Saturday, March 28, 2015

Greetings from Orange County California!!!


Seahorse Quilts has fulfilled a decades old dream and moved closer to the ocean. 


In February I quit the job I’ve been at the past 12 years, packed up the car with the dog, the cat, the teen and drove from Chicago to Sunny California.  in a zig zag route.  ‘cause it’s me.  We first drove south to New Orleans and spent a day there enjoying beignet and street jazz and then a few days and a few miles later we were at the Grand Canyon soaking up the quiet, majestic beauty of Nature.
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the next day we were camped out at my sister’s apartment in California with my niece and now while Tink plays with her new friend (my niece’s guinea pig Bubba), I search for a new job and try hard not to get too distracted by the sunshine. 
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It’s a little hard when there are beautiful waves, surfers showing off and dolphin swimming…  but my sewing machine is in storage until I have a regular paycheck and a place to house all my quilting stuff, so job search I will…  happy quilting to the rest of you!!!  sew a few for me, d.

Sunday, March 16, 2014


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a bone-chilling wind, but some wonderful sunshine and a quilt idea that’s been percolating for some time made me take the plunge and cut into my precious Liberty of London fabrics.  I’ve been collecting and hording for about 18 months now, and I know I got some from Purl Soho, but most have come from Alice Caroline Supply on etsy, and a few from Pink Chalk Fabrics.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Madison’s Bowtie

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Starburst block for Sew Buzzy Bee

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this one is for Eileen and is actually the APRIL block.  Eileen provided two tutorials

I’ve had the film in the fridge one bookmarked for a long time (on my someday list) so I felt fairly comfortable with this block.  Except these ladies work the half square from left to right – or is it right to left?  For some reason I had to work mine from the middle out to the edges…

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I ended up in the ER after my last post with some intense neck pain, dizziness, tingly sensation in my face and numbness all down my left side.  scary!  stress-related which has to do with my 9 to 5 and not much worth talking about here – this is my FUN place.  although, the neck pain persisted for nearly a month and made sewing impossible and one of the things I did to help alleviate the pain and my stress was to get more serious about exercising – which is probably something all of us sewers could benefit from.  Have y’all seen the Prancersize lady?  maybe one of us could come up with a Sewersize workout???  :-)   

Special thanks to the Sew Buzzy ladies who haven’t added to my stress at all despite my being so behind in blocks.  :-)  Hope this block fits into Eileen’s quilt smoothly.  The points aren’t perfect and there’s a little bulk in the center, but I think I did a fairly good job of it.  Now I’m off to see how much I can get done for Lindsay today…

Friday, May 10, 2013


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from Canton Village Quilt Works online shop – probably one of the best sources for Kaffe fabric, I purchased some black and whites to add to my stash. 

from Robert Kaufman Night and Day 4 – Contemporary Floral Collection – those feathers, delicious mums and dandelion-like flower fabrics (they don’t seem to be named, only numbered) and the black and white cameras from Boys Toys Collection.

Yara African Fabrics – African Black and White Wildlife.

Timeless Treasures Quilting News and How To Make a Pillowcase.

Jackie processes orders very quickly.  I’ve ordered a number of times from her over the past several years and never been disappointed.  THIS link is to the black and white basics section of her shop – but you really should look around a little while you’re there – especially check out the Kaffe! 

Happy Stashing!

Sunday, May 5, 2013


takes it’s own sweet time…  after nearly a year???  I finally decided how to quilt my niece’s bowtie quilt.  madison's bowtie 015

helped in large part by the purchase of Angela Walter’s book.  I’ve got seaweed fingers reaching to the center of the stop signs and concentric swirly-queues for the ties.

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takes a ton of bobbin thread – I’ve already gone through more than a dozen bobbins. (SO glad I bought a bobbin-winder!!!  I debated long enough in Joann’s to get the sighs of the teen, worried that maybe I was wasting my money, but I’ve used the heck out of that thing.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve used the machine for threading a bobbin since I got it.)

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It might take extra time to quilt this one, but I have my little boy to keep me company…

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Mini for ME!

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I received this little mini quilt this week from Edy in the flick’r group FLiQS!!! Love the butterflies, the green has a vegetable fabric – perfect for me (and I think it’s artichokes, which are very yummy!!!).  There’s a “blah blah blah” in the blues, which cracks me up and I love the thread used for the quilting – it’s rainbow colored, like my mini.  She included some great extras – SEAHORSE FABRIC!!!

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I love the New Mexico fabric – a little of Edy’s world shared with me, but she also sent me a dragonfly card and fabric.  How did she know that I like dragonflies as much as I like seahorses!  This is a picture of the back of my neck…

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and that little orange container – really clever add-on for a quilt swap.  Inside are some sewing machine needles – and now I have the perfect little box to keep my needles in.

and here’s where my first mini lives right now.

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It’s the first mini given to me, so it doesn’t have a lot of friends yet, but mini quilts are FUN to make, so it won’t be alone for long.  It seems to fit quite nicely in this little space on my design wall, and makes me smile, so this is where it will hang for a bit.  This was a thoroughly enjoyable swap – I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to take part in the next round of the Fab Little Quilt Swap. 

Still waiting to see how my mini is received…  feel bad that I got mine in the mail so late – my poor partner is having to watch all the received quilts in the group and probably feeling forgotten.  I hope she’s as happy to get her package as I was to get mine!!! and I hope it gets there before the weekend!!!!