Sunday, March 26, 2017

Oh hallelujah it posted

So let's begin!
The last real post I did was in January for moving day for long arm.  Moving on

The last quilt I did in the garage was mine!!!!  Shocking.  So the story behind this quilt I had taken it to a class.  She would give us suggestions on how to quilt it.  We got off on the wrong foot and she picked this quilt to shreds!!  The final straw was when she told me I had UNDERPANTS in my quilt.  I'm not saying where...most people don't have a clue.  BUT I got no help what so ever.  But a fellow quilt DID help me and once I started it I saw the potential!  

Midway into the quilting of said UP up and Away...UP is the abbreviation for UnderPants...Bill says he wants to move the long arm machine.  So Squiggy was the first to move into our new house.  And UP up and Away was the last quilt to be done in the garage and the first to be finished in the new house!

I'm now in a panic to finish the binding for it to hang in our Ice House quilt show in Mayfield KY for the month of April.  I need to have it bound and labeled by Monday night.  I always have worked well under pressure!

(Now let's see if I can post a picture)
And the answer I is no!
Now no to figure out this!!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Moving day

Yup moving again!!  

To catch any of you up, last February we sold out house near the lake.  We decided we didn't fit into a subdivision.  We had a plan but needed to hurry it up.  Decided to have a metal building built and we would live in that while the house was built. We have lived in the garage since May 9, 2016.  Actually it worked out well.  I have my long arm machine, some fabric and I was happy.  BUT.... it's time!

The house is almost complete and it is time to move in.  First one to move  in...Squiggy!
Here he is riding in his chariot.. for ok ok maybe not but he's stylin' in that wheelbarrow!  Bill and I are are getting pretty darn good taking him apart and moving him and putting him back together.  Took us a little more than an hour!  

  and in his new room!   

Setting him up

Moved into place, a few minor adjustments, power on!


And he works!!!


This has been a great experience for us.  While the building had its ups and downs...while I'm glad it's over.  It's all about sharing..about compromise.  I truly believe this is the LAST house I'll ever build.  And Bill agrees!  While it isn't what my dream house would have been...In my dream house it has a basement where my sewing room would be.  It would have lots and lots of windows...oh wait I had that in a subdivision!  Lol  this is Bill's house.  This is the house plans he picked.  I'm ok I got my Squiggy and a couple nice windows.  And when I get tired of quilting I can go to the sunroom and do some hand stitching


And so with Squiggy all set up and our first full day of moving under our belt...I close up shop and look forward to another day of moving MORE BOXES!!!


Friday, January 20, 2017

I'm blown away!

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Everyone knows I'm an APQS super fan.  Ok ok maybe the biggest fan!  The APQS blog is featuring their family of owners who run small businesses.  My great friend and APQS rep, Angela Huffman, contacted me a little bit ago and asked if I would be her Guinea Pig.  Well, of course!  She sent me a list of questions, which I answered and sent back.  And I'm being featured in the APQS blog!  On their FB page!  And I'm on cloud 9!!! 

I really can't believe that this little no name from South Wales, NY, who spent most of her life as Bill's wife or Bill and Bob's mom has found a path to take.  I'm sorry I found it so late in life, but I'm not going to waste a moment of this ride!  My quilting is my quiet gives me strength to carry on to the goals I set for myself.  My quilting is my encouragement.  When I see what I can create on a quilting frame, I carry that enthusiasm to the other corners of my life.  My quilting gives me joy.  As I look down to my quilting the stitches they remind me where I started and where I am.  Never stop learning, never stop trying never stop believing in myself..  my quilting changes from day to day.  It can be my Funtime, or my solice.  Then again it challenges me!  But mostly it is my satisfaction.  

