Sunday, December 18, 2011

Have You Seen Pinterest?

I've been gathering all my arts, crafts, sewing and quilting on
It's a fun site to share ideas--not sell items.

Friday, December 16, 2011

My tree is almost finished!

I just need to get some silver icicles to staple in bunches randomly over the tree!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My Little Astro Won a Contest!

Astro won the Grand Prize offered by The Quilt Pattern Magazine for their "Quilts and Kitties" contest! We get about $250 worth of fabric, rotary cutting tools, books, and thread! Thanks to my cyber friends who voted for us. Astro doesn't seem to be as excited as I am, but I'm sure once new boxes and fabric enter the house, he'll be very interested!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

VOTE for My Kitty!

Please take a minute and go to and click on the "Vote for Kitties" contest. Vote for my Astro, #16, and we will have bragging rights PLUS some quilting gifts if we win!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

HST Tip!

I was making half-square triangles using the method of drawing a diagonal line and stitching on both sides, then cutting apart. I discovered that after stitching the 2 parallel lines and I press to hold the stitching, I could really shortcut the remaining pressing.
When pressing these squares before cutting apart, I put the dark fabric on top, folded back one side of the triangle and pressed along the seam. I then turned the other side over and pressed it with the tip and side of my iron just along that seam line.
It leaves a buckle at each seam line. Then, when I cut them apart, the seam automatically falls to the darkest fabric! I know that sometimes the seam must be pressed toward the lighter side, and it's very easy just to flip that seam allowance to whatever side you need to while assembling.
For me, it was worth the little added swipe of the iron down the center seams to avoid having to press each triangle open! Has someone already thought of this technique, or did I truly come up with an original tip? Let me know what you think.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Finally Joined Facebook

After years of avoiding Facebook, I've finally joined and created a page. It is somewhat scarey not knowing who in my past will find me now! I even notified my high school reunion committee. Very scarey! I'm still learning how to use it, but from what I understand there was another format that many liked much better than the current setup.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Big Block Sailing from TQPM tests

Placemat UFO was a test

Autumn in Bloom was the very first pattern I tested. What a challenge--it was made with 1" squares and strips!
These are some of the tests I've been doing for The Quilt Pattern Magazine this past year. Now that the pattern has been tested and published, I can freely share some of these with you now!

This is a table runner that I chose to make in patriotic colors. It's called "Framed Hearts" and the original was made in fall colors.

 I don't usually use table runners; however, someday I hope to have a living room of red, white and blue!

Baby Blocks Pattern Test

All of my testing projects are still flimsies. I have this dream of getting a stack of these smaller quilts ready to quilt by DSM!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Nothing New Under the Sun, or Copycats?

One of the online quilting groups I belong to is currently having a conversation about others copying quilt patterns and other designs. Here's my 2 cents:

Do you know that every adult uses about 250-400 words in their daily language? Some writers jumble words around to portray one way of thought. Others, using the same words in different order make those sentences mean something totally different.

Let's say there are about 300 basic quilt block designs that all quilters use (and there are a bunch of us!) I never made a quilt exactly as the pattern. I choose a color scheme from one of your quilts, make blocks in various (but basic) shapes. Usually I combine 2-3 blocks in one quilt and either don't put sashing or add it. Am I a copycat?

No, I'm inspired by other artists! That's how creativity is generated with one idea leading to 5 ideas and probably even changing your mind partially through the construction.  I use color schemes from magazines because those page creators went through hours of trial and error before coming up with the combination that is most pleasing and accepted to print.

I posted mini Halloween totes on my blogs last year. In the latest issue of American Patchwork & Quilting they are having a contest to make these same treat totes. The pattern is fun, easy and free at They have displayed a few of the bags entered into the contest so far and guess what? They are all made from Halloween fabric! I did send my photos to the APQ last year just to share. I wonder if they will now accept my efforts into an entry for the new Bernina Sewing Machine?

Happy sewing,

Friday, September 2, 2011

I'm Back!

It's been waaay too long since I've kept up with my blogs. I'm finally at a time where much time has been freed up. (Little man I take care of is in school fulltime.)  I lost both of my cats over the past several months. One was expected--he was 16 years old. But his little brother was only 3 and died a few months ago from liquid surrounding (not in) his tiny lungs.

I found a new furry quilt tester (above) at our local animal shelter Monday. He's so extremely tiny it's going to be a true challenge to keep him growing. He was found by a mailman on a busy intersection. If love can keep him alive and strong, he'll be just fine!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

National Quilting Day Each Month

I totally missed the first day of Spring and National Quilting Day. There was talk on one of the online quilt groups that March might be considered as National Quilting Month as well. That still isn't going to work for me.

Therefore, I am claiming the 20th of every month "National Quilting Day" and on that day I'm going to practice FMQ on my DSM!! (For the newbies, that's Free-Motion Quilting on my Domestic Sewing Machine.)

Knowing that I must be accountable to the blogging universe, I need to force my focus one day each month on getting over the intimidation and akwardness and just do it. I've been making many tops for OQC and kids, so now it's time for me to put the batting with the backings and get them ready to turn into a real quilt!

On Tuesday, April 19th I will be getting everything set up so that when Iwake up on April 20th, Nat'l (monthly) Quilting Day, I can have my first cup of coffee while digging right in to actual quilting. Anyone want to join me?

Monday, February 7, 2011

My Pillow Made the Cover!

The February issue of The Quilt Pattern Magazine is available now, and I was lucky enough to have one of the patterns I tested published! The selvedge hearts are actually 5 small pockets, and there is also one heart on the back. This is a really fun pattern, and for only $1 per month you can get lots of fun, new patterns at (Also, if you DO subscribe and mention my name I will earn a free issue!! Only good until March 15th, I believe it is)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

My Pattern Test is Published!

This is my first test pattern for the new online quilting magazine, The Quilt Pattern Magazine! It's called "Framed Hearts" and is really fun to make. I cannot give you the instructions/pattern; however, I can happily invite you to subscribe. It's only $1 per month, and if you order it and aren't pleased with it, you can ask for a refund for the months you don't want!! Tell me another magazine does that! Also, next month there is a chance my test for February just might be on the cover!! If you do subscribe, tell them that "Susan sent you" and I'll get some issues for free!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Small Delay

Schools have been closed for 3 days, so of course I had to take it off, too. My little man (now 5) got a snowboard for Christmas. Thanks to the recent snows we've broke it in well! First, he started on the small slope at the front of our townhome. Then, it was on to the BIG hill across the street. Hopefully, I'll learn how to transfer the video(s) so everyone can get a lift for the day/week!