Wednesday, December 05, 2018


It was a gloriously beautiful day!

We headed out early to catch the Bainbridge Ferry in order to be at Edensaw in Port Townsend when it opened.  I dropped Darrell off there and me and the doggos went for a walk in Fort Worden.

It was cold and frosty, to say the least.  I heard this is the first time the temperature has dipped to 32* since February this year.  But the day was bright and clear, and the skies an intense blue.

We walked up to the bunkers.

And looked out over the water.  That's Mt Rainier on the right.

We encountered a pair of does on the way out.

They are very friendly here in Port Townsend and let us get very close.

Then we picked up Darrell and went to the Food Co-op and bought stuff for lunch.

Then we headed for Port Gamble - a little ways off our path - to visit a quilt shop called Quilted Strait.  I heard about this place recently - they said it was a great shop.  They didn't exaggerate.  

It's in an old building that used to be a stables.

I indulged a bit.

Afterwards, I told Darrell we'd have to stop in here everytime we come to Port Townsend for wood.  He agreed.

Jelly wasn't too sure about these big creatures.

Monday, December 03, 2018


I finally pieced together the HST squares I made from a charm pack of Halloween prints.  I made two tablerunners.

I put them on the Eduard and started quilting them.

I've got one done and the next one stitched on right below it.

Sunday, December 02, 2018


I put the Flower Power quilt on to Eduard yesterday and finished it up today.

I think I finally figured out this computerized pantograph thing.

I helped Eduard work on this and in between I was sewing the City Sampler blocks into rows.  I love it.

Thursday, November 29, 2018


I put my City Sampler blocks, from #100days100blocks2018 on Instagram, up on my design wall.

Since they are in order, I guess I'll have to sew them together.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018


Darrell was kind enough to take the photos I need of my quilts for the application for Quiltcon.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018


 After all the rain yesterday, this morning was bright and clear.  

The tide was higher than I have every seen it, right up to the bulkheads.  Jax completely lost his mind and began barking at the waves.  He went out onto the logs floating in the water and had a great time.  Jelly and I watched with amusement.

 After the walk I went up to my studio and cleaned my old Bernina 1230, gathered up all of it's accessories, boxed everything all up and put it all away.  Then I unboxed my new Bernina B770QE Anniversary Edition. It came with a bundle of goodies including a trolley (not shown), an accessories bag and a soft cover, all in black with gold trim.  It also came with a tin full of gold scissors of all sizes and a gold rotary cutter and a gold plated ruler foot and a gold plated number 1 foot.

It doesn't fit into my sewing table, but I added some pieces of wood under it to bring it up high enough that I can use the table that came with it.  Hopefully, someday Darrell can fix the table so that it will sit down inside it.  

It came with some crappy white polyester thread on the bobbin.  Instead of unwinding it all, I ran down to McLendon's Hardware and bought some cotton clothesline and made this basket, using up the bad thread.  It took longer than I thought, but I love it.  I might make some more.  I was thinking I could even dye the cotton rope.  

Then I changed the foot to the Patchwork foot and sewed together the blocks of  my Halloween table runner to see how it would all work.  There is definitely a learning curve to get the quarter inch seam allowance right.  But, I must say, this machine is very intuitive and easy to understand - except for all of the inner computer settings - that will take some studying up on.  It came with some free classes - I'll have to look into that.

Monday, November 26, 2018


It was pouring buckets of rain this morning.  The dogs actually refused to go for a walk.  I went by myself and got soaked.

When I got back, I took the Carolinas quilt off the machine.

Then, I couldn't help myself.  There is a great sale going on Berninas and it ends today.  I drove down to the Federal Way Quality Sewing and Vacuums and test drove a few of the Bernina models.  I had done a lot of research beforehand, and I think my mind was already made up on the B770QE Anniversary model.  It comes with a lot of goodies.

I had to go back to the Tukwila store, where the warehouse is, to actually pick everything up.  It all barely fit into my car.

Darrell took all of the  boxes upstairs for me.  But I didn't open them.  I wanted to get the binding on the Carolinas quilt first.  It's the last job for my beloved 1230.