a little pick me up

I’m still in a funk… not getting enough crafty time on and my projects stare at me forlornly.

I am still knitting a row a day on my shawl, Orient Express. I’m on row 117. It ends at 189 but then there are borders I’ll need to learn how to do. I hoped to get this done by December. At the rate I’m going that will probably not happen. but that’s ok. The rows are long now and I find it hard to do more than a row a day.

I am still xstitching on Gamer… I am finishing up another diagonal and will be switching back to my MFE 2022 SAL. I won’t be joining the SAL next year. I plan to be more focused on my projects and make sure I’m working on something I enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, I like it but I am not in love with it. I admire my friends who started and put it away when they decided they didn’t care for it. One just never knows with a mystery if one will love it.


I finally got my Provence quilt under the Q20 needle and I should be quilting on it but I haven’t gotten it back in my schedule and my weekends have been full.

Provence – half quilted

My featherweight sisters and I have been on the lookout for a while/celery featherweight since one of us scored one several weeks ago at the Pasadena flea market. I’ve found several way above my price point. But one found it’s way home to me this past weekend.

Introducing my new to me vintage machine-

Featherweight Singer 221 in white/celery

I am so thrilled. I’m still thinking of a name.

I have several vintage machines I’ve collected over the years and I don’t think I’ve introduced them all yet. I introduced my first featherweight several years ago – a black one born in 1952 and I called her Lola which means grandma in Pilipino.

But the other 3 are more recent additions in the last 3 years. I have a treadle, a hand crank and a mid century machine. All three need to be cleaned and restored. For now I simply store them in my house as is. The hubby is none too thrilled. But I love them so 🤷🏽‍♀️.

And this came home with me as well

Vintage Spinning Wheel

I’m not a spinner. But I love vintage crafty things on display at my house. It would be great if I could use it too. I’m not yet sure if it’s usable but I’ve got quite a few spinner friends who are willing to teach me.

Hugs and here’s to another quilty week.

Stay crafty friends,


a little crafty depression

I’m a little depressed about how many WIPs and UFOs I have. And there are so many things I want to do. Not to mention all the new projects being planned for upcoming guild workshops and friend quilt-a-longs. There is not enough time and so much to do.

Yesterday I was basting Provence. It was so big, I had a hard time getting it together and evened out. I usually spray baste but it was unwieldy. So first I laid it out on the floor and started pinning. I hate pin basting. One side came up short. I thought, it can’t really be short I must have pin basted a ton of puckers on the back. I did. So then I took it to my iron and took out pins on half of one side and proceeded to spray baste the back and the front. Normally I just do the front and once all that is done I do the back. I’m not sure what got into me but I decided to do both from and back. I think I just forgot since it’s been so long since I’ve basted.

It was hot and I was having a hard time. Halfway through I decided to just do the front. But I was short again! This could not be right. I probably didn’t fix those puckers well enough. So I turned the quilt over and started again. This time only spray basting the back. I got to the other side and it was still short. So… yes there were puckers but not enough to fix the short side. That was 6 hours of work. Doing something that normally takes me 2. I was very depressed because nothing I wanted to do got done.

I sat on the floor and stared up into my lovely fabric stash. But I didn’t see the loveliness and my mood did not improve. All I saw was every single WIP and UFO that was sitting on the floor and in my shelves. I thought it would make me feel better if I wrote it all down. Lists generally help calm my mind when anxiety starts to kick in. It didn’t help me this time around. It got worse. I left my sewing room and watched tv with the hubby before heading off to bed.

Please tell me I’m not the only one.

Slightly coocoo,


September 2022

Life is starting to get back into busy mode. I have to remind myself to take things slow as I am a process crafter. For the most part at least.

This month my goal is to finish Provence. I am almost done with the back. it’s the right width now and I need about 30” to make it the right height. I still have to measure it and figure it out.

Provence – completed top…

I’m also starting two maybe three new quilts. I’m part of my local quilt guild and I support it by attending all the workshops. I encourage all my friends to go with me so we usually fill 6 spots or so. This month Dora Carey of Orange Dot Quilts will be teaching ‘Arabesque’. So I’ll be starting that. I pulled fabric for it yesterday but I’m not exactly thrilled with my selection. I love all the fabric but I’m not sure if this quilt is the right choice. I have to figure this out pretty quick as the workshop is in a couple weeks and we have homework.

The second quilt is a disappearing 9 patch sew along that one of my friends is hosting for our guild. I’ve always wanted to do one of these and just haven’t gotten around to it. So I get to support my friend and finally get around to doing a disappearing 9 patch.

The possible third quilt is Tula’s Butterfly Quilt that took over social media several months ago. The kit finally came in and I just want to dive into all those pretty fabric. This is the only thing I truly want to work on.

