Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Heart of the Triad Quilt Show -- Check it Out!!

The Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild is having their quilt show in Oct.    Please pass this information on to others and be sure to come watch me win this quilt.  It is absolutely STUNNING!!  (I am just kidding -- I NEVER win these random drawings.)   It promises to be a great show.  Check it out!


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild -- Check it out

Last night, I went to the monthly meeting of the Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild

Our speaker was Sandy Fitzgerald from Hissyfitz Designs.  The topic of her program was "Why didn't I think of that?" 

One of the Powerpoint slides was a spool of thread with a seam ripper handle in the hole.  The "business" end was sticking out of the hole and was used for cutting apart chain-pieced blocks.  What a clever idea and "Why didn't I think of that?" 

She had a trunk show and talked about how some of her patterns came to be and where she got her inspiration. 

She was very entertaining and humorous.  It was a delightful evening! 

Stitchin' AddictionThis was my favorite wall hanging from her design line but when would I have time to do it??  

Visit her website and check it out! 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Be a Kit-Napper in October!

For every 2 kits you purchase from My Lazy Daisy site, you will get a third one of equal or lesser value for FREE.  What better time to purchase for those Christmas presents! 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Quilt Carolina -- 5 more shops in the Raleigh Area -- Check it out!

Destination #6  -- Raleigh  for Bernina World of Sewing.

They have a Facebook page.   And a blog.

Destination #7  -- Cary for Cary Quilting Company.    Looks like they are a very new shop.  See this post.    They have a Facebook page also.

Destination #8  --  Raleigh for The Quilter's Nest.  

They have a Facebook page.   Also check out their gallery pictures. 

Destination #9 -- Fuquay-Varina for Lone Star Mercantile.

This is a little different than your normal fabric shop.  They have a blog and carry wool supplies. 

Destination #10 -- Chapel Hill for Thimble Pleasures

Anybody know what a kimekomi ball is??    I want to find one of those when I go to the store. 

They have a Facebook page.  There are free patterns and their favorite links

And if I don't get around to all of these stores, I will spend the night in Raleigh and finish up on Saturday! 

You can buy your passport at any of the stores on the list.  Be sure to check out the Quilt Carolina website and their Facebook page.  The Facebook page has pictures from all of the stores. 

Check it out!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Carolina Shop Hop -- Check it out!

I am working on my map layout for the Quilt Carolina Shop Hop.  I am starting on Friday morning and plan to stay in Raleigh Friday night if I don't get to all of the shops.

Here is my driving plan and interesting things that I have found at their websites:

Destination #1     Fayetteville for Loving Stitches.

 There are free patterns on their website.  And check out the Pattern Playground.

Destination #2  Wake Forest for Quilt Like Crazy

They have a Facebook page.

Destination #3  Raleigh for Carolina Sew-N-Vac.

They are a Lindhaus authorized dealer.   I had to look up what it was -- I have never heard of the brand. I'll let you look it up instead of telling you!

Destination #4  Raleigh for Wish Upon A Quilt

They have a blog and a Facebook page.  I have been acquainted with them since they participate in this Fab Shop Hop online monthly. Check out their resources pages.  Lots of links for sewing and crafting sites.

Destination #5  Raleigh for My Sewing Shoppe.  They have a Shelby look-a-like!  Go to the middle of the page. 

They are having a Hoop Sisters Embroidery Class.    I have looked at the Hoop Sisters website and they have some great embroidery.

I'll finish the other 5 Triangle stores tomorrow.  Check it out!

Announcing -- MY LAZY DAISY!!

I have been looking for a side hobby business that I could do.  My first love was always home economics and sewing and crafts of all kinds.  I resisted quilting for a long time because I KNEW I would fall in love with it.  And I have!

I was checking my Yahoo group for Machine Quilting and one of the members had a couple sentences about "My Lazy Daisy."  It was a quilting business that she was doing -- sort of like Tupperware for quilting and sewing. She also was a long armer and this was a compliment to her long arm business. 

I checked it out and it was only $99 to get the welcome kit.  There were no required sales quotas and the kits and fabrics were extremely cute!

I signed up for it and bought several kits.  Everything comes packages in sheer bags with daisies on them.  Everything that you need for the kit is included. I have several kits with gorgeous Minky in them.  The pattern, top and backing is included as well as the spray glue and the batting. They are quilt as you go patterns and are very easy to do.

I have a website sponsored by My Lazy Daisy.  It's $7 a month. Changes are made weekly and you can purchase directly from my website.  Read my website for why this is so perfect for me.  I LOVE daisies!! 

Check it out and let me know if you want to know more!       Check out my website and make a purchase!     


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Asheville Quilt Shops! Check it out!

Visited 2 new quilt shops on our trip to Asheville.  Last time we came, I stopped at Asheville Cotton Co.   and bought this flannel.

