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a new old machine

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 10:50am 11 Comments

Now 40 years after learning to sew on a machine I am the proud owner of a Singer treadle machine.


The new machine is lovely and in dire need of some loving attention.  We have belts on order as hers was in pieces.  The owner’s manual as well as the manual for the attachments was in one of the many over flowing drawers. I have them flattening under some heavy…


angel sewing

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 8:42am 6 Comments



Small buntings… mostly boy… with no-sew caps that have coordinating ribbons… http://angeloutfitters.blogspot.com/2012/10/no-sew-hats.html http://www.angeloutfitters.blogspot.com these bunting don’t have a hospital…


3 day weekend

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 7:01am 9 Comments

Finished the Shamus block using grey button Zombie fabric I got in a set of fat quarters a while back.  His little jacket is from another fat quarter set Beatles Yellow Submarine.  Fairy frost for his ‘sky’ and neato green from a fabric swap last year.  Threw on some buttons and a yellow doily sun.  I think he turned out pretty cute.  His block is 8X10 inches.…


peeps quilt

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 8:43am 8 Comments

Working on the Peeps Quilt… 2 down, 20 to go! Since each one takes about a week…this will be quite the long term project. 

Finished the Natalia Angel block on August 23rd.  I layered her dress using a textured damask and a cotton with a finished edge.  The pattern didn’t have any hair so I added a few extra lines to it then embroidered a few curls. …


sewing for wee babies

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 12:30pm 6 Comments


Baby C handkerchief bonnet (boy) lovely and ready to include in the gift.  This was one of the handkerchiefs I found at the antique store that was a bit discolored and Restore powder brought back to being useable! August 2nd 2014



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About Me
I'm 45...less than 1/2 way done, got lots to still do!
I’m from Minnesota. I’m Swedish, Irish, a bit of German and a frappe of a few other Northern European countries. I have 2 daughters. Tabitha Ann was born in 1987. Jazmin Celiia was born in 1990. I lost my daughter Natalia Tatiana to a heart defect; hypoplastic left heart syndrome in 1989. Tabitha had my grandson sweet Oliver in 2004. My sweet man has a wonderful daughter, Heidi, she's about 2 years older than Tab and fits into our family like she's always been here.

I learned how to quilt in 1990 while on bed rest trying not to have my youngest daughter Jazmin too soon. An in-home nurse who helped me with my almost 3-year old Tabitha taught me the basics and brought me a box of fabric. I made Jazmin’s bunny quilt totally by hand since sitting at my sewing machine wasn’t an option at the time. Since then I’ve made about 60 quilts of assorted sizes, mostly patchwork a few appliqué’. I work full time now, my sweet babies are adults and I’m a grandma now but the quilt bug raises its pin prickly head on a daily basis still. I quilt mostly for cherities: God's Tiny Angels in West Virginia, Heart Babies in Minneapolis...I want to give...make someone warm, comfortable, feel OK for the moment even if all around them is chaos. :) Must be a momma thing, I want everyone to be happy and OK!

I work in a small plastic injection molding plant (about 9 miles from home) as the Document Control administrator (chick) and industrial photographer. I’ve worked here since 1999.

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2005 after living with the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythmatosis. It is a double edged sword to be living life like you have something when you have something totally different. they're both rather tiring, pardon the pun. I push myself to do everything I do. Laying in bed with the heating pad nearby and a few pain killers would be so nice and simple, but I have to work, have to be a mom, have to be a nana...want to be a quilter, want to be an artist. Unfortunately the quilting and creativity usually sit there and glare meanly at me when I'm just in too much pain or too tired to move. Sad to say muscle relaxers are my friend, but only in the evening after work, momma-ing, nana-ing and dutiful wife-ing are complete.

