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Diversions – lap quilt and crumb piecing

So I was supposed to work on one of Mom’s quilt tops next. At least that’s what I said I’d do. But I didn’t. I decided I needed another lap quilt and pulled out three packets of charm squares from Mom’s old stash. Here’s what I made with them! It’s just the perfect size to […]

Jinny Beyer bag from kit

I love this tote bag!

In addition to Mom’s quilt tops that I’m working on this year, I inherited a number of quilt kits and a few unfinished quilt tops from her. I was going to quilt another of her tops next, but I got side-tracked. I needed a bag to take with me to church each week. I play […]

Mom's Coneflower Quilt

The first quilt is done!

I had originally thought that I would first finish Mom’s red, white, and blue quilt that I showed in my last post. But I just couldn’t get my head around how to quilt it. So I pulled out this one. It’s about 70″ x 85″ and old enough that the colors are practically back in […]

Mom's red, white and blue quilt top

My 2019 big project

My mother created 50+ quilts in her lifetime.  For years, she just kept the tops in a closet, but then she learned about longarm quilting machines.  She researched and found one she liked, then got busy quilting.  Her goal was to get all her quilts done before she died. But Mom wasn’t satisfied with finishing […]

Why you haven’t been getting emails

If you have subscribed to my site in the past, you received emails when I posted.  Unfortunately, we will no longer be sending out emails when I post.  We just couldn’t justify the cost for doing so.  We are looking for an alternative, but so far, no luck. I’m sorry for the inconvenience! Nancy

Zucchini pizza saute recipe

It’s that time of year again–zucchini season!  If you’re overwhelmed, or if the zucchini fairy left some on your porch, here’s a recipe that will use up some of it for you. Some time ago, I started the ketogenic diet, at my doctor’s suggestion.  (This link is to a site that has some good information. […]

Baby quilt for Alexandra

After I finish a big project, a small one is a must.  A friend was expecting a baby, so a baby quilt it was.  I actually finished it the day before she was born–whew! This is a disappearing 9-patch design.  It’s super easy, but looks like it’s not.  My favorite type of design!  I got […]

After all these years…

I bought an awesome four-poster queen-sized bed probably 20 years ago, and I’ve never had a quilt that fit it.  I’ve been using a cream-colored chenille bedspread all this time, and it’s pretty worn out. That worked, but when people came to stay for a while, I didn’t have quilts or blankets that were big […]

Merry Christmas (late again!)

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season, whichever holiday you celebrate. This year I determined that I would make as many gifts as I could instead of buying them.  So for the last month or more I’ve been sequestered in my sewing room after getting home from work as […]

Happy Thanksgiving (a bit late)

I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving!  We had a great time, and the food was awesome.  And now that the kids have all gone home, we can decompress. When we got back from dropping our youngest son at the airport, I went in the kitchen to see what we could have for lunch.  […]

Time to catch up

Boy, time goes fast, especially when you’re busy.  I just realized a week or two ago that I haven’t even started preparing for Christmas yet.  Yikes! Here’s what I’ve been up to. I finished Bethany’s quilt, and we gave it to her a few weeks ago.  She was very happy!  It’s fun to give something […]

The quilt so far

This is taking so much longer than I expected!  I wanted to have this done this past weekend, but I’m only about halfway done.  I even did a marathon 14-hour day on Saturday (with breaks every few hours).  I just made it too complicated, like I always have a tendency to do. I took this […]

Getting ready to quilt, finally!

Today I finally managed to get my step-daughter’s quilt loaded on the longarm!  (And the cats are officially banned from the room.)  It was a real project just to do that.  The quilt is 104″ square.  I spent a lot of time making sure the quilt is loaded square to the machine.  I don’t want […]

Fixing my nephew’s quilt

A couple of months ago I made a trade with my sister-in-law.  She had a barrel composter I wanted, and she also had a quilt that needed repair.  So we swapped–I fix the quilt, and she gives me the composter.  Deal! This is a quilt my mother made for my nephew.  Each square has a […]

Eyes and a recipe

THANK YOU for all your kind thoughts and prayers for me!  I’m grateful, and I’m always touched by the kindness tatters show to one another. Here’s an update on what’s going on with my eyes.  I ended up going to a doctor who specializes in the retina, and he took some fancy pictures.  One is […]

Eye troubles and deadlines

It  looks like it might be a while before I can tat.  I went to the eye doctor last week and we discovered that my left eye has a blind spot.  It makes it very difficult to focus.  I’m hoping it’s something temporary, but if not, it may be a while before my right eye […]

New free tatting pattern!

Hi all! I finally have a free pattern for you.  Remember my post about the lid?  Here’s the entire box along with the pattern. Click here to go to the pattern for the Tatted Box This is a free pattern.  However, many of the patterns I will post from here on out will be “premium” […]

Quilts for the doctor and receptionist

So you know, I’m still working on the tatted box!  It’s complete, I just need to draw out the pattern. I thought I’d show you a couple of my recent projects in the meantime. I love to give people baby quilts.  My acupuncturist and her receptionist were both expecting babies and were due in January […]

The first of Mom’s quilts

My mother loved to quilt.  A number of years ago, she decided it was time she got all her quilt tops done and invested in a longarm machine.  After she got comfortable with the machine, it seemed she was finishing a quilt every month!  I’m not sure if that’s truly the case, but her output […]

Tatting supplies and the transformation of Be-stitched

Hi all! I forgot to mention in my previous post where you can now get tatting supplies.  Here’s a list for you! Handy HandsDS9 DesignsShuttle by DesignTatting CornerLacis I’m sure there are more, but these are the ones I know of offhand. Over the Christmas holiday, we had our son and his wife visiting from […]

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