Friday, December 24, 2010

Peace and joy to you at Christmas!



Thursday, December 23, 2010

A couple of wins, some sewing and building walls

Victoria, whose blog is The Silly BooDilly, had a giveaway of Malka Dubrawsky’s new book, Fresh Quilting . I was the lucky winner! It is a beautifully written book with wonderful photos of all the projects. You can see more of Malka’s work at her blog, A Stitch in Dye.  Thanks Malka and Victoria!


I also won this beautiful bunch of fabric from ‘Lois’ over at Lois Creates which will be going to Sarah for her quilt ministry. Tell them both I say ‘hi’ if you visit their blogs, which I highly recommend!  Thanks to ‘Lois’ for the fabric and Sarah for the work she does!

I’ve been playing with the new version of Windows Live Writer which I use to write all my blog posts.  The above photo is an example of the Polaroid plug-in that allows you to use a caption and tilt the photo. Mr. Dotty was pretty impressed with the tilting deal, since it apparently takes something special to get that to happen. Confused smile There are also Emoticons and tables and lots of things I have no clue about.
This is a table!

I’ll keep plugging away at it and eventually figure it out.

In January, this pile of fabric will become three quilts for my niece’s kids. We’re both excited to see how they turn out!

I sold a few mixer covers from my Etsy shop, three of which were custom sizes. Luckily, they all fit and the new owners are happy! This is one of the color combinations.

We are working on our kitchen/laundry room remodel, but it’s going very slowly. There are so many things to consider when you change things around in an existing structure. Where is the plumbing and the wiring? Can we move that light fixture or light switch? Is this going to fit there? So, in four days, after going through all the possibilities, we have one wall up. Building new is so much easier!

That’s what’s going on here. I hope you’re enjoying the season! 


Monday, December 13, 2010

Snow in Tennessee

We got a couple of inches of snow last night. It’s so pretty!

6 a.m. view from the front door..

snow 2 december

and from the back door.

snow december

Of course, this much snow shuts down all the schools! The kids better get out and play before it melts:)  I’ll be in my sewing room!

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

A little bit of sewing

Mixer covers (in my Etsy Shop)

mixer cover blue green 6

mixer cover 3

A mug rug and Santa ornament for my blogging friend Terri

mug rug 2

santa ornament

Thanks for all the nice comments regarding my last post. Bloggers are the best:)

Thursday, December 09, 2010


We lost our little buddy last night. Chuck was attacked in his own yard by two other dogs. I rushed him to the emergency vet, but his wounds were serious enough that he wouldn’t recover without a lot of surgery and pain.

Chuck 4I’m angry at people for letting dogs run loose. I’m angry that I was inside the front door watching instead of in the yard with him.

I’m thankful for compassionate and honest vets and the wonderful people who take care of animals every day.

Give your pets an extra treat and hug today.

We’ve had the pleasure of being Chuck’s family for 10 years and he will be missed.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sewing room makeover

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and weekend. There were only four of us for dinner, so it was pretty low key. I actually enjoyed cooking. That never happens! Mr. DJ and I spent the remainder of the weekend replacing the vanity and flooring in the main bathroom. I’m very happy with the results, but I’ll share that later when it’s completely finished.

The house we currently own is much smaller than the previous two, resulting in too much stuff in too little space. So I’ve spent the last few weeks doing some major clutter control. Between hauling loads to garbage and Goodwill, I made a big dent in the number of boxes, totes and stacks of things that we’ve accumulated over the past several years. After going through the huge storage shed, basement storage and closets I finally worked my way up to the sewing room. The house is a story and a half style, which means the sidewalls on the top floor are only 4 feet tall. It’s a challenge to arrange furniture and storage so it works efficiently!

I have a corner computer table that works well for a sewing/pressing/cutting space.sewing table 2 I added a couple of pegboards to get the clutter off the table top. A big $13.00 investment for the board and hooks! It makes so much difference that I wonder what took me so long.

pegboard 2 


I recovered my pressing pad with part of a sheet and some quilt batting.

ironing pad 5

My big cutting table fits in another corner. There are no ceiling lights on this floor so I put up a florescent light. It’s a good solution, but I need to do something with the cord!

cutting table

Sewing tools, thread, buttons, interfacing and batting scraps.


More miscellaneous supplies, trims and patterns. There’s another slim shelf on the opposite wall with jewelry making supplies.

storage 2

My favorite part was sorting out the fabric. When mom passed away 10 years ago, I received all of her sewing things, including a lot of fabric scraps. I’ve gone through the boxes several times, finding a complete log cabin quilt top and several other blocks of various patterns. I knew I would never use all of those scraps, so I started sorting. I kept a smallish container full and will donate the rest. I made a big pile with the rest of my scraps and started sorting by color.

scraps Here’s the inside of my newly organized fabric closet. The bigger pieces are folded on the top shelf with the scraps in clear containers below. I’m not brave enough to show you the ‘before’ picture. Trust me, it wasn’t pretty.

fabric storage

Solids are on this side with fabrics that are in collections on the bottom shelf.

fabric storage 2 I like to buy batting when it’s on sale and keep a few rolls on hand. The big totes hold what’s left of my non-quilting fabric and various other craft supplies

fabric storage 3

My design wall and a bookcase are just around the corner in another section of the top floor.

