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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!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Captain Chaos is in the house!!!

The studio is in major chaos mode. I am taking it apart and putting it back together. It has been a long process. I have gotten rid of a lot of things. Twelve boxes of craft crap. Good craft crap, but still, craft crap.
The chaos has escaped my studio and hit my bedroom and dining room too! The whole house is in an uproar! It is all good though. I am finally purging, sorting, organizing, and ridding myself of the burdens that hold me down. Sometimes it has been hard to let go of things, but I have yet to regret anything that has left this house whether it was tossed, donated, or given to other crafty folks!
Now if I could only SELL some of this junque, I could buy more! hahahahaha

I got the borders sewn onto the My Tweets/Froo-froo quilt. I still need to miter the border corners and appliqué twelve more flowers on those corners (three on each) before moving on to sandwich and quilt it.

One of the new block-of-the-month projects is this Lancaster 
inspired quilt from the Sycamore Hill blog:
https://cburdy.wordpress.com/
If you click on the picture, it will take you to the Sycamore Hill blog. It's not too late to join in the fun!

These are my fabric choices

Part of the studio redo involves selling my Horn sewing cabinet and Juki sewing machine. Both have served me well, but I am changing things around and sadly do not have room to keep everything!
Horn of America quilting cabinet $600
If you're interested in either, give me a shout!
 
Juki 98TLe $550
I hope to have before and after photos soon and photos of more of the projects I am working on. There just hasn't been enough hours in the day to do it all! Till next time, happy sewing!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Looking Ahead

Good evening and almost Happy New Year! I don't know about you, but I really am looking forward to a better year in 2015. 2014 wasn't horrible but it sure had some sucky moments! Maybe it had to do with all the blasted politics and elections? At least our phone is no longer ringing off the hook with junk calls from various political organizations. Hahaha!

I am looking forward to some serious studio time as the new year rolls in. It is winter and it is good to be indoors with colorful fabrics all about. Following is my list of projects for 2015:

Quilts in progress:
Hexagon Quilt
My Tweets
Cathedral Windows

BOM's I might do in 2015:
Sycamore Rose
Lancaster
Whoo Quilt
Quilt Doodles "My Favorite Things"

Odd projects:
Ali's Bag
Tom's Faire Pants
Faire Hats

There sure is a lot of stuff to keep me in or out of trouble, depending on your point of view. Speaking of trouble, my studio is totally a mess right now. I am tearing it apart and sorting through everything. I have tossed a lot of stuff already! If feels so good. I will take photos and share in a future posting.

In honor of the New Year, I am working on having a give away in January. Sewwwww, check back in soon and see what prizes you might have a chance of winning!

Till then, please have a safe and happy new year, and sew on!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Holiday Emotions

The holidays are SO full of ups and downs for me. My Mom worked her butt off during the holidays to decorate and bake and make Christmas time so magical; both for myself and my two younger sisters and later for her grandchildren. During the holiday season I will often mutter to myself, "I miss you Mom." or "Thanks Mom."

Yesterday I was thinking about Dad. He passed away 18 years ago on December 12th. He was gruff and tough but he loved his daughters VERY much! I remember going Christmas shopping for him. When we did holiday shopping, it was along Main Street, before malls took over towns and killed most downtown areas. One of the stops we three girls would make was the old Coast To Coast Hardware store. We would get shells for Dad's hunting rifle. Sometimes we would find other 'manly' presents for Dad there too.

This year has been especially painful because I lost my dog on Monday. Ziva was my walking partner and stood beside me, loyal and protective till the end. She was only five and I still hurt about the whole mess. She is in a better place now though and with time, I will heal too.

With all the ups and downs, I had a huge boost to the up side when a box arrived on the same day I had to put Ziva down. What timing! It was bitter sweet but it was such a wonderful box that I just have to share.

Quiltmaker's Blog had a drawing for a 100 Blocks Mug and special issue magazine. I didn't realize that it also came with a "Fat Quarter" pattern book for 12 quilts, an applique (which I LOVE) pattern for a Christmas quilt, a four pack of AMB neutral fat quarters and a nine pack of Timeless Treasures fat quarter fabrics!!! WOW what a surprise!
It didn't take away the pain, but it did bring a smile to my face. I will 'play' with it all this week as I use my studio for 'therapy' sessions.

It might seem crass that I talk about getting the prize in the same posting as the talk about the losses in life. It just goes to show that there are always ups and downs in life. I try to put positive spins on negative things. I don't want to wallow in pity. That gets me nowhere. Truth be told, our other two little rat terriers are thrilled to be able to play again or to be petted without worrying that the big dog was going to eat them alive for getting attention. We didn't realize the stress we were living under with Ziva, had gotten to be so acute. It is bitter and it is sweet. It was a good five years. RIP Ziva, say hi to Tucker, Nina, Rusty, and Brandy!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Let the Holidaze Begin!

The Thanksgiving feast had lots of opportunities for creativity!

On the design wall I have My Tweets starting to come together.
I am still nervous about quilting this beauty. For now I am just sashing it and making the top ready for adding borders that also need to have appliqué work done.

I have a BUNCH of stuff for sale! An apron for $3:
All these Christmas items are culled from my holiday boxes:

Click on the photos to see them better and to see their prices.




If you are interested in any of them, just let me know! I will work with you on the shipping. I also have some odd items for sale, such as my Jillian Michaels' set of four books for $15:

Or how about a quilt themed piggy bank?

The holidays also bring lots of packages to my front door. The post office has been a bit harsh with some of them. This package came ripped open on the side, exposing my fabric purchase!!!
Thank goodness the fabric seems to have survived, intact and without damage!
That is the latest from these parts. I am very busy trying to squeeze in sewing time to make a few gifts for people for the holidays. I have a love/hate relationship with how freaking fast Christmas Day will arrive here!!!!

Happy Sewing!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

My Annual Dilemma

Alright fellow quilters, I have my annual dilemma of what to do about my sewing machine situation. I sold my Singer 99K. I have two other machines that I can use for straight stitching...one is a Juki98e and one is an older New Home 270 (Janome). Both sew fast and strong. I have one Featherweight that I use just to keep her running smooth. She's a collectible machine that I was gifted with and is not for sale.

The machine that needs replacing is my Pfaff Quiltstyle 2042. I was gifted it, for Christmas one year, about 14 years ago. I have used it a LOT. It is starting to give me little issues as it is wearing out a tad. The bobbin winder isn't as good as it used to be and some of the electronic buttons are not working anymore. There is a repair on the foot pedal cord where one of the puppies we fostered years ago, chewed through it.


My dilemma is that the ONLY Pfaff dealer in the area is one that I do not want to deal with. I won't trash talk here; you'll just have to trust me, I have my reasons and they are valid. I have not found another dealership in this state. 

So do I ship my machine to someone to maybe fix or try to find some place that will take it in trade? I would hate to try to sell it myself. Of course I could not do so, without telling what is wrong with it.

It's value now is probably $300-$500. To replace it I would need a machine that would cost about $2000. I need one machine that has fancy stitches. I've been considering a Janome 6600 or 7700. (at least I think those were the ones I was considering) lol

What do you all think?