A Hera what?

August 6, 2015 § 29 Comments


Over the years I may have tried nearly every way of marking a quilt in preparation to quilt it.  Disappearing ink pens, tissue paper, masking tape, chalk pencils and more.  But I have come to the conclusion that I really don’t like using most of those.  If I must mark, then I most often use a Hera Marker.  I am in love!  Have you used one of these before? They do come in different sizes and shapes.  I have another one that is smaller than this.  They look sort of like a bone paper folder or scorer if you are a scrapbooker or book maker.


What it does is leave a crease in the fabric that washes away without leaving any trace of the previous marking.  It’s almost like pressing a crease in a pair of pants only in reverse. The sharp edge of the curved point can be run along the edge of a ruler, or cardboard or even used free-hand.  It leaves an indent in the fabric that you can follow for machine quilting.  It can be a little hard to see on busy or heavily patterned fabric. But it works super duper great on solids!  Here I am marking 1″ from the last quilting line or 1 1/4″ from the seam edge.


I’m trying to finish up this quilt so that I can free up my pins to pin baste the do.good.stitches quilt waiting in the queue.  Or at least finished enough so that I have sufficient pins to baste that quilt next.

And finally… when do you like reading blogs?  In the morning?  At night?  Or are blogs falling from favor?  Lately I’ve been having a hard time mustering up the energy to blog. But maybe my rib accident & the hot weather has had something to do with that? Do you read many blogs anymore?  I know my own blog reading has shrunk over the last couple of years.  I’m just curious what the rest of you think.

On another note. It rained hard last night. Hurray!  I think our hot & dry summer trend has finally been broken.  It feels like the good ol’ Pacific Northwest again!  I’m ready for the rains to return. And then maybe my quilting mojo will return as well?

Sew together, stay together

July 20, 2015 § 10 Comments


A friend of mine asked me when I was going to blog again. She said that Charlie was cute, but……. she needed something new to look at. Haha!  He is pretty cute, but I can understand needing a change of scenery.

Not much has been going on around here.  Or at least nothing very blog worthy. My rib is getting better every day. Nearly well, in fact.  Now, if the weather would cool off a little!  It has been the hottest, driest summer I can remember since moving here.  If we don’t get out and do something early in the morning, well, we just don’t do much.

I haven’t been doing much sewing either.  What is wrong with me? I had big plans to get so many things done this summer. And since our bicycle crash… Nothing.

Although, when my friend, Letty, received a Sew Together Bag in a swap, I was finally bitten by the bug to make one for myself.  I can see now why people have been so excited about this bag. It’s pretty easy to make and so fun to use!

I used fusible fleece instead of interfacing for the outside, which made the binding a teeny bit harder to apply.  And the only thing I wish I would have done differently is to buy a longer zipper for the outside. Maybe that would allow the bag to open up just a bit more. Other than that, I am quite happy with this little bag.

It’s now keeping together the parts to a new English paper piecing project. Because… you just can have too many WIP’s, right?


Whatever is lovely…

June 24, 2015 § 5 Comments

CharlieBoy BoySocks

Boy kitties  ::  Charlie (Charcoal Briquette)
And Boy socks  ::  My latest knitting finish.


~ More about the Whatever is Lovely project.

A challenge & a swap

June 18, 2015 § 12 Comments

Can you believe that I have never done any English Paper Piecing before this?  Me neither!  These are 3/4″ hexagons made with scraps from my out-of-control baskets.

This was both a challenge project and a swap project.

My swap partner has received her package so I can now share the project. She mentioned in her questionnaire that one of the things she would like is something to organize her crochet hooks.  I put all of mine in there to test it out before sending it off.  I was inspired by this linen crochet hook case that I found on Pinterest.  But I knew I wanted it bigger. And I had real trouble finding any suitable linen-like thread to crochet a doily for the flap. So I ended up using hexies instead.

Just for those who are wondering what size this case is, I started with the outside cut measurements of 16 1/2″ x 8″.  The crochet hook pocket was cut 4 1/2″ tall and the individual hook pockets were stitched 1″ apart.  The flap was cut 3 1/4″ tall. I used 3/4″ hexagons for the closure flap and black snaps to secure it.

The text fabric along with both the inside & outside black dot fabrics were part of the 2nd installment of my local 4-friend challenge. (Our 1st challenge was last fall) I added the creamy spirograph type fabric.  As soon as I opened up the challenge package I knew what I was going to make.  It was providence because my swap partner said that black dots are her favorite!  I’m pleased that she is pleased. And I’m tempted to make another for myself!

