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is originally from Minnesota, did 'time' in California, and is currently sentenced to doing a few years in Arkansas.
She's the "Lazy Quilter" who often doesn't take time to try to achieve perfection. She's "Walker Lady" who changed her lifestyle and lost over 70 pounds in the process! She wears the hats of a Quilter, Artist, Crafter, Musician, Life Coach, Wife, and Mom, all rolled up into one crazy eccentric woman!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring arrives and World Quilting Day fun

Spring arrived on the 20th. My flowers are blooming like crazy!
One of my crocus flowers blooming

I do believe that Saturday, March 21st, was World Quilting Day. 
Three, two, one, QUILT!!! And so I did. 
March = 3 and then 2 + 1 for 21 - get it? 
On the cutting table is my evidence!
That little bit of yellow fabric above the blue block was from a fellow quilter. I gave her some music fabric that I had and she sent me back that pretty yellow fabric in exchange. She didn't have to do that! Quilters are so generous.
Binding is on my 2014 guild BOM quilt
My March block for "My Favorite Things" over on the Quilt Doodle Doodles Blog

Progress on my Lancaster quilt BOM

Another Spring Crocus

This came across my FaceBook page last week. I think it is pretty appropriate:

Quilting and playing with fabric is therapy for me. I used to feel guilty about having more fabric than I could ever hope to use up. Fabric is expensive though, and 99% of mine was purchased when it was on sale at deep discounts. In a few years I won't be able to afford to spend $11 or more per yard, for fabric! This is my way of saving for my retirement. I keep what I love and can use. I make quality charity quilts and pillowcases with fabric that I just don't want anymore. Nothing wrong with that!

I recently took advantage of a huge sale and bought a bunch of fabric. It arrived here in a box that looked like this:

It was soaking wet on that corner too. I didn't think that the fabric was injured though. I mean, it is just water, right? I proceeded to take the fabrics to the laundry room to pre-wash them all.

After all the fabric was washed and dried I started folding it up in order to put it into my storage area. As I worked on folding I noticed this yellow fabric:
Those dark marks are not supposed to be on there!
I don't know if you can tell but it went through all four layers of fabric!
The online store will make good on the fabric. I think I get to keep it, although it won't be used for what I had hoped to use it for. If I do get to keep it, I might try getting those ink marks out of the fabric. If I can't I will make a dog bed out of it...or something like that.

St. Patrick's Day was last week. I found this cute shamrock picture and want to use it for an appliqué block someday. Trouble is, I can't find out who the artist is that made it! I want to give credit where credit is due, if I can. When I get ready to start actually making this, I will try one more time to find the artist so that there are no issues down the road. OR perhaps I will use this design as inspiration to design my own clover.
At the most recent guild meeting I mentioned I had gotten a lot of pre-pieced fabric blocks or patches. I have not figured out what the maker was trying to do with the fabrics. I've been playing around with them on the design wall.
The upper left has a bunch of four patches and half square triangle blocks. I have about 20 of each and they measure about 2.5" square. I can make up all kinds of block ideas using those patches. The bigger challenge is with the patches just below that block. See the triangles matched with a pieced triangle?
Here is a better shot of those blocks. See them at the bottom right? The light pink in those blocks, matches the light pink in the bigger block I am working with in the upper left there. No matter how I try though, I cannot make the bigger triangle patches work with the smaller ones because the math doesn't add up! I am sure they were all supposed to be together because of the common pink fabric in all of them. What was she trying to make? Had she made a mistake in making some of the blocks the wrong size? This is quite a puzzle for me to work out. I am enjoying the challenge.

I hope Spring arrived at your house. It is busting out all over the place here. If it would dry up enough, we could mow already this year! In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying a bit of sewing this weekend. Till next time, Happy Sewing!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Free Stuff for Me

I scored big at the quilt guild this week. They always have a table of free stuff. I have some scrumptious bright colors to play with. A lot of it is already cut and pieced...not only that, but pieced well! I will make some pretty pretty charity quilts with this. I love fabrics, all kinds of fabrics. This find makes me feel like it is a special occasion and I got presents!
The photos don't do the colors justice. (When do they ever?)  I also got yardages of some green and a rose color. I plan to make some summer tops with them. The green is a gauzy light weight cotton with a palm tree print on it. I can picture it as a cool summer top to wear! The rose is more like a linen. I am not sure what I will do with it yet.
You probably can't tell from the picture below, unless you click on the photo to enlarge it, but there is a bunch of owl prints in this bunch of fabric. Who can go wrong with owl prints? I know I can't.
I love working with such lively colors! I would never have mixed them up this way and the challenge of making this into a quilt, energizes me!

That's all from here! Happy Sewing!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Snow Days

We had a little dusting of snow back in November and then nothing for months. Over the past four weeks we've had a LOT of snow and school has been closed for a total of five days. I can't remember when they've had a full week of school!

There is a funny story about these odd tracks in our backyard:
My 14 year old son managed to lock himself out of the house! Why he was barefoot, in the garage, at night, with no jacket, no cell phone, and wouldn't ring the doorbell to wake us up is beyond me! The barefoot tracks where when he went to look for the spare key that we USED to keep in the back. It wasn't there. Our son survived and has quite a silly story to tell now, about the night he spent in the garage and walking barefoot in the snow!

This last snow did not kill off the daffodils though! They are still blooming like crazy out there in the back yard.

With so many snow days, I've been busy. I finally took the time to get photographs together to put here on my blog!

The first thing I want to talk about is my favorite all around sewing machine. I recently had to move it and set it up in a different place. When I went to pull the power cord out, the receptacle for the plug, inside the sewing machine, came out in pieces! Oh NO!!!

