The Rooster?


I'm passionate about quilting. Hobbies come and go, but this one has stuck. I would like (I think) wood working, but I spend too much time quilting to try! I'm also in my 32nd year of a career in education. Love music, cooking, reading, watching good movies with my sweetie, and loving on our dogs.
March Madness???
3/5/2014

Ok. I should be inspiring you all, I know. Honestly, I'm pooped! After my weekend marathon quilting and non stop business at work, vet visits, meetings...it's just time to rest for an evening.

Four quilts are off to their owner, and I am pleased with all results.

I'm pumped that my friend, RD, made a large board template holder for my pantograph boards. I nearly loaded a quilt and got started. We sat and visited with RD and Lou for a bit, I baked some muffins, ate one, and now I think I'll just turn in for the evening.

Take care of yourselves! It is fine to go, go, go, but it is of the utmost importance that you get some rest. I'm looking forward to a long winter's nap tonight, and I plan to get home tomorrow afternoon and work on a project or two and get ready for our monthly quilt guild lock-in this Saturday. Have a restful night! Seweet Dreams! (Yes, pronounced so-eat. Get it? Sew?...:)
The Perspective of an Inch
3/3/2014

I've been marathon quilting on the long arm. (By the way, I named my long arm machine Maggie Ailene after my grandmother and mother.) So, Maggie Ailene and I were quilting our 4th quilt since Friday evening and I realized just how tired I was. I was also getting a little warm, so I kicked off my shoes and quilted in my barefeet.

Maggie Ailene seemed to purr right along. The quilting felt better. I thought, "Wow, what a difference an inch makes!" I quilted a long busy row of leaves, swirls, and daisies.

I thought about our lives, and how if only we'd take time to see things from different perspectives, things might be clearer to us. We might understand issues better. We might be more accepting of those around us. Wow. A difference of perspective of only an inch. The next time I'm faced with a difficult decision or a challenge, I am going to remember the perspective of an inch.

I stopped for a moment to watch/listen to the Voice and write a bit. I'll head back to the quilt room (studio???) and finish that last row of the 4th quilt. I'll get it trimmed up and the lot sent to the quilt shop tomorrow. Ah, a task well done, if I say so myself.

Enjoy your relationships, hug those you

In the Beginning

3/2/2014

My wonderful mother, pictured here at a picnic from a few years ago, instilled in me a love of cooking, quilting, and preserving my heritage. As a child I often watched her sew dresses and items for her nieces or other people.

Through the years, several other women were instrumental in leading me to a love of quilting.

I began piecing and quilting 19 years ago. I bought a Thimbleberries book and fell in love. I made a table top quilt by looking at the picture in the book. It turned out decently enough for my first quilt. I stitched in the ditch, and I did my darndest to bind that thing with that pre-packaged binding. It didn't take me long to realize there was a better way. So I did some self-teaching, reading, visiting quilt shops, and became a quilter.

I quilted on my Husqvarna Viking for years. I finally bought a long arm seven months ago. I haven't stopped quilting since. Piecing, well, I still try to do some of my own. I haven't even quilted anything for me yet. Oh well, the time will come. I did quilt my wife's nice Christmas quilt for her.

I'm still working full time as an Assistant Principal, so this quilting has to be done at night. I'm in for the long haul and plan for this to be my new career once retired from education.

See the long arm quilting page for info on my prices. I am posting the patterns as quickly as I can. The ones posted right now are .02 cents per square inch. I have many other patterns not posted here yet.

I encourage you to keep stitching! Keep on doing what you love to do, whatever that may be.

My mom died on November 3, 2013, and there isn't a day goes by that she isn't guiding me as I piece, choose fabric, look at patterns, or quilt. (Or in the kitchen cooking!) Make time each day for those you love!

May your bobbins always be full and your stitches secure!

Scrappy Rooster





























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