Creating Much Lately?

I can’t believe two months have zoomed by since my last post!! Time stands still for no one and flies by! Prepping for another year of homeschooling, running our business, and remodeling parts of our home have really zapped my time. On top of it all, both of my sons have had doctors appointments lately and surgery was mentioned for each. Minor surgeries, but still heartbreaking and stressful for a mom. 🙁

Creating something everyday is my goal, it is my therapy. With my alarm set for 6:30, (unless the snooze is smacked) before everyone else is forced out of bed, I put coffee on to brew, and get out my sketchbooks/journals. Sewing, takes a back seat because it is such a chore to set up. Once our renovation’s are complete, I will have a permanent studio where I can sew, quilt, paint, and create my eyeballs out!! So…until I make time to sew…I will share my other creative projects with you. The two following photos were created following an online class that I am taking called Lifebook 2016. The one on the left is acrylics on canvas. My altered art journal was used for the watercolor painting on the right.

While watching a youtube video recently, a book was mentioned that I had to look into. Surprisingly, my local library happened to have it. After checking it out twice, I had to purchase a copy for myself.


This book is fabulous! I cannot recommend it enough. If you want to learn to draw, to silence the left analytical side of your brain, this book if for you!! The methods taught in this book allowed me to create like I never thought possible. It makes me want more!! Here is one of the projects I worked on from this book. It is perfectly imperfect, and I love learning and growing.


My passion is art. Whether it is with paint, ink, acrylics, fabric or thread, it makes my heart leap with joy. Discovering art journaling has enabled me to play without pressure from myself. It isn’t easy…but I am trying really hard to play, to have fun, to just BE!!


A few art journals I have started. 

I hope you all have a great creative week!



My First Longarm Experience

Hi guys!! I am so excited. So many emotions ran through me this past weekend. First of all a tech guy came out and serviced my longarm machine. I learned so much from him. If any of you live in NC, or surrounding states, and own a Gammill, Jerry from Threads Run Through It Quilt Shop in VA, will be of great assistance. I can’t thank the owner, Lori, enough for all her help over the phone. My experience with them surpassed my expectations.

Now for the fun stuff…I quilted my very first quilt on my longarm!!! After prepping my machine, and making sure I had some bobbins wound, I turned it on. I pulled the bobbin thread to the top…..and put my hands on the bars….and just stood there. 😳 So nervous, scared, anxious, and excited at the same time.  My very first t-shirt/onesie quilt was under the needle. That added to the stress level. I stood there for what felt like minutes, but I’m sure it was for seconds. Maybe not? lol I pressed the button on the right of my machine. There was no turning back now. HOLY COW!!! It sewed like a champ. That first row loosened my nerves up a bit. It was a total learning experience. I decided to do a meandering pattern, because it seemed the easiest. And guess what?! I had zero, ZERO thread breaks. When approaching thicker seams, I probably held my breath, and she plowed right through with now hesitation!

This is a photo of the quilt loaded. I am missing one canvas to pin the top to, so I floated the top. And…totally ignore the room its in. Our house is in the middle of a remodel, and that is…well, another blog story. lolIMG_6298

The next photo is of the quilt on the frame as I was sewing.


And…the back. I used grey and navy fabric on the back.


It was a learning experience that caused much more stress than I ever expected. To sew through someone else’s baby clothes, knowing there is no replacement, was the worst for me. I am my own worst critic and couldn’t bare the thought of totally screwing up someone else’s memories. BUT…it’s all good. I made it. I loved it. One phrase I heard from an art teacher this week that struck a cord with me, and one that I am going to try to live by is, “It may not be perfect, but perfect is no fun anyway.”

Here is a photo of the finished (63″ x 45″) quilt:IMG_6306

My next project will be to quilt this quilt top I made (blogged about in a previous post) a while back.


I was waiting to quilt it on the longarm. Now I am puzzled as to how it needs to be quilted. If you guys have any ideas, throw them my way. Keep in mind, I am a newbie. Plus all the colors on this quilt have patterns in them.😉

Hope you all have a fabulous week.



Onesie/T-Shirt Quilt and Procrastination


Oh, the onesie quilt. Just a warning, this may be a sour puss blog. As much as I LOVE sewing/creating, the onesie quilt…Let me just say, I have procrastinated more on this project than any project ever. The fear of ruining or disappointing the owner of this quilt has caused so much stress and procrastination. Do you guys have projects that you just dread?  I began cutting and prepping all of the onesie’s and t-shirts in mid May. Piecing this quilt was finally finished in mid June.


I first sewed the rows together and then sewed sashing strips between each.

