My Comfortable “Go To” Quilting

I pulled this fabric to make a quilt for a new baby boy at church.

The shower decor was my inspiration for the fabrics I chose.

Here it is in the flimsy state (quilt top).

Whenever I start a quilt, especially a smaller one, it’s always with the idea of quilting it w/FMQ (free motion quilting).

I’ve practiced FMQ in spurts in the past but not with enough regularity to allow me to feel comfortable and confident enough to finish an entire quilt, no matter the size.

I hadn’t practiced in awhile, but I thought that taking one of Angela Walter’s Quilting Clinics would be enough of a refresher. I did the Ultimate Block Busters class.

Angela is an amazing person! It was such a treat spending time with her. I learned so much and was so inspired by all she taught and the quilts she showed, I just knew I was going to jump on that Amara and stitch magically. Sadly, that didn’t happen.

I have quilted on a longarm using pantographs but FMQ takes A LOT of consistent practice and I hear tell it’s jumpstarted and enhanced with doodling.

Anyway, back to the baby quilt…I finished it w/my “go to” which is organic wavy lines quilted w/an even-feed/walking foot. And of course it turned out great.

But I’m never going to get better staying in my comfort zone. Therefore, on my honor, I WILL start doodling AND practicing FMQ more often! 🙋🏽‍♀️

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Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us — to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

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My Week Out of Office

I had an amazing week out of office a few weeks back! It was approximately 97% work-free and it was glorious!

It started with a 4 day/night visit w/my daughter and the grands.

And then it was total “me time”!

I slept in everyday. “Slept in” meaning I woke up whenever my eyes opened w/o an alarm.

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I took down the Christmas Tree and thoroughly cleaned my house for the first time since I moved in. I also caught up on my laundry.

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I took Moe to the park a couple of times.

I made beef and barley soup and had a friend over for dinner.

On another night, I met a different friend for dinner at Margarita’s.

I spent time in the sewing room and finally finished this Legendary quilt top for a friend and sent it and the pillow cover off to the quilter.

Then I did some selfish sewing. I had to make myself a Star Burst Tree Skirt! I saw it all over Instagram during the holidays. I used a modified version of this tutorial.  It’s QAYG (quilt as you go). I was able to finish the top and will soon finish, finish it differently than the tutorial suggests.

And while I did all that sewing, I finished three audio books.

For the last several years I’ve challenged myself to read more books than the year before. Last year my goal was 36 and thanks to me finally taking the time to figure out how to listen to audio-books, I finished the year with 47 reads! Yes, I count audio-books as reads!   My goal this year is 60.

I also got a deep tissue massage and a facial!  It was definitely time well spent and I’m very grateful for all of it!

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, Happy Stitchin’ and God Bless!

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Better one handful with rest than two handfuls with effort and a pursuit of the wind. Ecc 4:6

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The Grands Came to Visit

My daughter and the grands visited me for 4 whole days and nights. Things went as well as could be expected w/two toddlers. To be honest, one more night and I might have gone cuckoo, but I enjoyed their visit immensely!

Gainz and I saw Aquaman on the MX4D screen at B&B Theaters Liberty. There is built-in motion in the seats, you can feel wind and mist and even smell scents. I imagine it’s something like Universal Studios but I’ve never been, so I don’t know.

We visited Hallmark Kaleidoscope.  It’s a fun and FREE creative experience and a great place take kiddos. They offer several 50 mins sessions daily. The littles had a great time, the girls more so than the boys.

While we waited for our session to start at Kaleidoscope, we toured the Hallmark Visitor Center. 



We did plenty of eating, dessert-ing and spent good quality family time.

Happy New Year!

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, God Bless!

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I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. – Ephesians 1:16 HCSB