What a Surprise!

Wow was I surprised! We spend New Year’s Eve with our friends Jen and Tim and their kids every year. We drive to their house in upstate NY last night, but Tim had to work, so we agreed to exchange gifts today. Except Jen could not wait. Jen made me this amazing quilt for Christmas.…

New Year, New Hobby

Well, this really isn’t a new hobby. I used to have a Bernina embroidery machine but as my daughter went from being a cute little girl to an independent teen I found myself doing less and less. So I sold the machine on eBay and filed machine embroidery under the category of “retired” in my…

Getting Started on the Longarm

We got back from visiting my parents in Florida yesterday and the first thing I did was start practicing on the longarm machine. Cathy and Dale from The City Quilter were kind enough to leave some muslin set up so I could practice right away. After a bunch of practice yesterday, I was ready to…

Handmade Christmas

I have to confess. I love shopping for gifts for family and friends. I also love making handmade gifts and try to mix in both special items purchased and custom items I made for them. This is the first year in a decade that I didn’t gift any handmade quilts. But, I did manage to…

Racing to the finish line

Well I did some shopping but I have also been planning to make it a handmade Christmas. And that would explain my being up until midnight and then again at seven to finish off the last few gifts. This one is a table runner for my mom. I will post pics of the handmade gifts…

We aren’t waiting for Santa…

We are waiting for the long arm machine! It arrives on Monday from Handi Quilter (all 7 boxes and 327 pounds of it) and we are ready. First, new shelves went up to make room for the machine – it takes a whopping 12″ x 7″ including room to walk around it. Then, we cleaned…

It’s coming!

Well, I did it. After coveting one for a decade, I finally ordered a longarm quilting machine. I am getting the HandiQuilter with a 10′ table configuration so I will be able to finally quilt my own quilts up to 120″ x 120″. Of course this little Christmas gift to self meant a whole lot…