Monday, August 24, 2015


It's been a while since I've been able to blog.  Moving took up a lot of my time.  So now the move to Florida is complete.  Well maybe not "complete" but we are here.   We found a house in Ocala in a gated community.  I've yet to enjoy my surroundings entirely.  We have been updating and repairing our home.  When my husband and I purchased, we decided to buy something we could fix up and make our own.  That's what we are doing and the doing is time consuming.  I expect we will be almost finished by the end of October. New flooring, new sun room, new kitchen are some of the big projects in the works.

In the mean time, not much sewing on my part.  My sewing room is much larger than the sewing room in Toledo.  I've almost got it to where I want it.  I've incorporated my desktop computer into the room. Now when I want to print Inklingo I can do it in my sewing room and make the cuts right here instead of going from computer room to sewing room. All in one now.  I can't wait until life settles down a bit and I can get to all the Inklingo projects I have in mind.

Sewing Machine and Computer in an L shape
Pressing and cutting station starting to shape up

 I can now write my blog surrounded by my fabric.

Fabric Wall
This is part of my Fabric wall.
About a year ago, I'd wrapped my fabric around Comic Book Boards and arranged by color.  This made them much easier to transport and put them back up when I started to organize my sewing room.

Design Wall
My design wall got a bit mussed up during the move, so I took off the old batting and refreshed it with new.  And some advise, if you want to make this type of design wall (stapling batting onto wall board) use a Bostitch Heavy Duty Stapler.  The last stapler I used did not work well and I had to hammer the staples in.  This one was a dream to work with and the entire project took about 20 minutes.

I've also began to organize my threads.

My home is starting to come together.  I've found some time to work on my projects.  I just finished the last border on my Celtic Solstice.

This is the quilt top without the last border.  I'll try to get a better photo of the entire top soon but right now the house is in chaos.  We are having the plumbing repaired and screens put in enclosing our front porch and garage today.  Noise level is pretty high and we have the water shut off. Aarh! 

And just a bottom note:  To all my wonderful friends in the Toledo area.  I miss you all terribly.  This was the worst part of the move...leaving you all behind.  Love and hugs to you. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Moving But Quilting Continues

I've been walking around my property today looking at all the plants and taking a few pictures. I live in NW Ohio.  We are moving to Florida. The house is sold.  I've lived in Ohio since 1968 and lived in this home for close to 28 years. Before that I lived in Chautauqua County in upstate NY.  I love the North.

It will be a hard move.  I will miss the Azalea with it's magnificent bright orange/yellow blooms. It was here when I moved into my home.  So was the Lilac.  My Sage comes up every year.  I planted it many years ago.  A good friend gave me the Iris Bulbs a few years back.  Thank you Kathy.   There's more.  I have peppermint that came from my grandmothers garden after she passed.  Our weeping pine was planted in 1991.  

Lilacs at the Back Fence
Weeping Pine


The move for me is so difficult.  I'm leaving behind so many friends and in my opinion a perfect climate.  I will miss all of this. But no matter where I live there will always be my quilting. And no matter where I live, there will always be quilters to share with.

Patchwork Pig
One positive aspect of moving is the de-cluttering. A few days ago, we brought boxes down from the attic. And look what I found!  My Patchwork Pig.  I made this quilty pig in the late 80's when I got into ceramics....even then quilting was in my blood. And so my quilt life continues.  From Ceramics to machine work to hand work.

   My two latest finished projects are small. Both hand pieced and hand quilted.

Miniature Patchwork of the Crosses in Red and White
Hexagon Table Topper
Hand piecing is a joy with the help of Inklingo.
I used 1/2 inch 90 degree hexagons for the mini POTC and one inch 60 degree hexagons for the Table Topper.


I continue to work on my Dear Jane
and Dutch Treat.

Dutch Treat Reverse Applique

And...I have a number of tops that I want to hand quilt.  As soon as my Roxanne Thimble comes to me from my exchange I will begin.

By the way, did you know you can exchange sizes for free?!! I purchased a Solid Sterling Silver--I'm allergic to other metals- -Roxanne Thimble 15 years ago.  It's now too big.  I mailed my thimble to the supplier last week.  They have received it...I tracked it and insured it.   I hope to get my smaller size Roxanne soon so I can begin my hand quilting again.

More to come.