I am trying to be more focused this year, although I keep getting sucked into instagram and flickr swaps. I don’t know what it is, the extra challenge of making something for another person–with a deadline–just makes my heart race. It is March, and I have finished exactly zero of my Q1 Finish A-Long goals […]

Welcome friends, it is hard to believe that I have been blogging for two years already! (And this is my 149th post!) When I look at my sewing files on my hard drive, I cannot believe how prolific I have been. I still have a few too many works-in-progress (WIP), although I am trying to […]

feb 28 flimsy finished

Hurray, I have met my February goal and finished up my flimsy* for Bonnie Hunter’s Grand Illusion mystery quilt. It is really busy. Extremely so. I’m not sure I like it. So I added the 3″ red border and called it good. I have some additional blocks for a pieced border, but it’s already 52″ […]

norah dress back

My daughter is 5 now, and getting taller every time I turn around. So what can a mom with a healthy stash do except make a new dress? I had printed out the Norah dress pattern a few weeks before, so I showed her some options which I had in my stash and she picked […]

Honor Roll bundle by Anna Maria Horner

Just so you know, in case you didn’t, I was the FIRST person to join this buy on Massdrop.   It was a fabulous deal. I think I’m going to disperse this into my stash to use in various projects, but at the moment it is still neatly set aside. It is still frigid in […]

I am following along with the camera challenge with the Littlest Thistle. Part One is to compare photos taking with full automatic setting to those taking with presets — I used Portrait, Sports, Landscape, and Beach/snow, which comes under “Scene” and has funky effects as well as settings for specific light conditions. You will note […]

I signed up for my second round in the Modern 4×5 bee on Flickr, and then I needed a block to make. This blocks started out as something else but it seemed a bit fussy for making 5, so I simplified it and came up with this design. If you know what it’s called, please […]

frozen quilt all finished

Here it is, the fastest quilt I have ever made! I love playing with the pretty fabrics, but this happy kid is totally worth the simplicity of a fabric panel. I had stopped into my local fabric shop, The Stitch Witch, the weekend before Christmas for a quick browse. And my daughter went straight to […]

Two completed, 10 to go

Rolling over to a new month that is. My pile of Grand Illusion blocks grew this month, but I did not meet my goal of finishing the flimsy in January. Ah, well, so be it. Now, rather than setting a completely new goal, I am going to list this goal again. Finish the flimsy (which […]


I finished up another butterfly block on the weekend, so I thought I would get them all out and see where I’m at. These blocks were originally made in the Simply Solids Bee in 2013 using a pattern I designed, and I decided to hand quilt them using a quilt-as-you-go method. The backing fabrics are […]


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