Lancaster Co. – Block 13

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Block 13Lancaster County 13 is ready to download.  The center block can be purchased at Patternspot.

On the moving front, things are going well.  I packed up all the fabric almost right away and have been regretting it ever since.  I’ve got fingers itching to stitch something.  ANYTHING! And everything’s out of reach. lol  I’ve still got the rest of the sewing room to pack, however, and have been avoiding this chore like the plague.  I won’t have a designated sewing area in the new house, so it’s hard to say goodbye to the layout I’ve been blessed to have in the current house.  However, nothing is forever.  And frankly, when I sewed I most often did it at my computer desk.  In the new house, I will probably commandeer the kitchen table.  It’s in the middle of a sunlit kitchen with windows all around and a view of the surrounding mountains.  I can’t complain.  I will take pictures once we are in.  As the move gets closer I get more and more excited.  This will be our 11th move in 26 years, so we are used to being uprooted.  We get it from my husband’s side who moved every few years.  On my side…well, my parents lived in the house where I was born for about 40 years give or take.  But I’ve learned to adapt to pulling up stakes every so often.  We belong to a wonderful, large church, so even though the locations of the meetings change, the doctrine and structure does not, for which I am infinitely grateful.  To keep that constant amidst change is a wonderful thing and has been a blessing for our children.

Lancaster Co. – Block 12

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Block 12

Lancaster County 12 is ready to download.  The center block can be found at Patternspot.

We found a little house out in the country – or at least as country as desert can get – and are moving in July.  It’s a sweet little house, situated on 2 acres.  And are neighbors are horses, cars, and alfalfa farmers.  Lots of green, though not a speck of it on our property.

I bought a bunch of clear bins to pack the fabric in and will have that all labeled and ready to go in the next few days.  We’re still a month out, so it seems a little early to be packing up.  On the other hand, I don’t want to be panicked.  I’ve packed up all my quilting books and have sort of gone into withdrawal.

Tonight I go to the first meeting of a local applique guild that’s just been started.  I’m so excited!  I’ve been too shy to join the local quilting guild out here, so I’m hoping that by getting my toe in the water, I’ll open up a bit and socialize more.

Lancaster Co – Block 11

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Lancaster Co – Block 11
 is ready to download. The center block can be purchased at Patternspot.

I having been having fun with the BOM and I hope you are, too!  It’s kind of sad to see it in the end stages, but the timing is going to be perfect.  We are moving in August and I think I will wait until we are settled before starting to design a new BOM.  Or maybe it will be good stress relief during the move.  I guess we’ll see.  For now, though, I need to really organize my stash and make it moveable.  Right now I have it in my daughters’ old dressers and few bins here and there.  I think I will put it mostly in portable bins and ditch the dressers.  Anyone have any great portable storage ideas to share?  How many of you have moved your whole stash at one time or another? lol. I bet it’s a lot of you!

Take care & Happy Stitching,


Lancaster Co – Block 9

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Lancaster County 9 is ready to download. The center block can be purchased here: Patternspot.

I’ve been having a lot of fun sewing up a new pattern and rediscovering the joys of foundation paper piecing.  Perfect points? Check!  Perfect 1/4″ seam? Check!  Pretty fabrics? Check!  Simple Design? Check!  It’s been great.  I’ve been watching old reruns of a 70’s show “Emergency” which I obsessed over as a kid and which I’m having a lot of fun watching now.  Thank heavens for Netflix.  I sew right at my computer desk which is more convenient than my official sewing room (the 4th garage).  I don’t like to sew in the sewing room because, being the garage, there’s only one outlet (?!) and the temperature runs from suffocatingly hot to downright freezing.  It’s lovely weather now, so I really don’t have an excuse not to be out there except I guess I’m spoiled and want climate control and ample plugs.  The supply closet (which is a re appropriated dresser) is the perfect height for a pressing station about a dozen steps away from my desk.  It’s perfect.

I hope you are all enjoying spring weather.  I know I am.


Lancaster Co. – Block 7

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This week, I was reunited with an old friend.  About 2 years ago, after a decade of faithful service, my Janome QC6260 started acting funny.  I couldn’t sew a straight seam more than an inch or two when the bobbin case would slip and I’d get a tangled mess on the backside of whatever I was sewing.  I took it in to have it serviced and it came back doing the same exact thing, but cleaner.  Because I’m a coward at heart, I didn’t challenge the $75 cost for the “servicing” and set the machine aside convinced that whatever was wrong with it was terminal.  Anxious to keep sewing, though, I grabbed a decent machine at half the cost of my Janome and started sewing.  It’s a nice little machine with many features, but it hiccups whenever there are seams with more than two pieces of fabric.  And it’s not crazy about paper piecing, either.  So flying geese by any method were pretty much out of the question.

I was sewing along the other night, fighting with the machine over some piecing when I thought to google a reputable sewing machine place out here.  I bought the machine from a really good dealer, but they are about 60 miles away and I wanted to find someone closer, if I could.  Once located, I dropped off the machine at a little Mom & Pop store with great reviews.  It was crammed with sewing machines and vacuums in various states of repair.  I thought it might be a good sign that they were so busy.  I had hoped to be able to sew a few inches in the store, so he could see for himself what the bobbin case was doing, but he was one the phone and motioned for me to just set it down.  I was able to say “Bobbin trouble” and that was it.  He gave me a claim ticket and I left.

Fast forward about 2 weeks, and I went to pick up my machine.  He had replaced the bobbin case (Hooray) and tied the old one on to the handle for a souvenir.  I took it for a test drive and low and behold, it’s as good as new.  I’m so happy to have it back and have it working well again.  Best money I’ve ever spent!  It’s a good machine and sews like a dream.  I put it to the ultimate test and sewed some flying geese and it went over the seems so smoothly, didn’t jig and jag and get all funky with it.  Hooray!  So now I’m wondering if it’s best to keep or sell my other machine.  It would be nice to have a backup, but I don’t really want to store it in the meantime.  I guess I’ll just wait and see.

In other news, Lancaster County 7 is ready to download.  We’re halfway done already.  Time sure does fly.

Happy Stitching,