Quilter's Life

NSAJRD (National Sew A Jelly Roll Day) --- It's back!

Jelly RollJelly RollSeptember is National Sewing Month! I love September.... fabric sales, tool sales, sewing machine sales and special projects to keep us busy.

Tomorrow, September 15th, is National Sew A Jelly Roll Day. A set of 42, 2½" strips, rolled to look like a delicious dessert, is lovingly known as a Jelly Roll.

I've choosen mine. You still have time to choose your Jelly Roll and choose your pattern.

When you have finished your quilt top, whether you do a Jelly Roll Race or a more challenging design, I hope you will email me a picture of your project and let me share it.

Happy quilting,




Chain Quilting Thread Cutter

Thread CutterThread CutterEasy PeasyEasy PeasyI picked up this awesome little tool while I was at the Internatiol Quilt Festival in Chicago.  I set it aside for awhile as I was not working on projects using chain piecing.

While working on chain piecing hundreds of 1½" squares together, I glanced over and saw this little gem....still in it's package....and thought I would give it a try.

It is an awesome, time-saving tool and now lives next to my sewing machine!! 

National Sew A Jelly Roll Day

Jelly RollsJelly RollsHappy NSAJRD (National Sew A Jelly Roll Day). 

Apparently it's a thing! I'm happy about it. I'm happy whenever I have a reason (excuse) to sew and NSAJRD is as good a reason as anyLaughing (as if I need a reason!) and when I got up this morning I knew I was going to use a Jelly Roll.

Quilt Shop Hop

What a Pile!What a Pile!My sister, a dear friend and I took part in a Quilt Shop Hop.  We had great fun.

There were eleven shops included in this event and we were given sixteen days to complete our mission.  Sixteen days sounds like more than enough time but my sister lives far away and we had some family obligations during her visit so, in reality, we had five days to finish.  We knew we may not be able to get to all eleven shops and we accepted this posibility but decided to give it our best shot.


FarmFarmFrozenFrozenSometimes I feel like using a panel to make a quilt is cheating but I found these adorable panels and couldn't resist them!

My three-year-old granddaughter loves Frozen and wanted a quilt for her new bed.  I found several awesome Frozen fabrics but couldn't help falling in love with the life-sized panel of the sisters. I used some of the complimentary fabrics to add borders and voila!!! A quick, beautiful quilt was created, and an adorable little girl is very happy!!

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to everyone.  I have many fond memories of my father and father-in-law, who have both been gone for many years now. They were both remarkable men and are missed.

Being Father's Day, I made some of my husband's favorite foods and tried to cater to him and wait on him but I ended up getting the better end of the deal today!!! I was having some trouble with the lighting over my longarm machine and today my dear husband installed all new LED track lighting over my machine for meSmile.  I am thrilled to have more and better lighting for working on quilts.

Go Summer, Finally

It seems like it took forever for summer to get here this year.  Our school year didn't end until June 12 due to all of the snow days we used during our cold, snowy winter.  I used the beginning of last week to finish packing my classroom and completing the required end-of-the-year paperwork and report cards.

We have had a terrible amount of rain so I have not been able to do the yard work I had hoped to accomplish by now but I've been able to start some of the indoor projects.

Mini Tumblers

Doll QuiltDoll QuiltI have been crazy about Tumblers lately.  I have been grabbing every Tumbler die of every size that I can find.  I found a die for these little two inch Tumblers and started cutting scraps.

Cutting leads to sewing and before I knew it I had created a little doll quilt for my granddaughter. She will be two years old in May and is loving her baby dolls and stuffed animals.

I added a narrow white border and used a lavender and white backing.  Even though this is a very small project, I quilted it on my longarm machine in a Wandering Loops design.

This special little quilt will be well loved and well used.....for now, to wrap up a stuffed animal puppy!

Happy Easter/Spring/Life

Spring and Easter have always meant new hope, new beginnings and new life to me.  This year they have an even deeper meaning of all of those things to me and I have great cause for celebrating life.

Shortly after the last time I shared with you, my husband slipped and fell on the horrible ice that was everywhere around us during our winter in the Midwest.  The paramedics reacted quickly and brought him to the nearest hospital.  After a few days, and not thorough care, he was released and we came home. He continued to get worse and had some complications. Next came a trip to Urgent Care and after more complications, a stay in another hospital where they found that he had broken his back and had a serious head injury and bleeding, all from the fall.

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year!  I hope you have had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.

I have had a very busy fall. This school year has been hectic to say the least. I've had to have some car repairs done and I finally had to retire the sewing machine I used daily.  I can't complain as it gave me good service for 40 years! I moved a different machine to the "workhorse" position and bought a new machine with up-to-date embroidery features.  The new machine connects to a computer but I have been having alot of trouble with my old computer and had to give in and buy a new computer! I see where they got the saying "When it rains it pours"!

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