

Friday, June 21
Ella's Cottage
The Tilted Quilt
Quilt Candy
NW Patchwork
Beadqueene's Bits And Baubles
Happy Fabric
Simple Sewendipity
Cloud CouCou Crafts

Friday, June 28
So Sew Green
The Rainbow Revolts
Stitched In Thyme
Little Mushroom Cap
Kayak Quilting
Factotum Of Arts
The Sassy Quilter
Sew Sunshine

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Ahhh, Summer!

Well it's officially summer for me.  I cleaned my classroom yesterday, locked the door and left my professional world behind for 2 months.  (Who am I kidding? You know I'll be working on next year's curriculum during the summer!)  However, now I have the time to tackle my wish lists for quilting, reading (books and blogs), and spending time with my family.

The first order of business, get organized!  My work area is a mess.  I have been cutting fabric for multiple projects for months.  Each one different from the next, with different (or not specified) recipients.  Since I tend to wander from one task to the next, I don't have enough pieces cut for any of the projects.  Not to worry, that won't stop me from sewing!

I'm looking at the variety of what I have to work on:

  • A"Gumdrop" quilt, 

  • a quilt top with curves, 
Quilty Magazine  Mar/Apr 2013 Issue 4

In process - still attacking the scraps!

  • paper pieced stars, 

  • a patriotic star quilt for a friend, 
1/2 block on my design board

  • a baby quilt, 
  • a huge (108 x108) quilt for myself, 
  • tote bags, 
  • Craftsy classes
  • and boxes and drawers of fabric calling my name for yet to be determined designs.
Future quilt design???????

What are you doing this summer?

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Joined a Blog Hop

I am participating in Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop from Plum and June. (which officially begins on June 9) I have been following blogs for a few months and thought this would be a good way to interact, learn and meet other bloggers.  Of course, I rarely do anything the easy way so I am jumping in with both feet.  I am already having trouble adding buttons, despite reading directions umpteen times and getting kicked off my own post.  This might be a case of "call the tech savvy sister!"

Since I am new, I thought I would give you an idea of where I sew and quilt.  Pardon the pictures, I am still learning!
Yes, I am using 2 machines! I switch back and forth.

This is my newest machine.  A Viking 875.

Here's a sampling of my stash.  It's actually under  my work table.

I'm working on several projects at once (Isn't that what everyone does?)  The center picture above is a quilt from Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison  - Gumdrops designed by Amanda Jean.  I love the quilt.  The quilting is labor intensive as I am doing bubble/cobblestone quilting that I am teaching myself.  What was I thinking!!!

I also have a few flimsies ready to be quilted.

And here are this weekend's finishes-

Gifts for my classroom volunteers

I look forward to hearing from you -