Sunday, December 26, 2010


These are tiaras that I made for my great-granddaughters. The four-year-old said, "This is the most beautiful crown I have ever seen!" Now wouldn't that melt a ggrandma's heart...The designs came from Dainty Stitches. They are very inexpensive and easy to stitch. The big problem was to find a headband that would fit in the small slots. I finally found some that were just right at Dollar General. Now I have some for the next greats. Aren't they beautiful? The dark one are really purple. I also gave them net skirts. They were beautiful princesses.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

A very Merry Christmas to all of you. Last year I made new stockings for all of the family. This year we added Landon, so his is the only stocking that was needed. I am sure that he will look forward to hanging his stocking in the coming years.
Some of last year's stocking were a bit big and I have heard complaints that it takes a lot of items to fill them. I bet some are not complaining...
More pictures after Christmas.

Monday, December 6, 2010

More Blocks from Garden Nouveau

These are my latest two blocks from the Garden Nouveau book by Vicky Lawrence. The tulip block is 12 1/2 x 18 1/2. I am using a Bernina 830 with the jumbo hoop. These blocks can also be completed with the mega hoop. These blocks have multi-hoopings. Anna Aldmon, digitizer, has done an excellent job of providing registration marks for hoopings and has an excellent set of directions. Anna has a website that shows the blocks in a different colorway.
The designs are available for machines that have large hoops.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Block 5 of Garden Noveau Quilts

Anna Aldmon continues to send me digitized blocks to stitchout. This is the fourth block that I have completed. Each block is a shining star and will stand out in a quilt of stars. You will have to get Vicky Lawrence's book, Garden Noveau Quilts, to see the beauty of this quilt.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Second Garden Nouveau Block

This is block 4 in the Garden Nouveau quilt. It is fascinating to watch the designs stitch out. Anna Aldmon has done a terrific job of digitizing the designs. She has the most comprehensive directions that I have used for quilt blocks. Check out my last post for all of the particulars about the quilt and where you can find more information.

Friday, November 19, 2010

New Project

This is a block from my newest project. I am testing the Bernina format (ART) for the digitizer of Vicky Lawrence's Garden Nouveau quilt. Anna Aldmon is the digitizer and has the disks ready for Viking and Pfaff embroidery machines. The hoop can be 200 X 260 or 200 X 360. She said she should have her website available next week but you can
You must purchase Vicky's book to complete the quilt. The embroidery format is in addition to the directions for the quilt. The original quilt is hand applique. I am so excited to try the quilt in machine applique because everyone who knows me knows that "I do not want to touch the needle."
Vicky's quilt is hanging at the Overbrook Quilt Connection. Roxane has the Garden Nouveau books available and also has Anna's embroidery patterns.

Monday, November 8, 2010

15-Minute Table Runner

These are 15-minute table runners that I have made while waiting for an embroidery design to stitch. While Roxane was gone to Houston, she asked me to make one of these for a shop sample. Wow! they are just so easy that I decided they would make great gifts. I showed the Thursday sewing group at the shop and they started making them too. They really can be made in 15 minutes or less.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Design Wall Monday

There are three "quilts-in-progress" on my design wall. The Christmas one is made from the OESD Christmas Collection 3. I have to embroider four designs around the corners by the wreath and then embroider the border. That is what I am doing today. The other is Wild!flowers by Smith Street Designs. I still have to finish the sashing around the blocks. It was supposed to be finished last week. The third one that you cannot see is Montana Log Cabin and I just need a few hours to work on it. Lots to do and time is getting short. Check other posts on Judy's Blog.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Heirloom Christmas Tree Skirt

Bob's Bernina is carrying many different blanks now. One of the items is a Christmas tree skirt that has a cutwork-look to it. I am going to teach this class at the shop and decided to make the tree skirt white-on-white. I am using the designs in the OESD Christmas Collection #3 in addition to another OESD CD entitled Swirls. I washed the blank before working on it so that it would not shrink and pucker when I have to wash out the stabilizer. Then I used Fresh Press to give it some body before embroidery. After all the designs were stitched, I swished it in very warm water before throwing it into the washing machine. With a little more Fresh Press and a lot of ironing, the Christmas tree skirt does, indeed, resemble an heirloom.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Christmas Collection #3

The OESD Christmas Collection #3 has these eight designs that are used in a small quilt. I still have to stitch out the center design and assemble the blocks. I have also been using the designs in a heirloom Christmas tree skirt. I have a few more hours on it before I am ready to call it complete.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Working on a quilt!

