Long Arm Quilting Class & Baby Quilt

Dear Hubby gifted me with a Long Arm Quilting Class.  It was fun, exhausting, and a bit frustrating all at the same time.  As usual, my current skills and where I want to be are not aligned.  It was fun, because it was all new to me.  Exhausting, because there was so much information to take in all at once, and frustrating, because I wanted to free motion instead of following a pantograph.  All in all, a very good experience.

I was asked to have a small quilt ready, no larger than 40″ x 40″.  So, I opted to do a baby quilt.  I love novelty children’s fabrics, so I pulled out some Pirate fabric, some coordinating scraps, and made a baby Pirate quilt.  As I don’t have a baby in my life currently, I think I will put it aside for future grandchildren 🙂

And, when it came down to it, I really liked it, so I signed up to rent the Long Arm for three days (they had a buy two get the third rental free).  Dear Hubby said it’s a gift that keeps on giving 🙂

Me and my instructor, Becky:


My Mother’s Quilt

I have finally finished and given the quilt to my mother.  I love how it turned out.  It was fun to make (no constraints of a pattern), and I picked out my favorite colors.  And mom loved it!


Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Just a quick post to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season!

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December Garden & Update

December in Southern California has so far been gorgeous!  The air is fresh and crisp with the sun shining upon us.  Satsuma mandarins are coming into season, as well as Meyer lemons. Just in time to make lemon squares – yummy! And the leaves have fallen from the persimmon tree, showcasing the pretty orange fruits.


As hectic as the season is, I have been busy with one or other of my quilting projects.  Here is another quilt requiring hand applique/embroidery.  Cowboys and horses on a red/white/blue background:


How Lovely Are Your Branches…

Yayyy! I finally got my aluminum Christmas tree up!  I mentioned earlier that I had been on the lookout, and finally found one.  Well, here it is, with a color wheel too.  I set it up in the bonus room, where the kids hang out when they come home.  It so reminds me of my childhood…


Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking Freebie 2013

I am once again participating in the Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking Freebies blog hop.  These graphics are from the same cute vintage children’s activity book I used to make last years kit.  I love Nativity Scenes – isn’t this one just wonderful!  It’s been quite a while since I did any digital graphics/scrapbooking, so it was a lot of fun. I scanned and extracted some elements, added some CU items, and this is what I came up with.  For more free kits, click on the Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking icon. Please note that this is for personal use only – Enjoy!


And here is the preview and download to my kit:



Happy Thanksgiving

Earlier this month, dear daughter was involved in a cycling crash and airlifted to the hospital…  She has recovered quite well with the addition of a few battle scars.

On this day and everyday, I am thankful to God for my family, friends, community, and Country.  Have a safe & Happy Thanksgiving!


November Garden & Update

November is already half over, and this is my first post of the month.  I want to make sure to post my garden, and some updates.  I have two tiny persimmon trees, and they have generously produced some fruits.  I love persimmons, as I grew up with them, and they also have the vibrant orange color I associate with fall – so pretty!

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And, I finally got a new sewing machine! Love love love my new Janome:

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Here is a pillow that I made. A few of my quilty friends have been making them.  You cut out flowers and leaves from printed fabrics, lay them out, sew them on using free motion, and voila! – a pretty decorative pillow.  This method is really good for practicing free motion – very forgiving:

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And, more fabric to play with 🙂 :

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October Garden 2013 & Update

A quick post about my October garden, and some other things.  Pomegranates are  the October standout in my garden.  They are delicious! I don’t know why, but a lot of them have split, but nevertheless they are very good.   Dear Hubby and I went to the Claremont Faire last week.  There was an amazing stained glass artist.  I came home with a glass dragonfly :).  And the Senior Center where one of my quilting groups meet had a costume competition – so I took a photo with a “Sumo” wrestler (not my husband. Just a random Senior dressed as a Sumo wrestler 🙂 ).  Happy Halloween!


First Quilt Done!

Well, I have finally finished my first quilt! (first since I took up quilting again).  This one is for my mother-in-law.  She favors earth tones, so I combined my love of pink, and her browns to make this log cabin quilt.  My friend Ellie helped me pick out the fabrics.  Piecing was a cinch, but then it sat on my table for weeks, until I got the determination to finish it.  Stitching in the ditch went pretty smoothly, then I decided to do some free motion on the borders… Practicing free motion on a 12″ x 12″ sandwich is very different from quilting a whole quilt.  Let’s just say, once I got started, there was no going back.  The thought of taking out all those stitches was not so exciting, so I just sallied forth and it was “everything goes” free motion.  In the process, my 16 year old Singer started giving me trouble… Perhaps, a new machine is on the horizon?


Dorothy’s Garden Girls Quilt

My friend Ellie invited  me to join another quilt group, the Sew Sisters.  It is a wonderful  group of women with a passion for quilting.  We have been meeting in the evenings, and since I didn’t want to lug my machine around, I decided to start a Dorothy’s Garden Girls Quilt, and work on the embroideries there.  These blocks are fun to put together, and just the vintage style that I am into right now.  The pattern I used is from a book called “Threads from the ’30s”.  Here are the first two blocks I completed:




My New Vintage Aluminum Christmas Tree & Giveaway

I have been on a lookout for a vintage aluminum Christmas tree for some time now.  It just brings back memories of Christmas from when I was a little girl.  Well, a very nice thrift shop owner promised me one, and I finally went to pick it up. It has the pom pom branches, and came with a rotating musical color wheel and rotating tree base – all in good working order. I am beyond excited to put it together for the holidays!  Any way, she decided to close her store, and offered me a big box of vintage Christmas for a song.  When I brought it home, dear hubby just looked at me, shook his head, and walked away… I have been saying that we need to purge and clean out our garage :).  After sorting, and selectively organizing, I decided I really needed to pass most of it on to others.  I put some aside, donated/gave away five bags, and kept just a few ornaments to give away on my blog.  So, If you are interested, please leave me a comment.  I will pick a random recipient on Wednesday, 16th.


Here are the giveaway ornaments.  A Santa, an angel, two elves, a drummer boy, and trumpet player.  All are vintage Japan:


Thanks for stopping by!

– Linda