HQAL Update

I take part in a Hand Quilt-A-Long with a group of very talented stitchers.  If you would like to join us, the information is below the picture of my progress.img_3850

I didn’t get that much done, but it felt good to be working on it.  Hopefully, I will have the stitching done on this one, and the next one cut out by our next update.  Please look below for all the information to join us if you wish and the links to all the other stitchers who are taking part in our HQAL.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebSusan,  NanetteSassy , Edith, and Sharon

Student Recommendations

Right now I am in my busy time for teaching.  I run summer camps all day everyday and am having such a great time.  This past week, we were having some challenges in keeping the pins off of the floor.  I have these magnetic pin holders that the students are supposed to carry with them to the machines and put the pins on there instead of leaving them on the table to roll onto the floor.  On the third morning of camp last week, I pulled all the students together and asked them what we could do to keep the pins from getting on the floor and pilling up on the tables.  One of them had a great solution!!

Pin cushions that attach to the sewing machines!!img_3570

My daughter, who is home from college, asked if she could help me!  What a treat to be sewing with my daughter!  She chose all the fabrics, we made the pin cushions together, and sewed the straps all while talking and have a great time!img_3672

I even made myself a wrist pincushion!  I can’t wait for camp this week to see if these sewing machine pin cushions do the trick!


I just bought my very first fleece!!!

We went to the fair and one of the sheep owners was selling the fleece that had been just sheared off of the sheep that you see in the photo.  I was so excited!!  My husband encouraged me to get it so that I can play around with it – I guess it needs to be cleaned, carded and spun into yarn.  I can’t wait to get started!

HQAL (Hand Quilt-A-Long) Update

HQAL = Hand Quilt-A-Long.  This is a group run by Kathy over at Sewing Etc.  Each member works on a project of their own and we post about it every three weeks (I have been remiss in the most recent past).  This is a super supportive and truly amazing group of stitchers, all are very talented.  Please, if you have a moment, take a look at what they have been working on:
KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharon and Bella.

The project I have been trying to work on has been stalled for quite awhile.  The time to post about this has come around and around again and again and I have not been able to bring it out of time out.  img_3571

I had been working on a Grandmother’s Flower Garden.


The biggest problem is that after hand sewing these hexagons together, I decided I wanted some embroidery around all of the seams.  I used my sewing machine – BIG, BIG mistake!  I really, REAlly, REALLY hated the way it looked and decided to pull it all out.  That task is easier said than done.  I have probably put about 3 hours into pulling those stitches out and am not even close to having them all gone.  I am so disappointed.  I’m not sure what to do…I’m now thinking that I will just hand embroider over the machine stitching and see how that looks.

Being part of this HQAL however, made me take this project out of time out and take a look at it again.  I realize how much I like it.  I like the pattern, I like the fabrics I have chosen, and I find it truly relaxing to do a little hand stitching at the end of each day.img_3573

This is the color of the next flower that I will be working on.  Thank you to Kathy who did not give up on me and has still included me in the HQAL even though I have not posted and have not worked on my project.  I am hoping to have much to show in the next post!

I have not been sitting idle even though this project has taken a back burner.  I have gone back to teaching in my studio!!  I am running summer camps right now and have been having the time of my life.  I love teaching!!  If you get a chance, take a look at what we are up to in the studio:  Let’s Go Crafting


Samples for classes

I own and operate a studio that teaches kids to sew, weave, knit and crochet.  I also teach two classes at the local arts center.  Lately, I have been having fun outside of teaching by making samples for my current classes and for summer camps.

I made a sample sundress for girls and a sunglasses case sample for both kids and adults.

For the preschool class, I made these little looms (they had so much fun with them!!) and people from used toilet paper tubes.

For my tween class at the art center (no sewing machines), I made samples of bean bags, woven monster bookmarks, key chains, and fun little stuffies that the kids could either make as bean bags or as cat toys.  Fun, Fun, Fun!!  All of this is leaving me little time to work on my own personal projects, but it’s all good.  I will hopefully be able to schedule my time a little bit better once summer comes so that I can start working on personal things!

A Party!

Something I don’t regularly share on this blog is that I also teach sewing, weaving, knitting, crochet and jewelry making.  I host birthday parties and Girl Scout events and they are so much fun!  Yesterday I hosted a birthday party for 10 girls and their projects came out fantastic.


The birthday girl and her sister.


Our studio setup with everyone working hard and having fun!

This is the birthday girl and her older sister.  The birthday girl picked the project (a panda), but she wanted each invitee to be able to customize parts of their panda.  I cute extra pieces in colorful fabric and let them choose and create to their heart’s content!


With earbuds!

This picture doesn’t really do this panda justice.  Notice the little buttons added to the ears?  Those are earbuds and the strings are the wires going to a (to be made of cardboard at home) cellphone.  I thought that was super creative!img_2132-1

Blue eye patches!img_2128-1


The party goers take a break about half way through for a snack and to sing “Happy Birthday” to the birthday girl.  They also had another song, “Hoppy Birdie” complete with hand and body movements that was so very cute!!


Picking eye patch and nose colors.

Each bear was able to be personalized with embellishments of different colors.


A panda bear made by a student who has never sewn before!

The party was a huge success and every girl completed her bear!

SAL Update

Just a little bit done in the last two months.  But better a little than none!  Crawling along with this one.


21 Jan 2018 update.

This is where I am today…


11/19 update – closeup

This is where I was at the November update.  I am so grateful for this SAL that I am part of because I can see if I wasn’t held accountable, I would just let this go back in the pile.  Things have been a little busy and I forget that I LOVE stitching so much!

Please take a look at the other wonderful stitching artists taking part in this SAL: