My old boyfriend Vlad

We are just days away from the end of summer, so I thought I’d dust off one of my old quilted boyfriends and give him a little sunlight. I designed Vlad the mug rug last fall.


Vlad 2.0 (pattern here) has a new look because I finally, finally bought a new-to-me Bernina and I am venturing into the world of true quilting, not just piecing. To be sure, I’m no Lori Kennedy nor am I a Tim Latimer, but the meandering stitch on Vlad makes me somewhat hopeful that I will be able to <eventually> become self-sufficient throughout the entire quilting process.

I snagged the new machine off a Facebook garage sale. I got lucky and the machine only needed a regular tuneup. The steal deal also included lots of extra feet, including a walking foot, an embroidery foot and quilting foot. I think I’m going to love my little Bernie — maybe I’ve acquired another boyfriend?

Down for the Count

Fall is really coming. My son started JV soccer practice today. Can cool, rainy fall nights be far away?


Sisters are the best! Cindy took my dracula mug rug pattern and made it into something real! She even quilted it — a skill I have yet to master. We posted the pattern on Craftsy for $1.00 as an experiment. Does anyone buy quilt patterns?  We shall see!

If you think I’m jumping the season, one of my spooky friends in Texas posted this on her Facebook page today — it made me laugh and reminded me about how welcome some cool air will be.


It’s time to start sewing some of that fall swag!


Count Dracula mug rug in action.