Sunday, November 15, 2015


Yes, once again I've been absent from the blog for a while. Not that the blog is an obligation, but it is my record. So where have I been? In August I suffered a mild concussion. Conked my noggin on a sharp shelf corner.

The headaches took a few weeks to lessen, and then finally ended.

Then, in early September, while on a business trip, I was injured in a serious car accident. That has taken much longer to recover from. I have been trying to heal the body, and handle the day job, while tending to my spirit, which has felt, a bit, well, broken.

Small sewing, finished this quilt:
And made this pillow:
 The center block was a gift from a friend. The flying geese are so tiny and cute. I did matchstick quilting and love the texture and the way it unifies the piece.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

(tap, tap) Hello! Anyone out there?

Yes, I have been incognito! Summer is almost at end.
I has been difficult to get back into my quilting groove here in the rental. I have gone back to getting things out to work on a project and putting away when expecting guests. I know, first world problems!

Still, I have managed a bit.
Finished this for my son's sweet girlfriend:

This is a top ready to quilt:

This is a variety of house blocks I am combining:
I have also made some pouches in anticipation of holiday giving:
Completed a wedding gift that I will share after the bride receives!
And now, I wait for cooler weather and more sewing/quilting time. I hope all of you are well!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Technical difficulties

Having technical difficulties related to posting photos. And going on vacation. Will figure it out and post next week!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Spent this past Saturday in the tiny sweatshop. Me and my Tiara, some quality time together. I just wanted to quilt, to let the thread lines go where they wished.

I traced the outline of a large wood embroidery hoop I have, overlapping the lines. A free-motioned mandala.

Then, I needed to do some feathers. 'Cause I haven't in a while. And I stitched the background with invisible thread. I like the contrast.

And the solitary time was a balm to my spirit!

Friday, May 15, 2015

The latest

Writing this from Pittsburgh, where I have been working this week. My past visits here have been good but this visit has been great. Such a neat city, thriving, proud of its heritage and diversity. Given that the city is built along 3 rivers, it seams more like a cool small town than a metropolitan area with major professional sports franchises. My view this week:
The smokestacks in Homestead along the waterfront.

Since I am not home, the sewing/quilting has slowed, but as I had felt a lack of mojo, not surprising. I have squeezed in some visits to local shops. The lovely Loom:
 They have a lovely array of textiles, tons of Alexander Henry novelties, home dec fabrics and trims. I purchased some of the new Charley Harper collection. If you like modern designer prints, stop here! (And visit the Parisville powder room!)

The next evening I visited the Quilters Depot. Such sweet ladies! This is a shop that caters to quilters and knitters.

 They carry a nice variety of fabrics, yarns and notions. This shop is a Handi Quilter dealer si I picked up needles, many sizes! After a 20 minute visit, I felt like I had made life-long friends. (More of a traditional aesthetic and lots of thread choices.)

My last quilt-shop visit was The Gloria Horn Sewing Studio.
This shop is in a charming old house and is jam packed with fabric, pre-cuts, embridery notions and inspiration. Mostly Moda, with a traditional slant, I purchased some Bella Solids pre-cuts. Also notable here are the many antique sewing machines on display. (Traditional Moda fans, this is the place for you. Florals and patriotic prints).

I am glad to be home and starting to feel that creative tingle. Hoping to spend some quality time in my tiny sewing studio this weekend.