Who doesn’t love Halloween????

Wicked 3I don’t know to many people who don’t like the holiday known as Halloween. To my knowledge, not many countries celebrate Halloween except for the USA. I’ve always viewed Halloween as part of a fun day that finally lets people be who they really are. While American’s may dress up in silly costumes and decorate there homes like a store decorates for Christmas, it’s the only day I know of where people just let lose and be free.

I’m super excited to be part of the Wicked 3 Blog Hop over at Sew We Quilt. While I haven’t yet come up with what I’ll be doing for this Blog Hop I know that it will be fun, and fantastic to just be part of it. Of course, it will be something quilted, and will probably include a few monsters. Be sure to come and visit all the great sites that will be participating. Once I know my day, I will post it on my blog.


See ya there,


We’ve said and heard it many times…

National 911 Memorial

But for September 11, 2001, it was a day, we truly will never forget. I don’t believe in the 12 years since that fateful day in New York City, that anyone doesn’t remember where they were, what they were doing, or how they were affected.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends, and special loved ones that we lost that day. While I didn’t lose anyone personally, just the fact that I was at the top of the Word Trade Centers even once in my lifetime brings it home. Never again will I visit there and be able to go to the top of the Towers. Even if you lost noone that day, we all still have that feeling of loss within us for the horror that struck that day.

Best Wishes,


Club EQ August 2013

2013-08 God Bless The USA (Dark)2013-08 God Bless The USA (Light)I really love doing the Club EQ quilts each month. They are always fun and while they can be challenging, the whole idea is to learn something new or try something you haven’t done before.

Each month, I try to treat the challenge as a lesson for me to learn something new. It expands my knowledge and helps me to become better at using the software.

The August challenge is Patriotic Quilts. The idea of this quilt is based on a charity called Quilts of Valor Foundation which is based in the United States and gives quilts to there military men and women who are returning home from war. The quilt can be no larger than 60 x 80 and patriotic colors of red, white and blue are used throughout the quilt.

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Little Things Make Me Happy!!

Designer 1 Sewing Machine Foot PedalIt’s funny how life can be so complicated at times, but the end result is that sometimes, little things can make one so happy. I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, my Designer 1 foot has arrived and I couldn’t be happier.

It arrived in it’s new home yesterday, very quietly and I could just hear it shouting, YAY, I have a new home.. I can’t wait to be used. USE ME, USE ME… hehe, so I used it 🙂

We are very happy.

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Feeling Naked

Designer 1 Sewing Machine Foot Pedal

Have you ever felt naked? I don’t mean the kind of naked where you’ve just gotten out of the shower and are wrapping the towel around you… I mean.. something’s missing. I’m feeling desperate today, even lonely, sad, naked…

All because I’m waiting on a new sewing machine foot pedal for my Viking Designer 1. It’s the machine I sew on, piece and quilt my projects on. I have my Brother Ult machine, but I only use it for machine embroidery. I don’t like the way it sews and besides, I’ve always heard that if you start a project on one machine you should finish it or try to finish it on the same machine. I guess that’s based on the 1/4″ inch seam allowance quilters need to use.

It should be here in the next day or so, but it’s been almost two weeks now since I ordered it and each day that it doesn’t arrive I feel more and more naked. So, I leave you with that thought today. Keep a backup on hand. 🙂 Can you just imagine? Of course, I have extra light bulbs, I even have a second bobbin case, which I bought to use special threads in, I even buy what I call backup fabric, in case I don’t have enough, I buy a little extra to be sure I won’t run out should I goof up on cutting something out, and if I have leftovers, it’s always good for my favorite type of quilt which is scrap quilts, or even for applique parts.

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Club EQ July 2013

2013-07-ClubEQ_Challenge_Modern_Dance 2013-07-ClubEQ_Challenge_Modern_Dance_with_quilting   The theme of this months Club EQ was Modern Quilts. Modern quilts are considered to be high in color contrast with big prints and solid colors. In some ways this is a challenge for me because I’m not someone who likes to use solid colors in quilts. In this quilt, I was trying to challenge myself to create a pieced border that flowed with the quilt design itself. I always love my quilts to have what I’ll call an interactive border. I think it looks cool to have the borders be different but still be part of the overall design versus adding “strips of fabric” to the outside part of the quilt area. To me, it helps the quilt flow better and the overall look seems to appear better. Not mind you that anything is wrong with strips of fabric borders, I’ve certainly used them for quilts I’ve made and to frame wallhangings, and other small quilted items. Continue reading