Archive for May, 2007


12×12 June

May 30, 2007

I’ve started my 12×12 journal page for June. It is very different from what I have done before. I guess this would be more akin of a whole cloth piece.


I have chosen an image from one of Dover’s copyright free books/CDs.


I printed out the image at the size I wanted and am cutting a stencil right into the printout. I will transfer the lines to fabric with a disappearing marker. The quilting lines will be the outlines of the image. And I think I will do some filler quilting inside the middle of the flowers. After I get all of the stitching done I plan to try painting some dye on for color. It will be interesting to see how this all comes out since I have not done anything like it before. Anyway, that is the plan…at this point.


Another Neat Gadget

May 29, 2007

I’m touting another neat gadget today. Only this one has nothing to do with quilting. This one has to do with cooking. And it is Pampered Chef’s Egg Slicer Plus.


I’m not sure if I have ever used it to slice eggs but I use it for a lot of other things. It is great to slice black olives for pizza. Yesterday I used it twice. Once to slice mushrooms for sauteing and once to slice strawberries for the strawberry shortcake. It is safe enough that I can let Christina use it without worrying about her fingers; she loves to help out in the kitchen. And it is easy to clean. What more could you want in a kitchen gadget?


Race Day!

May 27, 2007


Today is race day in Indianapolis; the Indianapolis 500! I grew up near Indianapolis, enjoyed all of the hub-bub about the “greatest spectacle in racing” and I still get goose pimples when race day finally comes. I love watching those cars fly around the track.

Did you know that the 500 even has a quilt aspect to it? Jeanetta Holder has been making a quilt for the winner of the 500 every year for the last 30 years and she has one ready for the winner today. Check out the details here.



May 24, 2007

My quilt guild, the New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild, is having their next show in July of 2008. The theme of the show is Threads of our Past. I’ve been thinking that I should start working on something to enter. As slow as I am, it might be ready in 13 months. I’m actually thinking of entering two pieces but I supposes the place to start is with one. The first one I’d like to work on would be entered into the Wall Quilt: pieced/machine quilted catagory. The requirements for that catagory are that it can be any size, it must be 70% pieced and must be entirely machine quilted. That’s pretty straight forward.

My first thought is to go back through some old designs that I have never completed- actually never even started- and see if there is something there that strikes my fancy. Here are a few of the options, in no particular order: Hm-m-m-m, what do you think?

african-violets-4.jpg african-violets-7q.jpg dp10q.jpg dp8q.jpg ethaq.jpg river-walk-11quart.jpg amish-2jpgq.jpg african-violets-5jpgq.jpgpattern-on-pattern-7q.jpggrannys-dresden-plateq.jpgpattern-on-pattern-4q.jpgriverwalk-1q.jpgsunflowersq.jpgwhatever-you-do-dq.jpgutopiaq.jpg


WIP Wednesday

May 23, 2007

On the quilting table today I have a quilt that is headed to a family through Habitat for Humanity. It is a lovely scrap 9-patch with unbleached muslin sashings. I am quilting it with a pantograph called Ribbons and Roses.



WIP Wednesday

May 16, 2007

It’s time again for Work in Progress Wednesday. I have Dee’s Hearts on the quilting table again. Only about 20 more minutes on it and it will be done!


The maintenance on my longarm has always been a bit of a challenge for me. It’s not that the machine is so difficult to take care of, but that I am mechanically challenged. When I first got the machine it took me a good 2 hours to time it. Today I changed the needle, oiled and timed it in 21 minutes, 39 seconds. Woo-hoo!! I guess I can still learn!


The What I Need Meme

May 15, 2007

This was a fun meme I googled my name with the word “needs” and learned that I am a pretty needy person. Here are some of the responses Google returned:

Deb needs a desk

Deb needs help with whole words

Deb needs to focus on her strong points

Deb needs professional evaluation

Deb needs to be substituted

Deb needs to read

Deb needs to bug Jon

Deb needs to e-mail her husband

Deb needs to be installed

Deb needs to chill out

Deb needs a solution

Deb needs a break

And my favorite:

Deb needs Debhelper

I don’t have a clue what “Debhelper” is, but it sounds good. 🙂


7 Interesting Things About Me

May 14, 2007

I was tagged by Debra to list 7 interesting things about myself. Thanks, Debra. I wear many different hats throughout the day so here are random thoughts on 7 of those hats; housekeeper, barber, purchasing director, teacher, gardener, therapist, and quilter.


Housekeeper- I’d like to run a neat and tidy, orderly house but I never quite achieve it. One of the reasons is because of the cyclic nature of housekeeping. Have you ever noticed with the laundry, that by the time you finish folding and and hanging the last of the clean laundry, clothes are already collecting in the hamper? By the time you are done drying and putting away the last of the clean dishes, there is a dirty glass, if not a cereal bowl sitting by the sink. Mopping the floor is a sure sign someone is going to spill something! I just try to think of it as job security.


Barber- I began cutting my husband’s hair 17 years ago. I learned one way to cut his hair that looks good with his hair type, which is coarse and curly, and I have used that cut ever since. When my two boys came along it seemed only right that I should also cut their hair as they both have curly hair similar to dad’s. When they got to be pre-teens I gave them the choice of going to a barber for their hair cuts but they still choose to have mom do it.

Then Christina was born. She had a head full of long, beautiful, fine straight hair. I decided that my one hair-cut ability was not going to work with her. So every month she and I have a girl’s day out when we go out to get our hair cut!


Purchasing director- I always enjoy a stroll through the mall with a friend, but I do as much shopping on-line as I can. I would love to be able to also do my grocery shopping on-line. Just think, I’d always be able to find the current ads. My calculator would always be handy for price comparisons right on the computer screen. My coupons would all be neatly organized in a little pop-up window with expired coupons automatically deleted. There would be no more impulse buying. And all of the groceries would be delivered to my door. How cool that would be!!


Teacher- I started home schooling my first born when he reached kindergarten age. I was convinced that it was the best thing for him and I have taught him and his siblings ever since. My favorite subject to teach is history. I find it fascinating to share stories  about peoples of other times and places. Some of the stories are touching, others are absurd. I am amazed at how many times history has repeated itself. Will we never learn?


Gardener-All though it can be very tiring work and sometimes frustrating, gardening is very relaxing for me. When I feel stressed out and overwhelmed with everything going on in the house, I head out to the garden to pull a few weeds.


Therapist-My daughter was born with Down’s Syndrome. The first 3 years of her life there was a constant parade of therapists coming and going in our house . They were working with Christina and teaching me how to work with Christina to insure that she would develop “normally”. I have a great admiration and respect for all of these therapists; speech therapists, physical therapists and occupational therapists. They have a tough job laid before them and they must deal so closely with people from all walks of life. Most days must be very rough for them and yet they always kept working with Christina with patience and perseverance. My hat is off to them.


Quilter-I think you know just about all there is to know about my quilting. If not, just check back here. There will be something new in a few days.


Happy Mother’s Day!

May 13, 2007

Happy Mother’s Day to all my internet friends!



Sue’s Lone Star

May 12, 2007

My sister-in-law is getting married today. This is the queen sized Lone Star that she will be receiving from my family at the reception. The star was pieced by Debra Spincic and I added the borders and did the quilting. Debra also embroidered the label on her new machine.

Enjoy the eye candy!