Archive for August, 2018


August 18, 2018

The Ogden Farmers Library art group formed about 7 years ago, and we had a fun day Thursday exploring Sashiko.  This is something I’d never done, and it was so easy.  Couldn’t believe I haven’t tried this before.

This is what I made, some towels:


Instead of making another small fabric square of a technique, and adding it to the pile of previously tried new techniques, I decided to make something useful – towels.  Also in an effort to start using what I’ve already purchased, I located an entire bolt of Osnaburg fabric.

Now Osnaburg fabric is not exactly a soft cotton fabric, but it is 100% cotton with a nice open weave.  Well, it had an open weave before I machine washed it and machine dried it, but heck, that’s how I wash my towels, and I was determined to make these useful towels.  I thought it would be a good idea to prewash the fabric before I embroidered it.  It was still easy to hand embroider.

And the embroidery thread?  Well, I have hundreds, yes hundreds of cones of machine knitting yarn in my home.  That’s what happens when you were a machine knitter at one time.  You know how quilters amass a good portion of fabric for their future use?  Well most machine knitters I know, pretty much well purchased coned yarn, like quilters purchase fabric. I’m both, so you can just imagine what my textile resources are.

I pulled out this variegated, 100% cotton, 8/2 weight coned yarn to use for the embroidery thread.  It worked like a charm.  I offered to share it with the other ladies present, but had no takers.

See the size of that cone?  I could make towels every week, till the day I died, and I wouldn’t make a dent in it.  It’s a good 2 pounds of yarn, but you know what?  It felt great to use some of it, and who knows?  I might start using some of my coned yarn on my knitting machine again.  I do still own one.



Free Motion Quilting

August 14, 2018

I used to be pretty good at FMQ, but my oh my, did that recent Comfort Quilt test my patience.  I lost my FMQ mojo.  That’s what happens when you don’t practice – often.

I was so upset that I was considering purchasing a new sewing machine – the Juki straight stitch only one – the mini version.  Came to my senses and realized, no, it wasn’t the sewing machine’s fault, it was little old me.

Determined to get better, I watched FMQ shows on YouTube and old Craftsy classes I had purchased, and practiced, practiced, practiced.  After 2 weeks of almost daily practice, this is what I sewed out today:


Yes!!!  Now that’s more like it.  Not perfect, but I’m happy with the improvement.

I will now practice FMQ a few times a week, or I’ll lose my mojo again, and can’t let that happen.  😉


Bee Sewcial

August 8, 2018

I’m a member of a small group of quilt artists called Fiberistas, and we were looking for a small monthly project to try recently.  Beth sent us links to a concept new to all of us.  It’s called BeeSewcial.  Seems there is a thriving group on Instagram and on the internet, where members select a Queen Bee monthly.  The Queen Bee chooses a theme.  It can be a particular block, a thought, a word, a song, etc…  The members all make a block and gift it to the Queen Bee, who then makes a quilt out of the blocks, and gets to keep it for herself.

We all thought that was a great idea as our last group project – a Round Robin ended halfway through.  Some of the pieces were getting rather large, and interest waned. One block a month is very doable, and still lets us try all sorts of new techniques, and we get to make a quilt for ourselves.  The best part?  We each receive a block made by someone we all love.  Doesn’t get any better than that.

We decided to have all the block sizes be divisible by 3.   A block can be as small as 3″x3″ or 3″x12″ or anything between, but none larger than 12″x12″.  This will be fun and possibly challenging to put together 13 variously sized blocks, and should result with lots of great varied arrangements.

Jess chose Square in a Square, and I finished mine already.  It is 9″x9″.  Yes, good old procrastinator me, finished it a full month ahead of time.  Here it is:


She mentioned she liked batiks, so batiks she got, and I had oodles of fun playing with the design section in my Pfaff sewing machine.

That center embroidery started out life as a single scallop.  I multiplied it, tapered it, rotated it, and had the best time ever creating those squares, within squares in the center.  Sense a theme here?  More squares in a square for Jess.

This is the first time in years, and I mean years, that I used the embroidery module on my sewing machine.   It was so much fun.  That module is staying on my sewing machine, and I have big plans for it – in between finishing up the Santa quilt.



Good to Feel Good Again

August 3, 2018

It’s been a long haul here, but I’m finally feeling good again.  Let me tell you, it’s no fun to be dizzy, short of breath, and have no energy for a couple of months.  It lasted way too long, but am very grateful to be doing well again.

Comfort Quilt #16 was started in Tucson, and completed in Churchville.  It was free motion quilted on my Pfaff – with the nice big space between the needle and machine.  It’s the next best thing to a sit down quilting machine set-up.

Comfort Quilt 16

The fabric was gifted to me by a dear friend, and now I am passing along the good will by donating it to my quilt guild’s Comfort Quilt group.