I’m paralyzed by white space

See this tiny little wallhanging made by my sister? I’ve been debating all day what to quilt in this background. She doesn’t do any freemotion quilting so I could just meander it and it would be fine but no….

I start out the morning drawing things I might actually use on the quilt….maybe swirls


maybe swirls and curls….

maybe a leaf meander….

speaking of leaves – I just watched the DVD by Patsy Thompson…..these aren’t going on this quilt….
and neither is this……….
this certainly isn’t going on so why did I spend so much time drawing all this?

Oh look, it’s time to think about dinner….the top still isn’t started….

but we’ll have SOUP for supper!


Seriously, I’ve done nothing but load that top and draw all day – oh wait, I did make soup too!


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Photoshop Elements Class

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I’m done with my class – Up and Running with Photoshop and I thought I’d let you know how it went. The above page is plain so you know it’s one I did from scratch after watching the tutorial on how to crop the three photos.

It’s a self-paced 4 week class but of course, I had to work it at a faster pace. I focused more on process, than the content of my pages so I will probably go back and redo some of the earlier ones.

If interested, you can see the other finished pages too. Most of these were using the exact papers and layouts from the class – a few are a little more personalized.

For those interested in the class, I just want to caution – it’s a digital scrapbooking class and while you do learn the basics of Photoshop Elements (or Photoshop), it’s focus is on using the program for scrapbooking.

I had fun and will definitely take more classes but I will say, I wish the video had a pause button. I’m not one for watching something all the way through before trying it myself so I’d get behind when I couldn’t work a new task as quickly as in the video. However, each class was broken down into tasks so I could replay a certain task without replaying the entire video but I found it strange not to have pause, fast forward, and rewind buttons for the videos.


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Time’s running out

I know I won’t get through October’s list before the end of the month but I’d like to check off a few more items. I loaded and quilted two pillowshams for my aunt today – I’d been procrastinating because I really prefer to do overall quilting – freehand, pantograph, or my CL templates but I needed to get these done — and now they can be shipped back with the other top I quilted for her.

These shams match this top I quilted for her last year.



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Bendable Light

Here’s a link to the light I purchased for my sewing machine. I was buying DVD’s from Patsy Thompson’s site so I went ahead and bought the light there too. I’m sure it’s available in other places too.

Bendable Light

There’s no magnet with this light – it uses that sticky 3m product to attach to the side of the sewing machine. (At least I think it’s made by 3m but I’m not going to go look).

PLEASE, if you’re going to ask me a question – I need your email address! Just type it right into the comment box. I try to respond to ALL questions when I have an email address. I rarely type up a separate post to answer questions.


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HeartStrings Sew-in

Blogger seems to have changed the order they upload photos but I’m not going to bother to rearrange them.

First, from our Heartstrings Sew-in yesterday – we mainly worked on making blocks and assembling tops but after I said I hadn’t understood instructions for creating pillowcases with no exposed seams, we had a lesson thanks to Ethel. I only sewed the cuff on the one I was holding before going back to assembling my green blocks but Sheree finished sewing it.

(From L-R) Sheree, Barb, me, Virginia

Here’s a neat gadget I finally broke down and bought – a *spotlight* for my sewing machine. It’s pricey at almost $50 but boy does it help my aging eyes see better.

We took a field trip yesterday to a local quilt shop in Rochester, MN where among other purchases, I replenished my background stash with these fat quarters.
Finally, I can check completing this top off my to do list for October – I assembled it yesterday at the sew-in. Today, I’ve managed to get the binding made and machine stitched to my Boxed Squares – I’ll work on stitching that down later.



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