How Do You Store Your Threads?

I was read reading a recent post in “The Inbox Jaunt”.  Lori was discussing and wondering how everyone stored their threads. I’m a quilter and I machine embroider custom quilt labels. Needless to say I have thread coming out of my ears. Before I moved I had built in drawers in my quilt studio, I couldn’t bring them with me so I bought a chest of drawers. 3 drawers are for quilting threads and 3 drawers are for embroidery thread. It works pretty well! How about you, how do you organize your threads?



It’s “Sew Nice” in Norwich, NY

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Located in Norwich, NY, sits a fabulous quilt shop owned by Diane Marvin which she opened in June 2005. I stopped by Sew Nice to visit and ask Diane a few questions. Diane’s career was in education. Her mother was a career woman that made her own stylish suits to wear to work.  Diane had no interest in sewing until she made her first quilt around 2000 – it was love at first stitch!


Diane holding up her almost finished quilt top “Northern Neighbors”.

Diane is a Studio 180 Design certified Instructor as is Donna Hanley who also teaches there. Sew Nice is a “Certified Bernina Classroom Shop”. They carry fabric lines from Moda, P&B, Marcus, Benartex, Timeless treasures, Kona, the list goes on. I love that they have a whole isles devoted to polka dot fabric.



The quilters that gather at Sew Nice refer to it as their “Quilting Playhouse” and as a “Cheers” for quilters. Quilters lovingly refer to Diane as “The Pusher”, (quilt pusher that is). You go to see Diane at Sew Nice to get your quilt fix!  Diane gently pushes you to always keep learning and try new quilting techniques.





Sew Nice offers a 24 seat classroom. And if that is not enough, they also offer general sewing machine repair and maintenance.



Sew Nice only sells Quilters Dream Batting (QDB). When I asked why Diane said:

  1. It’s made in the USA
  2. NO other batting can compare with QDB quality.
  3. There is no minimum order.
  4. And last but not least “QDB Customer Service”! Diane could not praise the QDB Customer Service enough. She feels QDB is one of the best companies she has dealt with.
  5. Diane’s favorite is Dream Wool!



If you live in the area and are looking for a quilt home you will be so welcomed at “Sew Nice” because they are so nice!

Sew Nice – 6142 State Hwy 12 – Norwich, NY 13815 – (607) 334-2477 –


The Grass is Always Greener…..

…under the tarp. There are 3 dachshunds in my house and they are adjusting to winter. These girls are beach babies and don’t quite know what to do when it’s time to go potty. But they are getting used to it. So we put a tarp down when it snows and then whip it off so they can smell the grass. So far it is working. We are prepared with a snowblower for the big snows?




Is Your Past Haunting You?

Mine is!  I have 7 quilt tops from 2014 that have not been quilted yet and “Northern Neighbors” pattern with only 1 block finished.


Moving out of state put a real crimp in my quilting.  I am a compulsive finisher, so having a pile of unfinished quilts is driving me crazy.   I have a Nolting fun Quilter, it is a mid-arm with a 17″ throat.  I also have a larger studio now so I have room for a 12′ quilt frame.  One has been ordered and should be here by the end of January.  I’m hoping my new Nolting frame will help me be a better, more creative quilter.

Needless to say, my resolutions for 2015 are all about finishing my tops and getting back to healthy diet again.


#56 Kaleidocally Hexed

Before you reach for your dictionary, I made that word (kaleidocally) up!  These Kaleidoscope/hexagon quilts are fun and addictive as you can tell by the fact I have now made 56 of them!  This year Grand Central Station in New York City and Union Station in Utica New York celebrated their 100th birthday.  I had wanted to make a quilt to celebrate this fact but was overcome by events.  The year 2014 has been challenging for me to say the least.  Needless to say I found my self facing the last week in 2014 and my goal was to get this quilt top done, and I did – in 4 days.  It is News Years Eve, and I feel a great sense of accomplishment.

I wanted to show you some interior pictures of Union Station in Utica NY. I love this train station.  When I was 12 I left from Union Station and went all the way to Las Vegas, Nevada.  It was a thrill for me and I have loved trains ever since.
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Isn’t the marble gorgeous?

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I absolutely love the oak seats.  This is a very active train station.

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Below is a fabric from Timeless treasures I chose for this kaleidocally hexed quilt.  It is a city scape of landmarks in New York City.  I will have to make another quilt that represents the rest of New York (which is stunningly beautiful)!


Below is the top I finished in 4 days aptly named “New York – Kaleidocally Hexed”.  I recorded my self making this top and shared the video’s on this blog.


I so look forward to 2015 and pushing on with other quilt projects like Studio 180 Design’s “Northern Neighbors”!  Happy New year everyone and God Bless!

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

What Was This Sewing Machine Used For?

The sewing machine shown below was recently discovered in one the old mills in New York Mills, NY. It was brought to the November NY Mills Historical Society. We are trying to figure out what it was used for. There are no markings whatsoever on this machine. It was lovingly cleaned by one of the historical society members.

New York Mills, NY has had textile mills from the early 1800’s till until 1956. They manufactured muslin, wool, corduroy and during the war years Jungle Cloth.

The sewing machine is about the size of a Singer 221 Featherweight. Does anyone know who made it and what it was used for?

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