I have a class at Overbrook Quilt Connection that is working on Wild!flowers or More Wild!flowers by Smith Street Designs. The quilt blocks are flowers made with machine embroidery. So I have been working on getting the blocks put together into a quilt top. Then I want to layer the top so I can demonstrate how to quilt with the embroidery module. That is what I have been working to complete. So no new pictures or new ideas this week.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cuddly Teddy Bears

Last time I was at the cancer center, they put me in the children's examining room and I would not have recognized it if they hadn't told me. So I am going to spend a little time making some things to make the room more cozy for kids. So I ordered a couple of teddy bears for the room from Great Notions. There is a white one and a brown one and they are cute and cuddly. One says "Superstar" and one says "BFF Best Friends Forever." They are fairly easy to embroider because the body has a zipper and the stuffing can be pulled out. Right now I am thinking about making a kerchief for each one. Then maybe a wall hanging that is bright and cheerful. That room can use lots of work!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Montana Log Cabin

This is the start of a quilt called Montana Log Cabin by Janet Kessler for Benartex. The quilt starts with a silhouette panel and log cabin blocks. It will be a quick and easy throw for someone's Christmas gift. The directions for the quilt can be found on the Benartex site about 2/3 the way down the page. I purchased my panel and fabric at Overbrook Quilt Connection.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

It's Newton Again!

Newton is in the washer for his first bath before being gifted this afternoon. The entire quilt was quilted with my 830 embroidery machine. The blocks and borders are quilted with line quilting designs that I have had for a long time. The sizes were changed to fit the block. The sashing between the blocks is a design I tried to use from the 830. In the end, I put the design in my Designer Plus software and digitized it so I could make it the width and length I needed. My machine worked almost perfectly on this quilt. I am sure the couple of small glitches were operator error and easy fixes. I really love this quilt and hate to give it away. It was a joy to make from start to finish.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Baby Design

In a few week I will get to meet my new great grandson. So I made him some new shirts. The designs came from the Newton Collection of OESD. They are so cute because the designs are only about one inch in size. Yesterday I was busy quilt his Newton quilt. My 830 Bernina is having a fun time with all the work it is doing. I love the jumbo hoop and the new design for tightening the hoop. It just makes hooping so easy. This will be our fourth great, the other three are the cutest girls.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Floral Visions Quilt

This is my floral visions quilt. It is in purples, greens, a smattering of blue, and a soft gray.
I still have four center embroideries to complete. The colors were chosen from the colors in the final border. It was fun to do until I came to the center design. I really struggled to get it centered and had to attempt it several times. I am trying to decide if I want to do another one as a gift and make it for a double bed. A couple of the designs are mine and not part of the original pattern and directions. Floral Visions is a software design package from OESD. You can see the colors and detail better if you click on the photo and make it bigger.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Newton Baby Quilt

This is a baby quilt that I have been working on since yesterday. I purchased part of it as a kit when I saw the fabric while I was in Arizona two or three years ago. Then I ordered more of the fabric online. A new great-grandson is expected this fall, so a new quilt is in order. Newton is the name of the fabric and is the lamb in the panels and the border. OESD, the embroidery company, also put out a collection of Newton embroideries. So I will be adding some designs from that collection. This is a quick quilt and should be completed in a couple of days. The center is sewn but the borders are just stuck to the design wall. You may need to click on the picture to view it in bigger format to see the details.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Anything Holder

