Thursday, March 18, 2010


I started out using my rotary cutter to cut out the satin into 4 1/2" and 5" squares. I had a very hard time finding black fabric. I called many quilt stores in the area and they were out. Finally, the fourth one I called had some so off to Stillwater, MN I went. I could have bought some at JoAnn's but their quilt material isn't as thick as you would find at a quilt store so I always opt to spent a lot more and get my fabric from a quilt store.

Louie was very intrigued with what I was doing.

He patiently watched as I pinned the fabric.

Here I put him on quality control as I sewed. He loved watching the fabric come through the sewing machine and not once did he put a paw on it.

Here is the top all finished except for the border. I'm working on that now. I have a professional long arm quilter who finishes my quilts for me. She does a fantastic job.
Yesterday I got an email from my 76 year old Korean yoga buddy. He fell a few weeks ago while hiking on the mountain behind his home and ended up in the hospital for a week. He had surgery and has a six week recovery. He is really looking forward to our visit.
When we lived in Korea, I honestly could not keep up with the guy. We would go to yoga every day where I groaned and moaned my way through the 1 1/2 hours only to stumble the 1 mile walk back to my apartment. Choi would walk an equal distance to his apartment, eat a little lunch and then hike his mountain for a few hours. I usually spent a hour or two on the couch recovering from yoga only to do it again the next day. I miss those days!


  1. Wow, that quilt is amazing! How did it take you to sew it together? Very impressive!

    Do you have any tips on how to start with machine quilting? Any good books you know of?

  2. Sarah: I started with a beginner's book and followed up with some classes at a quilt shop. The ability to work on a quilt and ask questions when you get stuck was so helpful. Also a necessary piece of equipment these days is a rotary cutter and all that goes with it. It makes cutting those hundreds of pieces go so fast. Now I would start by looking on the internet. I bet there is a lot of good information there. You will also need a walking foot attachment for your sewing machine if you are going to sew the quilt together yourself. It's so fun to create an heirloom.

    Helena: Thank you.


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