Tuesday, August 15, 2017


For the past 15 months I have been volunteering as an usher for
CAPA (Columbus Associaition of the Performing Arts)

The Nutcracker, performed by The Columbus Metropolitan Ballet, 
is a traditional event at The Ohio Theatre, Columbus, OH

The two CAPA Volunteer Coordinators, Janet and Sheri,
 have their hands full keeping, managing about 700 volunteers
and making sure there are  60 ushers/per show/for the 6 week run!
(plus all the other holiday shows)

I decided to thank them in my own way and
put a Nutcracker smile on their face.

It began with these fabrics pulled from my stash.

Quilted with some simple wavy lines.

sewn and labeled 

into wide open zipper pouches
(made at the Spring retreat in Amish Country)

I couldn't wait til the Holidays, so I presented them
 at the August Volunteer Appreciation luncheon !

Needles to say....they had Nutcraker smiles from ear to ear!

Thursday, August 10, 2017


I love a beautiful garden - Franklin Park Conservatory
My Churning by the Sea quilt I made at the beach in January
(first two photos)
and my Cannon Point and Shoot Camera

They say a picture is worth a thousand words....

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Sometimes I think I live under a rock.
There is a local yarn shop in my town that I didn't know about.
It's located in a little urban area of Columbus, OH
called Grandview Heights...

The owner, Esther, is such a sweetheart!

And oh the yummy colors and yarns that fill the shelves!

Great selection of Buttons for those knitted sweaters and such!
Lots of choices for knitting needles as well!

And before you get out the door...here's the bulletin board 
with all the information on upcoming classes.

So if you need a place to pop in and sit a while to knit
shop for great yarn, or grab a lunch next door...
this is the place to go!

In the meantime...check out the website here!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Hedgehogs are old news...right?  
I started this mini last FALL y'all!
Yep, at a weekend sewin and it was my last project.

Because it was my first Elizabeth Hartman pattern
I had some trouble with pieces fitting.
You know that scant 1/4" seam that I did not do.

I was ticked and put it away for a while.
This spring I fixed my mistakes
quilted it with straight lines.

Added one of my new labels to the back!

Finished the binding and don't ya luv 
the Cotton and Steel backing I had in my stash.

 Hattie needed glasses....

Such a fun hedgy hanging out in my garden swing!

Another project finished for the 
SewMyStash2017 Challenge!

Monday, July 17, 2017


Made this cute zipper pouch for 
the Columbus Modern Quilters pouch swap.
Rachel Chilton, ran the swap and assigned me 
as her partner...no pressure here!  LOL
She loved it! 

 Check out The Curvy Zipper Pouch here
  by Haberdashery Fun

 Kim Hensley was my secret partner and made me a boxy pouch!
Sew Sweetness is the designer and you can find
the pattern Annex Double Zip Pouch here.
I love both the zippers and the boxy look!

I hope you summer is full of fun pouches, 
zippy fun and lots of phones ringing to keep you busy!

Monday, July 10, 2017


I love being a PATTERN TESTER!
This has been another fun opportunity because 
I am on Instagram!  Many IG pattern designer peeps will 
post that they need testers for their patterns.

Years ago I wrote a couple patterns, before EQ7
and I have taught classes. I know lay-man's language...
Sew to Speak!

I was asked by Emily Lang (@mommysnaptime)
to test her SHADES quilt pattern.  

Although her pattern was low volume with a bright center....
I headed to my stash to find bright novelty prints
and put together a totally different color value top! 

The cutting began with 2 1/2" strips

I provided lots of DETAILED feedback cause well...
patterns need to be easy to read and follow.

Then this happened on my iPad
A diagram that was supposed to be displayed on page 2...
floated to the top left corner of page 1

I provided screen shots to make sure Emily 
knew what I was talking about. 

I write feedback almost line by line...at least section by section.
Because I did not follow her color selections for main and secondary colors...
I had to really think about how I would place my fabrics.

There was lots of strip piecing involved.

This is one 18" block.

Four big blocks make the top of the baby quilt size and you
could choose to make this top up to a king size.

A very cute finish...if I say sew myself!

And this will be backing...yes it was in my stash too!

It was a fun and easy to test pattern.  
I used up some novelty stash and this is a great
"gender neutral" baby quilt!

I also tested these patterns...
Charm Dash Churn by Ms. Midge

 Woven Fences by Andrea of Scarlet Key

The Slim and Sassy Wallet pattern 
by Rena of The Southern Bobbin

If you need a pattern tester
...someone who has 30 years of making quilts (and bags)
...someone who can see past the designers color palate 
...someone who is not afraid to provide healthy feedback...

I am your "pattern testing" girl!