#42 How is it October already?

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Wow, this year is flying by me once again!

I have been busy since the last posting. These are just the finishes but I have a few other projects in the works.

This is the lap quilt I finished for my Granddad (and haven’t sent yet).


I used it for quilting practice and I’m quite happy about how it looks.


The orange quilt is completed and waiting to be a Christmas present. I doubt the recipient visits this site, and if they do, they won’t know it’s theirs 😉


This one….

I *think* this one is around 26 year old.  It was just the center, the star portion. I added the blue background and border just this month.


Check out the awful piecing! I giggle because it isn’t so bad, in fact at the time it was my best effort.


I remember using a cardboard template and an ink pen to trace out the diamonds. I don’t think rotary cutters and mats were a “thing” yet. If they were, either I hadn’t heard of them and/or couldn’t afford them. I think I did pretty well considering! The fabrics weren’t all fitting for quilting by today’s standards but they were all I had.


I’ve often thought of ridding myself of this “monstrosity” but I’m so glad I didn’t. I kept it for the memories of learning to quilt, financially struggling, and sewing with my son on my lap.


My son is now grown and I can afford the best quilting cottons. I have improved in my skill sets but still learning every day. The memories in this quilt are priceless to me. When I’m no longer here, this will belong to my son.


For weeks, the song “Swingin’ on a Star” by Frank Sinatra has been on a loop in my head. Great song and sound advice, so I think it’s a fitting name for this quilt. But memories of piecing it with my boy in my lap while watching old reruns of “Hawaii 5 0” late at night stuck with me, too. Jeff has always liked making me laugh and he learned that if he said “book em Dano”, I’d giggle quite hard!

I give you “Dano’s Swinging on a star”.


No quilt is complete until the inspectors have a once over. Baby is looking for loose threads in the picture above and Sissy thinks it makes a great backdrop for her newest close up.


Meanwhile, this is what I’m taking a break from this weekend. Ah, homeownership. The sump pump died and no one noticed until I stepped downstair to sew the other night. I hadn’t turned a light on yet and stepped in a cold puddle. I wanted to clean the basement anyway…


#41 Back in the Swing

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The big reveal! My friend at work, Twila, is retiring at the end of the upcoming week. She was our solder trainer at work and I learned most of what I know from her vast knowledge. She played Mrs. Claus at Christmas every year and absolutely adores the color red. She and her husband are planning to retire to Tennessee but most of their family is in Ohio.  She’s become a very good friend of mine, offering me wonderful advice about a lot of things lately.  I will miss her a ton.


I used Bonnie Hunter’s pattern Mountain Majesties to create this one.  Hubs thought it was too red and very dark. Although I completely agree with him, I knew it would be perfect for her. I did video her receiving it, but because she had a no makeup day, I promised to keep it for myself. I can tell you she squealed when she saw it!


It is a king sized quilt, all from my scrap bin. I probably still have 10 more quilts in there!

The quilting motif is a meandering feather pattern following the zig zags that the mountain blocks created.

I named it “My heart is in Ohio” to remind her no matter where she goes, she has people here who love her and will never forget her. Note the bluebird of happiness 🙂


This is a picture of the two of us at our company picnic. I think our table became the loudest and giggliest of the whole party!


I finally managed to finish this one for Love Quilts. I did only the quilting, this one came to me already beautifully pieced.


I did start a new project and I know who will receive it. I think it’ll end up being a Christmas gift. These fabrics were gifted to me because they were found in a place someone had moved into. They had no use for them and I was reluctant to use them. They came from Walmart in precut fat quarters and strips and someone got them on clearance. After looking at them for awhile, I realized the quality isn’t the best but I’ve seen much worse from Walmart and it will make a suitable quilt for a young family to wear out. I added the orange with the recipient in mind.


The family reunion was a success and my dear grandfather asked for another lap quilt if I could find the time. Of course I will always have time for him! I had the perfect top already made, it just needs quilted and bound.


This was a leftover from the quilt I gifted to some Louisiana friends. I made so many blocks that I lost count! I then framed them in scraps of green that I had left over from cutting. I’m also experimenting with other quilting designs while getting the tension in line.


This week we saw a doggie dentist for sweet little Mojo. He stopped playing with the toy rope about a month ago, so I made him a vet appointment to make sure he’s ok. His teeth look fine on the surface but he could have tooth damage we can’t see or possibly a broken jaw. This stuff happens for no particular reason in small breeds and he’s eating fairly well but I worry that he’s in pain. They gave him pain meds and referred us to a specialist about an hour and a half away. Dr. Stokes not only works on dogs like mine, but does work for zoos and K-9 officers. Mojo will have to be sedated to get the proper x-rays and the problems will be corrected during that time.


