WIP Wednesday – Sweet Quilting

Over the weekend, my Sweet 16 was delivered, but I had to wait until my husband got home to carry the actual machine upstairs.  Apparently I am a delicate flower who chooses not to take chances lugging a (not inexpensive) 45 pound machine up a flight of stairs.  Once that happened, I got the machine set up and turned it on and…

Promptly didn’t touch it again for 2 days. I’m in the middle of a big old piecing project, so wanted to make progress on that. Also, my brain insisted that I might mess up the machine, or prove that I’m an idiot about free motion quilting, or perhaps it might explode if I turn it on again? Let’s be honest, my brain is an jerk that works against me sometimes.

Last night I took my laptop over to Cindy (her name, because my Janome 6600 is Jan and my Featherweight is Marcia), and decided to take the plunge and a) thread it and b) QUILT SOMETHING. My laptop was there to play the video on threading; turns out I didn’t need it!

Nina was there for moral support, and some mild judging.  Verdict is that it works great!  I have time booked at my LQS for my official one hour orientation, and have two small quilts ready to sandwich and quilt on it.

Sunday Stash – Sparkling

It’s been a momentous week around here – my Sweet 16 arrived and is set up! No playtime on it yet since I needed to quilt and put the binding on the Sparkling Gems quilt to donate to Good Mews this week.

Since it ended up queen sized, I didn’t want to make it the first quilt on the Sweet 16, so Lynn graciously let me long arm it on Clementine (her longarm).

I also put the binding on the second version of the Lucky Star quilt, the pattern for which will be available for sale over in the shop for The Stitch in October.

And we also did a little live taping for The Stitch with a special guest live at the Chattahoochee Evening Stars quilt show. At that same show, my Hogwarts’ Required Reading quilt won 2nd place in its category! Woohoo!


  • Used this 2 weeks: 27.25 yards
    • 18 yd for Sparkling Gems
    • 9.25 yd for Lucky Star
  • Used Year to Date: 270.75 yards
  • Added this 2 weeks: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: 159 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 101 yards (37% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS – Episode 286

For this episode, I spend the first third talking about the decision process for buying a HandiQuilter Sweet 16 midarm quilting machine at the Chattanooga AQS Quilt Show.  Then I talk a bit about the Sew Pro Convention that I attended last week, some top learnings, and how it’s helped set business priorities for The Stitch as a quilting business.

If you’re local to the Atlanta area, come by the Chattahoochee Evening Stars Stars ‘N’ Stitches quilt show Saturday, September 24 for the live filming of episodes 203 and 204 of The Stitch TV Show! Check out the event on Facebook; we’re kicking off just after 10am, and going right up until 1pm, when fellow Twilter Frances Dowell will present her lecture and trunk show for her new book Birds in the Air.

I completely forgot to review some of the books I’ve read recently, but will get around to those in the next episode!

Stay in touch! Follow my personal Instagram @Pantsfreesia, or my adventures with Lynn @TheStitchTVShow.


WIP Wednesday – Serving Up Post-Chicago Realness

Wow, this week is truly a recovery week, and trying to take action on all the great stuff I soaked up in Chicago at Sew Pro last week!  I’ll talk more about it on this week’s podcast (posting Friday September 23!), but some of the highlights were:

Kidnapping Christa Watson for dinner Thursday night (who always stops to smile when she sees a camera out, unlike me who always seems to get captured with my RBF showing in spontaneous pictures).

Awkwardly sitting at Tula Pink‘s table while she prepped her keynote and discovering her ad for the Tula Bernina in a magazine at the same time. If you ever get the chance to listen to her speak, DO IT. Shout out to Brenda Ratliff from Pink Castle Fabrics in the middle there.

The gleeful discovery of a series of fine art reproduction paintings in the parking garage in Rosemont near the conference hotel.

There’s a whole series of these recreations with Lynn and I over on Instagram @TheStitchTVShow.

Sewing-wise, I am ramping back up on the The Project That Ate September, and the end is in sight! I am also dodging the baleful eye of the Dresden Garden quilt, which, per my guild UFO challenge, should be done in a month. HA!