I also have a lap sized quilt that I am machine-embroidering. 

This trip we went to Tipsy Star Quilts   and Kitsch Fabrics.

Tipsy had Moda for $4 a yard so of course, I had to have some! 

Since I have learned how to make Pieced Hexies  with Mickey, I want to buy fat quarters at different places we travel and then make them into pieced hexies.  Fun stuff! 

Check it out!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Winnings from Collaboration Celebration

I won fabric from Troy as my door prize. Everyone won something. Since I never win anything, I was surprised to win during the 3rd set of giveaways. The very last person to win got a quilt kit from Sew Original.  It is the only time that I have seen the last person win a great prize!

Collaboration Celebration

Here is the first rendition of my quilt block. I decided to change my quilt to a signature quilt. I had everyone sign blocks and I am going to put them in the center of each star.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

How I spend my riding time in the truck!

After my husband had to have 3 knee replacements on the same knee, I felt sorry for him and did not protest when he wanted to buy a house near Belhaven.  He has hunted in the Ponzer/Scranton area for over 30 years and has made many friends and hunting buddies.  I love the area because it's near the water and very quiet and slow-paced.  

We try to go as much as possible but it is a 5 hour drive with stops.  It's about 4 hours if you drive straight through.  I have to have entertainment and have read magazines or my kindle, worked on the computer, made jewelry to name a few things.  I have recently discovered a NEW thing that I can do -- cut out quilt parts!  I took a bunch of scraps and cut 5" charm squares, 2 1/2" strips and 5"x10" bricks.  Got rid of a stash and now I have "quilt parts."

I have a padded lapdesk with a 12" scrapbooking storage tote that I put in my lap.  I put my rotating mat on top of that and can cut out LOTS of stuff in the 10 hour round trip!  Now I am NOT bored and I feel like I am accomplishing something.   Now if I could only figure out how to sew on  that Bernina while I am riding..........

Friday, August 9, 2013

Pressing Matters -- Check it out!

The topic for the Machine Quilters' Group that will meet on Sat, Aug 10th at Sew Original will be "Pressing Matters."    I just got an email from Marci Baker and that is the title of one of her newsletters posts.   If you would like to read it, please look HERE.

I like to listen to what everyone says  --

My suggestion is that you try everything and see what works for you. Personally, I don't like to prewash my fabric before cutting and  I like to use steam and starch.  Recently, I have made my own starch from the liquid starch. It is cheaper and I like the way that it works.  I wash my quilts after I make them because I like the wrinkly, puffy look.   Check it out!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Collaboration Celebration -- HERE I COME!!

Took time tonight to pack up the sewing machine and tools for Collaboration Celebration being held at Embassy Suites starting Thursday afternoon. I follow Bonnie Hunter's blog and love to see where she travels. 

I have never done hexies and this may be a BAD thing.  I may make these all of the time.  Guess it's a good thing.  It is hand work that I can do when I am out and about. 

I have everything packed.  My fabric is cut out.  The rulers are in the case.  Tested out the new Panasonic iron.  (and NO -- I did not pay that price for it!) 

My fabrics are blues, teals, greens, browns, golds and creams.  I am making the hexies from the flowered piece. 

More on the Celebration later!

Block of the Month at Dragonfly in High Point

I am working on the Block of the Month at Dragonfly in High Point.  Here is a picture of the latest one. 

It is most assuredly NOT a beginning quilter's quilt block BUT I can tell that my skills are improving with each block that I complete.  I love the colors.  Check it out!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Block of the Month -- Sew Original

I am working on the Block of the Month at Sew Original.  Here's my finished blocks for July.

There are 2 separate colorways.  For the navy and white, you can also add an accent color if you wish.  This block is a disappearing 9 patch.  Super easy to make.  Check it out!

Monday, August 5, 2013

My sewing buddy - Lambchop

I follow lots of blogs and see lots of dogs and cats that are sewing buddies. 

This is my sewing buddy: 

She is Lambchop and is a toy poodle.  She weighs about 5 pounds and is 12 years old.  She is also SPOILED rotten.  Poodles have the BEST personalities and is a lot of comfort to have around.  She always loves me - no matter what!

She is in front of pillows that I covered for our vacation/retirement home.  (I am not really sure what to call it!)  I bought the material at Myrtle Beach and the colors blend with the living room even though it may not look like it here! I am working on a wall hanging and have most of it quilted. I am using my Bernina 830 to embroider "Just another day in Paradise!" on it.  I'll post a picture of it when I get it finished.   

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Quilt Carolina Shop Hop -- Check it out!

Quilt Carolina is having a shop hop in September. There are 16 shops in the Raleigh area and the Triad area that are participating. 

