Day #3 of the Fall Craft Fair

November 12th, 2019

It’s day # 3 of the handmade craft fair and Ernie’s handmade items are one of the featured vendor “booths.”  If you aren’t familiar with Ernie or his wares, he’s the hubster and a wonderful woodworker/lathe turner.  He’s made all kinds of sewing/quilting related items for me over the years and here are some examples of items he sells in our online store:

These are beautiful key chains that hold mini- screw driver tips and a stiletto tip inside.  I keep one right by my sewing machine and I can change out my ruler foot lickety-split!  The stiletto tip comes in handy when a finger is just too big to do the job.  Ern can make these in a wide variety of colors and you can find them in our online store by clicking here.


Aren’t these ruler holders beautiful?  Ern makes these from a variety of hardwoods and then adds interest by adding some cool inlay designs.  You can have the channels routed for cutting ruler thickness or a little wider to hold 1/4 inch thick machine quilting rulers…just let him know what you’d like!  You can find more about his ruler holders by clicking here.

Next up are these thread racks.  I keep one next to each of my embroidery machines and I use them every day!  I love, love, LOVE the beautiful inlay designs as shown below:

You can find out more about the thread racks by clicking here.

This next item is another acrylic that is turned on the lathe, which means they come in all different kinds of gorgeous colors.  These are seam rippers and/or stilettos:

The picture above shows one that is both a seam ripper and stiletto that is in the “closed position.  This next shot shows the 2-headed instrument with both “business ends” exposed:

(In reality, you would only expose one side at a time so as not to injure yourself!)  You can also get a seam ripper or stiletto all by itself, and here’s a shot of what that might look like:

You can also have him make you a seam ripper on a chain-think how convenient that would be!  Here’s a shot of one of those:

You can find out all about all of these options by clicking here.

Ern also makes items that are great gifts but have nothing to do with sewing.  I love the beautiful colors in his ice cream scoops:

…and you can find out about those by clicking here.  He also makes a wide variety of acrylic turned pen/stylus combos:

…and you can find out about them by clicking here.  He also makes hand turned touch styluses by themselves, like the one below:

…and you can find out about them by clicking here.

I am one lucky woman to be married to this guy, but you can reap the benefit of his woodworking/turning skills as well.  Click here to see all of Ern’s hand made items!

But wait, there’s more!  Ern’s gifts are not the only featured vendor booth today!  Make sure you check out all the other vendors featured today and here is the full line up:

On top of that, Quiltshopgal has lined up sponsors for each day of the fall craft fair, and you ca enter to win some great prizes!  Click here to get to quiltshopgal’s site where you can enter to win some of these wonderful prizes!

Upcoming Classes in 2017

February 17th, 2017



I receive a fair number of emails asking me about when I am teaching classes.  I used to keep a list on my web site, but then I never updated it, so it wasn’t very valuable.  Below is a list of what has been set up thus far for 2017:


February 25, 2017 – “Ruler Work 101-Intro to Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter”

The Quilt Patch, Tecumseh, MI


March 25, 2017 – “Ruler Work 101-Intro to Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter”

Beginnings Quilt Shop, Hendersonville, NC


April 8, 2017 – “Ruler Work 101-Intro to Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter”

Rutherfordton Quilt Guild, Rutherfordton, NC


April 21, 2017 – “Yes, There is Life After Stippling”

April 22, 2017 – Ruler Work 101-Intro to Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter”

Sew It Fabulous Quilt Shop, Boerne, TX


May 2, 2017 – Lecture/Trunk Show

May 3, 2017 – “Ruler Work 101-Intro to Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter”

Bloomington Indiana Quilt Guild, Bloomington, IN


May 6, 2017 – “Ruler Work 101-Intro to ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter”

Wyandotte, MI

Sew What Quilt Shop 724-281-7344


May 13, 2017 – “Ruler Work 102: Beautiful Ruler Work Borders”

Beginnings Quilt Shop, Hendersonville, NC


June 5, 2017 – Ruler Work 101 – “Intro to Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter”

June 6, 2017 – 6-hour class TBD

Ann Arbor, MI

Leaubu Sewing Center

June 8, 2017 – Lecture/Trunk Show

June 9, 2017 –“Butterfly Wall Hanging”

June 10, 2017 – “Autumn Leaves Wall Hanging”

Indianapolis Quilt Guild, Indianapolis, IN


October 9, 2017 – Ruler Work 101 – “Intro to Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter”

October 10, 2017 –Ruler Work 102 – “Creating Beautiful Arc Borders Using Ruler Work”

Sun Bonnet Sue Quilt Guild, Sequim, WA


 October 10, 2017 – Lecture/Trunk show: “ThreadPower!”

October 11, 2017 – Lecture/Trunk Show: “Ruler Work for Sit Down Quilters”

October 11, 2017 – “Ruler Work 102: Beautiful Ruler Work Borders”

October 12, 2017 – “Ruler Work 101-Intro to Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter”

Quilters Anonymous, Shoreline, WA


November 9, 2017 – Lecture/Trunk Show – “Ruler Work for Sit-Down Quilters”

November 10, 2017 – TBD (at least 1 workshop will be Intro to Ruler Work)

November 11, 2018 – TBD

Great Lakes Heritage Quilt Guild, Bloomfield Hills, MI

 If you’d like to see a list of available classes and descriptions of what is covered in that class, you can find that list by clicking here.  If you’d like me to teach a class at your local quilt shop or quilt guild but don’t see one listed that you’d like, I’m happy to fashion one around your needs.  I really love to teach and get other quilters jazzed up about what they can do with their machines, so I’m hoping to hear from you!




No Words

December 23rd, 2016



     Rest in Peace, Ernie Bode, Sr.  We lost a very good guy this week.


November 29th, 2016



You can’t be a quilter in 2016 and NOT know who the fabulous Leah Day is!  The Free Motion Quilting Project is the brainchild that sprang from her creative mind and the Free Motion Quilting Project has taught thousands of quilters all over the world how to free motion quilt.  Leah is a an incredible teacher who has worked tirelessly to publish free instructional YouTube quilting videos and countless tutorials on her blog.  I can’t tell you how much time/energy/focus and just plain hard work it takes to put together this kind of info in an easy to understand and concise fashion, yet Leah has done it all for many years.  Imagine my surprise when Leah contacted me about doing a Podcast with her!  Of course, I jumped at the chance and it will go live on her site Wednesday, November 30.  You can find it by clicking here. We talk about machine embroidery applique and a bit about free motion quilting and I promise it will be fun and educational.  You can listen to her podcast or read transcripts of any of her podcasts.  (See what I mean when I say she makes learning easy and accessible?!)  If you haven’t listened to any of her podcasts yet, I can personally recommend her podcast with her husband, Josh, that detailed the “behind the scenes” aspect of their family business. I listened to it during a layover at the airport last week and it was fascinating. You can find that podcast by clicking here.  Join us for a quilty-gabfest, won’t you?




Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23rd, 2016
Fall’s splendor is vanishing quickly but we have a rich spot of color in our backyard for a couple more days.  Thanks so much for being a reader of my blog and an internet friend.  I hope you spend the Thanksgiving holiday among friends and family and still find  a few splashes of fall color along your way over these next few days.  I so appreciate that you’ve found your way here to my little corner of the world!