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Snippet. Snippet good.

Make your sewing life even easier! See that little scissor button on my Janome 9400? I use it. ALL. THE. TIME. It’s become a muscle memory for my hand and I never need snips to cut threads at the machine anymore thanks to this handy little button.

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Unplugged and plugging in

Huh?  First, getting unplugged If you’ve been reading this blog, you may remember a few weeks before Christmas I was feeling a little lost, lonely, and out of sorts. The transition from our permanent home in Virginia to the West Coast was wearing me down and I felt

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Making perfection even more perfect

I’ve been sewing on Janome machines for over five years now. There are so many fabulous features to love about these high-precision yet user-friendly machines. These machines are without a doubt workhorses, yet they handle the most delicate and intricate of stitches with impeccable accuracy. (You can

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Treat yourself to a little treat!

How about a gorgeous, new design roll to start your year off right? I’m very excited my new line of SOLID-ISH fabrics, by Timeless Treasures, is available FOR A VERY LIMITED TIME in a design roll! These fab strip bundles come with 40 – 2 1/2″ strips

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Diddle, diddle dumplings

With the rain and wind howling, the boys and I were craving some good old fashioned comfort food. My Dad’s favorite dish was my Mom’s homemade dumplings. My Mom had tried to teach me how to make them and I had watched her a hundred times over

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It’s all about perspective

Having grown up in Ohio and living most of my life east of the Mississippi, I had never truly experienced drought until we began our transition moving from the east coast to the west coast last October. For many months Southern California has been experiencing extreme drought

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Welcome 2018

Happy New Year!  I love and enjoy every moment of the holidays but I’m always ready to greet each new year with enthusiasm and expectation. 2018 is full of promise. I gave up making new year’s resolutions years ago and instead adopted the “One Word” concept. Each

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A cup of lonely

Christmas is a week away. Most everyone is caught up in the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations. On television or my social media feed, I am bombarded with images of people smiling, laughing, and everyone is happy and joyful as they are surrounded by friends and

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Time to savor

Last year my teaching and travel schedule had me running right up until the end of the year. This year, I planned some much needed “down time” following the marathon of teaching at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in late October/early November. With our partial transition

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A nod to Helen

When I became a quilter in 1991, one of the first things I did in my enthusiasm to embrace the craft was to subscribe to Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine. When each issue arrived, I would pour through every page with my eyes wide with wonder and excitement. In

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About Birgit

Wherever I go, I am asked about the exquisite machine quilting on my quilts. I’m happy to share with you that most of my quilts have been expertly quilted by the internationally award winning quilt artist, Birgit Schüller! Read more