Mason Jar Pin Cushions

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My daughter, Elizabeth, and I are heading out of town this weekend where I am going to teach a class on free motion quilting on a domestic sewing machine. Many quilters want to learn this art, and videos don’t seem to be enough. My classes are very hands on. In that way, we can also address problems that arise.  It’s going to be a super fun time of learning! I am really looking forward to it. It will be the second class I have put together, and I have several more slated n the following months, before haying season begins. Anyway, back to the gifts for the students…


In the middle of all the hustle and bustle in preparation to teach this class, my youngest (Miss Elle, age 10) and I found some time to put together some mason jar pin cushions. These are for the students of my class.


With a little research, and a lot of hot glue I figured out how to put the top together. Momtastic gave me ideas for the top. Elle chose the fabric tops coordinating ribbons, and filled the jars.


Embellishments included buttons from our button jar and some vintage metal bobbins that do not fit any of our sewing machines. I love the burlap/lace



Inside each, I included some items the students will need for the class such as the ring, a rubber band, a quilting needle, and free motion quilting sewing machine foot. The extra goodies include a fat quarter (fabric), retractable tape measure, flat sewing pins, and chocolate truffles! You can’t go wrong with chocolate. Right?


I think they turned out pretty cute. I don’t consider myself a very “craft” person. Consequently, this was a bit out of my comfort zone. If I can do this, I know you could, also.



Find Me For A Class

If you are in the Montana area and would be interested in learning how to free motion quilt, feel free to hit the contact link on the menu and let me know where you are. I have a few dates I could accommodate before June. If you are near me (South Central Montana), you might be able to catch one of my slated classes.


Now Hold Your Horses!

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Kathy's quilt
Kathy’s quilt

If you have horses, you know that horses eat a lot and, therefore, cost a lot to keep. Not so with these horses! They may be bucking, but they don’t need feed. 😉 Turning the center squared so they would be more of a diamond shape was my husband’s idea, as was the trapunto. This was a nice opportunity to learn that technique! The center squares are appliqued.

Center diamond



As I was trying to decide what pattern to make, I stumbled across Youtube video tutorials by Amanda Rolfe, a young lady, who lives in Sydney, Australia. Her Mill Wheel tutorial is what I chose, but because I have this thing about not following instructions to a T… and I like to change things up a bit, I did alter the block to my liking. I think it still came out lovely.

My friend, whose favors the color red, seemed to be pleased with her surprise quilt. I grabbed all the fabrics from my stash, and was happy to make them work.




Here is a view of one of the blocks and some border on the back.




I am really loving these leaves. They are a combination template and free motion quilted.




I have to hand it to my photographer. She went out of her way to get some of these shots! It’s been brutally cold here in Montana lately.

I haven’t decided which part of quilting I enjoy the most… deciding what to make, learning how to make it, choosing fabrics, piecing, or free motion quilting (FMQ), but I do know that binding has been the most difficult part for me to learn yet. However, with each quilt, the bindings do seem to be improving and I think I have started to pin down (pun intended ;)) a technique that is working well for me.


Coming up: Laurel’s stained glass quilt.


Until next time…




Sarah’s Quilt

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After hearing that my dear friend has thyroid cancer, I wanted to stop what I was working on, which was Elizabeth’s quilt, and make her something special. I had wanted to try making a watercolor quilt since I first started my quilting adventure. On my crafting counter sat a couple books that I found at the thrift store. What a perfect opportunity to jump in and learn a new quilting concept!

Believe it or not, this quilt took me a total of 24 hours to make, including the binding and free motion quilting. That means, if I can do it, anyone can. Really.

One thing I wanted to include in this quilt were words of encouragement. As you can see from the following images, I incorporated words such as, “love, joy, peace, hope,” etc. within the inner green border. Click on the images to see them up close.




Free motion feather plumes are also something I have wanted to try, so I dared myself to bite the bullet and just go for it. It’s always a bit scary to start a large free motion motif without trying it previously, in fear of ruining a nice quilt. Again, click on the image to see the larger view.



I chose a meandering stippling within the flowers and used a feathered wreath for the center.


The most difficult and time-consuming part of this quilt was simply choosing what fabric to use! I am thankful for my daughter, Elizabeth, and her opinion in choosing these fabrics. I will definitely take her with me next time, as I would like to make another one of these real soon.


A sweet little table runner

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This sweet little table runner is my first attempt at the Ohio Star in preparation for Emily’s quilt, which will be a whole ‘nuther post another day.


This has been my first opportunity to use some of my batiks. I thought it mixed a traditional block nicely with a modern look.


All three blocks had the same purple. I chose to vary the other fabrics.



I really wanted to fill as much of the negative space as I dared, with a consistent pattern. Click on the images to enlarge and view the detail better.


My media gallery seems to be accumulating images that need blog posts, but life is happening. Be sure to subscribe or check back for more. Thanks for stopping by!

Pre-order THM Books

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The two books we have been waiting for are coming out September 15th!

First, Trim Healthy Mama Plan: Keep It Simple, Keep It Sane, wherein the plan is explained in simple, easy to understand (therefore easy to implement) terms.

Secondly, the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook is full of all the recipes you will ever want. It contains everything from crock pot meals to desserts. You cannot feel deprived on this plan.

Personally, I have found this eating plan to be similar to the “thyroid diets” and has been the only plan (coupled with natural thyroid) that I have been able to lose some pounds. This plan is much more creative than the others I have read about. Pearl and Serene explain a little in this below video:

Plus, if you pre-order THM, you receive some fun bonus materials. I hope you check it out.

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