Adventures of a Novelty Fabric and Selvage Obsessed Quilter

Glad you stopped by!

I am a busy wife and the mom of 19 year old twins, a boy and a girl who are Sophomores at Syracuse University.

I have been quilting since the spring of 2008. I love novelty fabrics, colorful and unique.

Selvage quilting is addictive! Who knew the "junk" we cut off and threw out would be what I now save! I started a new tradition when I travel--visiting quilt stores! I particularly enjoy going to stores that have been named in the Quilt Sampler Featured Shop Lists-




Sunday, December 14, 2014

I'm baaaack, Hope you haven't forgotten me!

Well, it's been nearly two years since I last posted. Alot has gone on, unfortunately not a lot of quilting. Not that I haven't wanted to; in fact I have three projects waiting for me.  A baby quilt, a t shirt quilt for my son,  and a French braid wall hanging for my brother and sister in law. All the fabric is is here waiting for me. I just haven't been motivated.
What I haven't shared with you is that I have MS. I had my first symptom when my kids were in third grade. I have been  "lucky" to have had exacerbations every three years or so , always correcting themselves. Then in June of 2011,  I developed something called a nystagmus in my right eye, which was making my eye bounce. You couldn't detect it by looking at me. I thought it was getting better, but in March of 2012, it was bad. Thankfully in August of 2012, I saw a neuro ophthalmologist who prescribed a medication that after the first dose, I knew I was saved! It was like a miracle! Everything I had read up until that point never mentioned medicine.
Then, in November of 2013, I had an exacerbation that changed everything. Up until that point, I really had no outward signs that I had MS. After this exacerbation, it affected me from my waist to my toes. I have something called an MS hug.  My balance has been affected as well as my ability to stand in one place for any length of time. So, that's what's been going on with me. I want to start quilting again!! I feel like I'm ready to get back into it. I've really missed it. I have to say that through this journey, my husband and kids have been amazing! I'd love to hear from you, I've missed that!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Red Zinger Pattern

Karen Griska of The Selvage Blog recently wrote asking about using a photo of my Black Selvage Zinger in a pattern she was working on. She sent it to me today. Very cool!!!!!!!!!!!

Find it in her Etsy store:


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Still here!

Still here...just incredibly busy!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Welcome Blogger's Quilt Festival Participants!

This is the 6th time
I am participating, and the Festival
is the reason I decided to start blogging!

Today, I am featuring a baby quilt 
I made for my cousin Lisa's baby girl.

It was a panel front,
but I enjoyed putting together the back and label!
  wrapped and ready to go!
label
standard baby quilt size, quilted by me, baby quilt category

Enjoy the festival!!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

How true is this?


Another, seen on Facebook

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pillowcases!



I recently made Marisa some pillowcases, and 
love how they turned out!

The are pictured on the fantastic new
big ironing board that Marc and I built!!

Friday, September 28, 2012

So true!

saw this on Facebook and had to share!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sailing away!

Sorry I have been MIA!

The kids came home from an awesome
summer at camp,
then 72 hours later, 
we were moving them into their dorm rooms!
It was a whirlwind, but it was all good!

Now, time for a vacation!

We leave in the morning
for a 10 day cruise
aboard the Explorer of the Seas!!

While on board, I will be celebrating a big birthday!!

Catch you when I return!!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Film Rolls

by Benartex

Another recent addition to my stash!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Taxi!!

From the New York State of Mind collection 
by Kanvas for Benartex

Friday, July 27, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Quilt stores!

My first stop was a lovely shop called
Quilter's Alley in Ridgefield, Ct
http://www.thequiltersalley.com/
I found 2 great fabrics I had to have!

http://www.ttfabrics.net/cgi-bin/fabricshop/gallery.cgi?func=show&file=78&Category=211&Page=1&v=1
Back tomorrow with the second fabric!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Matt and Marisa at camp!

So excited to see this
great picture on
the camp website this morning!
Looking forward to Visiting Day Sunday!!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Embellished sewing machine

Came across this today.

What do you think?

Read more about it here

Monday, June 18, 2012

Camp!

Summer is here!
The kids left yesterday to
be lifeguards for the summer.
I've been busy with them getting ready,
so now I hope I will have lots of time to sew!!

Monday, June 4, 2012

A welcome sight!

An empty design wall! 
Which I quickly fixed by
getting to work ironing Pellon stabilizer to 
Matt's T shirts!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

A pillowcase, for Carly


Matt's girlfriend, Carly.
loves anything with elephants.
When I saw this fabric 
advertised in the latest
Quilt Sampler magazine,
I knew I had to make something for her!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Elephants!

I ordered some of this 
wonderful fabric
to make a pillowcase for Carly,
Matt's girlfriend, who loves
anything elephant!
Unbelievably, nothing from my stash worked
so I am headed to my LQS
tomorrow to get coordinating fabrics.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Beads!

(Sorry for the turned picture.
It is the right way on my screen, but
not when I upload to blogger)
Marisa brought these beads 
home for me 2 years ago after 
she spent the summer in Israel.. 
She strung them today, and I love them!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Bloggers' Quilt Festival- Marisa's T-shirt Quilt!

Welcome visitors from the
Bloggers' Quilt Festival!!
I will always be grateful to Amy,
because the festival is the reason 
I started blogging in the Fall of 2009


The quilt I have chosen to share
is very special to me.
I made it for my wonderful daughter
Marisa,
who just finished her Freshman year
at Syracuse University.
It is a T shirt quilt made from
old, favorite T-shirts of her childhood.
Also, it has wonderful novelty fabrics,
many of which she helped me pick out!!
It was quilted by Melinda  at
who did an absolutely amazing job!
It was truly a labor of love!

Before being quilted:
After:
 Close ups of a few:

 Binding done:
 close ups:

 folded:
 label:
Currently, I am about to start on a 
T-shirt quilt for her
 twin brother, Matthew!
Stay tuned!
If you like what you see, follow me!


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Crayon Art!

I'll let the pictures tell the story today!








Love how it came out!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Organizing, but no sewing...

Matt & Marisa and I are working
hard to sort thru and
get everything back into place.
No time for sewing for me :(

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mom's Day!!

 Thanks to Marisa and Matt
for helping me to be what I always
wanted to be...
A Mommy!!
I couldn't be prouder of you and I adore you!
Happy Mom's Day to all
the moms!!