Saturday, December 5, 2009

Bernina Quilt Frame

My DH bought me a Bernina Quilt Frame for christmas today! I am using it with my Bernina 440QEE and so far I am loving it! I was not sure about the small throat space but it really is not that bad. I can stipple with ease and the stitch regulator seems to work so much better. And the best part of all, I don't have to pin baste my quilts anymore!!!! As soon as my batteries charge for my camera I will snap some photos. I am also going to make some videos because I have not seem many where people are using regular sewing machines with a quilt frame.

I also won a giveaway from Tom over at quilting and carving! I won a beautiful handcrafted picture frame with gnomes! Pics to follow when it comes in the mail!!

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I am selling my collection of Miniature Quilts Magazines

I am selling my Minature quilts magazines. I have too many quilting magazines and need to downsize. The list includes the following issues
Premier issue
Issue 3,4,5,6,7,9,10,13,14,18,19,20,21,23,26,27,29,30,35,36,37,40,41,42

All for 50.00 plus 10.85 for shipping. Please send me an email to if you are interested!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Selling my Minature Quilts Magazines! 25 issues

I am selling my Minature quilts magazines. I have too many quilting magazines and need to downsize. The list includes the following issues
Premier issue
Issue 3,4,5,6,7,9,10,13,14,18,19,20,21,23,26,27,29,30,35,36,37,40,41,42

All for 50.00 plus 10.85 for shipping. Please send me an email to if you are interested!


Monday, September 14, 2009

Moda Fabric Giveaway!

I am having a giveaway of 3 Moda Charm Packs on my other blog for my Quilt shop. Hop on over to to enter!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Revamped my online website

I just did some redesigning of my website I seem to have lots of abandoned baskets each day and little sales. I added the ability to accept credit cards and also added an express paypal checkout button.

So I guess only time will tell if it makes a difference :-)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A Plus Quilt Shop Now accepts Credit Card Payments!!

I am happy to say I finally stepped up my quilt store to accept credit card payments. I have alot of abandoned baskets and figure it is because not everybody uses paypal! Hopefully things will pick up a bit now!

Stop by and visit my store at

Monday, August 31, 2009

Do you EQ6? I just ordered my copy!!

I am really excited to get my copy of the EQ6 software! I have been wanting to get it for a while but really could not justify the cost. Well I finally bit the bullet and purchased it! I would love to hear from any others who use the program and likes or dislikes. Now I will unpatiently await for the ups man to arrive!

Happy Quilting

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Don't Look Now is having a giveaway!

Kellie from Don't look now is giving away the most beautiful quilt ever! Pop on over to her site to enter here! You will not be disappointed!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Time flies by in Blog Land!

I cannot believe it has been so long since I last posted. I have been working on a few quilts that I need to take photos of to post. I also signed up for DQS7 and Good Ol Summertime Swap. I received both of my partners information. One of them likes pretty much the same as me but the other one is I think a complete opposite of me so I think making that quilt will be a challenge.

I am coming up with ideas now and will post some pics as soon as I get some. Other then that, we have been camping every weekend and trying to stay during the week as much as possible. I just love NH and could spend the rest of my life there!

Here is our campsite (and my mini dachshund Minnie)

I will post quilt pictures soon, they are loaded into my other computer.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


I just wanted to give a shout out for my friend Matt at He and his wife Bradie have a live webcam where you can watch them quilt on their HQ16 Longarm quilter. I have learned so much in the short time that I have been watching them. So if you have a moment to check them out, I am sure you will become hooked just like me!


Hooded Bath Towels

Wow! I did not realize how long it has been since my last entry. I am a bad blogger lol.

I have been making these adorable Hooded Bath towels. They are great for our camper when the kids go down to the pond. Nice and warm!

You can purchase my towels at my website

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

1/4 inch foot

No matter how much I try and how hard I practice, I just cannot seem to get a true quarter inch seam. So, I went out yesterday and bought myself a new foot for my bernina with the 1/4 inch guide.

What a huge difference that little guide makes in accuracy! I had started some of my disappearing 9 patch before getting the foot and then some afterwards. I put them together and they did not match up. Way off actually so now I know how important that little foot is.

That is my finding for the day lol!


DQS6 Disaster

I made this really cute quilt for DQS6 and mailed it out on 5/1/09. Just my luck, it has been lost in mail land :-( For over a month it is nowhere to be found. I have the receipt so will try and call the PO and see if they can locate it. (it went overseas)

An Angel quilt has been sent to her by the wonderful TLHCrawford and hopefully mine will show up eventually!