I know… I have too many quilts starting and I still have several finished tops that need to be quilted. I’m a little down about the amount of WIPs I’ve got. I started a bunch this year because of my guilds workshops and I already have my retreat projects that I only work on at retreats. I think I need to go over my list of projects and start planning my upcoming crafty goals. It’s starting to get to the end of the year and reviewing what I’ve finished and what I still got to do always make me feel better about ny crafting state.

Stay crafty friends and don’t let the WIPs and UFOs overwhelm you!


Getting into a groove

Lately I’ve been getting into a groove.

Every day I do a row on this knitting project. I’m just about halfway through the project and it will take another 6 weeks or so to finish but a row a day will get me a finished project in a few weeks.

The Orient Express Shawl

Every day I do about 100 stitches on this cross stitch project.

Gamer – current progress

I go back and forth between Gamer and this one every week. Right now that’s enough.

Modern Folk Embroidery SAL 2022

For quilting, I’ve been working on my BOM- Plum Fusion. I love these colors. We are getting close to the end of the month and I’m about 3 pages behind, page 18, 19, and 20. Page 18 is almost done… I just have to square up these blocks to 12.5”.

these are squared up. I have a handful left to do.

I’m also trying to finish a quilt for the September meeting. It’s probably not going to happen. I am piecing a back and it’s not yet done. most of it is but it’s not done and so I can’t baste and can’t quilt. This project seems to be a weekend project and my weekends are booked solid. I try to do a little after work on the weekdays but I find I’m too tired for that kind of effort.

And I’m also working on some hand stitching. I have these ornaments that I’ve been on and off again working on since last December (2021). I’ve got all the wool blanket stitched down and now I’m playing with the embroidery and some beading. I’ve also got together with some of my hand stitched enthusiasts and are doing a sampler of sorts of embroidery stitches. I’m well behind the others. I really need to do 2-3 a day and eventually I’ll catch up but it’s the last thing on my list and I often don’t get to it.

Well that’s where I am with my crafting. Every day with a little bit of progress brings me joy.

Stay crafty friends


Just checking in…

Soon after my last post I got Covid. It sucked. I had it worse than a lot of people I know but not bad enough to go to the hospital. I guess it’s a mild case but it sure did not feel mild. It’s been several weeks and I still feel very tired and I have to take things slow. Some moments my energy levels are at my old self and I want to do everything. Other moments I just am so tired all I can do is lie in bed.

Anyway it’s put a dent on all my crafting. My goal of finishing something every month could not be completed. I’m behind on my BOM – plum fusion. But I’ve done a bit of knitting, some cross stitch and some hand work.

I’ve never been really sick before. I’m a pretty healthy person. I’ve never had the flu and I thought I’d be fine when I finally got the Vid. I was very surprised at how it hit me and I’m grateful it wasn’t worse.

I think we will all get it at some point. For now I’m masking up and trying to avoid getting it twice.

Stay safe,


Stitch Club

Sample project from the instructor

I love my LQS. I’m lucky to have several near me. At least 4. My favorite, the one I refer to when I saw MY LQS is Quilt Emporium in Woodland Hills. It’s not the one closest to me now but that’s because I moved. When I lived in the west side of the San Fernando Valley, Quilt Emporium was the closest one to me. I took my first quilt class there (with the previous owner) and I’ve watched them change hands, expand their fabric selection, etc. etc. They are wonderful, welcoming people.

In May, they sent an email with upcoming classes and one of them was for “Stitch Club”. Stitch Club is a hand embroidery class and the first sessions were in June and on a weekday. I emailed them and explained that me (and several of my quilt buddies) would love to take the class. But, at least 2 of us still work and would not be able to do weekday classes. Not to mention that we were fully, overwhelmingly booked in June. So Lisa, the proprietor, worked with our calendars to find a Saturday in July that worked. That was today. We had so much fun.

more samples from the instructor

The club is not like how most classes are with a project that we learn and work on in class. We each emailed the instructor our ideas of what we wanted to do and she went from there. Today was mostly an introduction of her talking about thread, needles, hoops, etc. And there were new to embroidery people and more experienced people who knew what to do and just love being with other hand embroidery people. I fall somewhere in between. I’m not new but I am not an expert.

I brought an ornament project that I bought last December during the shops holiday event and my goal is to work on hand embroidery WIPs and once they are done, work on the kits I have.

Here’s my list of projects so I have it somewhere:

  • Ornaments (WIP)
  • Rainbow Garden (WIP)
  • Prairie Days (WIP)
  • Simple Days (WIP)
  • Rusty Crow Mat (kit)
  • Crazy Christmas Quilt (Kit)

And one day, I want to work on something from Sue Spargo and Laura Wasilowski.

