Monthly Archives: October 2012

Randomly Generated Winner and A Carpenter’s Wheel

This was the best giveaway ever. Lots of good news y’all shared. Totally fun!!! Thank you all for participating.

True Random Number Generator

Min: 1

Max: 39



Kathy Boehm you win the gallon ziplock bag of my nicely sized CW backgrounds/shirting scraps!!  Your good news – you had a wedding in the family this past weekend.  Congratulations! Send me your mailing address and I’ll get these out to as soon as possible.

This came in the mail a few days ago from Siobhan of Scraps and Threadtales. Its an old block (oh… i forgot to ask the dating) she picked up while away at the American Quilt Study Seminar. Fun part of the story…

Sio posted about the block here and of course I commented on how neat it was. Then it shows up in my mailbox. It must have been on its way when she did that blog post.

So that happened and today we all wish the best for our friends and family in the path of Sandy!


One day, in a galaxy, far, far away… and not so long ago I was hanging out and chatting with a friend. I don’t even know what we were talking about but the above quilt came up. Specifically the focus was on the wide binding. I was intrigued. “Wide binding” I thought.  “What must that do to the quilt visually?” I had to see it! I asked if she would bring it to Sit-and-Sew.

Gosh what a charming quilt. It’s all snuggly and just the right colorway.  Wide binding really works on the right quilt. It adds the perfect element of interest here. It’s not too much. It’s not bulky. It catches your eye but in an ever so subtle way. It works well here balanced with the inner border. Classic lines. I thought you might appreciate seeing this.  Possibly you haven’t thought of this before or maybe you have? Maybe you’ll think of giving this a try?

The math is a 6″ wide cut for your binding and fold in half. Sew to the quilt with a 1″ seam, apply as usual.  That’s the ticket to make it work. One inch!


While we’re on the subject of binding, I’ve taken up the tip from Debbie (click here) for basting your binding in place.  I can tell already this is going to be easier on my hands which brings me to….

The Good News. I’m really starting to recover the wrist strain. Yeah!!! Cutting is still painful and I’m not up to speed yet but by golly I can do a bit of machine sewing and hand-piecing. So I’m about off restriction and ready to be let loose on y’all. How about you, have any good news to share? I’m gonna random generate a number and grab a gallon ziplock bag of my nicely sized CW backgrounds/shirting scraps for you if you care to share some good news. I don’t know how long until I pull that number but maybe a few days.


Nice to be here with you, sharing and close to all healed up!

There’s an App for that!!!

Guess what nifty thing I found thanks to the advice of others? I found an app that will allow me to talk and it will translate my words into text.  This way I can chat with you hands free. I think this will speed up the healing process since using the keyboard is just not a good thing to do right now. If you are interested in what I’m using it’s called Dragon its here.

During the past couple of weeks I have had lots of time to review things are around here. Projects for instance. I am going to take this one apart. At least somewhat.

I’ve decided I’m going to take the setting triangles away and choose another color. This red is not doing it for me. It needs something with more life!

I started this craft project. It is a Christmas Tree made from book pages. The more detailed directions are located here. You might find this enjoyable. I found this project on Pinterest. It was (psychologically) difficult to cut into a book. It was even more difficult to select a book for the scaffold. (I will just mention this was not the best project for my wrist. I did not think through how to tear apart the book pages.) I just used my hands and started tearing. I should have used a tool to cut the pages out. Ouch. I re-strained my wrist.

I have of course been reading and filing papers and doing all sorts of other things to occupy my time. I actually have come to enjoy my mornings where I find myself writing in my journal regularly.

I made a couple of cards just doodling and little notes sent out to my friends. I also made a great card for my mom but neglected to take a photo of it. It was her birthday and she loved it!

These are some of the patterns I have been looking at for enjoyment.

This one is out of Better Homes and Gardens, quilt-lovers favorites from American Patchwork and Quilting, Volume 10. I thought this is an excellent use of toile.

This one in particular caught my eye because of the use of Kansas Troubles fabric. I have thought I had fallen in love and out of love with this fabric. When  Inklingo came out with the Rose Dream block I immediately fell back in love with my Kansas troubles fabric. Now, seeing the fabric in this setting, I realize I probably never fell out of love with that fabric. It is very much Karen.

There are others of course, other patterns and other things to share. I hope to do so again soon.  I am so glad I was able to take my head out and visit with you with relative ease. I hope this method of conversing does not read on the page as too strange. I am doing everything I can to heal rest my wrist and allow it to heal while simultaneously coping with the fact that I cannot sew. I miss the thread but I am glad to get other things attended to. There is life beyond the sewing room?! I guess.

Thank you so much for your visit and for hanging in with me. Happy fall y’all!!!

Ps: replies are at a minimum here but I will do my best as I am able.