Thursday, Aug 1st was the preview day.  I bought my Passport from Sew Original and while I was there, I had to pick up Deb Tucker's Square2 ruler and the CUTEST Fiskars Rotating Mat 8x8. 

Then I stopped by Sewingly Yours to get my passport stamped and got this fantastic ruler just for stopping by!

It has the Sewingly Yours logo on it and celebrates their 10 year anniversary. 

The passport is $15 and you get 16 patterns designed by the stores participating.  It is quite an impressive passport with the quilt instructions on cards.  I am planning for my trip in September!

Quilt Carolina, Sew Original, Sewingly Yours  --  Check it out! 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

I bought a new tackle box at WalMart! Check it out!

I have always shopped for storage boxes and tackle boxes at WalMart or Bass Pro Shops or Cabelas for organizing and storing my: 

  • stamping and scrapbooking supplies
  • stained glass supplies
  • jewelry and beading supplies
  • sewing addiction ( I mean SUPPLIES)
(Boy -- That's a LOT of HOBBIES!) 

I found this one and have fallen in love with it for my sewing supplies.

 It has lots of long area to put longer items in and a large space in the bottom that will take larger items.  So far, I love it!

Check it out!

Friday, August 2, 2013

I have been missing for over a month!

I did not realize that it had been over a month since I last published. 

Time flies when you're having fun OR

  • working long hours OR 
  • trying to get quilty/sewing projects done OR 
  • trying to spend time at the pool OR 
  • trying not to stress out over too much to do (IE. RESTING) OR 
  • freezing WONDERFUL peaches and blueberries from this time of year OR....   

Do you get the idea?  Sometimes it is too hard to work and play and blog about it too! 

This morning, I ran out of patience with my mouse.  I have a notebook with Windows 8 and I use Windows 7 at work.  Since I have moved to 7 and 8, I have had the hardest time figuring out when to single click with the mouse and when to double click.  I am sure that everyone else has figured this out but just in case you haven't, PC World has a great article on the subject.  I also eliminated  the double click forever that is mentioned in the article.

Now my confused brain doesn't have to even think about it!

Check it out!  

Monday, June 24, 2013

Google Replacements -- Check it out

I have been asked to research Google Reader replacements.  I have not been using Google Reader but it will be closed as of July 1.  It was a news feeder that allowed you to follow all of your blogs and new feeds in one place.

I have found several links that I will share with you.  I have not checked out any of these products and do not endorse any of them.  You can read and make up your mind based on the products that you use.  Iphone and Android can or may use different apps. The products may support different browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer 8, 9 or 10.  The operating system for your computer may also come into play. Some products work better with Windows 7 or 8.

This one on Google Reader replacements was just posted on June 20th.   Read the comments section to find out more information but these products are mentioned:  Feedly,, and Reeder.

Another post from June 17th has a little more information about the future of Google Reader.  It might be "refurbished" and included with Google+ so you might see it again.  Flipboard is mentioned as well as Feedly and Reeder.

I am currently using Bloglovin'  to follow some of my blogs.  The blog writer must sign up for the service and I must admit that I have yet to do that.  Maybe sometime this week......

Check it out!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

May Chappell -- Check it out  is having a Blogoversary giveaway.   You can sign up to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to get points.  You can also blog about it to get extra points.

I have a special place in my heart for her sewing machine because I named her!!  MayC!

There are also patterns for sale, tutorials, that famous trip to Nebraska and lots of other educational information.

Check it out! -- Check it out

I attended the Sewing Expo in Raleigh yesterday and was fascinated with Clare Rowley.  She has designed many useful sewing products to help the physically challenged person.  She is delightful to listen to and has many stories about helping people with a physical challenge learn to sew.  The creative feet will help anyone to do things easier, faster and more efficiently.

I watched her with the Octi-hoops which she designed.  She had run out of them at the show so I came home and ordered them.   If you watch her YouTube videos, she has a very different take on polyester vs cotton thread for quilting and universal vs sharps for quilting.

With the Octi-hoops, you use no foot.  Just the needle. Watch the video for her explanations but it helps with the humped over shoulders and pains we get with sewing.  

She also uses elastic to roll up the quilts and then slides her hands in the elastics.  It helps to control where the quilt goes.

She talks about the left brain and right brain and how one takes over from the other. With the hoops, the creative side will take over and it will help to make your stitches even.  You can also quilt slowly using the hoops so you can have more control.

I am continued to be amazed with the information on quilting and sewing that I find on the Internet.  Take time to visit Clare Rowley's Facebook page, her website and her YouTube channel.  You too will be fascinated!

Check it out!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Heirloom Creations -- Check It Out!

I have just discovered Heirloom Creations.  This is a quilt store in Souix Falls, South Dakota.  It is owned by a former Bernina Educator, Sara and has lots of creative ideas.

