Archive for the ‘quilting’ Category

I am trying to learn this machine

October 4, 2010

I have signed up for two quilt, block of the month lessons. The first one is called Modern Mix. It is on the Bernina website, part way down the page. I can’t say I am fond of the colors but it is supposed to be about learning how to do embroidery.  The second one is called Celebrations from Stitch Connections Work will slow me down so I don’t know how fast they will be done but they are started.

Modern Mix

Afternoon nap

September 29, 2010

I am not one for a 20 minute power nap. I either am awake or it is a couple hour nap. Today was a nap day. It wasn’t an especially stressful day today though. I suppose it is just making up for other days.

They say it was in the lower 80s today. I missed most of that. My classroom has no windows. Some designers should have to work in the spaces they create. I can’t grow plants. I can’t open the window to cool the room down.  My first classroom had a huge east window with mini blinds. Heat just poured in that room. That school had no air conditioning and a 10 pound block of wax literally bent in the heat one summer.

This weekend, I have a quilt block class on how to do applique. Except for the part where I have to haul my heavy machine in, it should be fun.

I was so happy to get a card saying rug hooking was starting again. My part of the alphabet is supposed to bring in the food. I hope I remember.

Home from vacation

July 19, 2010

We are home from another trip in Wisconsin. This time we went to A crank in in Verona, WI. Jacquie Grant from NZAK added the candy stoppers on the knitting machine. It makes a clicketty sound now and the side cams don’t jump up all the time.

An interesting happened while we were up there visiting Mom’s. I decided to take her on a road trip. We stopped at Nancy’s Notions and I bought an machine embroidery pattern for roosters and one of Donna Dewberry’s. Our next stop was a quilt store in Madison. Mom found some fabric for Martin’s graduation quilt. I bought some sock yarn. We then went to J.J. Stitches which is one of my favorite places. Mom found some more quilt fabric there. Our final stock was to go to Susan’s Fiber Shop. Jim decided to be dropped off at the gas station so we went on and he was going to walk over to meet us. When I was talking to Susan and she said she had sock machines, I said it was to bad Jim wasn’t here to see them. She jumped in her car and went over and picked him up! He never did get to see the machines but we were amazed at her generosity.

I also found out the address for the Silver Needles cone winder. I ordered one and it came yesterday. That should be helpful

Plenty of fun thing to do this weekend

March 1, 2010

Friday night, Jim and I went to Washburn for the Kansas Silent Film Festival. We saw Laurel and Hardy in Angora Love. It was so funny. There was also a Charlie Chaplin film and then the feature starred Buster Keaton. It was an enjoyable evening.

Saturday we hit the road for Lenexa, Kansas. We first stopped in Eudora to visit the quilt store. I saw several beautiful quilts. I was good and only came home with an embroidery pattern and a fat quarter.

They do some beautiful applique work at the store. I thought the other quilts were quite stunning too.

How many days can it be in the 90s or 100s without us whining?

July 26, 2008

Jim has been ready for winter for weeks  now. I just got a letter saying to report to school on the 8th. Somehow or other, if it is this hot, school should not be starting. The thought of the heat and all those students crammed into the classrooms just isn’t that exciting.

I am scheduled for a doctor’s appointment on the 2nd. I need to make arrangements for the trigger finger surgery as it is getting more painful. I imagine by the time they get it set up though, school will have started.

I am tearing apart the house. I have decided to tile the kitchen. I will spare you pictures of that. Tomorrow I tear up the carpet and get the tile. Hopefully my hand doesn’t lock up during that.

This is the pattern for Matthew’s quilt but the color is wrong. It is really blues.

  Summer decided he would test it out to see if was soft enough 🙂

Road trip

June 30, 2008

I have spent the last week on the road. Jim and I left for Indiana to attend the Circular Sock Machine Convention in Nashville, Indiana. I was concerned about the trip as we had to replan our route due to flooding in Iowa. We ended up going through St. Louis and then over. We spent the night in Effingham, Illinois and arrived at the Abe Martin Lodge on Sunday afternoon. We had a cabin that we stayed at from Sunday through Thursday morning. The cabins and the area were decorated with the characters of Kin Hubbard.

    Our cabin







Inside the lodge were some interesting pieces.

Going upstairs to the second floor                  Clock at Abe Martin Lodge

Clean, clean, clean the house

June 18, 2008

Progress is slow. I can see the floor in the kitchen. The sock knitter is boxed up. The bedding in the guest room is in the wash. Last night I did manage to weed out the car. Wouldn’t you know it though that when I got in the car today, another empty water bottle popped up. Right after I sent the recycling into town so I wouldn’t have to look at it anymore.

I don’t know how we are going to get to Indiana yet. The bridge is still closed in Burlington and I am not sure when it will crest there.

I met a friend up in Holton for lunch today. We met at Buzzard’s Pizza on the square. I highly recommend the chicken fajita pizza. From there we looked in a couple of stores and finally ended up at Quilting on the Square. I think I found a good project for this summer. Check out the colors. I thought it might make a good log cabin quilt. What is really cool about this is that it is already cut into 2 1/2 inch strips.


As promised, more pictures

June 15, 2008









These are some of the quilt’s on the wall at Sarah’s in Lawrence. I love going through the tall doors to see what they have.








Right across the street are two other places on Massachusetts Street I like to go.


Stitch on Needlework      

 In the back of this store, they also have quilt fabric. They have needlwork supplies in the middle of the store. In the front of the store they have Christmas collectibles like Christopher Radko ornaments, Snow Babies and villages. They also have quilted tote bags and wonderful seasonal items. 

 I then went to the Yarn Barn to get some carpet warp and to check out the latest knitting projects.












 I wouldn’t mind having this at my house 🙂






Then I was back to Topeka for a trip to the library and Saturday night church.


This library is one of the best assets in Topeka. I came  home with 10 books.

We survived the storm

June 6, 2008


Roses outside my housePeople in this part of Kansas spent an anxious night. Weather forecasts ran continually last night. Apparently the weather conditions were similar to a bad storm in 1974 so people were very concerned.  Fortunately for us, we only got rain, wind and lightning. They opened up schools though in Topeka and the Expocenter starting at 6 p.m. so people could go there for shelter.

The roses in front of my house have opened.

 More roses in front of the house


 I am bummed though as the Queen Anne’s Lace is spreading so fast that I haven’t been able to get ahead of it yet.


Queen Anne taking over

Today Heather and I went to Holton to take part in the quilt shop hop. Quilting on the Square  

is one of my favorite quilt stores to go to. The staff is so friendly and it is fun to see what their latest projects are.quilt shop hop quilt