This is my anything holder--you can use it for sewing supplies, art supplies, or anything else you might want. It unfolds and inside is three-inch-wide elastic sewn with slots for keeping your supplies. This was the project for the All About Machine Embroidery program at my Bernina dealer. I found the elastic at Hancock's and it has a frilly top--really neat elastic! The design is from OESD's Rose of Sharon Collection. The Bernina USA website has one of these designs to download right now. It was fun to make and would be a great gift for someone who sews.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It's Wild!flowers Again

These are the six embroidered blocks that are in Wild!flowers by Smith Street Designs. I first saw this quilt in an Arizona quiltshop. It is the first embroidery quilt that I truly fell in love with on sight. You can see my quilt here. Tomorrow at the local quilt shop I will be teaching the techniques needed to make this quilt to a class of seven. I know they will really like making this quilt and lead them on a non-stop journey into embroidery.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Floral Visions

This is the Floral Visions quilt that I am working on. It is Crafter's Collection #1 from OESD although I can't find it on the website. I purchased mine at my Bernina dealer. The quilt has nine blocks and five of those are finished. The center block is over-sized and flows into the sashing. OESD has a thread kit for this design, but I have a floral I am using for the border that has purples and a smattering of blue. So my colors are different. I want to see if I would like this as a bigger quilt.

The Christmas Collection from OESD is now available at your dealer. The first set has tree decorations including a beautiful angel. I have not seen the other sets.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Design Wall Monday

I know this is not a wall, but I could not get it to stick to the wall because it was so heavy. The ABC quilt still needs a final border. This quilt is "shocking" red and can cause red dots to appear before your eyes!! I am so glad to have this almost complete. I want to work on a quilt called Floral Visions that I will embroider on my new 830. Happy sewing week!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

ABC Update

The 26 alphabet blocks and the 4 corner blocks are finished. Photos of blocks on my design wall are cumbersome to take because it is right below my stairway. I can't get all of the blocks or take the picture from in front of the blocks. So you get the idea. I do have the sashing cut and have two horizontal rows sewn. This is a busy quilt!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Design Wall Monday

This is Redwork ABC by The Stitch Connection.
The embroidery has been completed for all of the blocks. Now I am sewing the piecing around each of the blocks. I only have 16 more blocks to go! This is my second redwork quilt this summer. I think the next one will have to be bluework or greenwork because I am a bit tired of seeing red. My new 830 and I are getting to know each other as we work on this quilt.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Canada and Alaska Rivers

The streams in Canada and Alaska were very interesting. If the river came from a glacier, it was usually a milky gray. The color comes from the ground-up rock and sediment that is produced as the glacier moves. But some streams are an amazing blue-green that is almost beyond description. This water comes from inside the glacier where the oxygen has been squeezed from it. Then there were streams that were clear and usually came from snow melt. Streams came in all sizes but most of there were huge. My camera just did not catch the true essence of the streams.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

My New Baby

This is my new Bernina 830! I picked it up last Thursday. Bob, of Bob's Bernina, had a retirement party on Saturday and then was going on a trip to Pennsylvania. So I picked it up before he left the store. His plans include working at the store a couple of days a week. I know a lot of people trust him to work on their machines. Mona is the new ower and has her sister, Rose, working at the store. They also are planning to enlarge the store with a classroom next door. It will be fun to have classes with plenty of room.

My friend in Amarillo just purchased a Bernina 630. She is falling in love with her new machine. We plan to do some power sewing soon.

I am sorry to have been off-line so long, but my modem was not working when I got home. So a phone call to the fix-it place was supposed to have one in my hands in 3 to 5 days. It took three more phone calls and 9 days to finally get on-line. Thanks for your patience because my ran out for a while.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Almost Home

Tonight we are at Gunsmoke Campground in Dodge City. We have spent the last seven days at River's End Campground at Taylor Reservoir. It is north of Gunnison, Colorado. Our boys and families were there with their atv's. So we stopped to have a little fun with them before heading home today. They will be home later in the week.

No updates because there was no wifi connection. I did get an email message or two sent from one of the daugher-in-laws Iphones. I think I will have to have one of those before long.

Rex and Elaine have gotten their trailer fixed and are on the road again. We did get a call from them today and they are in Washington state. They are going to attend a wedding there in a week or two. So happy to hear from them.