She has a You Tube channel  Check out the one about the Angle Finder Binding Tool.   It shows you how to bind angles other that a 90 degree angle and how you can make each binding a different color.  Too cool!

The Spicy Spiral Table Runner video was fascinating and entertaining.  I bought one of these wedge rulers and now I have seen a demonstration of how to use it.  Now I want to make table runners!

The whole reason that I came to the site was to watch the video on the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Ruler by Deb Tucker.  That was motivating too.  Now I want to make a quilt with all of the different size stars.  I know just the fabric from my stash!  Oh, where will I find the TIME???

Check it out!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Moda Bake Shop -- Check it out!

If you have not checked out Moda Bake Shop, you are missing some great patterns.  I receive an email daily showing me the latest free pattern that has been added to the site.

I have several that I really like:

120 minute gift -- the queen bee bag

star spangled sky quilt

30 minute gift-padded steering wheel

60 minute gift-herringbone hot pads

Under Bakery, you can find patterns specifically for jelly rolls or fat quarters or turnovers, etc.

Under Chefs, you can find patterns by designers.

Recipes are where you will find the patterns.

Tips   and Weights and Measures  have very useful information for learning new techniques.

Check it out!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Quilter's Calendar -- Check it out!

The Quilter’s Calendar is a brand new website that connects quiltersguilds and quilt teachers to each other using an easily searchable online calendar.
Quilters can easily see what events, classes, retreats and shows are happening in their state, month by month, or in places that they are traveling to.
Guild members can use the calendar (which is searchable by state or province) to see who is scheduled to teach in their state/province or in a nearby location. Guilds can then contact the teacher to book them to their guild, sharing expenses between guilds. That means less expense and more opportunities for classes for guilds and their members.
Teachers can submit their teaching engagements for free! By being listed on the calendar they can enjoy higher attendance in their classes and increase their opportunity to receive “piggy back” teaching engagements from guilds with every class that they list.
Visit today to see what’s happening near you!

Copied with permission from the Quilter's Calendar

Monday, June 3, 2013

Nancy's Notions -- Chosen Site of the Day

I love watching Sewing With Nancy on PBS.  I record it and watch every week.  I also love to go to Nancy's Notions.  She keeps up with the latest and greatest notions and patterns.

She sponsors a lot of charity sewing and has free patterns to use for those charities.  

There are free embroidery projects along with a video library with lots of tips and instructions.

She is very inspiring and has lots of creative ideas.  Her shows are very informative and educational.

Check it out!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Fab Shop Hop -- Chosen Site of the Day

Since it is the first of the month, it is a good time to talk about Fab Shop Hop.  It is a great way to find more quilt shops on the internet.  You sign up --- it's free.  You will have a list of links to go to where you will look for a bunny.  There are about 150 shops on the list.  When you find the bunny, you click on it and go back to the Fab Shop Hop site and register it.  The site will keep track of where you find bunnies.  To get the top prizes, you have to go to at least 120 sites.  I have won $10 gift certificates several times -- at least every other month that I have played.

You can keep track of your favorite shops.  Most of the shops will have specials just for the shop hoppers.

Some months you will receive blocks to quilts that you can download. The directions will be posted at the end of the hop.

There are free patterns and newsletters.  A couple of our locals participate -- StudioKat Designs in Advance  and the Batik store in Wytheville, VA.

I like the fact that I can get inspiration from all over the country.  The latest products and fabrics are presented and displayed.  Most of the sites have free patterns and other quilty-sewey information.  They have blogs you can follow or emails that you can get with their special advertisements.

Hop on over and check it out!

My life spun out of control for a few weeks.....

You know how when you go on vacation, you pack up a LOT of stuff to do??  and some how you NEVER get around to even 1/4 of it??

I was planning on catching up all of my Site of the Day posts and get them set up for the rest of May.  Well, that never happened.

I was planning to get several things finished and lots of other things started and that never happened either.  I look back at my time and wonder "What in the WORLD happened with all that time?"

I had 9 table runners to embroider for a wedding in June.  I managed to finish them.  I had 4 done and had to finish 5 - embroideries on each end -- so a total of 10 to be finished on vacation.  That was quite a challenge since they were 8 or so color changes and took anywhere from 60 min to 120 min to embroider!

Hopefully, I can get back on track and start posting with some regularity.  I'm planning to attend Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild tomorrow night and I have 4 sleeping mats to give them.  I DID get those finished on vacation along with some other stuff that I'll show you.

Now I'm off to choose a Site of the Day!  (or maybe week  or month!)  

Monday, May 27, 2013

No - I haven't dropped off the face of the EARTH!!

