Saturday, March 28, 2015


You might need your glasses to view this next item. 

It is very bright and coming from me....that is saying a lot.

I started this quilt while taking care of my mother.  I got as far as ironing the squares into triangles...and then quit.   

So.........while waiting for my #2 son to come in last night I put this fella together....had it sandwiched before going to bed.

Got it quilted while they were out fishing.

I think what I don't like about it is organization?  I like my colors more organized if that makes sense?  I used 2 charm packs....had a few left over.  Was thinking about making a quilt but I could see very quickly that if I was to do a quilt using this method that I would have to change my fabrics.

Friday, March 27, 2015


How many of you have gone to clean your sewing room.  Unearthed a pile and wonder to yourself


Here are two projects that when I came across them I went HUMMMMMMM and to be honest...I have a vague memory of making them.

Had to add borders and quilt them....EASY


My lovely Samoan Fabrics for the main colors....

I knew I had this project but I wasn't too happy with it.  I finally finished it and looks pretty good on the wall in my hall.  The fabrics are from Island Batik - Tequila Sunset and the background fabric is from Latte Foam.  Love these fabrics.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Saturday I was invited to a birthday get together for a friend.

What to take?

What to take?

It was already late in the day!

So...what does a gal do?  She goes and looks in her UFO pile,

that is what she does.

A few hours later!!

The birthday girl was thrilled!!! 

What was even better!!!  ONE UFO down!

Next is this Jelly roll race quilt.

Just needs a binding.  I have a few places where the machine refused to sew through some of the Samoan fabrics so I have to secure those places and then this will be done.

Happy Days!!

Sunday, March 22, 2015



Some of you have asked about my Bailey Home Quilter Pro 17, gave you the link if you wanted to go by and check it out first hand.

I purchased the package with the king size majestic frame from Grace mfg.

These handle bars came with the frame not the quilting machine.  You get  handle bars from PVC pipe with the machine only.

Here is the side of the machine (love the American Flag)

Here is the stitch regulator (Sew Control)

The needle and lights.

Here is the switch for the Sew Control that my husband made for easier access, he also made one for the back as well.  My husband did a lot of reconfiguring for me.  Took him 3 days of putting the frame together, putting the machine up and doing the switches for me.   There are you tube videos out there about this quilter and one guy did do a lot of modifying to his.  I was lucky my husband was willing to modify for me.

Has a pretty good stitch.

Here is the key plate for when and if I use a ruler for quilting.

 Sew Perfect plates, they join together and go all the way down the frame, you use a stylus and just run it in the groves of the design.  Haven't tried that yet.

So far, I am pretty pleased with it.    Right now I am working on Samoan fabrics and the needle and thread just do not like the paint on the fabrics.

I was told that the machine comes with the tension adjusted for you but I recently read that you need to adjust your tension to the thread.   Once I did this the machine worked like a charm.

I have to give myself some grace time with this because as I said before, every machine takes adjustment.  When I had that Pfaff mid-arm, it took me a while and some frustrations so I just assume this one will to.  Since I have had time to work with it, I am liking it more and more.

I also wanted to mention that I got a classroom model that has about 10 hours on it, which made the price drop dramatically.  I got the king frame which raised the price about 200.00.  I had been looking at this machine for weeks.   Called and talked to Chuck several times.  Watched videos on you tube and finally decided to take the plunge. 

The interesting thing was when I told my sister Jeanette about this machine she was surprised because she has been looking at it as well.  Two like minds.

So if you are looking for an affordable machine and don't have to have all of the bells and whistles, I truly would suggest this quilter.  As far as I can tell, this has everything I need and more.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


I finally found time to play with my Bailey Home Quilter.  

Took a lot of frogging (rip it! rip it!!) trying to adjust the tension.  Thread breakage,
bobbin messing up, tension slipping...  I guess you can tell I had a time with it but

with every new baby, you have to learn how to make it purr.


Even with the issues I had learning the machine it still took less time quilting this than on my domestic machine.

Looks so wonderful in my dinning room.   I am so thrilled.

Monday, March 16, 2015


Sorry if I have not responded to your comments or even visited your blogs.   It has been very busy over here with family matters.  When I do have the time, I am either tired or trying to play catch up.

Here is a piece of fabric...notice anything wrong with it?

Look real close on both ends.

Notice that someone had cut a little hunk off both ends....... I try so hard not to do this and just use one end for my applique pieces but looks like I wasn't paying attention.

Next, I made this little bunny in Amerika Samoa and found her today.  So....I pulled it out (had other things to do of more importance) and made the cups and lettering to go around her.

This is so me in the mornings.  I don't drink coffee but I sure drag my feet.

Next is a little sneak peak at Island Batik's up coming fabrics.....  My husband just laughed when he saw me smelling the bundles.....  I think I am due another sniff.....

I really think a person can get high sniffing fabrics.

It sure makes me happy.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


I started this quilt about two years ago....finally finished it last night.

Here is the back.....

Here is the quilting I did on it

The winner of the E book of Jacquelynne Steves is

Your dragonfly is cute! The book looks like fun. Thanks for sharing

Thanks so much for all of your comments and for coming by.  

Monday, March 2, 2015


Saturday night I stayed up and made this fun little Screen bag.  I made one for my mother a while back.  Her's was wider than this one so I am having trouble deciding if I like the wider one or this one.  Those are pockets in between the handles

Here are some awesome Honeycomb fabrics.  My husband gifted these to me for our 36th anniversary.  There are seventeen colors at six yards each.

I just have to sigh with happiness.

Here are just a few of the lovely colors

These fabrics came from Marshall Dry Goods (Wholesale).  Anyone can order them.  My sister, Beverly, and mother drove down there last year.  About five hours away and back in one day.  You are tired when you get there but oh my gosh.....the excitement of all that fabric will perk anyone up.

We were like kids in a candy store.

These were ordered by phone and of course there is a nice shipping fee but even with the shipping fee these fabrics were less than 2.50 a yard. 

You might be thinking....oh....for that price the quality is not very good. 

 I am here to tell you that the quality is excellent, the colors vibrant....and if you doubt me, come  see and feel....  Oh yes, I am unselfish that way....I will let you feel my fabric any day.  Getting it past the door is another story.

I also wanted to mention that I am not affiliated with this store at all....I am just a gal that knows a good deal when she see it and a husband that feeds my addiction.

Last time I purchased some seconds (bundle) and I guess I got lucky because I hardly saw  the flaws in the fabrics.

They do have a retail side that you can get smaller quantities.

Enjoy your day...from this picture I am sure you know where I will and fold....sigh
pet and fold....sigh