More news about the trip later in the week. Thanks for making the journey with us.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Still in Montana

Saturday, July 17
We stayed at Dick’s RV in Great Falls, Montana last night. The park is on the river and very nice. With asphalt pads. We did some power buying at WalMart as we were out of fruit and vegetables. We also purchased a soft long-handled brush and some automotive soap. When we got back to the park, we washed the truck and fifth wheel. It really looks nice now that the Alaska mud is gone.
Today we took Highway 89 to Interstate 90. The highway was a scenic route and that was really true. It ran through a narrow valley with a river. There were big bluffs, lots of pines, and clear streams. The views were awesome. We stopped at a turnout and the guys saw one of our tires was separating, so it was time to use the big tools for a job quickly done. Then 50 miles on down the highway, the PressurePro indicated that tire had low pressure, so we stopped and pumped it up. We stopped at a co-op in the next small town and they put in a new valve stem in less than half an hour. It was an interesting stop in a town with a mercantile and two cafes.
Then it was back to big rolling hills beside the Yellowstone River and gigantic wheat fields that are almost ready to harvest. Tonight we are parked at the 7th Ranch RV. We stayed at this park when we were northbound.

Friday, July 16, 2010

The North Country for my Sewing Friends

This is a picture of the back of an aspen leaf. I noticed that the aspen trees had the color of a Russian olive and I just had not remembered that before. So one evening at a campground I looked closely at the leaves. Most of the trees have this pattern. There is a very small moth that looks like a small piece of cottonwood fuzz that blows through the air. Well, the moth lays it eggs on the leaves and then the larva make this pattern as it eats part of the leaf. I decided that it looks just like the stippling that would be on a quilt. All the leaves are different and have interesting patterns.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Monday and Tuesday

7-12 & 7-13
We are working on getting back to the United States. The Yukon Territories and British Columbia seem to be extremely big, especially at 45 mph. Yesterday the biggest news of the day was that Elaine and Rex have plans to solve their problem. The second biggest event was that we saw a brown bear walking along the ditch and I got a picture.

Today is Happy Birthday to me Day! We headed down Highway 37, or the Cassiar Highway. The first few miles were kind of rough and then there was lots of road construction. So it was slow going for about 5 hours. We did stop at the Jade Shop along the way and found out that 90% of the world’s jade is mined from an old asbestos mine in the Cassiar Mountains. After getting to Dease Lake the road became smooth and it was great driving. It was a 300 mile day. Our animal sightings were a small herd of horses in the road and a black bear hurrying up the hillside. I don’t know where all the moose are hiding. The Cassiar Mountains are a new awesome experience at each new turn in the road. There were lots of lakes and they were beautiful blues, but not quite as pretty as Dease Lake.

Venice was so kind to fix me a birthday dinner complete with a birthday cake and candles. She hurried a little with things and the wax on the part of the candles stuck in the cake melted because the cake was still hot. It really didn't matter, it was great cake.

I couldn't get any pictures to upload. Maybe next time.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Saturday and Sunday

7-10 & 7-11
These two days have not been the best ones on the trip. Saturday morning in Valdez, one of the sensors on the trailer tires said we had a low tire. So the day started with changing a tire in the rain. We drove in rain about half the day and when we finally arrived in Tok, it was sunny and mild. We had supper together on the picnic table. Venice had a wonderful angel food care and berry topping dessert--yum!
Sunday dawned rainy and stayed that way for most of the day. From Tok we headed down Highway #1 to Haines Junction. The road was awful. Lot of patches and rough spots. It was impossible to go very fast--not over 45mph tops. After clearing Canadian customs, Rex and Elaine said they had serious problems. They had broken welds on the hitch. They found a RV park just .5 miles down the road and checked in. So after much discussion, unanswered phone calls to their roadside assistance, Excel, and their insurance-- and at their insistence, we left them there to find a fix for their problem. It could take several days or a couple of weeks. So we headed for Haines Junction. The road we were on got even worse than in the morning. So it was slower going for 200 miles. Tonight we are staying at Kluane RV Park in Haines Junction. Nothing special but it has water and electricity. I did not see the elusive Sunday moose…We really miss Rex and Elaine!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Prince William Sound