I went on vacation and thought that I would have LOTS of time to update my blog.  Unfortunately, my internet connection was SO SLOW and  I didn't have the patience to wait!  I am going home today and will try to start back the daily Site of the Day.  I got a lot of things accomplished even though we were moving from a mobile home to a house - near Belhaven, NC.  I'll post pictures when I get a better connection.  This one will not upload pictures before July!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

RetailMeNot -- Chosen Site of the Day

Looking for coupons is my Chosen "Site" of the Day.  There are many sites that carry coupons or promo codes and my favorite one is RetailMeNot.  They seem to be the most current and usable coupons or codes.

When you are looking for a specific item on the Internet and have decided where you want to purchase it, do a Google search and see if you can find a coupon.

For instance, if I find fabric at, I will Google " coupon"  and there will be a list of websites that offer coupons or promo codes.  When you go to check out, there should be a place to put a coupon code.  Type that code in and the shopping cart will deduct the amount if the coupon is current.

I have successfully used coupon or promo codes for and Nancy's Notions as well as others.  You can sign up for emails so they will tell you when a new coupon or promo code is added.

This can be done for anything that you purchase on the Internet -- not just for quilting/crafting supplies.  I always find discount codes for HP ink and toner.  The last 2 laptops that I purchased had big coupons like $250 or $350 off at HP.    Again, just do a Google search for "HP coupons."

Check it out!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 -- Chosen Site of the Day

Today's site is  You may not realize that they carry a wonderful assortment of quilting and sewing supplies often at very reduced or discounted prices.

They carry lighting that you need for close up work when doing crafting of any kind. They also have magnifiers. I especially like the MagEyes and the clip-on spectacle magnifiers.

Take a look at the rulers available.  Overstock carries quilt kits, books, rotary cutters and blades, notions, and much much more.  I purchased my 14x14 rotating mat from Overstock and it was the cheapest price that I could find anywhere.

There is an assortment of batting and stabilizers at all times.

Google for an Overstock coupon and sometimes you can find free shipping or an additional % off.

What they carry changes day to day so you have to monitor the site.  When I need a specialty item, I like to look at what they have available.

Check it out!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Hatched in Africa -- Chosen Site of the Day

I originally bought a Bernina 820 because I did not want to get involved in machine embroidery.  I knew what would happen if I got involved -- I would fall in love with it.  Well, when I went to the New User training for my 820 -- guess what??  I fell in love with the 830 so I had to trade.  Luckily, Shirley at Sew Original was kind and forgiving and allowed me to trade up.  What a joy machine embroidery has become!
(Of course, I fell in love with it.)

Hatched in Africa did a trunk show right after I bought my 830 at Sew Original and they are planning to come back this summer.  If you machine embroider and have never used their designs, you have really missed something.

The designs stitch out beautifully and they have designs for everyone.  Check out the new designs -- they have applique, quilting, modern, contemporary, owls, red work, color work, glorious butterflies, in the hoop, free standing lace  -- you name it, you can find it.

Check out the free stuff  -- here and here.  There are free project directions as well as embroidery designs to download.  They also have a Yahoo group where you can get more free designs and give them feedback on what to design.

There are $5 design sets  -- check out #2355 -- applique duck set -- TOO cute!  You can find 3D embroidery.    #2213 Christmas 3D Poinsettia is gorgeous.  

I absolutely LOVE the butterflies -- not so much the BUGS.  They stitch out wonderfully and there are all kinds whether you like the swirls or standard butterflies, you can find something that appeals to you.

I am currently working on  embroidering table runners for the wedding of a friend's niece.  I am using the Country Garden 3 and Just Daisies for the designs.  The material is VERY lightweight gingham and after I hooped with 2 types of stabilizer - tear away medium and sticky back medium along with decreasing the bobbin tension, they have stitched out like a dream.  Here is a picture. I am trying to make the designs all different because her family wants to make a quilt out of them.  It will be stunning!

The patchwork designs are special too.  It is quilting for your embroidery!

I have received an email from Sew Original with news that Hatched in Africa plans to do another trunk show this summer.  They have great specials and discounted prices during the trunk show along with wonderful samples.  If you love machine embroidery, I encourage you to check it out!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Babylock - Chosen Site of the Day

You can never have enough sewing machines.  I have a Baby Lock Crescendo that I use for piecing and machine quilting while my Bernina 830 is embroidering quilts or table runners.

Babylock is my Chosen Site of the Day.  There are LOTS of free projects that could be used on ANY brand of machine.

I like the Holiday Circle Quilt and Quilter's Caddy on this page.

I may have to make the teepee for the 2 boys of my daughter's boyfriend.  I am always looking for something for boys.

There are lots of table runners and clothes and totes and stuffed animals and on and on.  Take a look and find a free pattern.

