May 2013
Singer Featherweight
I recently decided my machines are just too dang heavy to carry around.  I found a well-priced lovingly-used Singer Featherweight and  fell love.  So I splurged. After reading many blogs and websites (More great generousity of sharing information on the Internet!) about caring for a Featherweigth I am confident I will get good use of the machine for years.

I started using the machine after doing some needed maintenance - oiling and the fixing the frayed wires, which will be replaced soon.  It stitches beautifully!  

Quilting Journal
I have also thought I need to really do some documenting about my quilts.  I often take years to complete a quilt and forget information about the quilt construction process.  I have come to be okay with the delay between piecing and quilting of a quilt because it is often just what is needed to either gain new skills or experience the needed inspiration.  I am not okay that I forget when I started it and what was my inspiration or what was going on in the world or my life during that time.

For that reason I looked on the Internet for some downloadable quilt journal pages, but I didn't find much.  So I took a few moments to create some for me.  I am glad to share them with you.  See my journal pages by clicking here.


Mittens Making Addiction - CONTINUES in 2013

In 2011 I had one wool-blend sweater that I wanted to make into mittens.  That was about twenty-four pairs of mittens ago.  I found great sweaters at Goodwill and fleece (on sale) at Hancock Fabrics.  I bought awesome beads in Stillwater and found vintage (cheap) buttons in an antique shop in Anoka.  I even gave mitten making lessons to a small class of talented 'grasshoppers'.

In October 2012 I taught two mitten-making classes through the Anoka-Hennepin Community Education program.  Both classes filled with rock star mitten enthusiasts who took to making awesome mittens quickly.

In late October 2013 I will teach two more classes!!  The Anoka-Hennepin Fall Adult Learning catalog will come out later this summer.

Here are some pictures of mittens I have made.  Below is the pattern I designed.
Gray Snowflake Mittens   Basket of Mittens
Link to Mitten Pattern
Full instructions included!
Make adjustments to the pattern as needed.
Have fun!!

Quilting Retreats

October 2009 I spent four incrediable days sewing, quilting and meeting new people at an awesome quilting retreat in northern Minnesota.  I have since returned and attended the 2010 and 2011 fall quilting retreats held at Maplelag Resort, which is located in the beautiful northern Minnesota wooded lake country. These quilting retreats are hosted by the  Back Porch Quilts Shop in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.

Last year, 2011, I was at the retreat for the full five days of the retreat.  It was heaven to have five days of sewing and wonderful to again see the quilters from previous retreats plus meet the new participants.

Since the last retreat, sadly the awesome Back Porch Quilt shop closed.  All of us who enjoyed the Maplelag Retreat had some anxious months wondering if we would ever have another retreat at Maplelag.  We found out early this summer that the Red Pine Quilt Shop was going to open in Detroit Lakes later in the summer and the retreat was being planned.  I have sent in my registration for the November 8 - 11, 2012 retreat.  I am counting the days!!! The day before, on the way to the retreat we are planning a stop three quilt shops - The Old Creamery Quilt Shop in Randall, MN, the Bay Window in Perham and the Red Pine Quilt shop in Detroit Lakes.

Maplelag Quilting Retreat October 2011
Quilting Buddies   One of the sewing rooms 2011  Busy Hands 2011
 Fabric Brought to Retreat  Coffee & Cookies 24/7  Coffee & Cookies 24/7
Quiet space for guests   Bookshelves Reading Materials  Sitting Area Railroad Signs  Dining Hall
I am already looking forward to the 2013 November Retreat.

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