Introducing Olive {Odds and Ends}

While I was sewing in my newly renovated sewing room on Wednesday, a wonderful thing happened: I made peace with my Bernina, and she finally told me her name (almost 2 years after buying her).

I would like to introduce you to Olive.



Olive is a great name for this little lady. She does love oil and needs it quite frequently since I live in the desert. Olive trees can be sturdy, old, and formidable. Since Olive took so long to name, I figure she might be a bit of an old soul, but she is built to last and I look forward to many joyous years of piecing and sewing with her.

I am still getting to know my new Millennium, but I hope that it doesn’t take 2 years for us to get to the point that I know her name! For the time being, I will probably refer to the Millennium as “Lady”. I was an avid baseball / softball player in my youth. I played baseball with the boys through Little League and was the starting second base(wo)man. I migrated to girls softball leagues after Little League, and I played with a team known as the “Wild Things” through much of high school. I earned the nickname “Lady” while I was playing on that team, and I am passing on that nickname to the Millennium with fond memories of all my girlfriends and the fun we had at the ballfield.



In other sewing news, I signed up for my first ever bee! I will be in Hive 2 of the Stash Bee for 2015, and I am really excited about the new experience. My month to be queen is scheduled for June, and I have created a Pinterest board to collect up ideas.

As you might recall, I have a pretty generous backlog of WiPs (it has been 2 months since I posted that list – eep!). I am happy to say that I have made some really great progress on 2 of the 3 queen size quilts. I have finished the top for Tessellated Leaves and I have one more block to make before piecing together the top for the pretty secretive quilt. As a quick sneak peak, here are some artful renderings of some of the work I have put into the secretive quilt. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Secretive Quilt - Sneak Peak 1

Secretive Quilt – Sneak Peak 1

Secretive Quilt - Sneak Peak 2

Secretive Quilt – Sneak Peak 2

Secretive Quilt - Sneak Peak 3

Secretive Quilt – Sneak Peak 3

Secretive Quilt - Sneak Peak 4

Secretive Quilt – Sneak Peak 4

0 thoughts on “Introducing Olive {Odds and Ends}

  1. sally says:

    Those sneak peeks are really not helping me! I like the name, glad you’re friends now.

  2. Renee says:

    That secret quilt is coming along, I can’t wait to see it finished. My sewing machines never have been named (I foster my mom’s older Janome). Good luck with the bee! I’ve been tempted, they look like they could be fun! .

  3. Judy says:

    I have been thinking about joining a bee. . . and then I chicken out 🙂 I’ll be watching with interest! Maybe next year. I’m so glad you and Olive have made piece (yes, I did that on purpose LOL)! 🙂

    Hmmm, how long are we going to have to wait to see this secret quilt? I am intrigued!

  4. I am in hive 7 as the foreign member, and I have a Pinterest board too!
    Good to see that you and Olive have become friends.

  5. Liz says:

    Love the ‘sneak peeks’! Keeps us guessing! I’m going into my second year in the Stash Bee. It was fun last year, and I enjoyed all the blocks (even the ones I didn’t think I’d like to make). It’s kind of fun being ‘forced’ to make different blocks, and it’s fun to get them during your month!

  6. thedebra1 says:

    I am truly amazed.  Olive is a much better name than beast!  I will soon be posting about my new mid arm (yes) and we shall where I go with it.  

  7. Congratulations on joining your first Bee, I am sure that you will love it. I have just treated myself to a new Bernina machine and hadn’t thought of naming her but will have to rectify that now!

  8. Vera says:

    You have a lot going on! Let’s hope Olive and Lady will be friends 🙂

  9. Beth says:

    Oooooh, interesting sneak peeks! Right now it’s reminding me of the beautiful mosaics in Italy. I hope the reveal isn’t too far away!

  10. Cheryl says:

    Olive is a very nice name. I sometimes call my Bernina machine, Bertha 🙂

  11. You make such great things! Love the name also!

  12. I think Olive is perfect! It’s funny, I’ve had my Baby Lock for almost 2 years now as well and just finally came up with a name for her too (Elly, short for Eleanor). So exciting about Stash Bee! I signed up too and I’m in hive 4.

  13. Olive!! What a fab name! I hope your new sewing room setup is working out for you 🙂

  14. andpins says:

    I can’t believe that this is the first I am hearing about the stash bee. It looks like fun!

  15. Ruth says:

    Ha, loving the sneak peaks. I haven’t named any of my machines, maybe Philip the pfaff and Heidi the husqvarna…

  16. So secretive and I want to SEEEEEE!!!! This is SO BEAUTIFUL! The work you can already tell is astounding, so I can only imagine seeing it in full view!

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