You can get the inside scoop and I just learned that Jenny from Missouri Star Quilt Company is now a Baby Lock Quilter! You can also follow Nancy Zieman's Tip of the Month and Eleanor Burns' Quilting Bees' Buzz.

Even if you don't have a Baby Lock, you can still get wonderful patterns and information free from their site!

Check it out!

Hobbs Batting - On Sale at Connecting Threads

Just a note to let you know that Hobbs Batting is on sale for 30% off through June 17, 2013 at Connecting Threads.   If you want to try it out, now is a good time to do it.

I have used the 80/20 cotton/poly and have had good success with it.  The price is right for charity quilts if you make them.

Check it out!

Exnovodesign - Chosen Site of the Day

If you haven't found Exnovodesign, check it out.  It is hosted by Amanda Whitlatch who is a Bernina Educator.

There are videos for the  Bernina 830.  I have watched several of them many times and I pick up a new technique or tip each time.

Projects are listed and added monthly.   It is a good source for inspirational ideas.  I just saw a couple of things that I need to look at further.  There is a new instructional guide for mitered corners with the binder.  That is a problem that I have had in the past with the binder.

She has a technology blog.  I highly recommend Ccleaner that she mentions in the May post.  We use it at work and I use it at home.  I have never heard of the other program but I am going to check it out.

There is a lot of information and many videos for the embroidery software.  I have learned many things by watching the videos.

Be sure to explore and see what you can find!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Google -- Chosen Site of the Day

Google is my chosen site of the day.   It is a search engine and I am convinced that you can find ANYTHING on the Internet using it.

If you are looking for a certain quilt pattern, open up Google and type it in the search bar then click on "IMAGES" on the tool bar.  Pictures of anything that has the matching words will show.  You can click on the link and go to the selected website.  It's  easier because you will see the pictures and you can find the one that you want.  Try an image search on poodles or knitting or anything that interests you.

Google has a good maps program and comes in handy when I am out of town trying to find the local quilt shops.  Click on "MAPS" on the tool bar.  You can see a map or get directions if you have the address.  It will give you turn by turn directions.

I use the You Tube link on the tool bar too.  You can find many quilting, sewing, and crafting videos and spend HOURS watching them.

It is alway fun to see what the Google header is for the day.  The one for Mother's Day today is interactive and entertaining!

Check it out.  

Saturday, May 11, 2013

My husband has OFFICIALLY retired.

I can tell my husband is actually retired because he bought this shirt from K-Mart.  

Here is a close up of the fabric.  

Does that make you think of RETIREMENT or what?

Superior Threads - Chosen Site of the Day

The Machine Quilting Guild met today at Sew Original.  In honor of our topic today given by Kelly, I have picked Superior Threads.    This website has lots of information about threads as well as other topics.

They have a Deal of the Day. You can purchase the thread at a discount and try it out.

Check out their specials.    They had 30% off on Topstitch needles earlier this week.  Different threads and other items are always on sale.

You can sign up for emails  (scroll to the bottom of the page)  and get a the deal of the day or specials or newsletters filled with educational tips.

There are Block of the Month Clubs,  Thread of the Month Clubs,  and Superior University.  You can get samples of thread or projects to complete for a monthly fee.

Educational information is on the website.  Be sure to check out What Makes Us Superior?   It's a PDF with  a huge amount of information about threads. The last few pages are reference guides for both machine quilters  and long arm quilters.

Check it out!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Sew Fabulous - Chosen Site of the Day

Sew Fabulous is my Chosen Site of the Day.

If you are a Wake Forest fan, you need to check out her site.  She makes quilts with the Wake Forest logo and colors. 

Gloria also teaches the Square in a Square method by Jodi Barrows.  You never have to sew on the bias again.  It is an easy method to learn and there are fabulous quilt patterns.  I am currently taking a block of the month class based on Jodi's Kisses from your Beloved book.  Each block teaches a new skill.

Gloria also has lots of quilts on her website and has inspirational ideas. She also makes T Shirt quilts and does long arm quilting.

Be sure to take a look at the website for Sew Fabulous!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Pinterest - Chosen Site of the Day

I absolutely LOVE Pinterest.   I have always needed a place to store the ideas and tutorials and patterns that I find on the Internet.  I have tried printing them off and putting them in notebooks, setting up an elaborate folder system in Windows Explorer, making each a favorite in Internet Explorer among many other things.  When I found Pinterest, it was just what I needed.

You can set up boards (folders) for anything that you want to pin (ie. save the internet address that you want to go back to.)

Check out my pinterest boards.  Sign up (it's free)  and follow me.  My boards are about quilting and crafts. You can make your boards about the things you like. Try it out!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Missouri Star Quilt Company - My Chosen Site of the Day

Where have you been if you are not following Missouri Star Quilt Company?  It is my chosen site of the day.  Why?

