December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

Life was good in 2013. We can only wish that it's just as good in 2014 for our family and friends.

Resolutions, I have none really, haven't made those for years. I think I may be getting too old for them, plus it's depressing if they don't work out. Lists: the only list I ever make is for what I need when I go to Costco or the Grocery store! LOL!

Quilts I will complete: Your guess is as good as mine. I quilt for fun, and have no goals when it comes to my hobbies. All I hope for right now is some rain---and also that my plants will survive the cold dry freeze we have had these past few months---

Happy New Year!

December 27, 2013

Machine Embroidery Lace

I love machine embroidery---and I have a new machine embroidery addiction! Free Standing Lace! I know---it's been available all along, but I was never interested in this type of machine embroidery until the past few weeks.

I wanted to do a few book marks---and now I'm looking at free standing lace in a whole new way!  Here are just a few designs I've been making. I don't have a very big collection of designs. I think that will be resolved very soon as I add to my collection. :o)

December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone! 

December 05, 2013

Chilly Nights

We live in a fairly moderate climate here in Sonoma County. Thirty mins. inland from the Pacific ocean.  The last few days it has been very chilly---in the 20's at night. Our low was 28 when we stumbled out of our warm bed to this.
Icicles at the fountain

December 03, 2013


The past few days I've been quilting this lovely Christmas raffle quilt on the long arm.  It's for a senior group in Lake County that is trying to raising money for a rent control measure they hope to get on the ballot next year. "Save the Seniors"

This quilt top was one of several that ended up in a thrift store, where they were rescued by my friend, Joyce. There are more beautiful tops, all queen size and similar to this. The best Joyce could decipher from the shop clerks is that the quilter who made them was elderly and died, and the quilt tops along with some of her other belongings were donated to the thrift shop. What a beautiful find!

The quilt design is "Fanfare Grande" by Patricia Ritter and Urban Elementz.  It's the first time I have used this pantograph, but I love the design it created across the quilt and how it filled the open spaces.  Almost like I had planned for the design to stitch out in a certain place on the quilt. When I do pantographs I don't plan much---I just let the design begin and end where it will.  I know many quilters measure and slide the pantograph to create the ideal placement---I just let it happen.

The effect on the plain white backing is just as pretty as the front.

I hope this raffle donation quilt helps raise funds for a good cause.