Product Review: Clotilde Sewing Edge

Yesterday I was given the gift of practically a whole day to sew, and I was determined to stay focused. Other than a bit of time on Pinterest during lunch, and a few scattered moments to check email, I spent a good seven hours enjoying the process of putting together a simple quilt. And the good news is: the last row was sewn on just in time to make dinner! … Continue reading

Today’s task

I had the opportunity to sneak in a couple hours of sewing Saturday night so that I finished piecing all of the blocks. Sunday morning before church, and then again in the afternoon, I finished cutting the 6-1/2″ alternate blocks. In the evening our church gathered to watch “The Big Game,” so I set up my machine in a back corner and sewed one alternate block to each pieced block. … Continue reading

Just one hour

This weekend is a very busy one for our church, and since sweet hubby is the pastor, that means I am very involved, too. Today, I had just one hour of free time between two of those activities. Normally, I bemoan the fact that I don’t have all day to quilt, and so I don’t do anything at all. Today, I decided to see what I could get done in … Continue reading

Working through it

I’ve been telling myself that I need to finish the various quilt tops that I started in the Nancy Crow workshops last year. The problem is, something is holding me back. Most likely fear. So, I’ve been procrastinating instead. The problem is that I’ve procrastinated so much (in the form of organizing obsessively) that now my studio is all clean and orderly and there is nothing else fun to organize. … Continue reading

Pinwheel variations 1 & 2

I just finished the two Jelly Roll Pinwheel lap quilts that I started the week after Christmas. Variation 1 on the left has dark pinwheels. Variation 2 on the right has light pinwheels. The jelly rolls were Moda marbles. I happened to have a half yard of lime green Moda marble in my stash, so I decided to use that as a border on Variation One. As I was digging … Continue reading

Pinwheel variation #1

I’ve been sewing the jelly roll pinwheel blocks bit by bit the last few days. Since I wanted to use up all my leftover Moda marble strips, I ended up with 78 blocks. I decided to separate the dark pinwheels from the light pinwheels and make two smaller baby quilts. I’ll still put a border on it, but here’s the first one. No step-by-steps today. Just the photo. If I … Continue reading

Product Review: rotating cutting mat

Last year, I took advantage of a terrific sale and finally got an 12″ by 12″ Olfa Rotating Self-Healing Rotary Mat. I hesitated, wondering if I would like it, but I am pleased with how much I really do like it. I hesitated buying it because years ago I had an earlier version of a rotating cutting mat. It was mounted on a turn table with ball bearings. I never … Continue reading

Even my tape is blue

I play a little game with myself. Whenever possible, I only buy blue things; specifically, cobalt blue things. That immediately limits the number of things I buy, especially over the last decade since cobalt blue hasn’t exactly been in vogue lately. My own bias aside, I think every quilter should keep blue tape in their studio. I’m talking about the kind of tape that you get at the big box … Continue reading