Teal Dragon Quilts

A world of Quilts and Dragons!

And a New One just begun

Sewing, sewing and sewing! My new year is going just as planned. Well, sort of . I finished 2018 with 8 finshed UFO’s. This year I’m hoping to do 12 or more. I have 39. With that in mind I joined AllPeopleQuilt.com’s UFO Challenge. I love this one, because, the purpose is to move forward. So even if you don’t FINISH, just one step closer is good. APQ will pick a number each month, and that is the project to move forward. January is #3 Spinning Stars. Watch for photos on Instagram and FB.

I also joined two other online challenges. #QPBestYearEver2019 and #QAMStasBash. Both are keeping me motivated and are proving to be lots of fun. In between, I have been sewing on my Dresden Plate Quilt.

Dresdens from Bee Challenge and a UFO Vanilla Jamaica from a workshop class. I added a little twist! So say, hello to Twister!

I changed the Vanilla Jamaica Pattern by Trish Stuart a little and there was a lot of twisting and turning of the top to appliqué the Dresden Plates.

We are finally moving forward on the Teal Dragon House remodel! The sewer, plumbing, electrical, insulation in the attic (new!), roof and outside painting are DONE! Next up is the kitchen. New cabinets, new counters, new sink, new appliances and new floor. I can hardly wait for the start, but that means, I need to move all the kitchen stuff out. Oh my, where is it going to go? Believe me, this is a challenge I have been waiting for!

My pretty Teal Dragon House. Meet Freckles, my 4 legged son.
He protects me from all that is bad!

As you can see, I have a big 2019 planned. Please pray that I stay motivated and on task! And that my lungs stay clear of asthma!

Thanks for reading, Mary


Another year over

One of my favorite lines from John Lennon’s Happy Christmas.  Well, we still have a few more weeks to get “things” done.  I plan on using every minute!  This is my favorite time of the year on most days.  It’s time to start planning (wish I could have hearts popping out of that word…planning)  the new year.  

In times past, this has been a busy season with no time for planning.  Gigs every weekend from Thanksgiving until Christmas, with rehearsals on most nights.  The life of a free lance musician!  I’m retired now and it’s just starting to become real.

I like being busy.  I like having deadlines, even though it is a love/hate relationship.  But not having to get out when it is cold and rainy is very nice.  I’m trying to figure out how to stay motivated when I have no deadlines.  I do have a few parties that things have to get done before.  My family is getting together and trading gifts for the first time in a while, so I do have to do some shopping/sewing.

I have played my piano everyday this week.  I love my piano, it doesn’t hurt to play and it sounds good.  I’ve tried the violin, but not so good.  I really don’t want to put it aside forever.  I love violin, I love violin music, I love playing the violin.  Sad thoughts.  Playing the violin was a battle I fought with my parents.  They supported my efforts, but I had to fight for getting the lessons.  Piano and Violin lessons were a little above my parents pay grade until I was in high school.  I’m not ready to give up.  Maybe I’ll try some Christmas carols.

Quilting, quilting was all kinds of fun.  Last board meeting for the 2018 QGGH board.  They did a fantastic job and I have loved working with them.  My bee had their Christmas Party and what fun.  (streamers shooting out of that word…fun) We also decided on what challenges we were going to have, and of course I signed up for every one of them!  Coming up is the Guild Holiday Party.  The big thing is our Opportunity Quilt will be drawn for and I will be done with that chair’s responsibilities.  I’ve loaded our pics from 2018 into PhotoStory for slide presentation.  It’s potluck and I still don’t know what I will bring.  Hoping to have a UFO done for the last quarter.

Life is good, Family and Friends are good, Freckles is perfect.  This week, more piano practice and 2019 planning!

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More than a year

I’ve missed blogging, but it is definitely low man on the totem pole!  Between selling the Tiki house, yes we sold it 😦 and trying to de-clutter the Houston House, along with being the IT Chair for QGGH, Queen bee of my bee, playing in the PPO, and assisting real estate agents with their web presence my life has been full.  I always have an “itch” to blog, so today, on this Saturday before Easter Sunday, I will try to get back into blogging.

