Now what?

That’s what I’m asking myself today, now what do I do with this?

Yesterday I quilted a piece of fabric on the domestic with the intention of practicing my quilting, testing out a thread, and making the camera cover out of it. But when I got done, I liked it enough I didn’t want to cut it up into a cover:

It’s not a large piece, just 11×14 inches. Large enough to have made the camera cover out of, large enough to practice on the dsm. (I teach dsm quilting, so I try to stay in practice in spite of owning the longarm and preferring to quilt on it.) But the question remains, what to do with this piece?

Having no answers, I proceeded to quilt another piece quite a bit smaller and make the camera case out of that fabric.

The original piece, well it made a fun backdrop for the camera case picture, but again today I am asking myself “now what do I do with this piece?”.

So, now what? Any suggestions?

Oh, that thread… I LOVE it in the domestic for quilting. I am still trying to find the sweet spot on the tension for it in the longarm, but it makes a great SID thread for blending in and disappearing! If I can only find the sweet spot where it makes a pretty stitch and doesn’t break on the longarm.

In a tropical mood

Did I mention that I’ve been in a tropical mood lately? I only seem to want to work with bright, cheery, tropical commercial fabrics these days. I’m not sure if it’s a summer thing, or if I’ve had enough of the doom and gloom thing, but either way, today’s tropical project was a cover for my Palm M500.

I could have purchased a hard cover for it, but why not make one? I’ve got all the necessary materials, fabric, sewing machine, batting, button and a little imagination.




Did I mention it’s a holiday weekend and as such I am only quilting and sewing for me?

Sometimes you have to be inventive

Also known as the trials of being short!  I am short, I admit it, not terribly short, but short enough that some everyday chores escape my attention.   Like dusting the screen on the tv in the studio that’s almost up to the ceiling.


Of course for space in a small studio, that is a perfect location.  But for actually being able to see the screen, well, it’s a bit high to dust.  My usual course of events…..go to the kitchen, pull out the step stool, climb up on it and then dust up there.

But ever since falling off a ladder last October, I’ve been a bit leary of climbing around when I’m home alone.  So today I got inventive!  I love my ostrich feather duster, or I did, but I’d rather use Pledge that grabs the dust than just swooshing it all over the place.  So I made this:


And just how would you make one of these re-usable cabinet dusters you ask???

Well, all it takes is:


That’s right, you too can have a reusable duster that can be used with furniture polish…….all you need is an old feather duster, a dustcloth and a rubber band!!!!!   LOL

Oh, did you come here looking for QUILTING pictures, or ART pictures?  They’re coming, soon, I’m almost to the end of the NYB quilt and it’s looking really good…….see:

margarets-NYB-002Yes, that really is the bottom edge.  Pictures soon, I promise….if I can just keep my mind from going off on these cleaning side-trips!!!!