  • Those TUTORIALS!  They are wonderful and thoroughly entertaining. 
  • They are a family run business in Missouri with fantastic customer service. 
  • Don't miss the daily deal.   You can even get an email daily to alert you.  The pricing is always amazing and the product is always a current item. 
  • The blog is informative, motivating and inspirational.  
  • The fabric selection is extensive. I love to check out the best sellers
Be sure to sign up for the newsletter.   If you are not following Missouri Star Quilt Company, you are missing out on a lot of entertainment and education!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Quiltville - My Chosen Site of the Day

If you are not a Bonnie Hunter fan, you are missing a lot of fun and education. Why?

  • Bonnie travels the United States extensively and posts daily from her location.  She talks about special locations in the area and posts pictures. 
  • Free patterns  are plentiful.  They are well written with delightful designs.  
  • Don't miss Bonnie's scrap system. 
  • Each year, Bonnie does a Mystery Quilt.  It is lots of fun and I try, try, try to keep up.  My Orca Bay is still in pieces and so is my Easy Street.  Maybe one day when I retire.......
  • She sells books and I have them all.  She will autograph them for you if you wish. 
  • There are videos and quilt cam.  I love to watch her.  She has so much energy, so many good tips and a love for what she does that just spills out.  
  • She will be in Winston-Salem with Collaboration Celebration 2013.  Since she lives here, she won't have far to go!  I have registered and plan to attend.  

Bonnie is most generous of her time and talent.  If you are not following her, you are missing out on a quilting icon.  Be sure to sign up for her email and you will be given a heads up when she posts to her blog.  Check it out!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Bernina - My Chosen Site of the Day

Bernina is my chosen site of the day.   Why?

  • I have a Bernina 830 so I keep an eye on the site for any information related to the 8 series.  
  • I always check out the new promotions and events for sales and upcoming events in the stores.  
  • You can get support for your machines, download manuals or watch videos.  Software updates can be found here also.  
  • The Through the Needle magazine can be downloaded.  Each edition has wonderful patterns, suggestions and tips.  The Zentangles in this edition are wonderful.  They are addicting once you start designing them.  
  • Don't miss the free downloads including the free embroidery designs.  
  • We All Sew is another great place to get free patterns and inspiration.  
  • Last but not least, you can find out information on all of the current products. My favorite part is the presser feet section.  Each presser foot is listed along with what they do.  There is also a video showing how to use the foot.  
Be sure to sign up for the enews from Bernina.  Check out the Bernina site for lots of information!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Connecting Threads -- My Chosen Site of the Day

I love Connecting Threads.     Why?

  • Connecting Threads is a family owned and operated company based in Vancouver, Washington. They carry wholesale priced fabric bought directly from the mill.   The collections are constantly updated and changed.   Check out the current fabric collections with laminates, flannel, quilting cottons and batiks.  The patterns are up to date and current.  The colors include modern and contemporary as well as traditional.  One of the best parts is free shipping for orders over $50.  
  • They have many reasonably priced kits. The selection includes quilts, wall hangings, totes, bags, table runners and more.  
  • There are freebies.  Look at the tutorials, the design table, quilt patterns, EQ Quilt fabric downloads, and quilt labels.   You can join the Quilt with Us Community and follow their blog.  
  • You can follow them on Pinterest.
  • Check out the clearance section.  They have fabric, patterns, books and notions all priced to sell. 
  • I love the samplers.     They have fat quarters, 10" squares, 2 1/2" strips and 5" squares.  All very affordable and grouped by collections or type of fabric.  
  • They carry all types of batting - Hobbs Heirloom, InsulBright, Soft and Stable, Warm Tater - with frequent sales for 20-30% off.  
  • They have cotton thread to match the fabric collections.  
Check the website out and see what you think.  Be sure to sign up for their emails and find out what is on sale.  Connecting Threads is my chosen site of the day!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Virtual Bernina Classes at Sew Original

I have agreed to teach the Virtual Bernina classes at Sew Original starting the last Tuesday in April from 6 to 8 pm.  The first one will be Zippy Strippy Organizers from an Atkinson pattern. 

Different sewing techniques are highlighted and this one is bobbin work.  

Here is the sample that will be in the store.  The patterns are three different sizes.  Easy and quick to make. 

The heavy thread such as Candlelight is loaded onto a bobbin and is sewn from the wrong side.  Here is sewing from the wrong side with the heavy thread in the bobbin.  

This picture is the actual stitch from the right side.  I have a Bernina 830 and had to make an adjustment on the bobbin case.  Other machines have separate bobbin cases that will allow you to do bobbin work. 

