I’ve been using my Pfaff Passport pretty exclusively since I got it last October.  My first ever sewing machine was a Pfaff and I think I’m just a Pfaff gal.  I love the IDT and the precision built into the machine.  I couldn’t really justify buying yet another machine because I had two I wasn’t using at all – the Janome 3160 and the Janome Horizon 7700.  I decided it was time to let those go and see what the future holds.

I put a couple ads out on Craigslist and a lady called me late last week.  The lady and her friend came out on Saturday to look at the 3160 for her grand daughter and the 7700 for herself.  Then she mentioned she would have to sell her Pfaff QE 4.0 before she could buy my 7700.  Well, well… I asked if she would be interested in a trade and we then went off to her house to look at the Pfaff.  It was in pristine condition.  She told me she only bought it last year and used it for 1 project.  I believe it!  So my machines are much older and much more broken in, so I said I’d trade her both machines for her Pfaff.  She wanted to talk it over with her husband and think about it.  No problem.  It was out of the box thinking for sure doing a barter deal. Well this all happened in the morning and by 5:30 she called me and we did the swap.  I feel like it was win-win.  Everyone walked away happy and no money changed hands.

My new Pfaff 4.0

I’ve been non-stop sewing on my new baby and I love her.   I did purchase the new Perfect 1/4″ foot by Pfaff and some additional bobbins.  She still has to find the knee lift for me, but I haven’t really missed it, since this machine has the hover foot capability.  I ordered an insert for her yesterday and I’ll be dropping her right into my table.  I even FMQ’d with her and she did brilliantly.  It’s only a 10″ machine vs. the 11″ on the Horizon, but I don’t notice the difference as much.  Plus I’ll be doing most of my FMQ on my Sweet Sixteen.

Over the border

I pulled out a WIP that I’ve been working on and finished the blocks up…still borders to do, but I love how she handled.  A little fussy at the heaviest of seams, but not so bad as I guided the fabric through.  I’m already thinking – How will I quilt this one?  It still needs borders, so it will be a minute yet before it gets quilted.

New chair

Also got a new chair.  My favorite LQS is selling these and I had to have one.  I’m loving my new chair.  It’s much smaller and firmer.  My back has been complaining a lot less with this chair.


The next in the Jo’s Little Women quilts is done.

Watson - Jo\'s Little Women club 13

I’m really getting the hang of this small stipple.  Let’s just say you may see this on a lot of quilts going forward as it’s easy.  It’s also really gratifying to get it done and have it look so nice.  I did quite a bit of stitch in a ditch and it really came out nice and very square.

Watson - Jo\'s Little Women club 13

Quilted in So Fine on my Sweet Sixteen.  Love my TruStitch…it makes such lovely stitches.

Watson - Jo\'s Little Women club 13

Watson - Jo\'s Little Women club 13

It is only about 12 x 17, so a fat quarter for the backing was all that was needed.



9-Patch Chain

So this month is our first Jo’s Little Women series 13 quilt.  These ended up being 1 inch finished squares, but all in all it went together very fast.  13.5″ square in total.

Jo\'s quilt Journey 13 9-Patch Chain

Then I decided to get the quilting done.

Close up of quilting 9-Patch quilt.  On top quilted it with Superior Kimono Silk in Pagoda.  Did all the small stipple freehand and love how it turned out.

And first I ditched and then a tiny stipple with Superior Silk 100wt Kimono – Pagoda color.

Quilting Back of Jo\'s 9-Patch

The back…didn’t this turn out lovely!  I broke the rules and did glide on the back in Khaki.

Jo\'s 9 Patch Chain quilt

I did the single-fold binding first time and I love it!  Even though this was just a small project.  It really boosted my confidence with my Sweet Sixteen. I’m itching to quilt the next one.



Carmel Corn

Carmel Corn is a Jo Morton pattern for the last Little Women club, which we’re wrapping up this month.  I still have one more quilt to make. For this one though, I hand appliqued all the circles and then put it together by machine.

Carmel Corn - Jo Morton

This isn’t very large.  I think a fat quarter will work for backing.

This is what it looked like when I was working on it, before putting it altogether.  it was quite a project and I found out I really like hand applique.

Jo\'s Hand Applique


No this is not a April’s Fool’s joke… I finally have my very own Ishbel.  This is in Miss Bab’s Yummy and I may have about 10 yards yet.  The color was Violette. 

Ishbel in Miss Bab\'s Violette

I should remark that this yarn bled a lot… I had to rinse it and rinse it.  I finally added vinegar to the mix and let it sit.  It helped, but I think it will still bleed quite a bit when it needs re-blocking.  This leads me to a dilemma because I have another shawl done – Color Affection in Miss Bab’s yarn that needs blocks.  I seriously don’t recall if I soaked the brown before I knit it or not, so I’m going to have to be careful I don’t end up with a mess.

Ishbel in Miss Bab\'s Violette
After years of picking out yarn and going – this is Ishbel…I finally made Ishbel.

River\'s Edge Fiber
I’ve also been doing a smattering of stashing.  I think this long winter has gotten to me and I want color, color, color… especially pink!  I’m so glad April is here…bring on the showers, for some May flowers.  The more color the better this year.
Friends in Fiber
Friends in Fiber

Art Quilting

A couple Friday’s ago my friend Cindy and I went to a fabulous art quilt class by Lenore Crawford put on by Illinois Quilters Inc.

Art Quilting - Class with Lenore Crawford

The guild did a fabulous job and all the lades were very friendly.  Lenore was a wonderful instructor.  It was a great class… broken down in easy step-by-step instructions, which was so helpful.  She also showed how to use your own photo to make up a pattern.  I’d love a longer class with Lenore, she was full of so much art & art quilting wisdom.

Art Class with Lenore Crawford

I’m doing Lenore’s poppies pattern.  However, I bought several of her patterns,  paints, and accessories to play with in the not too distant future.  I’m already plotting my own photos and patterns to try.  I think I finally found my art quilting way.

Keeping Up With The Quilting

I have been keeping up with the quilting around here…almost.

March Four Star General Blocks
February Four Star General Blocks

I am up to date with my Four Star General Blocks.  I still have setting to do though and those maybe ugly.

Civil War Sampler Blocks

I am also up to date with my Civil War Sampler blocks.  I’m leaning toward the on-point setting on the cover of the book.  We’ll see if that will get done.

I’ve got lots to talk about, so stay turned for more posts this week.


Lucky Stars

Well this is a blast from the past.  This was the second quilting class I took.  It wasn’t difficult, but for some reason got put away to be a UFO.  Well no more… here she is all finished.  It’s been moved to my To Be Quilted Pile.

This pattern is Lucky Stars by Atkinson Designs.  I love their patterns.  They are so well written.  I did mine in 20 different batiks and Moda grunge white.

Lucky Stars
I’m thinking just an all over pattern with neutral or white Glide thread. I have a white batting and a batik backing for it.  It’s so colorful, I’m really stuck on a good thread for this one.  I’ll need to think and do some research.

So at the end of 2013, I did inventory and have to start working the numbers down.  The two big numbers were UFO – Needs Piecing and UFO’s -  needs quilting.  So here’s the numbers as they currently stand.

  • UFO’s Piecing – 21
  • UFO’s Quilting – 23

This doesn’t take into account current blocks of the month.  These are just old past projects that I need to get done.



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