Friday, July 26, 2013

shes HOME!

No pictures yet, as she cannot travel from her home base for 2 weeks, but Pilot Girl is back on US soil! YIPPEEEE We got a phone call from her as SOON as the plane wheels touched down at Pease AFB, New Hampshire. If you have not heard of them, check out the Pease Greeters, a group of citizens who meet EVERY plane traveling thru Pease AFB either on their way out or back from deployement. It matters not what time of day. Often they are there at 4am with flags waving! Pilot Girl said that last time they passed thru there, they were offered food, drink, choice of stuffed animal from a room FULL of them, and the best: HUGS! PG was truly touched. I just checked and no pictures of last nights arrival. I will post a link here if I see one.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

cone holder

What do you use if you have thread that comes cross wound on a cone? Do you use a cone holder? I have one I use at home, but when I travel to class or one of my groups, I have my own homemade cone holder. Cones that are wound cross wise like this:

need a cone holder. Stacked thread , that is usually on spools of thread like this:

need to come off straight. Your sewing machine is generally set up for this type of thread.
I piece with grey thread 99% of the time.

Masterpiece is my thread of choice
followed closely by Aurifil.
I thought I bought a cone of
Tailormade, a new thread by Superior
when I was at my new owners class in Utah.
When I got home, I didn't have it, so I must not have put it my bucket!
Its poly and I would like to try it for piecing. Its
CONSIDERABLE cheaper. I will be ordering a cone or two when I see my dealer next. 
I will let you know how I like it then .
For a homemade cone holder, you will need:
-a mug that is slightly larger (or alot larger)
than your cone
-a ruler that has holes in it (it does not need to be wooden. I just happened to have one
that was wooden and had holes it it!)
-a clothes pin

put the ruler in the mug and clip it with the clothes pin

put the cone in the mug and thread the thread thru the top hole.
then thread your machine as usual.
the cone needs the thread to come off the top.
VOILA! you have just made your cone  holder!
(I bet you had everything in your house, didnt' you!?)
for more info on cross wound and stacked thread
check out this article at Superior Thread's site:

wordless...well ALMOST ...Wednesday

Guess what I have been doing? Amazing how much thread you can lay down
in a short amt of time...and how long it takes to take out! Even as bad as the tensions were,
frogging is not fun! (for you non-sewing/quilting people: Frogging is taking OUT in: Rip it, Rip it! (say that fast!))
I am happy to say this quilt is back on the frame and is being actively
happy girl!
(no it really is NOT shredded cheese! lolol)

Monday, July 15, 2013

design wall monday

I have been working HARD on getting my sewing room
organized so that I can work in there fairly undistracted (HA!).
I came across 3 of these tops. I guess I had planned to use the black dot for the border.
Its not hitting me right anymore.
Any suggestions? I do have some of the dots I could piece as a border.
I was thinking maybe a border of white with random lengths of the same
width of the dot for a 2nd border.
Suggestions welcome!

close up of the Lego block with
the black dot pinned on.
Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Lime green!

I have been eyeing the Craftsman rolling tool chest for awhile. I think one would be VERY useful by the Innova. Last week, I was in Sears to get a tool carrier to schlep around the house..when I spied ...COLORS! Did you know they come in Red (well...DUH!) HOT PINK? purple?
Even the drawer liners match!
and here I thought I was a BLUE girl!
Who knew! it must be Judy L's influence!
I will have to email her to thank her!

Saturday, July 13, 2013


I thought when we lost Rally, that maybe..just MAYBE, Rookie would not panic as badly during thunderstorms (he hates all noises of unknown origins..). Alas this is not the case. He might even be worse. Here is what I see in the middle of the night in monsoon season:

                                             Rookie tucked up under my sewing table.
                                              If I am LUCKY, he will not try to climb my body!
                                             I have tried the thundershirt, it worked better when
                                             Rally was around...I might have to ask the vet for
                                              I was up Wednesday night from 3-4:30 in the sewing room
                                                  ..then even tho the storm had passed, he would not
                                                 settle down w/o waking my DH. I went out on the
                                                 back porch and dozed in a chair till 5:30. By that time,
                                                    it was getting light and FINALLY, he settled down.
                                               I slept until around 8 am...and then I could not stand it anymore.
                                                          I needed COFFEE! lolol

Thursday, July 11, 2013

sewing room update

I have been working on the sewing room and the long arm room off and on since the Gammill left and the Innova arrived (thru the WINDOW...can you say: stressful??) When the Gammill left, the sewing room looked like WorldWar 3 had broken out in there...or maybe a hoarder moved in! I worked on it alot today, and have made some progress:

Now you can walk in here! I might actually be able to vaccuum or clean the carpet soon.
                                                                   Floor 1st, then surfaces!
more walking area...and almost cleared out
in front of the design wall
(behind the ladder..)

Best of all: I FINALLY got my Kaleidoscope Star hung!
I thought it would take me awhile, but no...
as usual, it took me less time than I thought. I need to start a procrastination list.
One item a day or 3 a week. Think of what I could get done!
Most of the time, its just getting started thats the hard part...
I do have one more corner to tack down. I'm using Command strips that are velcro for the
wall and stitching a small piece of the fuzzy side of velcro to the back of the star.
When it was in the quilt show, the corners drooped.
I think I will try steaming it on the wall too. The middle is not as flat
as I would like.
Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Boy was I exhausted!

A week ago Sunday, I drove with a friend to StGeorge Utah. We went thru LasVegas and then east a little over an hour to St George. If you have ever been to Zion National Park, its just west of there. Included with my new Innova quilting system, was 3 days of new owners classes. My feet were NOT happy, but the rest of me LOVED it! We were quilting on systems with different configurations each day from 9am till 6pm or later. I was so exhausted it was all I could do to eat dinner and go to sleep. (I still didn't sleep well, but forgot the time change and the pillows in the hotel were LUMPY...yuck!)
Here is a picture of me (on the left) with my friend Mary. We met on MQResource (an online machine quilting site) but had never met in person.
The quilts in the background are made and quilted by Marilyn Badger, a well known quilter who lives in StGeorge. We got to meet her one day. What a treat!
I am home now and working away on projects I had left midstream. One I have to skin off the backing. I didn't know just how awful the tension was till I learned how to FIX it! Guess what I will be doing infront of the TV this week!
Happy 4th of July to all my American friends
and a belated Happy Canada day to my friends to the north