On Friday, Elaine, Jim, and I got on the Lu Lu Belle about 1PM for a cruise around Prince William Sound. The rest of our crew had gotten up early for a fishing excursion for halibut. We arrived early and decided to sit on the upper deck with Captain Fred. The captain did an excellent job of telling us the history of the Valdez area, the real deal on the Exon Valdez, about the Aleyeska pipeling, the 1984 earthquake, and the natural history of the sound. We left the dock area by going by the fish cannery. The fishermen of the Sound transfer their catch to a bigger boat which brings it into the cannery and it is sucked up by large flexible hoses. We next saw sea otters who were just resting on the water. He put the tip of the boat into a crevice in the rocks to see the nesting area of puffins--one of the items on my Alaska list. We also saw puffins floating in the water. Then it was the seal lions sunning themselves on the rocks. They are not really like in the Sound because they eat so many salmon, but they were put on the endangered species list to protect them!!?? We saw whales--lots and lots of whales and some so very close to the boat. I have some great whale pictures--even one of a blow as they surfaced. Then it was on to look at the Columbia Glacier as it comes out of the Chugach Mountains. The captain took us right through many of the ice chunks. We had a great time and the weather was perfect.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Journey to Valdez

Today we traveled from Palmer through Glennallen and on to Valdez. The drive had awesome views. The mountains are beautiful and seem to go on forever. Mountains are covered with alders and other bushes or much higher and covered with snow. We saw the Matanuska Glacier which is quite close to the road. It averages 2 miles wide and has been stable for 400 years. We also saw the Worthington Glacier as it appeared to flow down from several mountains. The oil pipeline was visible as we headed south to Valdez. We saw two massive falls--Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls--that are beside the highway.
After setting up the trailers at Bear Creek RV, we drove into Valdez to check out a glacier tour for Elaine, Jim, and I. Rex, Jim M, and Venice are going halibut fishing tomorrow. We checked out the dock area and watched fishermen fillet their catch. A bit north of town we checked out a small stream that flowed into Prince William Sound. We saw people catching salmon in the sound as they were headed up to the stream. There were also many eagles, gulls, and sea lions. We were looking for bears but did not see any.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Today we went touring in Anchorage. The weather was warm and partly cloudy. Our first stop was at the visitor center in downtown Anchorage. The flowers all over Alaska are the most beautiful I have ever seen. They hanging baskets are awesome with vibrant color. The visitor center has lots of flowers as well as most of the stores. We chose to take the trolley tour of the city and our driver was Jody. She has lived in Anchorage her entire life and has great pride in the city. This is her last year driving as she will be student teaching next semester. She did a great job and had lots of facts about the city. One of the dates important for the area was the 1964 earthquake that registered over 8 on the Richter scale and the tsunami. One of the stops was at the seaplane part of the airport where they have connected two lakes with two channels that allow the planes to taxi and takeoff. After the tour we stopped at the musk ox cooperative where articles are sold by knitters using the soft hair. We even found a quilt shop in the area. We also stopped at the ulu factory. Ulus are a curved knife that are great for chopping vegetables. Our last stop was the natural history museum.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


On the fourth of July we moved from the Denali area to Homestead RV Park close to Palmer, Alaska. We drove in rain for much of the 200 mile trip. The owners of Homestead are Bill and Cathy, who we met in the park in Arizona. The afternoon was spent getting things set up. We watched eagles below the bluff we are on. Venice has a friend who lives in Wasilla, so they were off to visit with her.
July fifth is Rex’s birthday. This morning Elaine and I checked on the lowlands and saw a moose taking a nap. We spent time watching him and taking pictures. I baked some cupcakes and then Venice’s friend took us all on a tour. We went up Hatcher Pass and stopped at a resort for some tea and coffee. The stream beside the road was beautiful with many huge rocks. The mountain sides were covered with alders. We also saw fiddle ferns. After a little lunch we headed for Cook’s Inlet. The inlet has miles of mud flats when the tide is out. It was very windy and rough on the water today. We stopped at Indian Valley Meats. They take people’s fish or wild game and fix it however they want. They can smoke it or make jerky from it. It was a very interesting place. Our last event of the day was a drive-by of Sarah Palin’s house in Wasilla. Then it was back to camp to frost the cupcakes, make some ice cream, and have a birthday party for Rex. It was another fun day.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Denali National Park

