March 15, 2013 @ 1:24 PM

Do you multi-task?  I think my best multi-tasking feat ever was while on maternity leave.  This is back in the days when women didn't get maternity leave or if they did, it was only a few weeks.  I wanted to make the most of my limited time off.  So while breast feeding my son, I would be knitting a sweater and reading a book at the same time.  

Now I try to find things to do while watching TV in the evening while relaxing with the hounds.  Hubby starts sighing a lot if I start throwing toys, balls or frisbees for the dogs in the family room while watching a show.  Heehee!

So, I got the AccuQuilt Go out and cut up some squares in no time.  I bought 1/2 yard of 6 different fabrics and 3 yards for...

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March 3, 2013 @ 3:07 PM

In my house among my beautiful canine companions, "bitch" is a compliment.  And with all the binding I do on my dog pants, I refuse to be intimidated.

Once again I was asked to do trophies for an annual dog event.  In the midst of working on these banner trophies, I revisited all the binding tutorials I could find and used a little bit of all of them and came up with my own method.  

Let's face it, the best binding is finished with hand stitching.  This is unfortunate since I am extremely allergic to anything that requires hand stitching; plus I have 15 of these banners to do.  

Decided to go with a two color binding.  I found this great tutorial on Pinterest.  Here is the link:  My......

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January 10, 2013 @ 2:49 PM

Life and equipment problems are interfering with my UFOs!  After being ill for a few days, I was committed to churn out a bunch of squares on my embroidery machine.  In the middle of an applique process, two screws went quietly dropping off the frame in the middle of a stitch out which caused the whole thing to go off registration.  You can see in this photo.

After crawling around on the floor in the vicinity of my machine in search of the rogue minature screws-from-hell (which I did find), I decided to start fresh on another day.  

The good news is I do not give up easily.   Not to be outdone, my multitasking problem solving skills came to the rescue.  In the matter of 3 nights in front of the TV which ...

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January 2, 2013 @ 5:13 PM

After I read the headlines this morning, I developed an eye twitch.  Figure the only way to relieve it is to lock myself in the sewing room and maybe try out this "blog" thing everyone is doing.  

This year I am committed to finish some UFOs (Unfinished Objects) of which I have many.  Then there are those "Wish List" items of which there are even more.  First wish list item is below.  This is the paper layout of the Goose Tracks pattern I have been dying to get and just recently got it late last year.  Took me awhile to figure out exactly the layout I wanted.  I have a dark background and am using PolyNeon thread.  Will be a work in progress throughout the year so stay tuned. &...

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