Friday, October 26, 2007

Commercial for the 55 Foot

I've been doing a bit of Home Dec sewing lately...I made a bunch of pillows for Beth's bedroom in varying sizes using the leftover fabric from the curtains. All the pillows have pipping and I was not liking that I could not get the needle as close as I wanted to using the larger piping, so I went to Byrne's, Bernina dealer, to see about a new foot for my machine. The solution was the (pricey) number 55 Leather Roller Foot ,which is also recommended for large piping. It can also be used for free motion quilting, which as it turns out is oh so wonderful. I used this foot on the tail of a Mermaid Halloween costume, it pivots and easily follows curves with feed dogs up, I think I like this foot a lot!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The Pillows

These are the pillows I was sewing when my finger got in the way, today I finished sewing up the bottom where the pins are.

Sunday, August 12, 2007


We've all heard stories of people getting their finger caught by the sewing machine needle, some even hitting the bone. I never understood how that could possibly happen until yesterday. I was making pillows as gifts for friends and was talking to Ben's girlfriend Christine. I looked up to say something then it happened, right through my middle finger the needle went! Luckily it was only on side of my finger, yes it hurts. I've been trying to upload the photos of the pillows, but blogger is not cooperating.

Monday, August 06, 2007


I received the letter today... Stellation was juried into IQA show in Houston, TX, Nov. 1-4, 2007.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007


My quilt "Twisted" was accepted in the PNQE show this September 6-9 in Harrisburg, PA. It will be competing in the Innovative Quilt Category.

Thursday, July 12, 2007


Today is the postmark deadline for entries into the PNQE. I've been working on "Twisted", it is 48 x 48 inches and I'm still trying to decide which category to enter it in, Traditional or Innovative, guess I should decide quickly.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy 4th of July

Berry Blue Jello with blue berries, a layer of Cool Whip, then Strawberry Jello with strawberries, yum yum.

The start of the annual tri-township 4th of July parade.

Do you remember him from last year?

The swim team...
You're never to old to march in the parade with your swim team.

The forwards backwards car is always a big hit.

A Naval fly by at the end of the parade.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Graduate

Friday the 15th was Graduation, now there are 59 days till she's off to college. Am I counting the days? Not really, she's my last child to graduate High School, I'm just preparing myself for the "empty nest".

Friday, May 18, 2007

Senior Prom (Again)

Danielle and Eric...tonight is Danielle's Senior Prom. (Notice this is not the same dress she wore to his prom.) The girls decided they wanted to take photos in the gardens at Byers' Choice. All 14 Seniors plus their parents showed up for the photo event.
Putting on the boutonniere...
The Girls...
The Guys...
The Group...
Then they all climbed on and posed with a bronze statue of little children running. Great contrast!

By the Limo in our driveway...
Danielle and Eric.

New Addition!!!

I finally purchased my very own Singer Featherweight!, It is vintage 1955. A wonderful little machine, and she has beautiful stitches too!!! I'm so excited!!!!

Friday, May 04, 2007

Senior Prom

Tonight is Senior Prom for CB South at Spring Mill Country Club. Here are Danielle and Eric...
Making the rounds to friends houses for photos...

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Tulips and Cherry Blossoms

A 4 day weekend in DC with 135 teenagers, a choir trip tour with incredible voices, Monument tours, Museum visits, Church singing, a Cemetery Ceremony, Tulips and Cherry Blossoms, Priceless weekend!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Batik and Gelatin Printing

Today our good friend Gail gave us a lesson in Gelatin printing as well a making batiks.

This is a gelatin mold, painted, then texture was added by using a trowel. Then we placed the fabric on top to create an image.

Here we added more texture

This is what it looked liked, FUN!!!

Later we melted Soy Wax in an old electric frying pan, with our Tjaps, one is an elephant the other a gecko.

Here's my yellow fabric all waxed with critters...

The I painted it with an opaque blue paint... This is after it was ironed to remove the wax.

Here on white fabric, I batiked the Elephants and Gecko's, added a few rubber stamp impressions (the blue) and gelatin stamps (the yellow)...

Then I heavily painted it red, knowing it would fade after washing.

Then I decided to paint half of the fabric with blue paint. Here it is, still very wet.

This is Gail's wonderful creation, gelatin printed and batiked.

Lancaster Quilt Show

I had the flu 2 weeks ago which really wiped me out. I spent 4 days in bed, I was just too tired to do anything. It took a good 2 weeks to feel good again. Next year I will get a flu shot.

Thursday I met up with some friends at the Quilters Heritage Celebration in Lancaster, PA. Here are a few of my photos.
"Red Poppies" by Sue Holdaway-Heys

"Gone Fishin" by Kathy McNeil

"Ocean Grove" by Mary Manahan

"Meadowlark Morning" by Shelly Burge

" Carousel Capers" by Shirley P. Kelly

"Wow That's Orange" by Ann Fahl

"On My Way to the Market" by Sherry Shine

"Meet Me at the Market" by Sherry Shine

"Original Bargello" by Carol Taylor

"Heartsong" by Elsie Vredenberg

"Circle" by Marilyn Bedford

"Through Tuscany" by Cynthia England
"The Organic Garden" by Sue Reno
"Royal Paulownia" by Sue Reno
My Quilt, "Stellation".

Well I think I have them all labeled correctly by artist.