My Melody

Babylock Melody

introducing my sewing, my quilting, my crafting BFF…Melody! she’s an amazing partner!

i’ve owned 5 sewing machines in my lifetime and this is the most i’ve spent…the sky’s the limit when it comes to the cost of sewing machines… unfortunately my budget doesn’t reach the sky..

when looking for a sewing machine, it’s a good idea to give yourself a target price range, mine was around $1000-ish.. you’ll also want to make a list of your must have features..

my must haves included:

  • automatic thread cutter
  • speed control
  • automatic needle threader
  • drop in bobbin [i love the idea of seeing just how much thread i have left]
  • a decent amount of stitches
  • the ability to plow through layers of fabric, duck cloth, canvas, and denim
  • extension table
  • walking foot
  • free motion quilting foot
  • warranty

Melody gives me all those features and much more, she hums along happily, stitches beautifully, i couldn’t be happier… [ok let's be realistic, even when you're perfectly happy with your sewing machine, you always look at the newer, bigger, better, faster, models available.. haha]

Melody and i will be best friends forever… or until i hit the lotto [okay not really because i don't even play the lotto]..

she’s great!


Thread Envy

i have serious thread envy.. i want AURIfil thread in every color they offer! but alas.. i can’t always have what i want, so i’ll settle for my quick little shopping trip yesterday where i picked up these little spools of goodness!

..aren’t they pretty!

Aurifil Thread -

50WT 100% cotton AURIfil thread 1422yards 1300mt

Machine piecing : Gives a great result with a nice flat seam every time.

Machine quilting : Use for very detailed machine quilting with a lot of back tracking such as feathers and heavy background quilting . Perfect for quilting that creates texture when you don’t necessarily want to see the quilting lines. Use the same thread in the bobbin. Use a Sharp/Microtex, quilting or even denim needles 80/12. – source

Makings of a Quilt Sandwich

it’s not edible.. no calories involved..  yet still exciting, because it means you’re one big step closer to a finished quilt!

if you google “basting a quilt” you will come up with oodles of ways to baste a quilt..  i’m sure there are even debates on the subject, but just like any handcrafted project… do what works for YOU!

so far, this is what works for me [but i reserve the right to change my mind in the]


  1. the front of a beautiful project
  2. the backing, i.e. a solid piece of fabric, a cotton sheet, a pieced backing, even another front for your back..
  3. batting, i love Warm & Natural and/or Warm & White and have no experience with anything else, it just works for me!
  4. 505 Spray and Fix Adhesive
  5. old sheet for overspray


i roll out my warm and white onto a sheet and size to fit my quilt front, making sure to have at least 1-2″ on all 4 sides, this allows for movement when quilting. cut your batting.

note: as you can see i lay my quilt onto a sheet bigger than my project so that it will catch most of the overspray..


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Modern Grid Quilting Made Easy

while searching, googling and reading online quilting pins, blogs, etc… i stumbled upon this amazing, simple trick to create a perfect grid quilting pattern each and every time.. as a new quilter, i need all the help i can get, not to mention my machine doesn’t have a laser guide so the magic blue tape will be my guide….

it all begins with..

ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape, Advanced Multi-Surface, .94-Inch by 60-Yard

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Nautical Sailing Ships


my second addition to my Etsy Shop.. a cute little nautical themed sailing ship quilt that measures 36″ x 45″. perfect for a little boy or girl on sale for $85 with free shipping within the United States. for more details and additional photos simply click on the photo or the Etsy Shop link in the menu.

thanks for peaking!

Vintage Stars and Stripes [work in progress]


we had a dear friend of my husbands admitted to the hospital with no exact explanation as to exactly what has happened, he was a healthy guy and this was quite unexpected. he’s still in ICU and doctors are working hard to diagnose the cause…

meanwhile their medical bills and additional expenses of his wife’s loss of income along with having to travel 2 hours round trip to be with her husband is adding up. friends and family have really stepped up with raising funds for this sweet family and i wanted to do my little part…

so what’s a girl to do…?? answer: quilt!! the finished quilt will go up for auction when complete and 100% of the funds will be donated to their family.. i’m really excited about it!

i had such a good time working on my eight little squares quilt and with presidents day weekend approaching, i knew i wanted to go with a patriotic theme, not to mention our friend is a fellow police officer, so it just felt right.

progress.. february 18.. i’ve batted, basted and begun my quilting!


Project Linus – North Bay – Sonoma County Chapter

Project Linus

i’d never heard of Project Linus until i started quilting, which is sad because i’ve sewn for years and could have certainly been crafting blankets for children in need. better late than never though!

you might be like me and never heard of the charity, so here’s a little information…

Project Linus National Headquarters is located in Bloomington, Illinois. National President Carol Babbitt and Vice President Mary Balagna direct and orchestrate the activities of Project Linus chapters located across the United States. Both have been involved with the organization since late 1998, as chapter coordinators and now as directors and officers. They also maintain a very busy Central Illinois chapter, donating an average of 350 blankets every month to local children. With chapters in all 50 states, Project Linus continues to grow. Blankets are collected locally and distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug.

Project Linus provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”

if you live in the north bay, sonoma county area here is a direct link to our chapter: Project Linus North Bay/Sonoma County. contact the local chapter coordinator… Jenny Giacomini, 304 Maria Dr., Petaluma, Ca. 94954 • 707-778-6875 •

Drop-off Locations…

Sonoma County:

Marin County:

  • Northgate Sewing & Vacuum, 274 Northgate One, San Rafael, 415-472-1281 [Map]

even if you can’t sew, knit, crochet or hand craft a blanket, you can donate materials, or a monetary donation in any amount at!

Sweet Pink Vintage Baby Girl Quilt


my first quilt for sale on Etsy is a sweet pink vintage style baby girl quilt! it measures 35″ x 41″ and is on sale for $85 with free shipping within the United States.

i originally bought the pink print fabric to make a toddler dress and when i got home from the fabric store i laid out all my fabric and i literally said out loud, “oh these prints have to become a quilt”…

so i started cutting 2.5″ strips and and began piecing. for all the details and additional photos you can click on the image or the link to my Etsy Shop in the menu bar.