Mini Heart block

June 1, 2015 § 6 Comments


June is my month to oversee the block making for my Do.Good.Stitches group. So I am asking my fellow members to make these heart blocks for me. I was inspired by this mini quilt I found on Pinterest.

I intended to make more blocks for this tutorial but my rib has been holding me hostage.  It keeps moving around, popping in and out. We (the chiropractor) are hoping that it will settle down by the end of this week. Those pesky muscles need to forget about the previous bicycle trauma and start doing their job!  The massage therapist did a fantastic job this morning in aiding my muscle memory. Let’s hope it sticks!


From the heart fabric cut:

  • 1 – 4 1/2″ square, cut in half diagonally twice to create 4 quarter-square triangles. You will only use 2 per block.
  • 1 – 4″ square, cut in half diagonally once to create 2 half-square triangles.

From the background fabric cut:

  • 1 – 4 1/2″ square, cut in half diagonally twice to create 4 quarter-square triangles. You will only use 2 per block.
  • 2 – 4″ squares, cut in half diagonally once to create 4 half-square triangles.

All of the measurements are cut slightly larger and then trimmed down in the hope that this will create more uniform results for everyone.


From two of the 4 1/2″ quarter-square triangles of each the heart fabric & the background fabric, sew a left-facing and a right-facing half-square triangle unit. Press the seams open to reduce the bulk.


Place a 4″ background half-square triangle on top of each unit and sew the diagonal seam. As you can can see, the triangle unit with the heart fabric is slightly larger.  Don’t worry about this. You will trim the block down to the correct size in the next step.   Just make sure that the smaller triangle is centered on top of the larger triangle.  Press the seams open to reduce the bulk.


With a square ruler or square up ruler or any ruler that gives you the appropriate diagonal line and inch measurements, trim both blocks to 3 1/2″ square.  Be sure that the 45-degree line that marks the center of the half-square triangle is placed on top of the diagonal seam line so that the heart portion is also centered.


Here is a closer view in hopes that you can see what I am talking about.


With the remaining 4″ half-square triangles, sew a background fabric to a heart fabric and press the seams open.  Trim these blocks to 3 1/2″ as well, again, placing that 45-degree line on your ruler directly on top of the seam line so that the block is centered.


Another close-up of the half-square triangles so that you can see what I’m talking about.


Arrange the half-square triangles as shown to create a heart motif.  Sew the squares together in each row, pressing the seams in alternating directions. Then sew the rows together to complete the block, nesting the opposing seams in the center to aid in matching the triangle points.


Voila! Your finished block should measure 6 1/2″ square including the seam allowances.  If anyone has any questions, please let me know.

If you are making these for our Do.Good.Stitches group, repeat these instructions to make 6 blocks total.  There are additional details about the blocks, fabrics, etc in our discussion thread for the month of June. Thank you!


May 30, 2015 § 5 Comments

Caramel Cardigan

#widrn is a hashtag that stands for “What I’m Doing Right Now”  that goes around on Instagram from time to time.  My dear friend, Letty, tagged me a couple of days ago and I haven’t posted anything yet.

What I am doing right now is taking it easy and recovering from a dislocated rib that was a result of my and my hubby’s bike crash a week and a half ago.  He fell off the edge of the bike trail where there is a 4-inch drop and toppled over on his bike. I was right behind him and ran into him flying over my handlebars. Apparently my ribs hit the bike and dislocated a rib. (It happened so fast that I don’t really remember the finer details) Everyone kept telling me that it was probably a hairline fracture and there wasn’t much to be done about it. So I never went to urgent care. But after a week it just didn’t feel right. And after searching the web for different rib symptoms I concluded that I needed to see a chiropractor.  Huzzah!  It was indeed dislocated.  It’s back in place now but I am really sore. A little more adjusting and therapeutic massage and I should be good to go in a couple of weeks. Whew!  What an experience!

Above:  It has been a perfect excuse to dig out an old knitting UFO, the Caramel Cardigan (Ravelry link), and binge watch Netflix.

Whatever is lovely…

May 19, 2015 § 9 Comments

NIght & DayNorth Dakota Stars

My current sewing project is reminding me of the stars at night when we were camping in North Dakota three years ago.  (You really need to click on the photo for a larger view to get the full effect)

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Sometimes there isn’t much to say about what is going on around here.  Life moves on without much fanfare. So, rather than not blogging at all during those times, I thought I’d start a project that might help me look for the lovely things in life and be thankful as well as give you something lovely to look at until I have more to say.

I’ll choose two photos to post in a diptych sort of manner.  It will force me to get out my DSL camera more often, slow down and pay attention to the little details around me.

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”  ~Philippians 4:8

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