On a lighter note, I have been working on a couple of quilts. I made a pinwheel quilt for one of my swap partners and really liked it so I am making a larger version of that.

I am also working on a disappearing 9 patch usuing a fresh layer cake by Moda. I really love the colors in that fabric and with the layer cake, I cut each 10 inch square into 4 5 inch squares. I have way more squares then with a charm pack so I think this one might end up fitting my bed!

That's all for now, Have a great day!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Plus Quilt Shop and My New Winner

Well, I have opened up my web store. It is a work in progress and needs work but not bad for a website illiterate person! My website is, stop by and check it out! I would be happy to hear any comments or critiques on my site!

My giveaway apparently was a flop :-( I never did get a response from Heather after almost 2 weeks. I sent emails to her email address as well as posting on her link to my giveaway on her site.

So, my new winner is.......TOM H who said Well Heck! I cannot pass this up. Good luck on the store. I am off to check it out! So Tom, please send me your address so I can mail out the fat quarters to you!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, May 11, 2009

My winner has not come foward!

I posted the winner of my giveaway a week ago. Heather won but has not come foward to collect her winnings :-(. I have sent an email along with posting on her blog so Heather, where are you? I will choose another winner if I do not hear from Heather by Wednesday.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, May 4, 2009

And the winner is..........

Heather! Heather wrote Yay, what a great giveaway! Please send me your address and I will send out the fat quarters to you!

Thank you to everyone who entered and stopped by!


Friday, May 1, 2009

May 1st, A New store, How about a giveaway??

I cannot believe that it is May 1st already! Where is the time going? I finally started getting in some of my fabric that I ordered and my thread cabinet will be coming in soon as well. I have beautiful Moda "dessert" fabrics all around me!

So, what's a girl to do with all this fabric? Have a giveaway of course! To celebrate My new business and May 1st!

If you leave me a message from now until Sunday May 3rd at 7pm eastern time, you will have one entry.
Mention and link my giveaway on your blog and earn another two entries. And finally, if you place an order from me, you will get three more entries. I will draw a winner on Sunday night!

Oh, you want to know what the prize is? A bundle of 15 fat quarters from Eleanor Burns Victory Garden Collection!

Below is a list of Moda fabrics I have. Not all are listed in my Etsy store yet. If you are interested in making a purchase, you can email me at or visit my Etsy store.

Swanky Layer Cake - 27.99
Swanky Honey bun - 15.99
Swanky Turnover - 9.00
Oh Cherry Oh Jelly Roll 24.95
Oh Cherry Oh Layer Cake 27.99
Oh Cherry Oh Honey Bun 14.99
Soiree Charm Pack 5.95
Pack your bags Jelly Roll 19.99
Candy Kisses Jelly Roll 19.99
Candy Kisses Charm pack 5.95
Hello Betty Charm Pack 7.50
Arcadia Jelly Roll 24.99
Arcadia Charm pack 7.50
Tin Box Sampler Summer in the city 14.99
Tin Box Sampler Peek a Boo 14.99

Shipping for charm packs is 2.50 for the first one, 1.25 each additional.
Jelly Rolls will be 5.95 for the first and 2.50 each additional
Layer Cakes will be 5.95 for the first and 2.50 each additional
Tin box samplers 4.95
I am always happy to combine shipping!

International friends, as I have never shipped these items overseas yet, I will be checking prices for the best way to ship. From what I have seen from others, shipping is 12.95 for jelly rolls. I will be happy to weigh items first for actually shipping charges.

I will be away for the weekend but will check in from time to time.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My Etsy Shop

I have had an Etsy shop for a while but never stocked it with anything. I placed some of the fabric items in the shop here. If you visit my Etsy shop and make a purchase, leave me a message and I will give you an extra chance in my giveaway to be posted this week!


Good Morning!

I am swamped with fabric! All in a good way of course because it is afterall, FABRIC!!!! I am slowly starting to receive my orders in from Moda and I love everything! I am working on getting a web site up and running but that is slow going.

So, in the next couple of days, I will have a giveaway to celebrate my new business! Details to come :-)


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I want to keep all the fabric for myself!

It is going to be extremely hard to have to part with the fabrics that are coming in now! I want to keep at least one of each for myself! Well, I suppose I could justify them as samples right?

I have ordered several different pre-cut fabrics that will all hopefully be in by next week. It is going to be so much fun getting my store set up and my online store created!

