Sometimes scary is good!

I went with friends, Amanda and Karen, to see Halloween on Sunday morning. The best part was watching a very-empowered Jamie Lee Curtis go after the scary guy. We left the theater feeling exhilarated! (FYI: If you don’t like scary movies, you probably should pass on this even though, as scary movies go, it was not that scary.)

It was a pretty day and I was pumped so I decided to install a rain chain. I watched the video on this page and went to work.

I took down the old downspout and dug a 6″-deep pit. I moved a concrete urn from the backyard to the front, and then tried drilling the extra drainage holes in the bottom. Drilling 1/2″-thick concrete is hard so I decided instead to take a 41b. hammer to the bottom of the pot.

Maybe it was because of the movie, but I found whacking the concrete to be very satisfying.

I bought 2 really heavy bags of gravel at Lowe’s, and emptied one of them into the pit. Then I centered the pot under the hole in the gutter, on the gravel.

I had to order a rain chain and it came today.


We are going to have the trim painted and new gutters installed soon so I’m going to wait to add more gravel to the pot. Once I do, I’ll top all the gravel with river rock to make it pretty. I’ll be sure to post photos of the rain chain in action the next time it rains and I’m home to see it.

OK, enough of that… back to quilt-related things :-).

Show and tell…

Mary Grogan made a hoodie for her 3-year-old grandchild who loves unicorns. This may be the cutest thing I have ever seen!


Mary wrote:

I adapted your Magical Unicorn pattern to fit on the back of the hoodie. She and her parents totally love it. I thought you might like to see it. Lots of my friends want me to make a unicorn for them on a shirt!

Thanks for your wonderful patterns and ideas!

Mary, you just made everyone smile—including me! You did a great job and I thank you so much for sharing the pictures with us all :-).


Read the instructions!

There are some things that I think I know so well that I don’t need to read the instructions. As it turns out, I’m usually wrong. Batting is a case in point.

I have a small quilt to hand quilt and I decided to try silk batting from the Tuscany Collection made by Hobbs. It has a reputation for being easy to needle which sounds good to me. I did read the instructions before basting and I learned that I need to use cool water and little-to-no agitation when washing, and to NEVER DRY IT IN THE DRYER!!! FYI: Wool batting needs to be handled in the same way.

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I don’t know about you, but I tend to forget which batting I put in a quilt. That is just one reason why laundering information should always be included on the documentation patch. I may not always own this quilt and whoever ends up with it needs to know how to wash and dry it.

In addition to the laundering information, there are instructions in the chart that are  important. For example, I would not have thought to test the batting for use with dark fabrics. I suspect that it could beard with some fabrics and I’d want to test it before using it in a quilt.

I am looking forward to seeing how this batting differs from the cotton batting I’ve been using. I’ll let you know when I know more. Until then, keep reading those instructions :-).



Show and Tell

Mary Wade sent me this photo of her quilt and the story that goes with it. It’s so nice to see another wonderful version of the Hexie Garden quilt! Thank you, Mary, for sharing it with us—and congrats on the blue ribbon!

My quilt guild had its show this past weekend and I entered my version of your quilt pattern, Hexie Garden. I received a first place ribbon. I used all Kaffe fabrics. It was a fun quilt to work on.



Wednesday Giveaway

Connie Hendryx is this week’s winner. She won a set of pink Yazzii Craft Pockets. I love how these zippered pockets keep my notions organized when I travel! This set has 3 individual pockets, 1 each in 3 sizes.

They look a little red in the picture… they are pinker than that.


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