40 – Techie Quilting Tools, Rainbow Insomnia Finish, Pinterest Rant, embroidery


Techie Stuff for Quilting and Embroidery iPad/iPod/iPhone apps Fabric Converter Robert Kaufman’s Quilt Calc Block Fab Block Tool Fabric Stash Fabric Journal Quilt Helper Pattern Pal Project Quilt Quilt Fab QuiltRef Color Schemer Quilt Shops Quilt Index Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabrics Easy Quilt Quilt Envi Quick & Easy Quilt Block Tool Quilter’s App Planet Embroidery Organize your magazines by scanning them to PDF and saving them on your PC Use a black marker to mark the end of your monofiliment {Read More}

Podcast Participation Giveaway – Win Bali Pops!

Firstly, thank you to my lovely sponsor PG Fabrics for providing the Bali Pops in this giveaway.  Haven’t been over to see PG Fabrics website yet?? You should go take a look! I love the selection of Fat Quarter Stacks, the Robert Kaufman rollups including batiks (make your own Rainbow Insomnia using some of the rainbow jelly rolls!), and a great selection of batik fabrics.  Best of all if you’re a US Domestic customer you get free shipping with any purchase {Read More}

Design Purchases


I went a little hog wild on the Embroidery Library website since they are having a fantastic sale right now and I purchased a bunch of stuff that was on my wish list.  The sale they are having lets you purchase any 10 designs for $10 so all your designs end up being $1 each!  It is a huge savings.  I had some designs in my wishlist that were $7 each or more so I saved a bunch there. If {Read More}

A Little More Info About Embroidery


I’ve had my embroidery machine for about six months now so I thought I’d share some general information for anyone interested in getting into embroidery. Much like quilting this particular hobby has its own set of learning curves. Startup Cost Embroidery Machine – this is going to most likely be the most expensive part of your purchase. There are lots of things to consider in an embroidery machine. If you aren’t sure about how much you’re going to like embroidery I {Read More}

Finished! Rainbow Insomnia and Black Floral WH


I finished the binding on Rainbow Insomnia over the weekend but didn’t have a chance to photograph it outdoors in proper light until tonight.  So here it is!! (I didn’t photograph the back as I need to put a new label on it and cover up the old one).

Banners and Snowball Blocks


I had a super busy weekend but still managed to get some stuff accomplished in my sewing room. The Topaz came home last Wednesday evening from her spa day and I didn’t get a chance to use her until Saturday or so.  They put on an AWESOME new threader!! I love it so much more than the one it came with.  It is much easier to use.  I don’t know why it didn’t come on the machine in the first {Read More}

Saturday Morning Rant (Re: Pinterest)


I’m warning you: rant forthcoming.  This is somewhat related to my previous post in regards to Watermarking and Pinterest. I’ve been reading some blogs lately and lots of people are leaving Pinterest and denying their blog subscribers the ability to pin any of their photos because they don’t like the current Terms of Use.  Bloggers are going as far as contacting Pinterest to remove any of their photos that have been used as pins and to block their site from {Read More}

Wednesday Catchup


Neato format from Crafty Garden Mom!  I don’t have a whole lot going on since it’s turning out to be a busy week despite my machine being in the shop. Been sewing this:

39 – Embroidery fun, Finishes, Rainbow Insomnia Progress, Listener Thank yous


Metro Embroidery Thread Rayon thread issues Tip about quilting in the hoop – cover your clips in masking tape to prevent them from popping off! Rainbow Insomnia and the different types of quilting I did The fun of using 28 wt. Aurifil thread Designing a new label Black Floral wallhanging finish The importance of Watermarking A hat for St. Pats Give me your techy quilty tips for an upcoming episode! I have an idea for the next giveaway to reward {Read More}

A Hat for St. Pats


Well I turned my little pile of wrapped cording into a St. Patrick’s day hat…. sombrero….. sunhat?   I didn’t make the bowl part deep enough since I was worried I wouldn’t have enough for the brim and ended up with a Scarlett O’Hara type hat.  All it needs is an enormous amount of velvet ribbon and I’ll be set. I’ll definitely do the bowl part deeper next time.  It was super fun to make though! I see more hats {Read More}