Friday, April 17, 2009

My new Adventure!

I love fabric! I love thread! I love quilting! So, I thought I would open up a small quilt store! My dh owns a transmission business and the building has an empty office space. It is the perfect space to have a small shop and I won't have to drive far to get my fabric fix!

Right now, the closest quilt shop is 30 minutes away. I hate running out of a thread color or a certain fabric and not being able to get to the store until the next day. I am in the process of setting up my accounts and ordering my supplies which is exciting in itself!

I will be mostly stocking precut fabrics and fat quarter bundles which I never can seem to find even at my local quilt shops.

And so begins another adventure!!!!!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

New Flower Applique Quilt WIP

This is the latest project that I am working on. I am almost done with the applique but ran out of green thread. And of course it is a holiday so nothing is open. I cannot wait to try quilting it on my bernina. The patterns are from none other then Kellie from Don't look now. My inspiration is from a photo on her blog from someone who made a quilt from her patterns and also from this awesome quilt that you see at Jillysspace.

The kids had fun this morning. I hid eggs outside and froze my butt off! I cannot believe it is so cold in April! Yesterday we actually had some rain and snow mixture. Where is the warm weather?? Have a great day!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I think I am in Love!!

I picked up my bernina yesterday evening. I stayed up until after midnight playing and did not even make a dent in what the machine can do! My stitches are just perfect and free motion quilting has never been easier. This machine is an absolute dream!

After we picked up my machine, we went to the harley davidson shop and dh bought his dream machine! A 2008 Harley Davidson flhtcu Ultra Classic Electra Glide. I should have asked for the Bernina 830 huh? lol

At any rate, I will post updates on how the machine runs as I play around with it. I have not even taken the embroidery unit out of the box. I think I will wait until I have my class for that. My dealer will be giving me 5 or 6 lessons to go over everything on the machine. I am in Heaven!!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Bernina Day! Bernina Day! Woohoo!!

My Bernina should be in today at my dealer!! I cannot wait to play with it this weekend! My husband thinks I am nuts to spend so much money on a sewing machine. He just does'nt get it lol! I am so excited!!!!!!!


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I took the plunge and bought a Bernina 440 QEE!

I went into my local dealer yesterday and purchased a new Bernina 440 QE. They are running a special for this month of either a Free Embroidery Unit or a Free Serger with purchase! The price was incredible and hard to resist. I will get it in on Friday so all weekend to play with my new machine!

If anyone lives near Western Massachusetts and you are in the market for a new sewing machine, stop by and visit Kathy at Charlton Sewing Center. The customer service and prices are the best!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, April 6, 2009

DQS6 Quilt

I am almost finished with this quilt. I just have to sew the binding down and put the label on. I used Steam a Seam lite to put the applique down and then applique stitched around them. My free motion skills need much improvement but I really love this quilt. I hope my partner likes it as well.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

butterfly quilt tops

I made these two quilt tops up yesterday. I still have to add applique to the purple one and then quilt them both. I really love pink and purple :-)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Orange Crush Baby Quilt

This is my 3rd finished quilt of the year! I used a charm pack from Studio E and off white Kona cotton. I free motion stitched it on my Brother Se270d machine. It was much easier then my kenmore because it has the auto run button. Not having to control the foot peddle and my hands made it much easier to do.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Jigsaw pillow anyone?

Kellie over at Don't Look Now has once again created the most stunning patterns! With her new patterns you can create beautiful pillows or quilts. The opportunities are endless! I cannot wait to get my pattern in the mail. If you are interested in purchasing her patterns, you can get them here. If you want her new pattern, and it is before April 7th, email her here and put preorder in the subject line.

And don't forget to leave her a comment for a chance to win one of her amazing pillows!

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Flea Market Fancy Baby Quilt

I made this quilt with leftover blocks from the larger quilt I had made. This one I actually stippled the entire quilt. My first time stippling a quilt larger then a doll quilt. My stitches are not even at all and the back stitching are looser then I would have hoped but, I love the way it turned out! This is my 2nd finished quilt for 2009!

I pieced the back which I never used to do until I started to read Crazymomquilts blog! I love her quilts and actually, this pattern was from her site!

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Tips for Free Motion Machine Stippling

From a not so good beginner! I thought I had done my homework before I started stippling my lap size quilt. But, I forgot a few very important things.

1. Always make sure that you pull the front AND the back of the quilt tight! Otherwise, you will get puckers and wrinkles and even pull some of the fabric from the side in like me!

