Merry Christmas to Me!

I couldn’t wait.  And, I knew no one would know how to order this.  So I took matters into my own hands and purchased it myself….

Based upon Mary’s review at, I bought the Millenium Frame (with 2 diff size roller bars) for myself.  Can’t WAIT for it to arrive.  It’s coming from the UK, so it may take a while.

Check out their video on the Needle Needs home page on how this frame works!  Fantastic!!  No more threading a project to roller bars nor trying to get the clamp-style bars to tension the fabric evenly across the length.  I think this will be the final frame I purchased.

Merry Christmas to me!

(Now, if I can only figure out how to get the table Stand with which to hold the Frame.  hint, hint!  🙂


One Stop Shop Hop

I love quilt show vendors!!!  You get a huge variety of merchandise from a diverse vendor base which results in lotta-loot.

The Mancuso Quilt Show had another wonderful display of fabulous quilts from around the world. I love to see what quilters in other areas of the world create. Their style, supplies, creativity, etc.  And this year was just as great.  Unfortunately, I left my camera at home and didn’t get to take any pictures!  I could, if I wanted to, go back today to address that.  But I’m afraid I already spent too much money yesterday and would again today if I got near that place.  So I’ll just have to rely upon memory.  I also got to see a few friends from my quilting guild–Amoskeag Quilting Guild

But on to the Loot!!

Here’s a few pictures of the books, thread, ribbon, buttons, needles, Duponi silk, and fabric dyeing supplies:

Lotta Loot! Mainly crazy quilting supplies

I also got all my Christmas shopping done for the Bee-girls.  But I can’t show you a photo of that as I don’t want to spoil their surprise.

Another score was a needlework frame from Thread Express.  It’s a home business in New Gloucester, Maine (about 2 hour drive from here). The frame was designed by

Face-on view of needlework frame. Works well either on a table or the two side pieces rest on the outside of my lap. Oh, and here’s my block with some of the spider flowers on it.

And, here a view of the frame from underneath. Just to give you a perspective on how it’s constructed.

Lastly, in the upper right corner is my Needle Minder. It’s attached with a magnet and when I place my needle on top, it stays in place. Now I no longer have to worry if I placed my needle next to me without thinking and where did it go????!

So all in all, I had a fabulous time yesterday.  Even though I went all by myself.  Next year, I’ll plan it better and a week or more beforehand, I’ll ask the Bee-girls if they want to come too.

Loot !!!

I’m out playing around with Google and various sites looking for crazy quilt supplies.  I found one, and on the home page, it said “…delay in shipping…at show in Manchester, NH 06/27-07/05.”  Well, that was news to me and welcome news.  So I set about trying to find out more about this “show” in my backyard.  In the end, a friend called a friend who was in to fiber arts and she found something which mentioned a show at the Radison Center in Manchester this week-end.  I high-tailed it over there and spent a good 2.5 hours wandering from booth-to-booth with lust in my heart and an empty wallet.  ha-ha.

I did get some loot from the show, and here it is:


OMG!!! There was so much to choose from that I had to limit it to current project (hence the copper & brown beads) and another one which is percolating in my mind (turquoise and lavender).  Can’t wait to use them !!

The yarns are from:   And they are created by “Great Adirondack Yarn Company, Inc.” and known as Dangle (left & middle) and Hot Surprise (right).  Note: the photos on their website to not do this yarn justice.  (And neither does my photos, for that matter.)  😉

No, I don’t remember the name of the site now.
Yes, I tried to find them at the show.
No, I didn’t find them.
Yes, I had a fantastic time!!

Vintage Sewing Box

Gotta love Craig’s List!

For a long time, I’ve been wanting those accordion style sewing boxes which hold a lot of sewing gadgets and supplies.  But they were out of my price range.  Well, I got lucky!

A wonderful woman in Milton, NH was selling her mother-in-laws’ box (she already had one and didn’t need two).  It took me about 1.5 hours to drive to her house to pick it up but it sure was worth it.  The day was sun-shiney, blue-blue sky with fluffy white clouds, there were wild-flowers next to the road in full blooming color.  Just an absolutely beautiful day to be driving.

I’m going to try and attach some photos:



There is a manufacturer’s label affixed on the inside which identifies this as a Norwegian product:  AS Stommen Bruk Hamar.  I have tried to get more info on the manufacturer, but I haven’t found anything definitive yet.  I’m afraid they might be out of business.