Here is the finished quilt top:


It came out much better than I thought. The owner loved the photo I sent to her. Now the dreaded quilting. I promise y’all I usually am not such a sour puss towards sewing. That is my zen, my therapy, but I may need therapy when this one is done! lol With quilt sandwiches mounted on my long arm, I have been determined to quilt this one on it. I decided on a meandering pattern, so I could wander around on this thing and avoid any thick seams. Haha! Here is a practice photo of a scrap piece:


And what do ya know?! As soon as I loaded the onesie quilt, the thread keeps breaking!! I have rethreaded, used a different thread, checked the bobbin, changed the needle, played with the tension (eek!), and I have no clue what to do. I surely do not want to take this thing off, rip the basting stitches out, cry, and quilt it on my domestic machine. So…it will stay on the machine for a bit until I figure this one out. While I keep having my pity party, I will enjoy my other creative outlet, my art journaling. Here are some pics of my recent play time.😉




Hope you all have a fabulous week!

xo Pam

Let’s Make a Throw Pillow Sham

Hi guys!! Did you participate in our blog hop last week? I enjoyed reading others’ blogs and appreciate all of you who read and commented on my blog. Any who…school is out!! Yay!! We will have a short summer because we plan on schooling year round….so I have been playing and enjoying my zen time. Get ready for some photos! I am a visual learner.😉 Yesterday I made this beauty:


Front⬆️                    Back⬇️


Someone on a Facebook page commented on the dog ears, and I truly don’t mind my perfectly imperfect pillow sham. If I stuff it with a denser pillow, it will fill it out much nicer I believe. Using the quilt as you go method by Maureen Cracknell made this so much fun. Here are some photos of my progress:

I decided on these lovely fabrics by Amy Butler. Trimming all of the pieces to 2 1/2 inches, I then cut and prepped my batting.

Starting from the drawn line, I sewed them using 1/4 inch seam allowance, and pressing after each new piece was sewn. See the pins?? Yes I did.😉 Using pins with the layer of batting beneath the fabric, alone with my walking foot, made everything stay in place nicely. Above is a photo of the first finished block before trimming.

After trimming the finished blocks, I sewed them together and pressed the seams as flat as possible. I didn’t pin at the points as usual, and guess what? All that prep work paid off. See the next photo below.😉


The finished pillow top. You will also see color variations in my photos due to photos being taken inside and this one was taken outside. It really does make a difference. The backing, photo below shows two pieces overlapping each other as they will be placed on the back. Both pieces were binded to finish the edges.


Onto the dreaded binding. I think you either love or hate binding. While hate is a strong word, it is my most dreaded part of the process.

The two photos to the right are where I tried my first go at hand stitching binding. The top photo was a whip stitch. I wasn’t pleased with how it looked and changed it to a ladder stitch. Hat’s off to all you guys who love hand stitching! Guess I am a more speedy gal and don’t have the patience for it. lol All in all, I was tickled pink with how it turned out. I will look for a denser pillow to fill it as I am sure it will look much nicer.

Someone this past week wanted an update on my mixed media piece that I shared last week. I did finish it this week, and it looks much different. The colors on the original (see last blog post) just were not me. I named it Tater Tater! My mom said it looks like potatoes and you will see why. Haha! That’s is what is so wonderful about art. Everyone sees something different. Do you see tater’s too? (Just to let you know I was thinking river rocks when I painted the circular shapes.)


There is one more artsy piece I will share with you this week. I took a piece of junk mail and made this fly away girl. She’s my favorite of my girls so far.😉 You can tell I have enjoyed all of my family sleeping in since school has been out.



I hope you all have a fabulous week!! I am off to catch up on my co bloggers’ blog hop!



2016 New Quilters Blog Hop

Welcome everyone to my blog! My name is Pam and this is the first time I have ever participated in a blog hop….so hold on! First of all, many thanks to Yvonne @QuiltingJetgirl, Cheryl @MeadowMistDesigns, and Stephanie @LateNightQuilter for hosting this blog hop. I am already learning so much.😉

My blog is really new…as in March 31, 2016 new. Am I the newbie of newbies? My purpose for blogging is to meet new people with like interests, to share things I have learned, and to archive my work.

A Little Background

The earliest memories of sewing I have are of my maternal grandmother. I can remember the sound of the crunch her scissors would make as she cut through her fabric laying across her dining room table. She would quickly get to a stopping point, and put everything away. I was always curious, always wanted to see more, but I totally understand why she would put things away. My paternal grandmother had a Singer treadle sewing machine. I never witnessed her using it, but it sure pinched my fingers a time or two when I would play with it to see how fast I could make it go. Until this past August, that was it. That was all I knew about sewing. After my flame and passion for art was reignited this past year, I wanted to learn how to use a new medium…fabric and thread! Taking an intro to sewing class taught me several things, how to use my machine, and there is a reason I am a hermit. Learning in a classroom setting is not for me. I do better at home with my computer (pause and rewind are my favorite!), books, and hands on. The three projects I made in that class are by far my worst creations so far. Not because the instruction or material was not good, but because my attention span and focus abilities is like Dory on Nemo.

Blogging Tips

Now that’s funny. Sorry, but I am of no help here. I still have issues with codes, buttons…

Facts About Me

  • I homeschool my two boys (13 & 15 yrs old).
  • My hubby and I own a small retail business….rerouting….a small retail business owns my hubby and I.
  • We own a pitbull (sweetest girl ever) and a chihuahua (her name is Gabby, but we sometimes call her Gabzilla).
  • I love to cook (and eat too!)
  • I have never been on a plane. 😳
  • When I don’t have the time to sew, I love to draw, paint, or doodle. Calligraphy has been on my to learn list. Man I am all over the place! Told you I was Dory-ish. lol
  • My hubby and I both own Harley-Davidson motorcycles. I am a motorcycle momma too! (It’s much more fun to drive than to ride.) lol
  • I love learning!