While I was working on this project, I wasn’t able to sew much of anything, so I rewarded myself with a new mug rug when it was finished. I love to free piece letters!

mug rug

The Christmas tree is going up tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel.



Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veterans Day

Thank you to all who have served and those who are currently serving. 


Saturday, November 06, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Free Motion Quilt Along progress

We continue to fill in sections on our FMQ quilt. I’m catching up with some loops and pebbles. There’s more at the Flickr group and the Quilt Along is at A Few Scraps.

Lots of loops

loops Pebbles


More pebbles

pebbles 2

I’ve found that I have to look slightly ahead of where I’m stitching to keep the pattern consistent. When I look directly at the needle, I tend to forget where I’m going and the pattern falls apart.

I didn’t feel like I was getting the full benefit from the Supreme Slider as it didn’t cover the entire bed of the machine.

Supreme Slider 2 Cutting a new hole and turning it 90 degrees made a noticeable difference. The little extra hole is not an issue.

Supreme Slider 3 (2)

Another birthday score for me!

Kona color card

And since it’s Saturday …GO BIG RED!!


Friday, October 29, 2010

Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Fall 2010

Amy at Amy’s Creative Side is sponsoring her fourth Blogger’s Quilt Festival! It’s an online event for quilters of all ability levels to share their quilts. Thanks, Amy, for all your hard work to put this together and thanks to the sponsors who are offering prizes. image I haven’t made a lot of quilts in my short quilting career, but this is my current favorite. I call it Wonky Boxes. I started with a charm pack of Jennifer Paganelli’s Pretty Please and it evolved from there with no real plan. You can read about it here and here if you’d like.

Wonky Boxes 2

I decided to go bold on the back with Kona Tangerine pieced with a lone block floating in white.

Wonky Boxes 4

I really enjoyed the process of making this quilt. I did have a glitch when I quilted it and then hated the quilting and ripped it all out for a do over, but I love the way it turned out!

Please stop by Amy’s and enjoy all the wonderful quilts!

AccuQuilt GO! Giveaway

Micki, at Irish Muses, is having a giveaway! Her blog promises to be a great place to visit, too:)


While you’re out and about, you could say “Happy Birthday” to Sarah!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I like birthdays:)

Mr. Dotty and I haven’t purchased gifts for each other for years. We’re entirely happy to buy what we want, when we want or when we can afford it. For my birthday (Oct. 15) I did a little shopping!

Supreme Slider

Supreme Slider Quilts glide over it! I’m not sure whether it’s improved my free motion quilting, but I’ll keep working on it.

Supreme Slider 2

Kwik Klip for use with basting pins.Kwik Klip Curve Master presser foot. I found some video tutorials for it and it wasn’t nearly as easy for me as it looked! I did get better with some practice. 

Curve Master

Youngest daughter Ashley sent a Joann’s gift card! They had 40% off all rotary cutting tools, so I picked up this rotating cutting mat. I think it will be very handy.

Rotating mat I’ve had a flex ruler on my list for a while so I grabbed one of those, too!

Flex Ruler

This has nothing to do with birthdays, but I’ll throw it on the heap. I joined a Brown Bag challenge, or Ugly Fabric Challenge as some are called. This is what I received and I don’t think it qualifies as ugly. But, I do understand how a girl gets tired of looking at the same fabric in her stash all the time and wants it out of there. Now to figure out what it will become!

Brown Bag

It’s odd that I’d been looking at purple fabrics recently. Maybe it was a premonition.

I get so tired of having bobbins everywhere that I can’t identify. I always have 3 or 4 spools that are close in color, but slightly different. With the Coats and Clark, I can put 2 bobbins under the spool on this rack, but the Gutterman’s is bigger. Q-tip to the rescue!

Qtip bobbin holder

Back to the birthday topic. My baby is 25 today! Happy birthday Ashley:)


Thursday, October 07, 2010

Free Motion Quilt Along and a life lesson

Apparently I had a little setback on attitude yesterday. I wasn’t in the right mindset to work on this, but I was falling behind on my FMQ project, so I tried to play catch up. I don’t sketch well and even my simplest doodling is pretty sad, so I skipped that step and jumped right in. Bad idea.

Lines and angles. Not too bad so far.

free motion angles

I discovered that I can’t treat this like stippling. I need a plan before I dive in!

free motion lines and angles  I should have quit while I still had a glimmer of hope to make something decent of this.

free motion block lines

The pebbles weren’t quite as bad. Curved lines are easier than straight lines for me.


It’s pretty much a big mess, but there it is. Every time I look at it, I will be reminded to get my attitude straight before I start something. Life lesson! Feel free to borrow it if you need it:)

I just realized that I skipped the loops part completely. Next time!

You would never know from this example that I’m thoroughly enjoying this process! It’s certainly a challenge and so fun to see everyone’s progress in the Flickr group.