Monday, March 28, 2011

A hole in the table

I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. Today was the day.

sewing table redo (2)

I had quilts to quilt and I didn’t want to mess around. I only broke one jigsaw blade!

sewing table redo

Mr. DJ will make a permanent box to replace the stool that’s holding the machine up. So far, so good!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Do you Pinterest?

From the website:

“Think of Pinterest as a virtual pinboard — a place where you can create collections of things you love and "follow" collections created by people with great taste.”

It also has the potential of being an amazing time waster. Not that I would ever do that.Smile with tongue out


It’s simple to create your own boards and save images to them. Here’s a sample of mine:


Install the Pin It button to grab images from websites or blogs. Credit is automatically given to the source.


Some pins from boards I follow:


If you have a Twitter or Facebook account, you can join through one of those or have someone invite you. I’m Vicki S and if you want to follow me, I’ll follow you back!

I’m off to take a spin on the torture machine, paint a couple of window frames and then pin baste two quilts. I’m going to throw a nap in there somewhere, too. Mr. DJ decided to play his guitar to try a new amp setup at 11 last night. This couldn’t wait until daylight? Tuesday night at 1 a.m, Amber sent a text (she’s house-sitting) to let me know the lost hamster had been found. Really? I value my sleep, people!

What do you have going on today?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Finished Block-a-palooza blocks!

Block-a-palooza blocks are finished!

Block 13

block-a-palooza 13

Block 14

block-a-palooza 14

Block 15

block-a-palooza 15

Block 16

block-a-palooza 16

All together!

blockapalooza all blocks

The Flickr group is loaded with inspiration! I have a few more things in the works, but I’ll wait to share when they’re closer to completion.

See what others are sharing over at Sarah’s place. Thanks, Sarah!!


The torture machine is getting a little easier.


I’ve taken 2 minutes off my mile in the two weeks since I started, which is not an impressive time by any means, but good for me. I’m working through some really rusty old kinks in the bones!

Bradford Pear trees are among my favorite spring sights in Tennessee. This one is in our front yard.

bradford pear tree

If we were back in South Dakota, this would be a sure sign of spring!


Red-winged Blackbird

Image credit


Saturday, March 05, 2011

Catching up

I’m linking to Sarah’s Whoop Whoop post! Thanks for letting us share, Sarah!

Block-a-palooza update (link is in the side bar)

I’m starting to love flying geese!

This is a block for a group quilt being made for an Etsy seller who lost her son in a house fire recently.

Contributing to something like this really helps me put my own priorities in order.

The fabric is from Pat Sloan.

This is a corner of a quilt I’m making for my niece’s son. I ran out of the yellow fabric and was lucky to be able to order more!

I’ll share more about this later. It’s been a fun top to work on!

My new toySmile  It’s certainly a painful reminder about how out of shape I am! Gotta keep at it so wish me luck!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Another light bulb moment

I’ve been sewing a lot of flying geese blocks with the Block-a-palooza quilt-along. Along with discovering how to tame the curve, I also stumbled on another little handy tidbit. A lot of us like to save the corners that are clipped off when using the rectangle/square method of flying geese. I used to make a little pile of them and sew them into half square triangles (HSTs) when I had a few minutes. The process to me is pretty tedious and those tiny bias pieces can stretch like crazy. But I love those little HSTs and had to have a better way to stitch them up. Here’s what I did:

Begin as usual by drawing a diagonal line


Draw a second line 1/2 inch from the first

 geese 2

Stitch on both lines

 geese 3

Cut between the two lines

 geese 4

I press open to avoid the curve

 geese 5

Do the same for the other side

 geese 6

There you have it. Your HSTs are already stitched!

geese 7 

It’s probably not an original idea, but it’s new to me!

Here are Block-a-palooza blocks 9, 10 and 11.

block-a-palooza 9


blockapalooza 10


blockapalooza 11