Here’s to hoping everyone will be well soon!

#40 Chain Stitcher Joins the Herd

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This big ole pile-of-red is part of the secret sewing I’ve been doing. I still can’t share with you all the details but it’s now being quilted and is king sized. Currently, the thread tension and breakage while quilting this one is making me crazy. I may have to remove it and start all over with resetting my longarm tension. Ack!

mountain of red

I can share the quilt I finished before the red one. This one is for the family reunion I’m attending on Sunday.

raffle quilt

I had no issues with quilting this one. I used a simple meander because I needed to finish it quickly.

raffle quilt 3

The top was finished quite some time ago and was the result of playing with a sampler box of Jinny Beyer prints that were acquired from an estate sale. I still have enough left for a smaller project!

raffle quilt 2

I purchased this beauty from Goodwill online auctions. They can be hit or miss when it comes to shipping, but this one came from the Indianapolis store and they are pretty good about careful packing. There is slight damage to the very old case but it can be repaired. The needle bar had twisted a bit and a few new scuffs to the cloth plate seem to be the only damage to the machine itself. I don’t know if the needle had already been broken but it is now so I’ve ordered more. They take shorter needles than my other machines. I haven’t tried the motor yet but the wheel turns freely. Once I’ve taken it apart and cleaned it, I’ll use my featherweight cords to try her out. Crossing finger!


I found this helpful when trying to locate the best deal for new machine needles. If you have problems finding needles for vintage machines, you may be able to use this chart to find them under different identifiers. ISMACS is one of my best VSM friends!

Here’s a cute picture of 3 of my fur babies, coexisting in peace for just a few moments. ha! Sissy (the middle one) is the peace keeper and all the dogs love her. Fuzzy (on the left) can be quite mean and Mojo (right) is a sensitive soul <3

basket of fun

I renewed my driver’s license the other day so I wore contacts. I don’t wear them often anymore because I’m dependent on bifocals! So I stopped and bought some readers and quite like them. Pretty danged fabulous, don’t you think?


On Monday, I hit the -50 pounds mark. I’ve been walking on air all week! If you’re on Lose It!, friend me 🙂

#39 Weezy’s High School Reunion

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In this episode, I discuss knitting and some sewing in between visits with family and friends. I talked about my high school reunion experience around minute 21:40.

We celebrated the grands birthdays by visiting Cedar Point.


Autumn and Lizzy were just as excited as I was to be high in the air overlooking the park!


This was the return trip in the sky at the end of our visit. Hubs and I were tired but happy!


I took the grands toy shopping and stopped for lunch at Five Guys. Yummy!


Hubs tipped a few back with me at the reunion. This man is truly my hero and best friend.


Shelly and I have been friends since were we very young. She loves vintage machines almost as much as I do.

I also got to reconnect with a very sweet lady who does this radio show. Thank you Claudia, without you, I’m sure I wouldn’t have stayed and had such a good time!


I did some knitting on the return trip from Indiana. Just one more sleeve to go before I cut the steek stitches!

I finally found the other knitting patterns I bought long ago and now have the skills to try. They are both White Lies Designs and I may be in trouble. There are a bunch of gorgeous designs I may need to own! The two I have are Filigree Lace and Heirloom Lace Jacket.

Since Baby can’t have regular treats, I did some research on substitutes for her. I found this suggested recipe in the comment section of the product page.


The treats I made use both dry and soft food. Baby eats low fat ID only. I ground 2 cups of dry food in the food processor until it was mostly powder. I took a few tablespoons out to “flour” the board I will be using to roll out the dough.


Next add one can of soft food and blend until mixed well. It will be soft and clumpy.


Scoop it out and roll it to about a half an inch thick. I use a smooth glass as a rolling pin and work with a hand full at a time. I have a set of dog bone cookie cutters but you could cut the pieces with a butter knife to the size you want.

If your dogs are around like mine, they will be at your feet and begging to lick the spoon!


Place the bones on a cookie sheet using a liner or parchment paper. You don’t want the bottom to stick or burn. Place the sheet in the oven at 300 degrees for half an hour (don’t preheat). Remove and cool before storing in the fridge. Use the treats within 2 weeks and don’t count them as part of your pets nutrition. Heat changes the protein properties.


The leftover raw food can be shaped into balls and used as pill pockets! What I should’ve done and didn’t, use something like a straw to create a hole for the pill to go into because once refrigerated, the treats become solid and will crumble easily if you try to stick a pill inside.