Anchors Aweigh!

Anchor Quilt, Free motion quilting

After stitching sailboats a few weeks ago (see tutorial HERE) and Swirling Stars yesterday (See tutorial HERE), it seemed an anchor quilt was inevitable…

Anchor Quilt, Free motion quilting

I purchased a Bernina 820 several weeks ago (See more HERE), and it has taken a little time to get the setting just where I like them, but I found a few tension tricks for this machine, and now it is smooth sailing!

Anchor Quilt, Free motion quilting

With a little treat to keep me going…(Found at Caribou Coffee co.)

Anchor Quilt, Free motion quilting

Anchor Quilt, Free motion quilting

I had this stitched before the stars came out…

Anchor Quilt, Free motion quilting

Anchor Quilt, Free motion quilting

 I added The Sailboat in the corners…

Anchor Quilt, Free motion quilting

Anchor Quilt, Free motion quilting

I can’t wait to use this on my Fourth of July table!

Anchor Quilt, Free Motion Quilting

You might also like The Flag Quilt posted last week…

Pretty Paperwork

USPS Flower Stamps

Today is Monday.  July 1st, 2013.  The first of the month and a Monday can only mean one thing…

It’s Paperwork Day.  Phone calls. Bills. Filing…

And it ALWAYS takes more time than I expect…

USPS Flower Stamps

I would rather be in my garden…

USPS Flower Stamps

Over the years, I have developed a few rituals to make Paperwork Day more pleasant.

USPS Flower Stamps

I have pretty notebooks and folders for organizing my paperwork.  I try to keep fun stamps on hand —and I always brew my favorite coffee or tea as I gather the paperwork that has collected all week.

USPS Flower Stamps

Once all the paperwork is collected, the mail is opened and the sale flyers are tossed away, I pull out my favorite fountain pens (read more HERE) and get to work…

What rituals do YOU have for Paperwork Day?