Dog Boots and Butt Sleds

A quick PSA. snow-day

Got my butt sleds the other day from LL Bean.  I will be out later today to practice with them before hitting the trails. These were in their on-line sales section.

Pups have their doggie booties on.  This snow, while fluffy, is sticking to their paws.  No fun having ice balls between your toes.  You can get some at Dog Booties.  Made in Alaska and inexpensive enough if you lose one.  But again, they are made in Alaska, so they are tough.


The picture below was taken last year. Sport has on his neon green. Maggie has hot pink.  If they lose them while out hiking, they are easy to find. And no, they don’t like having them on. But when they are out running around in the snow, they forget they have them on.


Do you like their bright boots?

Have you butt sled down a mountain trial?  Any tips I need to know?


Glide’N Go: A Review

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.



Quilting with Timna Tarr

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?


Actually, it was 7 mountains but the AMC does not count one toward the NH 4K’s.
This past Thursday, my friend Carol and I set out to conquer 6 of the 7 mountains left for us to complete the 48 – 4ooo foot mountains in NH. With the assistance from two of my sisters, we left Carol’s car at the Zealand Trailhead. Nancy and Ruthie drove us to the Twin Mountain trailhead. ( GPS glitch, not sure what that line is)

The plan was to hike up North Twin over to South Twin then on to the Guyot campsite for the night. We made it up and over the Twins. But by 5:oo pm, we still had 2+ miles to make it to Guyot. We decided to make camp for the night on the Twinway trail. I was a little disappointed we didn’t make Guyot. The next morning we packed up and headed to the campsite.  I was glad we didn’t try to go further the night before. The trail was a bit rocky and more than rolling hills.

We made the campsite by 10:45. Put up our tent, refilled our water from the spring and headed out to the Bonds by noon. We went over Mt Bond and on to Bond Cliff by 2:15. Had lunch and took tons of pictures, especially the iconic Bond Cliff pic.

We hoped to make it back to West Bond for sunset. Our average pace is 1 mile per hour. The distance between Bond Cliff and West Bond is 2.2 miles. The hike back up Mt Bond was tough. It has a steep and rocky section that is at least a half mile long. I was never so happy to make it back to Mt Bond. Now on to West Bond. We were told by other hikers the West Bond Spur went down then rose steeply to the top. I was dreading it. There is a steep section just before the summit, but it’s short. We made it to the summit by 5:00. It was the only place I had reception on my phone enough to text my husband and sister. I also posted a pic on Instagram. But I couldn’t call out. Go figure.

Sunset was beautiful.  I left the summit 15 minutes before it was completely dark.  I wanted to get back to the Bond Cliff Trail before dark.  I put my headlamp on shortly after passing the junction of West Bond Spur and  Bond Cliff Trail.  I was back to Guyot Campsite by 7.  Refilled the water and went to bed.  The campsite is on a first come first serve basis.  It’s $10 per night per person.  There are 6 sites with one or more tent platforms, plus one shelter for those without a tent.  We were expecting the campsite to be packed but it wasn’t.  It was not empty but there was plenty of room.

Saturday morning, we headed out to Zealand.  The .2 mile hike up out of the campsite was tough.  We were tired, our packs felt heavier and it was a continuous climb up.  We were never so happy as to see the junction sign. We made

We needed to go up over Guyot to get to Zealand.  Guyot is actually higher than Zealand.  The view from Guyot is spectacular.  It is all alpine zone with a 360-degree view.  Zealand, on the other hand, has absolutely no view.  The trail over Guyot to Zealand was one of the easiest parts of the hike.  It wasn’t too steep or rocky.  From the disappointing view of Zealand on to the breathtaking view of Zeacliff, we saw many making the trip up.

The trail from Zeacliff to the Zealand Hut was tough.  My knees are still sore.  It’s steep and rocky.  We gave encouragement to those heading up, they were close and the trip was well worth the effort.  The hut was very busy.  It is situated next to the Zealand Falls. Many had made the trek to the hut for the view from the falls.

I received great advice from a hut staffer. She gave me suggestions regarding how I had my pack set up.  I had my tent on the bottom of my pack.  She suggested I put it on the top.  What a difference!  It made the last 3 miles much easier.  Thankfully, the hike out from the hut is mostly level.  We made it out the trailhead by 4:30 pm.  I was grateful to take that pack off.

I don’t think I will ever do a 3-day backpacking trip again.  A 2-day, maybe. But not a 3 day, unless it’s a hut to hut trip.  That way I won’t have to carry a tent.

I hope you enjoyed this little trip.  Now I have to get working on my commemorative quilt of my hiking the 4k’s of NH.


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!




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?


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?