Handmade and Happy

I have been thinking about the woman that I met at Joann Fabrics the other day and the inspirational conversation that we had about working for ourselves by selling the things that we love to create. I LOVE to make quilts, but everyone knows that that is simply not profitable. So I began to think…

The Straw that Broke the Camels Back

We live in a small town in Montana. When we first came here in 2004 we thought we were moving to Mayberry. Everything seemed so quaint that I had expected to see Barney Fife to walk out of the local doughnut shop. About a month into our relocation we discovered that we were not in Mayberry.…

New Tools of the Trade

I finally received my Joann’s order the other day. It took a while to get here because…well, Joann’s is not know for their speedy shipping, but all was well once I opened the box to review my new tools.   I received a new stencil cutter so, hopefully, I can cut my own quilting stencils.…

Moving right along

I am making a bit of progress on my heart quilt. I was able to complete one heart block last night and another today. I now have 6 completely embroidered blocks finished and 6 more to go! Just for fun I timed how long it takes to embroider around one block and it comes out…

Progress

I only wrote two blog posts last week because I have been busy trying to get the Independence Park quilt finished. I still have at least another months worth of quilting to do though. My needle catching fingers are so sore. I have been rubbing lanolin on them at night and that seams to help. I…

Update on the heart quilt

I was able to attach all the blocks to the sashing yesterday. It took longer than I had intended for it to, because I used the same fabric that I made the hearts out of to make the sashing and it took me forever to decide which fabrics should go where: I never should have…

Progress on the Heart Quilt

Yesterday was a bright, but very cold day here in Montana. I think the high yesterday was around 9 degrees, perfect for an afternoon of quilting. As the sunlight shone through my home, I used the natural light to finished pressing the last of my prairie points (more on that later in the week), and stuffing…