July 3, 2010
The alarm went off at 4:30 a.m. because we had reservations for a 6:00 a.m. bus tour. It really did not seem like 5:15 when we left our RV’s because it was so light. The first highlight of the day was the moose and baby that were right outside the parking lot. That was a real treat. We didn’t see much wildlife until a couple of hours into our trip. Then we stopped to watch the Dall Sheep on the mountain ridge on the right side of the bus and the caribou in the river bed on the left side of the bus. After that we saw lots of sheep on the high mountains and more caribou. We were almost to our turnaround at the Eielson Visitor Center when we saw a momma grizzly bear and her big cubs. They were grazing on grass on the meadow. We saw them again on the return trip and they were napping on the hillside. We saw another set of grizzlies further down the road and they were grazing. We also saw a golden eagle. The sad part of the tour was that Denali Mountain or Mount McKinley--whichever name you want to use--was in the clouds today. We were back home by about 3 p.m. and it rained the rest of the day.

The area is a favorite of hikers and backpackers. When they are back to the road any of the buses will pick them up and take them back to the park headquarters. We picked up a 20ish young man who had been in the wilderness for 5 days. The national parks are also a favorite for foreign travelers. We had people from New Zealand, Germany, Korea, and Sweden.
The first picture is an Alaskan sunrise! The second is a picture from the bus as we drove above a valley in Denali Park.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Sled Dogs

July 2, 2010
Today we moved near Denali Park. We toured the park as far as they would allow personal vehicles to drive. Then we stopped an dropped in at the Denali Park Kennels where they raise, train, and use sled dogs. Most of the employees of the kennels are young women. We heard a presentation about the dogs, their training and use in the park. They they brought out the “summer sled” and hooked five dogs to it. As soon as the first dog was taken to the sled, all of the dogs barked and howled because they wanted to be the ones chosen. When all the dogs were in their harness, they were off like a shot--they ran like the wind. They came around an oval that put them back before the audience and then the trainer answered questions. It was a great event.

The Alaskan Pipeline

July 1,2010
Yesterday we checked out the Trans Alaska Pipeline System near Fairbanks. Oil was discovered in 1968 in Prudhoe Bay in northern Alaska. Pipeline construction began in March 1975 and was finished in June 1977. Crude Oil began flowing on June 20 of that year and the first tanker was filled at Valdez on August 1. The 48-inch diameter steel pipeline runs 800 miles and crosses three mountain ranges and 800 rivers or streams. Because of the permafrost large segments of the pipeline were elevated above ground to keep the permafrost from melting. More than 16 billion barrels have moved through the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. Alaska supplies nearly 14% of the United States’ domestic crude oil production. Over 19,000 oil tankers have been loaded at Valdez. The Marine Terminal cost $1.4 billion to build, covers 1,000 acres, and includes 18 oil storage tanks with a capacity of 9 million barrels.
I thought maybe you would like the little board that was posted at the pipeline sight about sunrise and sunset.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Today is Tuesday, June 29 and our 20th day of travel. We drove from Tok to Fairbanks on Highway 2 in a gentle rain.. The highway today was excellent and took us in a NNW direction. We left Tok at about 7 a.m. and got to Fairbanks at about 2 p.m. Today we saw several moose, one with a baby. We did stop at North Pole, Alaska and have a little chat with Santa. After that we had our first look at the Alaska Pipeline as it crossed a river. We went to Pioneer Village for a Salmon Bake this evening. We had prime rib, salmon, halibut, and cod with all the trimmings and dessert. We then walked around the village and saw many different antiques.