on the frame

The red and yellow quilt in progress.


finished nine patch

Finally, a picture of the finished nine patch quilt. I love this quilt. I started feeling bad about the quilting almost as soon as I put the needle in the fabric, but do you know what, it’s a really nice quilt. Is the quilting “professional”? Nope. Do I really care? Would it make it somehow a better object if I had ripped it out and started over? I don’t think so.

Soon come – Chinese coin photos.

practicing fills on the frame

Here’s a look at how the frame quilting is going. Click on the photos to enlarge. Happy Friday.


squarish spirals

I am very inspired by Leah Day’s 365 Days of Free Motion Quilting! She makes quilting on her domestic sewing machine look easy. Here’s my attempt at spiral squares. I’ll be posting more of these scans as I work on my free motion skills. All the best.


early efforts

The theory is that mastering free motion on the home sewing machine will translate into better stitches while I’m frame quilting and better frame quilting will lead to a better long arm machine. The logic is flawless, right?

See how some of the stitches look kind of even. Sort of. It’s upward from here! Thanks for the visit.



I’ve been looking at some wonderful blogs today and I have a bad case of beginner’s blues. Anyway, I have some yellow fabric on the frame, so here’s a pic.

No, you don’t get to see the the ones done on the little home sewing machine. Not until I’ve had some serious practice!


just meandering around

I’ve been busy quilting. I finished the light and dark diamonds quilt with the freehand loops and flowers from the previous post. Next  I meandered my friend Margaret’s quilt which will become a birthday/off to school quilt for her son. As soon as I get the bindings applied I will post both finishes. I have two more completed tops to quilt, but before I can start I have to do the dreaded housework. I have some ambitious plans along those lines, so if I actually accomplish my goal, I’ll post before and after pictures of that too.

Every post should have a picture so here is a little meander.

Sometimes two pictures are better than one, so here is a little chipmunk (a little out of focus). I’m really glad to see this little guy. We have had a terrible problem with feral cats and this is the first summer I’ve seen chipmunks in years. If you put water out for the small creatures they will really appreciate it and reward you with lots of fun entertainment!

Happy Wednesday to everyone.