Monday, May 25, 2015


This is starting to become a habit.

I don't usually do hand binding. In fact, up until last week, I could have honestly said - I never hand bind.  As I do more border-free quilts,  I have found hand binding is better for my "points."

And then there's ruler work.

I'm still not ready to say "love it."  But I'm not hating the practice.

The end result ... a finish ... always a great feeling!

Pattern will be available at Spring Water Designs at the end of June - it's SEW cute!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

More Cleaning


Have you checked out the blog hop? You really must - it's sew inspiring.  In fact - after the teeny bit of cleaning I did in my sewing room ... I cleaned out my sock drawer.  That's a LOT of hand knit socks.

Then I moved on to the next drawer ... other miscellaneous socks - a whole lot of these went into the donation bag.  In fact, for about 3 minutes, I actually had 1 empty drawer!

In the process of that teeny bit of spring cleaning in my sewing room, I corralled 5 quilts that need binding.  The binding is made and ready.  I just need the time and focus to commit to doing it.

Yes, I do have a weird amount of socks and a slightly cleaner sewing room.

Saturday, May 23, 2015


Such a dilemma ... Sewing in the dungeon (my fabulous, almost perfect sewing room) or enjoy a lovely spring day.  My begonias are beautiful.

My new project really needs my attention.  Sew - a compromise.  I did lots of trimming at my kitchen counter - 48 Square-ups!

LOVE this ruler!

At the same time - I could enjoy the view of my pretty flowers.

A great compromise!  And a great start to a holiday weekend.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Little Stitching

I'm Wednesday, at Spring Water Designs, I taught a handwork class.  18 women eager to stitch with wool and thread and create a cute little needle case.  We had a ball!

Stitchers are very intense and do NOT travel lightly.  We had all kinds of bags and containers.  Is it weird - one of my favorite things about teaching is seeing the what-not that stitchers own.

The best part of teaching a new class ... I have to make a sample.

I REALLY needed a new needle case.  The old one had turned into a pin cushion/catch-all and was sort of a mess.

The pattern (and maybe kits?) will be available (again) soon at Spring Water Designs!

Sunday, May 17, 2015


Spring Clean Your Studio Bloghop. 

I'm not sure how to add a link while typing on my iPad but you really should Goggle this and read/see a whole bunch of fiber folks cleaning up their mess.  It's SEW inspiring.  2 friends (Amalia and Misty) are participating.

I REALLY need this.  I've shared messy photos in the past. It's at it's worst and a bit overwhelming. I decided to tackle just one small part ... a little goes a long way - right?

My wool (and other miscellaneous junk) was getting out of hand.

Much better.  The plaid fabrics and homespun still needs some attention but at least it's all corralled in it's own spot, with no unwelcomed visitors.  

Because I was going to quit there, I didn't take a "before" photo of the rest of this end of the room but I did NOT quit there!

I honestly could not see the carpet before I cleaned up.  

SEW much better!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Need To vs Want To

Thursday was spent getting done  a long list of things.  So, that on Friday, I could spend the day doing things I wanted to do.

Sometimes that "need to" is also a "want to", like Jane's quilt.

Sometimes, the "want to" is also a "need to", like a new project.

And then - it was the weekend!

Friday, May 15, 2015


What day is it?  What MONTH is it?  I am in my sewing room everyday ... every single day.  
I just noticed this...

And because I always need to know what day it is, or what DAY that DATE will be - I have more than one.

Ok, so I guess the need to know hasn't been particularly huge lately.  
The worst part - I laughed about the calendars, thought it would make a good blog post, took the photos and never did update the pages.  I still don't know what day it is.  Maybe I'll wait and go right into June.

A soft and pretty OP quilt.  I just love a humble quilt. 

The homespun fabrics are soft.  The simple pattern is restful.  The whole quilt is just so - usable.

Usable ... THAT, my friends, is one of the highest compliments I can give a quilt. 

      A snuggly quilt - the best Kind!