quilt desgin, quilting

I figure I’m about 1/2 way there

Principle: it takes 50 hours to become comfortable with machine quilting it takes 500 hours to become proficient in machine quilting it takes 10,000 hours to become a master machine quilter While the principle comes from a work of fiction (Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell) the essence of the truth remains the… Continue reading I figure I’m about 1/2 way there


Sonora Clever

Didja ever have a moment where you wonder, "why didn't I think of that?"  Well I had one of those moments at 4:00 this morning when Ellen Highsmith Silver author of the book Floorquilts and friend from the quilt cottage.  Ellen is one of the most creative and clever people I know.  I don't think… Continue reading Sonora Clever

Benartex, fabric, quilt shop

Cozy Quilt Shoppe

Saturday my Sweetie & I went to visit family in NJ.  Whilst in NJ there are a couple of requisite stops: 1) Vitamia in Lodi for sausage bread.  We've had sausage bread from other Italian bakeries/pasta makers and it's just not the same.  It's like Italians, sandwiches from my home town in ME, there are… Continue reading Cozy Quilt Shoppe

Benartex, learning, lectures/trunk shows, quilt desgin, quilting, Superior Threads, tutorials

Quilting is a Beautiful & Complicated Art

While I've had the title of today's blog listed as a lecture for a while - the thought has always been that it's a trunk show however after my first (impromtpu) trunk show I'm am now understanding that the trunk show needs a new title and "Quilting is a Beautiful & Complicated Art" is a… Continue reading Quilting is a Beautiful & Complicated Art

Benartex, quilt shows, quilting

It’s really hard sometimes

working on quilts that I can't show you.  I just finished one and sent it off FedEx yesterday to it's owner.  I'm going to start working on one this morning that also needs a quick turn around time.  And over the next two weeks there will be 2 more with very fast turn around times.… Continue reading It’s really hard sometimes

Benartex, quilt desgin, quilting

Bronx Botanical Garden Roses! Roses! Roses

My sweetie and I went to the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx to see the roses yesterday.  What a tremendous display of roses. From the tram stop the roses create quite an impact!  Just beyond the trees is the Bronx River Parkway.  I had no idea the rose garden here is so huge!… Continue reading Bronx Botanical Garden Roses! Roses! Roses

Benartex, cleaning, EQ6, quilt desgin, quilting

Remember this post?

In October 2008 I posted this: https://terificreations.wordpress.com/2008/10/08/keeping-it-real-and-quilt-content/ Pictures of the state of my sewing room at the time.  I knew exactly where everything was and how to get to it easily.  Over time the room has been tidied and added to once again.  It's constant as new quilts and idea's come into being and leave… Continue reading Remember this post?

Aurifil, Benartex, quilt shop, quilt shows, Superior Threads

Lancaster Purchases

The guys who were selling the Radiance fabric by Robert Kaufman purchase the PFD (prepared for dyeing) and dye their own colors.  Actually I think their mom does and they go out to vend.  When Cathy, Julie & I arrived on Thursday at Liberty (where vehicles get parked and the shuttle makes runs back &… Continue reading Lancaster Purchases

quilt desgin, quilting, teaching, Uncategorized

New Printer & Blogs I visit

I arrived home from work last night and was quite surprised and overjoyed to learn that my dear husband purchased this little beauty : A Samsung color laserjet printer so that I can print the patterns I design in EQ6 and now I can print patterns from Benartex! I had no idea this was coming… Continue reading New Printer & Blogs I visit

Benartex, quilt desgin, quilting, Uncategorized

eagerly awaiting the arrival of…

The software and a companion book should be here by the end of the week.  I was so excited last night that I watched a whole bunch of videos at the EQ website!  I stayed up waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too late.  Lacey Hill says it's a plug & play and the video's are hinting at that.  I'll… Continue reading eagerly awaiting the arrival of…