Friday, July 21, 2017

Threading

Have you ever had trouble threading your needle.....who hasn't.

Next time try turning the needle around so that you are pushing the thread through the opposite side of the eye.  Needles are made by pushing the equipment through the needle to make the eye. Sometimes it is smoother on the side where it starts through the needle rather than the side where it comes out.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


I bought this pattern in Paducah just because I had a specialty ruler already that was used in this tablerunner.  It was fast and I only had to buy fabric for the background and backing.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Today, was a day of learning for me and others. Kaw Valley Quilt Guild held a workshop with Rob Appel of Man Quilting from California.

It was a reverse applique class. Something I had contemplated but just never had the starting point.

Rob is a very energetic speaker and teacher.   And the program helpers from the guild made it a much easier day with all the help on having the tables set up ready for us and ordering and picking up lunch for all.

I had a wonderful sandwich from Wheatfields in Lawrence, cranberry and turkey on walnut bread. My mouth waters just remembering it.

Now I just need to finish my zebra with free motion quilting in the negative spaces and a binding.

Thanks for a wonderful day!!!!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Jane Anderson is teaching a machine embroidery class the second Wednesday of the month at Overbrook.  I need to really use my new embroidery machine and so I took the class.

I think I only made one major mistake.  I didn't trim the shoe above the zipper before I started the satin stitch.  So trimmed it afterwards and now it has this fine fringe.  I'll just have to live with it.  The whole bag was done in the hoop, even making the bag.  I only have to blind stitch the lining where it was turned right side out.

I did learn lots, like how to restart when the bobbin runs out, how to go back to a previous color etc. I'd better use it again soon so I don't forget all these lessons.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

      These two table runner tops were sewn this week.   I'm hoping that my website will be operational soon.  When it is, these two tablerunners will be downloadable patterns when it is finally up and        running.  They are quick and easy to make.                                                                                                    
     

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

An easy and cheap way to control the thread on your bobbins is in the picture.

Go to your discount store and purchase the little girl ponytail scrunchies.  Just slip them over your bobbin and you've got it.

Last night was a very stormy night but we just received small hail and hard rain.  Fortunate for us but others are without homes and electricity.  Hope this isn't a harbinger of the spring to come!

Friday, March 3, 2017

While waiting for the new tablet upgrade to my Gammill, I finally finished the Maywood Woolies flannel quilt.  The kit was just the woven part, but I wanted it larger so I had to order more background and some polka-dotted red for the inner border.

It will make a good throw for the couch when the cold wind blows.  And it may be that long before I get around to quilting it.