Archive for May, 2009


Rookies Making Cookies

May 24, 2009


The sun did not shine.

It was too wet to play.

So we sat in the house

All that cold, cold, wet day.


I sat there with Tina.

We sat there, we two.

And I said, “How I wish

We had something to do!”


So we went to the kitchen and we pulled out all the stuff.

We pulled out the bowls and the spoons and the fluff.

We pulled out the sugar; the brown and the white.

The vanilla, the eggs and turned on the light.

The flour was just right, the soda to make it fizz.

And don’t forget the chips, chocolate that is.


We mixed it all up, Tina and I.

We mixed it!

               Mixed it!

                            Mixed it!

And we dipped it and baked it.

And we smiled just a bit.




***Obviously, portions of this post were borrowed from Dr. Seuss’ book, The Cat in the Hat.


A New Friend

May 23, 2009

I have a new friend in my quilt studio; A Husqvarna Viking Topaz 20.  We are going to get along just fine. I think that she is Etha’s granddaughter or great niece or some such thing…


I brought her home yesterday afternoon and had her up and running by dinner time. I am amazed at how easy the controls were to figure out and use. As I sat through the demonstration at the shop I was overwhelmed by all of the buttons and lights. But when I sat down at home with the manual I realized that is all very logical and organized and thus, easy to use. Those Swedish designers are so clever!

A loud shout of THANKS! goes out to Patty and all of her wonderful helpers at Patty’s Sewing Center. They helped me to make the right decision.

Now I’m off to my studio to play with my new friend!!

Have a quilty day!


And the Saga continues…

May 20, 2009

I got word yesterday that Etha, my Viking sewing machine, needs a new motor in addition to the work already quoted. Ouch!. That is not good news.


There must be a line where it no longer makes sense to keep investing in an old machine and it does make sense to get a newer, if not new, one. I feel like I must be close to that line and I’m trying to decide what to do. Have you got any advice?


In the meantime, my very good friend Karen loaned me her White Quilter’s Machine. It is actually a very nice little machine. Now let me point out that I would not recommend it for 8 hour sewing days, 5 days a week. I don’t believe it is that kind of work horse. But it looks like a great little machine for taking to retreats, carrying to classes and loaning to poor friends that find themselves in need of a sewing machine.


One of the features that I really like about it is that when you open it up part of the carrying case becomes the work table. I like to see resourcefulness like that in a product.

The controls are all very easy to understand and easy to use. It was easy to wind a bobbin and thread the machine. It has a variety of stitches and the needed stitch length and width controls. It has a start/stop button if you prefer that over using the foot pedal. And it also has a stitch speed control which I had fun playing with.

It is going to be a great little machine to get me through this saga. Thank you so much Karen!!


Celtic Design

May 18, 2009

I am currently working on some custom quilting on a quilt with a Celtic Design.




Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day- May

May 15, 2009

It is the 15th of May and here are some of the blooms shining in my garden today.

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IMG_4360 Stop into May Dreams Gardens to see more of today’s blooms around the world.

Related Posts:

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day- April

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day-March

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day- January


Time for Retirement?

May 12, 2009


I had to take the Viking, I call her Etha, in for some repair work yesterday. My poor baby, sniff, sniff! She has just been having trouble turning on and straightening up in the morning. (who of us doesn’t?) Of course, she is 13 years old. Let’s see, what would that be in human years… maybe 52? She’s probably thinking of retirement.

Patty, of Patty’s Sewing Center, promptly tried to talk me into a new machine.  No good shop owner would miss that opportunity. She started listing all of the wonderful benefits of their top of the line machine, half of which I had no idea what she was talking about. But the thought of a new machine that could solve all of my problems, if not all of the world’s problems, was enticing.

“I really don’t need 150 different stitches though. Do you have one that just has a straight stitch and a zig-zag stitch?”

Her face fell as she directed me over to the bottom of the line, mechanical model. Well, it looked like a good machine, but not being computerized it was laid out different than Etha and all of the controls were unfamiliar to me. I thought to myself, “I really don’t want to have to learn how to use a new machine.” And when I learned the price, nearly twice as much as what I paid for Etha 13 years ago, it was an easy decision to just get Etha repaired.

Sorry Etha, no retirement yet! Hurry home as there is work to be done!


Happy Mother’s Day!!

May 9, 2009