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Well the creators of Try Something New Every Month have decided to take a hiatus this year. I can understand that.  It is quite the undertaking to organize a blog challenge.  But I am disappointed there will not be a set challenge this year. So, I decided to challenge myself.

I did most of the challenges last year. I had plans for some of the last 4 but was unable to complete them.  The last 4 were

  • September – Machine Sewing
  • October- Needlework; embroidery, cross-stitch, crewel, needlepoint
  • November- Papercraft; origami, scrapbook, calligraphy
  • December- Choose your own!

I made a pair of pants for September. But never blogged about them as part of the challenge. Needlework is not my thing. I need to do more research. For paper crafts, I have a band box kit, purchased at a guild UFO aution. And I never decided what to do for December.

This year, I will intersperse the last 4 months categories from 2016 with some ideas of my own. Instead of categories, I researched some of the ideas I had saved from last year. This is what I came up with.

  • Rocket Stove
  • Ink to Wood Transfer
  • Skeleton Leaves
  • Photo Letter Collage
  • Luminary’s Out of Cans (metal punch)
  • Scrabble Letter Art
  • Up Cycle Hard Cover Books

That leaves me 2 months unaccounted for. For those I will try some quilt related craft.

Last years goal was to not spend much money and use what I had. For the most part I was able to. The exception being the socks. I needed to purchase everything but the book I borrowed from a friend. I have some of the items needed for most of this year.

I will give you the links to the sites I use for ideas or instructions.

Did you try something new last year?  Let me know. I might add it to my list.


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A few weeks ago, I saw a post on facebook with someone using the Glide ‘n Go template.  I immediately went to the website to see these templates.

Template is really not what these are, but I could not think of a better word.  Their site uses the words ruler or accessory.  I think accessory is a better term.

This accessory is designed to aid in easing in the fullness of a quilt while it is on a longarm quilt frame.  After watching the video, I  purchase the plater and the tru-line ruler. glide-n-go

I have used the platter 3 times in the last couple of weeks with amazing results.  Not one pleat.  I thought I had one, but I did not.  One block was a bit full.  It looked like there was a pleat.  There is bulkiness but no pleat.

The Glide ‘N Go also allows you to go off the edge of the quilt top and back on without the hopping foot going under the quilt top.  You don’t have to baste the top down.

A bonus is that some of the lint is captured on the top of the acrylic.  Less lint that would end up in the bobbin case.glide-n-go-4a

The accessory just sits on the top of the quilt around your hopping foot.  As you quilt, it smoothes out the quilt top.  Smoothing and easing as you quilt.  It is simply amazing.

The only downside is that it hops or bounces a bit when it goes over thick seams or if your quilt sandwich is too high.  I own an A-1 longarm.  There is an adjustment on the frame to lift the uptake bar as the quilt is rolled up.  This keeps the quilt from impeding the movement of longarm.  If the quilt is too high, my Glide ‘n Go platter would bounce.  A simple adjustment to the height of the take-up bar and the bounce was gone. Plus, the quilt top should not be that high. It can affect the tension.

I would whole heartedly recommend this produce.  If you are quilting for others or just yourself, it is worth the money.  I am one happy quilter.



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Yesterday, I spent the day at a workshop run by the Merrimack Valley Quilters Guild.  The workshop was led by Timna Tarr. The project was improvisational piecing.

Improvisational piecing can be difficult, even scary for quilters.  We are accustom to precisely measuring and stitching our pieces together. With improvisational piecing, you don’t.  There is no measuring. No precision. It’s just cut and sew.

Timna gave us some piecing suggestions to start with.  Triangles, wonky log-cabin and nine patch blocks, curved piecing and strip piecing.  We made block sections, then arranged and assembled them.

To give the quilt top consistency, we started with 3 fabrics of the same colorway, a light, medium and dark. These fabrics should be solids or read as solids.  Always using a some of these fabrics in each of the blocks, then filling in between the blocks with more of the original fabrics, unifies the piece.

