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Been lurking, but haven't posted in more than a year.

I have been reading everyones blogs, but haven't commented too much.   Last February 2012, my middle sister passed away, I wasn't ready to share until now,  She had HER II breast cancer, she did fine with that for six years and than that darn cancer went to her colon, she was operated on for it, but it just spread so fast and passed away after a month, She lived in NJ, my other sister & me went up to see her for a week to help her out and I sewed her cushions for her kitchen set.  After…


Added by Patricia, VA on June 9, 2013 at 5:34pm — 9 Comments

Happy New Year

Hi, I was in my women cave last night just cleaning up for the next project and I was thinking that I have a lot of sewing stuff!  I think that  my New Year's resolution will be to use every tool & all the new templates  I have,  use all my stash up (that might take more than a year) finish all my UFO's, make new quilts for everyone in my family AGAIN and really learn how to use…


Added by Patricia, VA on January 1, 2012 at 6:33pm — 2 Comments









Added by Patricia, VA on December 23, 2011 at 4:54pm — 3 Comments

raw edge flannel applique?

Has anyone used flannel for raw edge applique?  I am making a monkey quilt for my great nephew and trying to put the monkies on with machine applique, except I am finding that the edges ravel, am I doing the stitiches too small? should I make the stitches a little larger?  I thought if I made the stitches smaller I would hold the ends without raveling. 

What results did anyone get when they tried raw edge flannel appliques,…


Added by Patricia, VA on October 12, 2011 at 7:14am — 6 Comments


Hi everyone,  I haven't been on in awhile, it has been a very busy summer, I live on the water, so we have lots of company.   Last week had 2 of my six grands for the week, we went fishing, clamming, swimming on the beach, they love the ocean.  We did find time to sew, I bought 2 preprinted pattern aprons from WalMart, just cut and sew.  My GD is 11 and GS is 8, they did very well, but my GD is a lefty, WOW! it is so hard to teach a lefty to rotory cut.  I had to buy her left handed…


Added by Patricia, VA on August 17, 2011 at 5:11pm — 5 Comments

Quilts used for the beach!

I am so upset, I was watching my grandsons for the weekend and the fourth, we live on the water and of course have a boat, so my DH and I were taking the boys to the beach, my DD had packed a beach bag for the boys and in the bag (lands end bag, huge) were 2 quilts I had made, one I had made last year for my grandson 4th BD, I almost had a fit seeing that quilt in the beach bag, I didn't take it to the beach, I washed it and folded it up and gave it back to my DD, I didn't tell her I was…


Added by Patricia, VA on July 5, 2011 at 6:55pm — 23 Comments


Sitting at the computer when I should be making cookies for the library FIRECRACKER BOOK SALE for Monday, I can't do it tomorrow cause my 2 grandsons are coming.  Grandma is baby sitting,   My DD is getting a divorce and it has been tough for the boys and for her also, she had a job as a restaraunt manager, she has a degree in that and also she is a chef (loves that but late hours with kids).  When I get started on the above I could go on forever, but I will stop now.

I am working a…


Added by Patricia, VA on July 2, 2011 at 9:24am — 2 Comments

Thanks (Butterfly Quilt)

THANK YOU, THANK YOU!  for the comments on the butterfly backing etc.  I think I just needed the opinion of great quilt makers.  I will go ahead for the backing.


Thanks, Pat




Added by Patricia, VA on May 8, 2011 at 2:10pm — No Comments

????? con't

I did put the picture of the quilt but don't know where it went so here is the picture of the BUTTERFLY QUILT FOR my great niece.

Added by Patricia, VA on May 8, 2011 at 12:07pm — 14 Comments




Now on to a question?  I made this quilt for my great niece,  all butterflies, very colorful,…


Added by Patricia, VA on May 8, 2011 at 12:03pm — 9 Comments

Spring Snow Storm

Woke up to a spring snow storm today, I kind of like it gives me a chance to sew and cook.

Added by Patricia, VA on March 27, 2011 at 4:56pm — 4 Comments

Wool batting

I am sure someone has used wool batting, just wondering how you liked it.   I want to try it.  Do you think it would be too warm for a lap quilt size for a baby?  How does it wash? quilt? and anything else you can think of that I should know before I try it.

Thanks for any help.

Added by Patricia, VA on March 5, 2011 at 4:22pm — 11 Comments


Thanks everyone for the suggestions on the Kindle Cover.  Quilter's are the greatest and most generous people.


Added by Patricia, VA on December 21, 2010 at 5:10pm — No Comments


Hi fellow quilters,

This weekend we had a early Christmas with my daughter and family.  I received a Kindle, yea! from my daughters.  I was looking for a quilted pattern for my kindle, hey, why not?  Has anyone made one, maybe some suggestions.  I have something in mind, but don't want to do it more than 2 times, I had…


Added by Patricia, VA on December 20, 2010 at 12:19pm — 6 Comments

Basting layers

I an answering the new guilter who blogged about holding the layers together, I bought this great tool, MICRO STITCH, by Avery Dennison. It can be purchased on Overstock.com for $19.99.

I introduced this at my guild meeting for "show and tell" My friend bought herself one and used it for the first time and she is thrilled with it. She couldn't thank me enough.

Micro Stitch Starter Kit Item#: 11254934…


Added by Patricia, VA on October 6, 2010 at 6:34pm — 5 Comments

Bernina 830

Thanks, everyone for the encouraging words, I hope I learn to use my machine and learn to love it. I guess it has to grow on a person, I came up stairs to my sewing room and looked at MY 830 and said " You are so scary!" I know I have to get over that.

My husband has two John Deere tractors with all the assessors, I guess men do not have the same feelings that women do about spending all that money. He also has two boats! So I guess I should not feel too bad about buying the 830. He…


Added by Patricia, VA on May 2, 2010 at 12:51pm — 5 Comments


Thursday morning I picked up my new sewing machine, It takes me 2 hours to get to where I bought the machine, I had an hour lesson and I dropped off my old Bernina 930 circa 1985 to have that serviced, my quilting friend came with me, of course you can't bring anyone that is a non sewer, I would have been antsy trying to get out of the shop.

So I got my machine home and was too tired to play with it, all night I was…


Added by Patricia, VA on May 1, 2010 at 5:14pm — 7 Comments

New Sewing Machine

Just wanted to let everyone know that I ordered a new sewing machine, yesterday, should get it in a week or so. I am so excited, got a 830 BERNINA

Can't wait to use it, I will probably need a lot of lessons…


Added by Patricia, VA on April 15, 2010 at 6:18pm — 10 Comments

Quilting Truckers continued

Of course after my DH reads the paper I will scan and post, because I have to cut the paper up to do it. It gave me a few giggles.

Added by Patricia, VA on March 29, 2010 at 6:34pm — 3 Comments

Quilting Truckers

Did anyone see the article in the Wall Street Journal today? Headline:


It seems with less to haul, drivers try new hobbies; QUILTING IN THE CAB.

"Mr. White,…


Added by Patricia, VA on March 29, 2010 at 6:32pm — 6 Comments

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