Dolly Brooke

I finished this one last month, Dolly Brooke and it has been given to my niece.  This is one of the 2 UFO’s I’ve finished in 2018.  I’m really close on the 3rd and hoping I finish it next week.

Besides re-modeling our house, which is on hold, finishing UFO’s is my focus.  I’m hoping to make a HUGE dent in my triple digit stash.

Speaking of Stash, I’ve been going thru mine and either selling or giving away.  I have 7 boxes of fabric to go thru, to sell or give.  After Harvey hit Houston, I was ready to minimize my “stuff”.  Luckily, we had no damage from the storm or flood waters.  But getting all my “stuff” off the floor was a struggle and then to hear tales of flood waters shifting everything so even if it was off the floor, it may have been knocked back down; I really wanted less “stuff”.

Good news, I have a little more space for NEW fabric!  Haha!

Have a blessed Easter and check out my friend’s post on “Jesus, You are not a Building”  It is worth the read.  It touched my heart and inspires me to be better.

Have a blessed Easter!


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Sew Day!

It is a sew day, except I’ve signed up for a guild workshop.  The weather is horrendous and class has been delayed 2 hours….Freckles is going into daycare.  Hoping I don’t run into flooding.  I don’t do well with wet roads and usually decide to stay home, but I’ll go slow, watch for high water, and stay cool, calm and collected….Collected?  Where does that come from?  Is it the right word?  Am I remembering the saying wrong?

Not much going on in my quilting world with quilting.  I quilted two quilts at Quilt Your Own last week.  Then, I’ve been busy getting spreadsheets ready for guild meeting for sign ups to volunteer for our quilt show in May.  Joy of Quilts, May 5 and 6.  Going to be a great show.  I hope to enter a couple…

Been wearing my advertising chair hat.  That’s caught up, yeah!  Circulation for snail mail newsletters is done.  Website is pretty much up to date.  But we had a meeting last night and a few more things to add and tweak.  I’m trying to think what I have been spending my time on….

Yesterday, a good friend of mine and I went to look at tile and granite.  I found some stuff I really like.  All the pieces of the Teal Dragon House re-model are coming together.  Should be ready to show plans to hubby soon.  (he has to SEE it.  IT being everything from paint to hardware.)  My friend is helping with that, too.  You know me, make the decisions as I go along.  Hubby and I are NOT 2 peas in a pod.

oh yea, how could I forget…Letters to sellers for my real estate agents.  My brain just does not work like it used to.  Seems to take longer for me to get these done.  I work with 3 really good agents, so if you by chance need one, I know people!

Then there are the chores of owning a home and having a family.  My meals have been pretty tasty.  Last night, not so much.  Crock Pot Chicken, tasted good, but was so dry.  But wasn’t home long enough to roast it.  It will make good filler for arapas! (not sure if I spelled that right)

God Bless and thank you for reading my ramblings!


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This morning my old friend, asthma greeted me at about 2 AM.  Not a good night.  But I’ve changed how I greet this devil.  I rest.  Yep, no more trying to push through, no more continuing as if nothing is different.  I take a break.  I lay down in the recliner with a warm blankie.  I am still.  I do not worry about what I should or could be doing.  My focus is to get thru this, to breathe.  And you know, I’m fine now.  At about 10:00 I got all better.  Could have been that the rain stopped and the sun came out.  But I have tried this approach before and had similar results.

So this time the devil did not succeed in getting me off my goals!  My basting table is clear and Pa-Tune-ya is ready for quilting!  I missed the 15 minutes of sewing, but I was battling a demon.  The Monday “chores” were done…groceries, clothes washed….Freckles was walked, the Quilt Guild of Greater Houston website is up to date, I’m prepared for our board meeting tomorrow night.

The day may have started out like it was going to be a goal stopper, but it’s turned out great.

God Bless!

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WAYWO Studio

No quilt progress, well a little. I basted a top for charity. Check out my MQM post. I learned my paisley motif with a little help from my friend!  I’m so pumped I may work on it tonight when I get home. Teal Dragon fireball is still a WIP.