I’m excited and I had a great time at today’s class.

How do you bring your stuff to class? I don’t want to forget anything so I usually have all the stuff for a thing in a bag and when I want to work or bring that project, I just grab that bag. Because I do not embroider as often as I want to outside of my house, I just took the project bag, my hand quilting bag, 2 plastic bins which carry my hand applique supplies. I just didn’t know what I needed exactly and didn’t want to be without. Well, as always, I did forget something – a small embroidery scissors. Luckily my applique bins had a whole bunch of scissors to use.

So, here’s my list as it stands now of what I need for The Stitch Club –

  • the project
  • thread, floss, etc.
  • #24 chenille needles
  • magnetic pin cup – to hold my needles while I’m working as well as a cup to catch all the ORTs. I found a great definition of what an ORT is here.
  • embroidery scissors
  • finger cot
  • thimble

Happy Crafting!


Rippity Doo Dah

Another small finish! This was pretty much done. It was quilted in 2020 or 2021. This was started at a guild workshop in 2016 or 2017. It’s an Amy Bradley Design and I finished the top pretty quickly. I set it in my to be quilted bag and I think quilted a bunch of the small stuff in 2020 or 2021. Then it sat without a binding or a label until now.

I’m thrilled to be knocking off some finishes, even small ones. But the next one is a big one and I need to get going on it if I want it finished in time for my guild’s August meeting. Wish me luck.


Hawaiian mini quilt

24” x 24” square

This was a UFO. I started this at a class at PIQF in 2013. It is needle turned, machine quilted. I picked it up at the beginning of the pandemic and finished applique’ing it. Then set it aside. One of my goals this year is to finish something to share at my guild meeting each month. This was what I finished and shared this month.

I have several tops that are done and just need to be quilted, bound, and labeled. And they take up so much room. I do not know if I have enough for the rest of the year (I haven’t counted them). But if I get these all quilted and the year is not yet done, I’m ok with that.

I have a strong desire right now to clear my craft room and finish things.

A finish

Southern CA quilt run used to have 40 shops participate in the annual shop hop. It would take the full 2 weeks quickly hopping from shop to shop to finish. Now not so much. In 2012 or 2014, the theme was mysteries or something like that. Each area (there are 4) had a mystery quilt. Each shop gave a clue and when you completed an area you got the final instructions. You could also buy a kit to complete the clue. I think this was Area 2 and I didn’t get the final clue. I bought a kit at each shop and finally over the last several years worked through each kit until I had all the blocks made. At one retreat, my fellow retreaters helped me put it together as best as possible without the final clue or instructions. This is what we came up with. and finally this year I quilted and finished this up.

I’m working my way through my finished tops this year and hope to clear out that spot in my craft room!

Stay crafting friends!


Taking a break

My life has been a whirlwind recently and I’m finally forced to shut down. We got back from Florida last week and I’ve been on catch up mode for work and all my self-imposed tasks. In addition, I’ve been preparing for upcoming commitments. My mental and emotional state finally said enough with this and I’ve decided to back off those things that won’t matter too much. Like a guild workshop I’m supposed to attend today.

A Pomegranate!

I can’t back off my garden! I’ve been spending evenings watering, picking, watching and it’s given me such solace over these hectic times of mine. There’s so much to do right now for it. As our temperatures rise I won’t be able to do much but there’s always planning for fall.

Above is my first pomegranate baby. One of my mom’s friends gave me this. From what I understand, she had this in a pot for 10 years and it hadn’t given fruit. She finally decided to let it go. I got it earlier this year and transplanted it to this planter. And now I have a baby fruit! I think it needed space to stretch its roots.


I’m using strawberries as my ground cover now and it’s a contest between me, pillbugs and whatever bugs right now. I’m able to pick 1-3 strawberries a day! I have a strawberry tower that I started last year and it’s doing fine. The patch I started earlier this year and I’ve slowly added strawberries to increase it’s space. It’s really slow because I’m busy with other stuff and can only do so much at a time. I’m hoping as it gets established I’ll be able to supply myself with as much strawberries I want! I’ll get a bunch of bare roots in the fall and plant more for next year.

I’ve also signed up for a permaculture course in the fall and I’m excited about that. There is stuff on YouTube but not a lot of urban permaculture which is what I want to focus on. I’ve also been taking classes at Theodore Payne which focuses on CA Natives so I’d like to incorporate that as well. I can see my life getting busier once that starts and my crafting time is what will suffer. Unfortunately, I still need to work and pay the bills. So I can’t spend less time on that front.

Stay crafty!