At the end

of a long work week (please, don’t make me talk about the norovirus or tape worms.  Please!) there is NO place like home!!!  Commitment, planning and love make our home a place of welcome refuge.  We had morning appointments and evening meetings this week.  Sleep was compromised.  We got bad news from two different friends.  It’s Winter and it’s bleak, without the addition of bad news…

Jingle received a phone call this evening prior to our walk.  Because of the COLD weather his girlfriend wanted to arrange a play date following our evening walk.  Thankfully the wind settled.  I have never been so grateful for silk long underwear and a warm hat, scarf and gloves.  Coming home after Jingle’s walk and date, lighted candles, warm soup and a loving husband awaited us.  It doesn’t get any better than that.  I am SO grateful!!!

Be warm, contented and feel the LOVE!  Give thanks!!!  EVERY day.

Piecefully, Pam

P.S.  Use you OWN yardstick to measure happiness and success…!!!

A continuation

from Monday…  For a variety of reasons, I was unable to free motion quilt last evening, and I won’t be able to tomorrow evening…so…sew, I made time to sit down and quilt for a bit this evening…  I got the Snowman and Santa backgrounds quilted.  My swirls did not feel as fluid this evening and I am a bit disappointed with my results, but not enough to UN-quilt!

Next time I plan to echo quilt the four gingerbread men blocks at the top and then onto the borders!  : )

Piecefully, Pam

I have to start


First echo quilted gingerbread man

Second echo quilted gingerbread man


And the fourth

Free motion quilted snow swirls...

Okay.  Now I can b-r-e-a-t-h-e!!!  It’s interesting trying to figure out how to see around your needle and presser foot…which direction to travel – up, down, right, left…how to effectively ‘puddle’ the quilt to allow for free motion quilting…ALL while trying to not quilt over your fingertips, have controlled hand speed and consistent foot pedal pressure…oh yeh, and BREATHE, BLINK and try to not stitch a giant thread nest!  ; )  I wonder just HOW many quilts Diane Gaudynski, Harriet Hargraves, Sue Nickels and Sharon Schamber have stitched…?!?!?!

While it’s not perfect, it doesn’t seem bad enough for me to un-quilt.  It does go much faster than hand quilting.  And, they say, practice makes perfect.  So, there will be more of this tomorrow evening!  ; )

Piecefully, Pam