I was handfasted to my sweet soul mate on the 9th of June 2007. He found me on the Internet on loveaccess.com cool huh? An Internet relationship that actually worked! We’ve been together officially since November 2006. His name’s Jim…and he’s dandy! I married him on October 31st 2011...yes Halloween!
My Website (not your email address)
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, applique, paper piecing, hand quilting, machine quilting, embroidery, crazy quilting, general sewing, gardening, other, general crafts
My pets are awesome!
Helga-Hiss-Alot, Blue tongued skink, Lilith-Licks-the-Glass, Leopard Gecko, Shamus McSuchy, Miniature Schnauzer, Endora, Rosy Tarantula

the kiddles

My lovely grand kids Olivia (7months) and Oliver (7 years old) June 2012

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At 11:28am on March 23, 2013, Krista Drew said…
You've been in my heart and in my prayers.both you and Jim.i know how important a soul mate can be,whether taking care of or them taking care of.your comfort quilt is wonderful.i've added more to my profile if you'd like to check it out.i don't want it here.the pic of your kiddies is wonderful! My husband had a tarantula named Coquita.she was black yellow and orange.i got used to her.it was cool when she shed her outer layer.we fed her live crickets.in the winter we got them at the pet store,and I learned something...if you leave them in the truck on a cold nite to go sleeping you(I ) assumed they die.nope...they hibernate !when we put them on the heater and it started to get warm,they came to life like a bag of popcorn!that was so cool.i hope you smiled just a little bit.love ya .you are like a kindred spirit.tell your hubbie I said HI,and all the well wishes I have are for him,and all my ;as much I have;strength,heart and soul are for you my friend.
At 10:14am on February 7, 2013, Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN said…

Elaine, I read your latest blog and my heart hurts for the burdens you carry.  You said that you are the rock. I am saying this out of love, there is only one Rock and He can carry all of these hurts, burdens, worries, tears (He keeps each one in a bottle), fears and all the other things your mentioned.  You are not supposed to carry this kind of load, you are supposed to lay those burdens down at the Master's feet and He will carry them for you.  He is your Creator, He knows all about you, even before you were conceived in your mothers womb, he knows all about Jim too.  I know Him and I know this is true, He loves you and Jim and all your precious children and grandchildren, He will lighten your load if you will let Him and give you peace that passes understanding.  I am praying for you......Linda

At 3:03pm on January 14, 2013, Irene Gallway said…

Elaine, it seems there is never just one thing going on at a time and by the sounds of things everything is crashing down around you all at once.  Don't worry about venting your feelings to us.  We all have times when our world seems to be caving in around us.  I hope your hubby does well and someone can step up to the plate and help you with the kiddies.  You do need help, you can't be everywhere at once.  I'll be praying for you.

At 6:42pm on October 7, 2012, Gayle/La. said…

Hey I was roaming around online and found this link that made me think of you.

http://www.bhg.com/crafts/kids/rainy-day/famished-frog-sock-puppet/  I think you should see if I know how to copy links and check out this sock frog. Have fun.

At 8:33am on October 1, 2012, Barbi said…

Do you sell your monkeys?

At 12:52pm on May 25, 2012, Georgia W., IL said…
Re: PP froggie...
Well CRAP....That's what I get for trying to plan ahead, instead of doing one complete frog block first. I decided I would make four frog blocks before I finished one. For me, I do much better with the paper piecing part, if I do all the identical pieces at one time & then move on to the next section. I am now working on the center (body) section & that is when I realized, once the two pieces that form the left section are sewn back together with a 1/4" seam they would no longer fit with the center section! I'm gonna say it again...well crap! I guess I need to get in the sewing room & see if I can salvage any of it. I doubt I can since I trimmed everything flush to the edges of the paper. Thanks for responding so quickly & the explanation! Georgia
At 7:22am on May 24, 2012, Brenda said…
Thanks for the tips. I actually tried stitching a block last night using news print and was pleasantly surprised at how well it went.
At 2:55pm on May 23, 2012, Brenda said…
Hi Elaine
Your posts have inspired me to do some paper piecing which I love but haven't done in quite some time. I was intrigued by your comment about paper piecing by hand. I like that idea particularly as a take along project that I could do outside this summer. I have only paper pieced by machine using news print or freezer paper as the foundation so I have a few questions. What kind of paper do you use? Is it difficult to stitch through by hand? What kind of needle would you recommend? Is it difficult to remove the paper afterwards? Any tips would be greatly appreciated and I look forward to seeing some of your completed projects.
At 7:53pm on May 11, 2012, Joanna liguz said…

well no grass grows under your feet,,,Hey!!

At 5:03pm on May 11, 2012, Joanna liguz said…

I clicked on your website and found that you make baby quilts for the people in West Virginia. We should be going there the last week of the month, how sweet is that...? I am making quilts for babies in Canada...how sweet is that...?


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