Smunday Stash: Potentially Challenging

This week I did some panicky sewing to make a skirt to wear at Sew Pro (which I forgot to take a picture of, of course), but I also ended up purchasing fabric at the AQS show in Chattanooga. And a HandiQuilter Sweet 16.

Let me just say that the bundle of 12 FQs was a little cheaper than the sewing machine, but I’m sure I’ll get pleasure out of both! It’s getting shipped out tomorrow, so I should have it in within the week.

You’ll learn a little more about the 12 FQs on an upcoming episode of The Stitch, which we’ll be filming on Saturday live at the Chattahoochee Evening Stars quilt show! We’re doing an “Ask Us Anything” episode again for one of the two we’re filming, so leave a comment here if you’ve got a burning question and Lynn & I.

I’ll be writing more about Sew Pro over on The Stitch TV Show site.

  • Used this 2 weeks: 1.5 yards
    • 1.5 yd for skirt
  • Used Year to Date: 242.75 yards
  • Added this 2 weeks: 5 yard
    • 5 yd assorted FQs and stash fabrics
  • Net Used YTD: 131.75 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 83 yards (34% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

The Stitch – Episode 202 Audio Only

This episode, Pam and Lynn discuss the ideas for quick sewing gifts and games that quilters play, either at retreat or guild meetings. We talk about a lot of tutorials and games in the episode, so be sure to check out the show notes over on The Stitch TV Show site.

This is the audio-only version of the video on YouTube. See show notes, photos, and more on The Stitch TV Show page!

NOTE: This audio-only version of The Stitch is replacing my usual weekly HtbaS podcast; I’ll be back next week for the usual geeky fare!


Smunday Stash – Sampling Little, Finishing Nothing

Well, I neither added nor used fabric in the last two weeks, thanks primarily to The Project That Ate September.  On the plus side, I think I’ll get two quick projects done tonight in advance of attending Sew Pro later this week.

I did have Saturday Sampler pick up last weekend, so here are the two blocks for September for the 30’s sampler and the blue & white quilt.

You Spin Me Right Round Quilt. Image copyright 77peaches enterprises LLC.
You Spin Me Right Round Quilt. Image copyright 77peaches enterprises LLC.

Part of my time has been getting ready for our latest quilt pattern for The Stitch, the You Spin Me Right Round quilt! Check it out at the The Stitch TV Show shop.

  • Used this 2 weeks: 0 yards
    • Sadsies!
  • Used Year to Date: 241.25 yards
  • Added this 2 weeks: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: 135.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 83 yards (34% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS – Episode 285

Although I didn’t think I had much to talk about this week, I end up waxing poetic about the AQS censorship situation from the Grand Rapids show, and a little about the Modern Quilt Guild blog and revision to the description of derivative work.  I also discuss plans for The Stitch TV Show while attending the Sew Pro convention next week in Chicago.

Books reviewed in this episode:


Hipster Kitten Quilt – Finished!

In the absence of regular posting because I’m focused on The Project That Ate September, here’s a quilt a finished a couple weeks ago!

Hipster Kitten Quilt

This is the Hipster Kitten quilt, so named for the fabric (which you can’t see) that had kittens wearing chunky glasses and bow ties. Rather than meander all over, I went for a cross hatch design for the quilting design.  The rest of the fabrics came from my scrap stash to make a nice soothing palette.

HtbaS – Episode 284

This week I talk about various totebag and quilting projects, as well as give a recipe review and overview of Cashew Chicken!  I also talk about books I’ve read (or “experienced”) in the last two weeks and give a short preview of the coming weeks.

Join us for the Labor Day Sew In! Just use #LDSI on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook to share what you’re stitching for the long weekend (or regular weekend if you’re outside North America!)

Find me at Sew Pro in Chicago next week in two weeks if you’re going for a chance to get some Stitch TV Show swag. Next week’s quilting podcast episode will be a regular episode, and then the week after that, The Stitch TV Show episode 202.


Books discussed in this episode:

Quilt long and prosper!