Monday, March 25, 2013

On the Design Wall

This is what has been on my design wall and is getting quilted today so I can get it in the mail to WA. It measures 41" x 41" and is made out of flannel and will have a fleece backing.

Over at Patchowrk Times  today is what's on your design wall. There are some lovely creations go check it out.

Here it is this afternoon ready for binding. I used a mottled fleece for the backing no batting and just did a medium meander.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Second Chance

Since I have had no response from the winners drawn for the Blog Hop Party Give-A-Way I have drawn 2 more names. Their loss is a happy gain for the following:

Winner for the Why Quilts Matter DVD is 
 Becky from The Quilting Booklady
Winner for the QIAD Quilting Book is:
Podunk Pretties
Please email me at:  with your full names and mailing address and I will get these in the mail to you as soon as I get the information.

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Winners Are!

The Random Number Generator came up with Mary from Quiltin Grandma as the winner of the DVD and Ella from Throw a Wrench in The Works as the winner of the QIAD Book. If you will both email me at with your full name and mailing address I will get these on their way to you by Monday.  Congratulations to you both and a big thank you to everyone who stopped by and left a comment. Hopefully, sometime in the near future you will come for a visit again and say hi.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

What I'm Reading and What's on the Needles

This is the book I just started reading on my Kindle so I'm not sure if it is good enough to recommend or not yet. It is good enough so far that I will go past the first chapter and see how it develops.
I'm behind on posting what is on my needles so I'm including it in this post so I can kill two birds with one stone as they say. This is the Iceland Sweater class I'm doing on Craftsy. Once it is done I will be learning how to steek it to make it a cardigan.
This is the first thing I ever knit in 1972 while we were stationed in Keflavik, Iceland. I knit it for my husband and found out that he didn't like pullover sweaters. I wore it a few times (when I was much younger and thinner) and it's been in a drawer since. I'd like to make another one for the me of today. It's taken me 30 years or more to knit another Icelandic sweater.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Blog Hop Party

Today starts the Blog Hop Party  here sponsered by the Quilting Gallery. The list of participating Bloggers will be available this afternoon at the link above. There will be prizes and giveaways so sit down relax and enjoy reading lots of quilting related blogs. Please take time to leave a comment. Comments from Anonymous will not be posted or accepted.

I will be giving away two prizes and will ship to the United States and Canada. 

 The first one is the DVD Why Quilts Matter.

The second one is Eleanor Burns Book Still Stripping after 25 Years.

Blog Hop Party will run through the 14th of March. Come and have some fun. One entry per person.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Back to Square One Mystery Quilt Step 2

These are my units made for Clue 2 of the Back to Square One Mystery Quilt Judy is doing at Patchwork Times . I'm really liking this one so far. The pieces are large and so far the steps have been easy to do.

Friday, March 1, 2013

A Very Handy Gadget

Before with no additional lighting
I've always wished that the lights on our sewing machines were in front of the needle so I could see better when I was sewing especially at night or on dark fabrics. Last year I saw some lights here that could be added to your sewing machine and give you loads more light to see by.

After  and no additonal lighting

What I really like about these lights is the fact that you buy a complete set and then if you are like me and you have more than one machine you can buy additional lights for the other machines. The light comes in two parts
1. the part that attaches to your machine
2. the cord that can be moved to whatever machine you need to use and connected to the lights on that machine.

So not only is it less expensive after the first complete set to add lights to you other machines, you can also get different sizes for your different machines. On my Pfaff 2140 pictured above I purchase the set that has 4 lights, but you can also get a set with 3 lights if your throat space is smaller. These are LED lights and they have really helped sewing to be enjoyable again especially at night and at workshops where lighting isn't always the best.

P.S. They also have a set for your longarm machine if you are needing some more light on it.