Prima Diva

Prima Diva

Prima Diva

I made this Prima Diva Purse.  It’s T H I C K and loaded with pockets – zippered, open, curved, credit cards!  [Read more…]

Continuous Bias Binding

Continuous Bias Binding

Continuous Bias Binding

When making a separate binding for your quilt, continuous bias binding is the way to go.  You can maneuver the binding more easily around corners, and it’s an economical way to use up leftover fabric from your quilt top. [Read more…]

Christmas Tree Skirt

We’ve just left behind the month of September, I know; but Christmas is right around the corner – especially if you’re a crafter like me!  I love the holidays, and I strive to make gifts every year.  I envision a year of giving only created pieces of myself…  Ah, to have all the time in the world to accomplish that!!

I do  love sewing holiday items like festive pillowcases, tablecloths, table runners, and Christmas Tree Skirts! [Read more…]

Reach for the Stars Quilt

My Mom receives Quilters Newsletter magazine regularly.

Reach for the Stars Quilt

Reach for the Stars Quilt

On the cover one month was this quilt.

She was so drawn to the colors and encouraged me to make the quilt at the same time.  I love making quilts with different blocks and so I agreed.  Twice a year we, along with seven or so other women, go on quilt retreat at my Uncle and Aunt’s Sabina Farm Inn in Rumford, Maine.  April 2014 was our month to start this new, exciting project! [Read more…]

Passing on a Tradition

My Sons, 17 and 15.5

My Sons, 17 and 15.5

When my sons were four and five years old, they made their first quilts.  My oldest now towers over me at 6’4″ and his brother looms over me at 6′.  The boys were fascinated with trains and spent hours playing near the quilting machine.  They would color, draw, build puzzles, and drive toy vehicles all around me.

I found an applique pattern for trains and thought “some day I’ll make each a quilt”.  Hmmmm.  Guess I took too much time on that project!  The boys started to trace the patterns and color them.  Then it occurred to me that fine motor skills develop nicely when children learn to use scissors.  So one thing led to another and they were tracing patterns on Wonder Under, cutting loosely around the design, ironing these to the backs of specially selected fabrics, and cutting the engine and train cars out — on the lines!!  We used muslin as the background.  Honestly, this decision was made because I never believed the quilts would really get completed.  I should have known better!  The trains circle a station, appropriately named after each boy.  The engineer is a picture of them scanned from a photo onto fabric and placed inside the engine.  The number of their engine was embroidered on each locomotive using my Bernina Artista 200E.

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WELCOME!

quiltflowerThank you for visiting.  My goal is for this blog to be interactive.  If you have a question or would like information, let’s start a conversation and delve into answers and ideas.  Perhaps there’s a sewing technique you haven’t dared to try because you want a few tips before you start…  Maybe you’re curious how I decide on patterns for long-arm quilting…    Please ask!

As I said on my website home page, I have a passion for sewing and quilting.  I want to continue to learn and perfect my hobby.  I appreciate your interests, talent, and time!  Sew on!!