Here's the link to the newsletter.  The class is $10.  You will watch a 45 min video and get a CD with files and instructions on it.  The videos are produced by Bernina and can only be seen at a Bernina store.  They are similar to the Software Sampler and Embroidery Club.   Come join me!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

My Beaded Stilletto with a turkey lacer

I have been working on making beaded quilting stilletos   (stilletoes??)  this weekend.  I have LOTS of beads from my jewelry-making days and I found the turkey lacers on Amazon. 

Here is the one that I made for myself. I added by initial on a ribbon tied to the end.


I plan to give 5 of these to the upcoming quilt show boutique for the Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild
in Kernersville.  There is a meeting tomorrow night about Cotton Theory.  I am signed up for the all day workshop on Tuesday.  I really enjoy learning new things and purchased a video on Cotton Theory several months ago.  Of course, I haven't "had time"  to watch it.  Or is that "haven't taken time" to watch it??  No matter, I'll get to learn it LIVE on Tuesday!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Block of the Month at Sewingly Yours

I am participating in The Block of the Month at Sewingly Yours. Here are my 2 blocks from last month. There are 2 color ways and I am doing both. I could not decide which one I liked best.  We meet again next Tuesday night for the next block. We originally paid $5 for each block and as long as we complete the block and bring it back to the next meeting, we get the next block free! What a deal!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Sideways Motion Stitches on Bernina 830

One of the most fun things about the Bernina 830 is the sideways motion stitches.  I used them on this border. You can make the stitching sequence wider and longer on some of the stitches.  This one was perfect for this 3 inch border. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Great weather last Friday at Ponzer Palace in RiversideCampground, Belhaven, NC. Took Lambchop out for a walk in the 60 degree spring-like weather.  Worked on several quilts and quilt blocks.  Also wrote and scheduled updates to my blog for the next several days.  I love reading others blogs and spend more time reading rather than writing my own!  The things that other people do are SEW much more interesting than what I am doing!
Here is my sunset.  I got outside too late and just about missed it.
 AND I am listening to the news cast about SNOW for this area starting Sat afternoon and continuing into the night! What can I say?  Welcome to North Carolina – Spring to Winter in 24 hours!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

My neice and nephew down the hill.......

My neice and her husband live "down the hill" from us.  My husband has had knee replacement two times on the same knee during the past 3 years.  They have fed his hunting dogs, cleaned the dog lots, mowed the yard and have generally been a great help to us.  I also use their swimming pool in the summer like it's mine.  And they keep my poodle - Lambchop - when we go out of town and can't take her with us.  I decided to make quilts for them and finally got all of them finished. 

This is the one that I gave to my neice and her husband along with 2 pillow cases.

This is the one plus a pillow case that I gave to their daughter.  She has made jewelry for me and helped me in lots of other ways.  She is particularly fond of Lambchop and the feeling is reciprocal. 

This is the one that I gave to their son.  He has mowed and weed-eated and picked up dog poo and done lots of things to help my husband.  He is also an Eagle Boy Scout so it is a Scout-based quilt.

It was a great feeling to get all of these done and given to them.  Particularly when my Bernina 830 was gone to visit Chicago for 10 weeks!  (due to a stitching problem.) 

Many thanks and much love to the family that live "down the hill" from us. 


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Met Jean Wells from Sisters, Oregon

Forsyth Piecers and Quilters Guild  had Jean Wells as a presenter this month.  I had planned to attend the meeting and skip the workshop.  But the more I looked at her website, the more I thought that I could not miss the opportunity to take a workshop from her.  So I worked on Sunday and took Tuesday off.  I am glad that I did! 

Art quilts are probably nothing that I will do but the theory is interesting and it forces me out of my comfort zone.  Jean had several quilts that I really liked but THIS one SPOKE to me. 

It was based on the stone cliffs in Jean's area.  Her use of color and fabrics makes for a striking quilt. 

After attending her workshop and looking at her books, I am definately looking at my environment in a different way.  When I got to work on Wednesday, I had a wallpaper pop up that was red and white tulips with a yellow tulip dead in the center of the picture.  I looked at the different tones of red, white, cream, yellow and green and imagined what a quilt would look like in those colors. 

Even though I may never make a quilt like that, just thinking about it was not something that I would have done BEFORE her workshop.  Thanks, Jean, for giving me the inspiration to look at things around me in a different light!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Eleanor Burns' Braid in A Day

I bought the Braid in a Day pattern several months ago and have just left it in a pile.  Sewingly Yours is having a class right now taught by one of my favorite teachers - Ellen. Due to another commitment, I missed  the first class last Monday.  I am catching up and here are my braids. 
I was surprised with how quickly it went together.  In about 2 hours, I cut the units and sewed them together making 3 braids for a lap size quilt.  I took 14 jelly roll strips.  In Monday's class, we will do the strip framing and add the borders.  This pattern is definately a keeper.  It's fast and looks more complicated than it is.  There is very little waste with the braids.  What a delight!