But the big move forward is my studio.  It’s looking good. I cleared off my desk, put the monitor I never use in a closet. Freed up some space. Moved my turntable down to that end of the desk. DH says that since I like the vinyl better than digital, we can move to music room and put in soundboard cabinet. I took out a card table that was behind Briggita and moved her table to the wall beside my desk. My laptop goes on desk side closest to sewing table. I’m thinking this will be advantageous. I had a small Elfa shelf underneath the ironing board and in front of some filing carts. Moved that across the room and NOW I have access to everything.

Just realized this did not post!  Oh well, now I can tell you I’ve finished my paisley motif on the charity quilt.  It was fun!  And I can show you my studio.



Close up pic of quilting

Close up pic of quilting

DONE! Now pass on to someone else for the binding!

DONE! Now pass on to someone else for the binding!






Sorry no b4 pics of the studio. It was too embarrassing.  But here is my studio! 🙂

Stash (some of it)

Stash (some of it)





Design wall

Design wall





Peg board

Peg board

Closet with more stash

Closet with more stash

Place to hide UFO's

Place to hide UFO’s

Frequent Visitor looking for treats

Frequent Visitor looking for treats






How is your studio?  Hurricane or calm seas?

God Bless!


TaB New Month

It’s March and my taxes are done!  Always a stressful time in my house.  But since I took over gathering the taxes together, it’s a lot LESS stressful. ha!  Our CPA has all the info I have and the day after I send it to her, guess what shows up in our mailbox.  Yep, another durn tax doc.  I really liked it when everyone had to get you all the docs you needed to file taxes by Jan 31….Oh well, they are done and won’t worry about them again until December 2016…But every year, I get a little better at getting the docs together.  This year, I think my checklist is complete, so from now on, get a tax doc, check it off the list, put it in the folder then copy the folder and hand over to CPA.  Is it really going to be that easy?

Getting better.  My goals lean toward me getting better.  Better at sewing, better at playing violin and piano, better health, better house cleaning habits.  This week I don’t feel like much happened in moving forward with my goals.  I saw Itzhak Perlman perform over the weekend.  I’ve been re-living the concert, thinking about how I can get my playing to look effortless.  I was told by a teacher that I looked like I was “so careful” as to where I placed my fingers on the violin.  In talking with him, I think it was not pleasant to watch.  He worked with me a while trying to get me to be “flippant” in my playing.  Don’t think it ever took.  The course I’m taking, the first step is to video myself playing to an audience of one.  Struggling here.  One, who do I trust/torture to do this and two, video….uh uh, no way, not going there, too much to do, got a concert have to practice….the left brain is screaming.  One of these days, my right brain will assert itself, and watch out world!

I also started Teal Dragon.  He is awesome!

Dragon Fireball

Dragon Fireball

This is the fireball he spits out.  It is so fun, the beads are so shiny and pretty.  I’m smiling the whole time I working on this. But it’s slow go.

Also gave a presentation about holding open houses.  I had killer open houses back when I was in real estate.  So my office wanted me to share what I did.  So I did, and there were 2 other presenters, young and let me tell you, they really kicked it up a notch!  I was old school.  They had it all on computers.  Where I had a bulletin board….they had tablets.  But it was fun, I also was able to sell some opportunities to win my guild’s Opportunity quilt.

I feel like this post has meandered all over the place, kind of like my week went.  There’s always THIS week to get it going again!

God Bless!



WAYWO Same-o-same-o

Well,not much new going on here. I think I’m stuck!  I added swimming to my routine and my days just disappear. I did start my dragon. He is awesome! A hundred smiley faces!  I finally put the WordPress app on my phone and iPad. Pretty cool to use my iPad.

I am working on a concert for Sunday. Last week we took an emergency trip to our vacation home because hubby thought there may have been a water leak. No leak. Wasted day for me.  It was Supposed to be a catch up day. Oh well, it was a nice drive. This Saturday will be my catch up day.

I’m working on a paisley motif to use in my quilting. I can draw one, but making it continuous and look good is proving to be a challenge. But I love this sort of challenge. It’s like learning a new piece of music. Very rewarding.

I also worked on some reports for the chairs I hold in my quilt guild. I’ve gone to several quilt shops and that has been a blast. It’s amazing the personality that each shop has. And the FABRIC!  Have I told you about my fabric addiction?

Thanks for reading this pictureless post. Hoping for a better week this week.  God Bless!