2. When usuing your trusty pal the seam ripper, take extra care NOT to slip the point under the fabric and tear it! Like I did :-(

That's all for now

Saturday, March 21, 2009

I test drove a Bernina 440 QE today!

Oh my goodness am I ever in love! I cannot believe how smooth the bernina runs and the stitch regulator is the best! I am trying to convince DH that I NEED to get this machine! I sure could get alot of quilts done with that machine. I currently have a kenmore which is somewhat new but does not even compare to the bernina. Did I mention how much I love this machine??

I will be going to the sewing and Quilt expo in Worcester Mass in April to see what deals they will have on one. My dealer already told me that she will match whatever price they give and give lessons to boot! So, with any luck, I will have a new machine by the end of April!!

So, if you have one, do you love it?


Thursday, March 19, 2009

You Can Quilt This from You Can Make This

I just received my newsletter from that they are starting a site called You Can Quilt This! I am so excited to get new patterns with full picture instructions along with it. I have purchased and made several of the patterns from the YouCanMakeThis site so I know the new site will have patterns that are easy to follow and make! So hop on over to here to sign up!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Flea Market Fancy Quilt top

I finished the Flea Market Fancy quilt top. Now I just need to put the backing on and quilt it. I am a bit nervous about doing the free motion quilting on it. I am so afraid of ruining it!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Catch up Post

Ok, since I have not posted alot, I have tons of pictures to show. The first one is of a wall hanging that I am making. I used the pattern from Don't Look Now located here. I was working on it faithfully until my DS got sick. I really need more time in each day!

These next mini quilts are from the Swap Till You Drop doll quilt swap. The first is the mini I sent to Julie(Jgmehlin. The theme was Sing it, read it, say it. I did my quilt based on "The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music". After I was all finished, I realized I made the musical notes backwards. OOPS! and the second is the one I received from her based on Oh Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison. I love the one I received! It is really beautiful!

That's all for now. More later when I have more time.


Good Monday Morning!

Over the weekend I purchased two Legacy Studio baskets of fabric from Joannes. They were on sale from 69.99 to 34.99. Each basket had 24 pieces (18x21) of fabric. I am usuing the tutorial from Crazy Mom Quilts of the Flea Market fancy quilt.

I have all my blocks cut and sewn. It made enough to make two lap size quilts! I just have to sew on the borders and backings then I can quilt. I am going to try free motion quilting the entire top. I am a bit nervous about that because I have only free motioned quilted on doll quilts.

I am also working on two mini quilts for February swaps that I am behind on. My youngest DS has been sick with muscle spasms and nerve problems so we have been in and out of the doctors and through a bunch of tests. Hopefully we will see some answers soon!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Finished Baby Quilt

I finished this baby quilt yesterday for a baby shower this week. I love the way it turned out except for a few puckers here and there.

Friday, February 27, 2009

I can't believe it is almost March!

Time is flying by so quickly this month. I have been dealing with some medical issues with my 5 year old and that has taken up lots of my time. I have 2 minis I will be working on this weekend for two swaps and I have a baby quilt to finish for a baby shower.

I also have a ton of UFO's to start working on. They just seem to pile up so fast! So, tomorrow I will get some photos up of my current projects and maybe that will be the push I need to get them done!


Sunday, February 1, 2009

I need organization!

My sewing room was a complete disaster! The carpeting was gross so we tore it up and replaced it with Pergo flooring and then painted the walls a nice sage color. It is so much brighter in there! Pictures to come, they appear to be missing from my computer :-)

I bought some of those cardboard backings for comic books to try to get my fabric organized. I have so much of it and can never find the color I am looking for. I have one row of fabric done and it is so much easier to find.

On the quilting side, I am working on a new wall hanging for the wall in that room. So far I have all the applique cut out but I keep switching it around so I have not ironed it yet. I also need to get one of those Clover Bias tape makers to make my stems with. I am going to see about getting one today.

Well, that's all for now!
Happy Quilting!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Don't Look Now has patterns!

I am a huge fan of Kellie from Don't Look Now. She has created 3 awesome patterns for purchase. She also has a pattern for her Rainbow Lollipops quilt that came out in this issue of Quilters Companion! Make sure you stop by and visit Kellie!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 12, 2009

My next project

I have started on another pillow with some applique pieces. I love ladybugs!



I still have more shapes to cut out and then reposition some but I like what it looks like so far!

Have a great day!