For the past month I've been searching for a replacement. I had won that one on eBay, but as you saw in a previous posting, it arrived in pieces. I contacted several places to see about getting a part to replace the broken one with. The machine is pushing 15 years of age, and parts are not easy to get. It looked like I had a completely unrepairable machine and would have to continue looking for a new one.

With nothing else to lose, my husband took a look at it the other night...while we were snowed in. Oh the wonderful joys of being married to a Mechanical Test Engineer who used to be an Electronic Engineering Technician!!! He was able to fix my Pfaff sewing machine, that otherwise would have become a boat anchor.

Here she is, ready to go back to work!

The plug receptacle on the right was the broken one. The fix involved redesigning (kinda) and solder and teeny tiny screws and precision workmanship. He even fixed the three buttons on the stitch selector pad that weren't working before. I vacuumed out the dust bunnies, since it was opened up. She's as good as new now! Woohoo!!! How will I ever repay him? I am sure I can think of something.

Around the studio you might find this new kitty in my pineapple plant. I could not resist the poor little thing, tucked away in a pile of markdowns at a local store.

It doesn't really look like it, but the studio has shrunk. It weighs a lot less than it did. I got rid of so much stuff!!! Here is a before photo:
That is the table in the foreground, with all the stuff piled high.

This corner is piled high. I was standing with the table at my back, taking a shot of the same angle. 

Here is the studio, picked up and the load lightened!
That messy corner is now filled with my new Sweet 16 quilting machine!
Lancaster BOM - Block One
Lancaster BOM - Center Medallion in progress

My Mom's 1950-1960-ish vintage sewing machine. 
Her machine is mounted in a Franklin treadle cabinet. We found the places where the treadle used to be attached inside. I don't know the history of this as to how Mom got it, but it might have been my Grandmother's on Mom's side of the family.
Here is the new girl on the block, my Sweetie. She sat for over a month without being used. I tested her just enough to check the tension and then didn't get back to her until today. At first I was intimidated by her size and potential. Then I was afraid...what if I did not like her, after spending all that money??? I also needed a quilt to quilt with!

Today I made myself sit down with the bobbin winder. I got it all hooked up, figured out how to get a bobbin on it and wound my first bobbin! It went without a hitch too. I think I can wind regular bobbins on it too! MUCH better than those cheap plastic stand-alone bobbin winders!

Oh look! A quilt that needs quilting!
And, the results are in! She does quilt! I love how long the bobbin lasted before changing. There is definitely a learning curve with this machine. I am so used to quilting with my Juki that I will need to take time to re-learn with this new machine. I already miss my automatic thread cutter though.
The quilt is a calendar quilt that was 2014's BOM through my quilting guild.
Last, but not least, the next block for the BOM "My Favorite Things" is in. This one will be a sewing machine! I have it cut out and ready to sew down.

Sew that's it from these parts! I wonder how many of you have read all the way through this LONG blog posting! I think we are done with snow for the rest of this year. Today it was in the 50's and the sun was shining SO bright! It was all good.

Hope to see you back here again sometime soon! Until then, happy sewing y'all!    

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Is it spring yet?

Last week I missed my guild meeting due to illness. Yes, it was the same bug that I had the week before. It lasted a good ten days! I was just getting back to normal when....a four day weekend turned into a five day weekend. It doesn't take much snow to shut down the south:
The bamboo in the neighbor's yard looks more like weeping willows!
I wish the bamboo wasn't there. We've had snow/ice in the past where it takes
down the power lines that are behind our house!
See? There isn't much snow! There is a layer of ice underneath it though.
So hubby, son, and I spent four days together. Then hubby slid into work on the fifth day, but school had been cancelled and my son and I stayed home. Thank goodness we never lost power! Everyone is back to work and school today, but tomorrow sounds very iffy again. I would not be surprised if we all ended up together at home again.

For Valentine's Day my husband got me this box of chocolates because, in his words, "The top is quilted!" Gotta love a man who knows his wife's passions. Once the candy evaporated from the box, I took off the cardboard bits and put a hole in the backside of the top.
What a cute little bulletin board I now have in my studio!
I added the border to the calendar quilt BOM from last year:
All I need to do is figure out the backing and I will be trying out this quilt, using Sweetie for the first time! I have to make some more room for the sandwiching process though. My studio is almost cleaned out but not quite there yet.
In the process of cleaning, I am selling off one of the old machines I have:
This is a New Home/Janome 270 Streamliner.
I don't think it was ever used. The bed shines like it was brand new! She sews pretty well too. I just don't need all these machines! I have Sweetie, Annie the Featherweight, my Mom's machine, the Juki still, and my broken Pfaff. I might end up keeping the Juki.
I tried to buy another Pfaff so I could fix mine up. I figured I could blend together two machines and have an almost new machine again. I have used my Pfaff hard and she needs a lot of major fixing. I bought another one on eBay and it came last night. I could have probably stopped opening the box, when I saw how it was packed:
That is pillow-wrap around it. This is not the best way to pack a machine for shipping.

To my dismay, the machine had been severely damaged during shipping. The cover/case was cracked and broken on one corner:
 The hand wheel was in pieces:
 This is the accessory box and that jagged part should not be there either:
I am currently in the return phase of the whole deal. The seller is supposed to refund my money. I will be on the hunt for another Pfaff. Thank goodness I only need my straight stitching machines and the quilting machine right now.

That's all the latest from here! All the snowy weather has allowed me to get more caught up on the hand appliqué projects. Life is pretty good! Sew-on y'all!!!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Upside of Being Sick

Three blocks done...hand sewn, buttonhole stitching, and buttons for embellishment:
Block One - Snowman
Block Two - Tree
Block Three - Teapot
I am all caught up on this block of the month. I am working on another one too. At this rate, I will be all caught up before I am all done with being laid up!!!

Happy Sewing y'all!