I was able to complete one  and a half quilt tops.  The second one just needs borders.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  Timna’s suggested giving yourself a rule as a guide for choosing fabrics. This tip inspired me. The first one I used beige fabrics to start then added the green, then the brown.  The second was blue with orange.  As I was pulling orange scraps, some had bright pink so that color was incorporated.  Now to get them quilted.

Have you ever tried improvisational Piecing? Did you enjoy it?


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I won a Frivol

What’s a Frivol? It’s a precut kit from Moda fabrics to make a wall hanging.

I was at the Merrimack Valley Quilt guild show this weekend.  I usually don’t purchase any of the penny raffle tickets.  But this year, they had 2 Frivols.  So I purchased 2 sheets of tickets and put one sheet of tickets in each of the Frivols bag.  I won the Frivol #5.


Happy Me!


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Friday, Sept. 30: Picture this, you’ve been stopped on the street by the photographer of Humans of New York, and he asks, “What advice would you give to a large group of people?” Share a picture of yourself along with the advice.

Advice? I’m not sure.  I would have to say, don’t be afraid to try something new.  If I had, I wouldn’t be blogging.  I was never really fond of writing when I was in school.  This month has been tough, writing something for every day of the month.  I’m glad I did it.  I’m glad it’s

If I had not tried quilting, I would not have grown as a quilter and a sewer.

If I had not tried hiking, I would have never hiked the mountains of NH.

If I had not gotten that cute Brittany puppy, I would have never found the love for dogs I now have.

If I had not tried snowmobiling, I would have never gone to snowmobiling in Yellowstone.

If I had not joined a local quilt guild, I would not have the friends who understand my need for fabric.

Now there are things I don’t think I would ever do.  I don’t see myself ever ski diving, bungee jumping, or scuba diving.  But I will continue to try new things.

What new something have you tried lately?


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5 Blogs I Follow


Thursday, Sept. 29: Your Fab Five. Share your favorite bloggers/besties and tell us what you love about them! Share a link and give a shout out.

Abby Glassenberg blog, While She Naps, is one of the first blogs I started following. She had great tips on blogging and craft blogs. She is one of the founders of the Craft Industry Alliance.

Stephanie Woodson’s blog, Swoodsonsays, is a site for instilling creativity. She has a Try Something New Every Month challenge that I am participating in. It got me knitting again.

Carissa Knits is a knitting and refashioning blog. I love the things Carissa comes up with.  She is a very creative refashioner.

Confessions of a Refashionista is presently on hiatus.  She has made an international move.  But she has many tutorials you can view on her refashioning.   Hopefully, she will be back soon.

I have always loved Wil Wheaton ever since I saw him on Star Trek, The Next Generation.  He is very candid about his struggles with depression and anxiety.

Who else should I follow? Do you have any recommendations?


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Hi! I’m Carol, Cathy’s hiking buddy and guest blogger for the day.


Carol & Cathy on Mt Garfield.

Everybody needs a friend who encourages and supports you in your endeavors. Cathy is that friend. We first met at a quilt guild meeting where she got together a small group of people to meet monthly to work on a mystery quilt. In the conversations at these get-togethers she discovered that I like to hike and Cathy immediately inquired if that was something she and her dogs could do too. That was the start of our great adventure.

We started out doing local walks then graduated to hills and small mountains. Then Cathy discovered the 4000 footer group and things started to change. There are 48 mountains in NH that are over 4000 feet high and she decided we could climb them all. Our first was Mt Tecumseh at only 4003 ft, but the quest was on.


Sport & Maggie on Mt Tecumseh

Now, I am a person who likes being on mountains, but I don’t like drop-offs. I scare easily. Many of these mountains have trails that are challenging and some are downright scary. Cathy is much more adventurous and daring. Thanks to her encouragement, I have climbed trails that I had never thought possible and been places that I had only dreamed about. Cathy not only encourages me, she stretches my limits which now seem endless. I hope all of you are as fortunate to have such a friend.


Carol standing back from the ledges on Whiteface Mt.

Note from Cathy:  If if were not for our friendship, I would have never even been on a mountain hike. Carol has taught me everything I know about hiking.

Do you have a friend like this?

C & C

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