I have to thank my list of customers, without them I'd have no UFOs ...I'd have time to quilt my just kidding I wouldn't change a thing.  I'm looking forward to this new year, a new home (which Bill finally admitted my sewing room is too small!!!) and a list of new quilt!  Thank you everyone, for being with me on this journey!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

1/8/17 New quilts for 2017

My first post was a success so I'm back!!  Did you miss me?  Lol 

Since the holidays I've been working hard.  I have an incentive to work machine you ask, nope, I wish. Vacation?  Nope...try root canal and crown.  Did you know you now have to see a specialist to have a root canal!!!  What happened to your regular dentist doing it?  Sigh.  This means TWO bills instead of one.  So I'm now working hard to pay for a crown.  And then I'm declaring I'll be Queen Shirley!🤴

So what have I been working on, thank you for asking!

This is Ruth Ann's.  She is a quilt judge from Illinois.  I've been working with her for 3 or 4 years now.  I remember doing a couple for her and then my friend said "oh, you did know she is a quilt judge"  😲 say WHAT?  I guess she is happy because I've done many for her.  This is her most recent


She sent me pictures of how she wanted it quilted.  I think I nailed it!  I sent her a few photos and she said she loves it!  I used my go to batting, Hobbs Heirloom and my go to Glide thread.  How I love Glide!  Altogether I think I have about 16-18 hours.  Seemed like it would go on forever but dang it was worth it!

Then a mini break over New Years and I worked on a couple of my own...I know the quilter needs a quilter 

On to a friend from Alaska!  Now if you go way WAY aback on this blog you'll find where Wanda and I met!  She saw my blog, contacted me.  I did a couple for her and returned them before her LQS had her others, that they had had for months, finished and returned.  Lol  dang I was good back then!  


We decided on a feather panto!  Of course Heirloom and Glide combo.  Thread is a creamy purple.  Does that make sense?  Can purple be creamy?  Well it works here!  I have one more to do this week for Wanda and then I'll send them home.

And just when you think I was done!  While waiting for Wanda to reply I loaded Roxanne's and worked on that one yesterday.  Youv probably heard of Bonnie Hunter.  duh, who hasn't!!  Well is her Wild and Goosy pattern.  Roxanne is a far better person than me!!  These flying geese patterns finish to about 1x1.5".  No clue how many she has in this one...should I count them?  Naaa!  I'll quilt it but I'll never make it!  


Yes Heirloom and Glide.  But she decided on her stand by gold thread.  Mind you not dark gold, nor light gold...but  a rich medium gold.  I think it's a GOLDielocks and 3 bears  Roxanne requested something curvy.  This  panto called Adaigo filled the bill.  It's curvy, looks like feathers.  Looks like curling waves of gold!  It's beautiful!

Ok, I'm done!  Will load another one tomorrow.  Should have done it today but I was busy uploading pictures to google a way I do miss the old photos!  But what would I need them for in years to come!  I look at old photos and who made that one????  Thanks for joining in...have a great night!


1/8/17 Been three years

Now where do I start!  Three years how many quilts have gone through the "Cave"?  I have no idea but I'd say a couple hundred.  The "cave" has seen good times and bad!  Mostly good.  Most recently the cave has come above ground.  We sold our house, moved into a metal building garage and are building a new house.  We are almost finished and in a few weeks will move in.

 Remember my longarm is called Squiggy.  He hasn't left my side, nor will he!  He's here in the "garage" and kept Quilting except for a month in April while we packed up, stored much, and moved to the other side to of town.  So here is Squiggy's new "cave".  It's going to be fun to get my stash and stuff out of storage sort of like getting all new stuff!  While my new room is smaller than the last cave, this cave has storage!  I'm s anxious now to move in.


So here it is, a brand new year!  A brand new house!  And brand new quilts to be quilted.  Let's see if I can keep this blog going!


I pretty much gave up blogging with iPad.  Today I'm trying again.  If I can find an app that lets me add pictures I'd buy it!  So let's try


OMG!!!  If this works I'm back into blogging!
Final test...will it post!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


I needed a picture!  Check Photobucket...not there...wondered if I could find it here..OMG right off the bat there it was!  I think I stopped blogging cause I couldn't post puctures.  Wondering if I can now?

Here is a quilt I finished today..
NOPE...still can't post pictures from an iPad there for I won't be posting here.

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