Found some time to play (learn) this week on my new to me long arm machine. 


A mixed media art piece I started on this week. Not sure where it is going yet.🙂

Quilting Tips

The better you prep, the better the quilt. I always use two or three rulers to square up my fabric. It could just be that I am also OCD, works for me. Also, don’t be afraid of the walking foot. It can be your best friend. And last but not least, glue basting rocks! (Unless you like to press seams open.) Ha!

All in all, I am one busy wife & momma. Schooling in the mornings, then off to the store I go to do paperwork, orders, blah, blah, home to cook, clean, etc. Finding time to create anything can be a challenge, but one I have started making time for. My house is messier than it has ever been, and I am trying to be ok with that.

Thank you all for taking time to read my blog. I hope it isn’t too difficult to read ’cause I write and type as I speak, with a southern accent y’all! Please show some love to the other bloggers’ pages in my group this week:

Nicole @Handwrought Quilts

Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

Mary @Briarystitches



The Beginning of an Addiction

Because I have had no time to sew over the last couple of weeks, I thought I would share with you some of my very first sewing projects. Last August is when I purchased my first sewing machine and learned to sew. Looking back, I realize how ambitious I was. When you are a newbie, full of excitement and eager to learn, there is nothing you can’t do. For me at least, not knowing the rules helped me to approach sewing fearlessly. The fourth thing I made is a Bionic Gear Bag. (The pattern is found on Craftsy.) Holy moly! What the heck was I thinking?? This is not a newbie project. lol It took me a whole day to make!


The binding was the most difficult thing for me sew on because there was so much bulk on the sides.

My first quilt was made soon after. The pattern I followed had an on point layout and I changed it to a horizontal layout. On point would have been awesome, but the triangles that would’ve been around the edges of the quilt intimidated me. Here are the cut pieces:


On this next photo, I am sewing together the rows I pieced together. My brave self! I had no clue!! lol


Ahhh! The finished quilt!


Even though I used no glue to glue baste, it came out great. The rows are stitched together horizontally and some of the vertical rows were a bit off, but I was tickled pink. Binding was sewn on with a machine. I haven’t attempted to hand stitch binding on yet, but from viewing everyone else’s beautiful quilts, I may need to give it a go. One of the next things I made was a double oven mitt.


I found a tutorial on Youtube for this on Crafty Gemini Creates‘ channel. This worked up really fast and I made a few of these for Christmas gifts. The next quilt I made was a chevron pattern. Totally clueless me, I made this baby sized quilt without squaring up any of the half square triangles. I still love the way it came out.


Since last August, my creative world has been flipped, turned upside down. (Fresh Prince anyone? Haha!) Whether I have time to sew or not, I am doodling, painting, drawing, or educating myself about all things artsy craftsy. I feel most alive when I am creating! The day for our house remodeling to be complete cannot get here fast enough. Besides more room for the entire family, I will have a craft space that my machine can stay out to play, and my art supplies will be at arms reach. Until then…




Drunkard’s Path…What a Hoot!

Drunkard’s path blocks are one of my favorite blocks to use. They give a quilt curves and movement. At the same time, they can be a pain in the patootie for me to sew.

The first time I tried curves/circles, I used Cristy’s piec-lique method. It was scary and intimidating, but once conquered I was hooked on curves. The next time I tried drunkard’s paths blocks, I attacked it and didn’t use any glue or pins…”I got this!” Using templates, I cut the fabric and just went with it. It worked! Now…I am superwoman. Ha!

This week, while doodling on graph paper, I designed an owl quilt (she still needs a name) using using these blocks that I adore. So excited, I printed out some templates using EQ7. With the intention of this being a mini quilt, I had to change the original 4″ finished block size to a 2″. No problem, I thought. Now to cut & prep the fabric. Cutting was a challenge, but I managed.


With my superwoman skills, I began piecing these blocks together without pinning. Nothing seemed to line up, the edges of template A seemed to be too short. I stitched, ripped stitches, stressed, cussed, threw away the superwoman outfit, gave up, and came back the next day. (I really thought of chunking it all in the scrap pile.) This time, I brought my pins with me.



After successfully sewing a couple of blocks together together, I pinned the rest of the curves together.


I pressed the blocks and sewed them together row by row. Because I was on a roll, I didn’t think to get pictures of the finished blocks. Next, I glue basted the rows together, stitched, and bam! My vision has come together, finally!

Some things I learned from this mini: I don’t like smaller curves as much as the larger ones, pins can be your friends, coffee and rest are even greater friends.


Here is my finished mini quilt top. It measures about 16″ x 22″. The original plan for 4″ finished blocks would have been 34″x 46″.


If anyone is interested in this pattern, let me know. I am actually working on my first pattern (another project) and would love some constructive criticism. For now, the onesie quilt I began last weekend is begging to be pieced.

Wish me luck!! ~Pam