I’ve Moved!

Well, *I* haven’t moved, but my blog and website have. You can now find both at www.andicrafts.me – I hope you’ll come visit!


Merry Christmas to All!!


Thank you to all of you who have supported me this past year. May you have the Merriest of Christmases, and Health and Happiness in the New Year!


A Recent Customer Quilt

I’m working on Part 3 of my article on types of quilting and when to choose which one. But in the mean time, how about some eye-candy?

If you’re on Facebook, you may have seen this already. But I really had fun on this one, so I wanted to share. It’s called Glacier Star, which is a paper-pieced pattern by Judy Niemeyer. My customer did a great job piecing this. I think I would have given up before I got it finished (good thing she likes to piece and I like to quilt!). She wanted custom quilting, not too dense, thread to match, but other than that it was up to me.


Glacier Star, a Judy Niemeyer pattern

I wanted to play up the circular area in the center of the quilt so I quilted a circle with flame designs around the center star. I know she doesn’t like dense background fills, so I wasn’t sure what to do in the rest of the cream area around the flying geese. Then I decided that 1/4 inch outlining would be just the thing.


I like to have continuity in a quilt, so I repeated the ‘flame’ stitching from the center in the around the black spikes of the large star, and repeated the 1/4 inch outlining in the outer New York Beauty blocks.


Feathers would have been the obvious choice in the black areas, but I wanted to do something unexpected – so I chose an orange peel fill.


She was very happy with how it turned out, and I had a lot of fun quilting this one. Hope you enjoy the photos.

Blog Contest Winner

I used a random number generator to choose a winner from those who commented on my post about Working With X-Blocks Rulers. Drumroll, please……..the winner is Linette Greene! Linette, I’ve sent you an email, please respond to that with your mailing address and I’ll send out your prize of a Mini X-Blocks ruler and a pattern. Thanks to everyone who played! And if any of you do decide to try an X-Blocks quilt, I’d love to see it!

The Party’s Over……

Another successful quilting retreat is history. Once again we had a wonderful time. I’ll try to post some photos here soon, but for now you can view them here.

Quilting Studio Tour

If you couldn’t make it to my Quilt Market Review on Saturday, would you like to now join me on a photo tour of the Studio?

Here is the front entryway:

Front Entryway

Don’t you love the hayfork? I found that in an antique store in Missouri a few years back:


This is the view that greets you as you come in the door to the Studio:

As you look to the left, you come to the “Civil War Corner”:

Civil War Corner

A closer look (hmm, I didn’t know they had stereos like that back then <grin>):

Looking across the room reveals more fabric, patterns, and Paintstick supplies & samples:

And to the right more books and the “Twirling Tulips” sample:

Let’s go into the back room now for some refreshments:

And while you’re snacking you can see a demo of the AccuQuilt GO!

or browse through some new books and lines of fabric:

Finally, if you need to sit for a while, maybe you would like to help me sew some blocks for this sample that isn’t quite finished yet?:

Thank you again for coming, whether in person or in a virtual visit. I hope you’ll come back very soon!

Sad Day

It was a busy day at the shop – that was good.  It helped keep my mind off of what I had to do when I left work today. In this post I showed you a picture of Annie. Annie is our lab mix who came to live with us on our first anniversary (hence her name – short for Anniversary Dog) back in 1995, when she was just 8 weeks old. Which makes her 14 now. That’s about 98 in human years. She doesn’t hear so well, doesn’t see so well, and for the last year or two has had trouble with her back legs. She had trouble standing up, her back end would start sinking. And she couldn’t always make it outside to do what should be done outside.

And in the last week or two she was pacing a lot and panting. Which the vet had told us were signs she was in pain. So we decided it was time to put her out of her misery. I *know* we did the right thing, but it still hurts. We had her all but one year of our married life. We lived with her in 5 different houses (plus 2 motels) in 3 different towns. And she caused us all kinds of problems, like chewing through the cable TV and telephone wires, and digging out of the backyard fence, and jumping out of the 6 foot high kennel – several times, and jumping out of the window of the rental house (ripping the screen and messing up the trim), and stressing out during thunderstorms, and, oh, – I can’t even think of all the other things. But you know what??? We loved her anyway. And no matter how much we ignored her or got mad at her or yelled at her, she loved us right back. Pets are funny that way. People should learn from their example.

So long, dear Annie. Thank you for sharing your life with us. We’ll look for you at the Rainbow Bridge…..

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