My Sewing Studio

Monday, January 22, 2018

Quilting Groups

For many years, I've belonged to various Yahoo Groups -- quilting, crafting, sewing, doll-clothes making, long-arming, and selling items concerning all of the above.  But there have been technical glitches and problems on the Groups for several months now.  Many Groups have been unable to post photos or files for a good two months.  On one of the Yahoo help forums, I read that they no longer support Groups, and have no techs actively working on them.  (Yeah, I think we can tell that.)  There is no one in the company who answers questions or responds to comments concerning the Groups.  (Yeah, we noticed that, too.)

When all the Groups crashed in unison yesterday, I decided it was high time to make a new group for my Quilt Talk group, on a new platform.  I chose MeWe:

Here is the link to join:

Link to group:

Wouldn’t you know, yahoo groups came struggling back to life again in the early morning hours.  However, some groups are still on life support, and the whole system may very well kick the bucket again.  

The MeWe format is nice.  Might take a little getting used to, if you haven’t used a platform like that before; but it’s a whole lot more user-friendly than Yahoo groups.

So, to all my quilting friends, let's leave dreary old Yahoo to its last feeble gasp and gleefully hop over to this bright, shiny, new toy, MeWe, where the sun is always shining, nobody ever trips over defunct caches that byte when you’re not looking, and we can post and share and jabber (and quilt) to our heart’s content.  (You notice I’m not at all partial or trying to sway anybody, or anything.  ha!)

If anyone wants to write to me privately, and doesn’t have my email address, here it is:

I will try to answer emails and posts everyone is sending me, but I’m sorta swamped.  So if you didn’t get an answer from me, and you really need something, do please write again.  I certainly don’t intend to ignore or snub anyone.

,,,>^..^<,,,          Sarah Lynn          ,,,>^..^<,,,

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Quilled Quilt

Just look what my daughter Hannah made for me for my birthday: a quilled quilt! Quilling involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. After completing the design, she put it into a glassed shadowbox frame.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sulky Embroidery Thread

The 59 spools of Sulky embroidery thread I bought online a few days ago arrived today.  Since some of the thread was partially used, the lady sold the lot, plus the plastic Sulky thread box, at a good price -- $1.00 a spool, plus shipping.  She threw the case in free.

But either the person who used the thread didn't know what those little grooves at the top and bottom of each spool are for, or she simply didn't take the time to secure the thread ends in those grooves after using each spool.

The thread arrived raveled off the spools and tangled with other thread and on the spindles of the case.  What a mess.  I had to rewrap every spool of thread.  In so doing, I found some of it breaks easily.  It's all 40# thread, except for one spool of metallic.  Perhaps it's old and brittle?  Guess I'll find out when I start using it.  If my machine doesn't like it up on top, I'll use it in the bobbin.

But here it is.  The colors are pretty, at least!  And it's a nice case.  It will hold 104 spools.  

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Machine-Embroidered Tea Towels -- Bouquets, a Basket, & a Scarecrow

Four more tea towels with embroidered bouquets are finished; they will go with the two in the previous post.  The first two of the next set of six are also done.





Next set:

While my machine embroiders, I've been working on a hand-embroidered butterfly for the Bucilla Butterfly quilt:

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Machine Embroidery on Tea Towels

Machine embroidery completed on two tea towels tonight. I thought I had six tea towels on hand to embroider. I have... 18!  😳    Eighteen. That means, since I recently embroidered a set of 6, that the tea towel order was comprised of two dozen, rather than one dozen. They will all be saved for wedding gifts.