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WAYWO Wall Flower

Mary Lou Weidman Class

Mary Lou Weidman Class

I am working on this wallhanging.  It is from a Mary Lou Weidman class.  I love Mary Lou.  We have the same name and it was shortened the same way.  Pretty cool!  But she is just a lovely person.  So positive, helpful and has that “can do” attitude.

I had mentioned earlier in one of my posts, that I love classes, but they become another UFO.  Well, here is one that didn’t!  I had the flower completely done by the end of class.  Last week I added the border.

I auditioned several fabrics, but this orange spoke to me when it went up on the wall.  Which brings me to color.  I love and adore color.  My favorite part of the quilting process is putting the colors together.  I, to this day, love to “color” with crayons.  But I know not why the colors work.  I have learned that value is what does the work, not the actual color.  If you mix lights, mediums and darks, you’ve got a good combo. I also know that most fabric you see in the stores are mediums.  If I see a light or dark amongst the mediums, I will grab!

Value is also dependent on what sits next to it.  In my wall hanging the only “dark” I see is the burgundy pot.  The only “light” I see are green on the outside left and on the inside right.  The orange in the flower is a print with a dark AND medium value.  This is IMHO(in my humble opinion).

Which brings me to another point.  Color and Value are very subjective.  Our eyes are unique and can see things very differently.  Again, I’m not book smart in how color works, but something happens when I see the “perfect” match.  It’s like the lightbulb going off in my head, except it happens in my eyes.  Weird, right?.

I quilted and put the binding on this week and should have it finished by next WAYWO post.

What are YOU working on?  Hope you get it to the finish.

God Bless.


TFK Automatic Buttonhole

I was right!  The Automatic Buttonhole was easier to master than the Manual Buttonhole.  I must say I feel like the Cheshire cat, I’m so pleased with myself!  ha!

Supplies were basically the same except for the foot.  Bernina 3A.

Flannel, stabilizer and Bernina 3A Buttonhole foot

Flannel, stabilizer and Bernina 3A Buttonhole foot

Setup was the same.  I folded my flannel in half, pressed and inserted the stabilizer in-between.  I tried the marking line again, but that instruction makes no sense to me, so I did what I’m good at.  I winged it!

Here is a picture of my screen when I turn on the machine.

First screen when turn on machine

First screen when turn on machine

On the far right are the families of stitches.  Straight Stitch, Fancy Stitch, Alphabet, and there it is!  Buttonhole.  I touch that icon and voila’, a menu of buttonhole stitches.

Family of buttonhole stitches

Family of buttonhole stitches

Then there its that big “i”, well small but it’s quite large, hard to miss. I touch it and I get a language I do not understand.  Hieroglyphics, maybe?

What does all this mean?

What does all this mean?

At the bottom is the “man” icon.  We tried that one last week…yuck.  Wait, “REC”?  Isn’t that an abbreviation for record?  Let’s press that one.

REC appears on right side of my screen by picture of my presser foot!

REC appears on right side of my screen by picture of my presser foot!

The “REC” pops up over on the left by the picture of my pressure foot.

So now, I’m going to be brave and set my piece up and give it a whirl.  First try, meh, not too good, but I think I got it.  Second try, oops, I don’t got it.  Third try, I got it!

Place the red marker on the foot at the spot you want the buttonhole to stop.  Press AND Hold, (I usually forget that one) the foot free sewing button.  (I think it has another name, but too lazy to look it up!)  Once the machine starts going, you can release the button.  When the needle reaches the marker press that button again.  Don’t have to hold.  Now, this is how the magic happens.  Always remember to do this.  Press one time the reverse button. It’s just below the foot free button.  This is what tells the machine how far to stitch!  Now finish this button hole by pressing and holding the foot free button.  Once the machine starts you may let go.  The machine will stop when the buttonhole is complete!

Now move over a little bit. (the fabric) Press and hold that foot free button, release once machine starts.  Like magic you will have a second buttonhole, just like the first!

My buttonholes. (the ones in the middle of the two mess-ups.

My buttonholes. (the ones in the middle of the two mess-ups.

I snipped the centers to make the “holes”.  No one said anything about that.  Now I’m ready to finish that Snuggler!  I’ll let you know how it goes.

God Bless!

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