randomly checking in

DSCN8407My goal in 2015 is to get ALL of my socks completed and off the needles!  This is one that I started working on last summer when I was on Nantucket.  It might be an Anne Hanson pattern.DSCN8403A fun fabric that I discovered at the local Joann’s.  I am thinking that it would make a great cover for my new Juki machine (which I still haven’t plugged in).DSCN8408A typical Ikea cubby where I pretend to have management skills and of course, the fabric wins out.DSCN8402My Charlie Harper piece which is nearly completed.  I am loving this so much!  It will go to work with me and completely enhance my work station!DSCN8410My latest fabric addiction.  There is no hope for me!

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this and that

DSCN8389DSCN8392DSCN8390Isn’t she pretty?  I think that we will be very happy together.  Never mind that I’ve already forgotten how to thread her …DSCN8388I was able to get a copy of Kumiko Fujita’s book, ‘318 Patchwork Patterns’.  The alphabet patterns are wonderful and I hope to make a baby quilt fashioned after the one that Ayumi’s friends made and gifted her with.  It is said that imitation is the purest form of flattery, and I agree!  DSCN8387Small log cabins made entirely from scraps.  By the time that this project is completed I should have some experience with freehand quilting under my belt.  It would be fun to be able to quilt this one on the Juki.  (Her name is Valentine). DSCN8386A wedding quilt is coming along nicely.  This is the Snow Blossom pattern found on Quilter’s Cache.DSCN8397Six weeks into 2015 finds me fully engaged in WIP’s!  DSCN8395Today marks the fourth anniversary of my father’s passing.  It’s about 7 below outdoors with a fierce biting wind.  He would have spent the day indoors stoking his wood stove and watching Nascar.  My mother would have made little snacks for them to share on wooden tray tables.  The house would smell of something good – something homemade.

Today my mother and I will bundle up (be sure to wear your knickers!) and drive to the cemetery where we will sit in the car and reminisce on his life.  We will laugh because he was a scoundrel and a very comical man.  And we will weep a little because there is a hole in our lives that cannot be filled up.  We miss him.

Later we will go to the fabric store because that is what we do.










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twos, blues, and a R.I.P.

DSCN8375DSCN8372Two new placemats for mom – she loves the color blue. I have never been a great fan and my stash is pretty pathetic.  Guess we all know how to remedy that problem!  Hello Hawthorne Threads …DSCN8385The little Friedlander shirts are calling to me.  Make more, make more …DSCN8382DSCN8383Blocks for my Hive – again, I am seriously light on the blues.DSCN8381Auditioning blocks for a wedding quilt – now THERE’S a blue that I can get behind!  Pearl Bracelets continues to be a go-to fabric for me.

I’ve posted pictures of my amazing 40+ year old Bernina Record.  I had to get it out last week because my 180 was back in the repair shop.  Something terrible happened.  The Buffalo, otherwise known as my golden retriever, ran under my sewing table, got caught in the cords and took the machine with him.  All the way down the hall.

I am emotionally connected to that machine in ways that I cannot describe.  It knows things about me that no other person (or machine) could possibly know.  I literally have been GRIEVING its demise.  But gone it is, as the people I trust to repair called and gave me the bad news.  So I did what any good quilter would do.

I ordered a Juki 2010Q.  And I feel a little bit better.

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bright spots

DSCN8364DSCN8357DSCN8362The holidays saw two monochromatic quilts completed, or nearly so.  Looking around my space this morning I see that I am back to BRIGHT!  The little economy blocks that I have been piecing and storing are ready to come together…DSCN8358DSCN8360DSCN8365DSCN8368 Could I choose one favorite block?  I don’t see how.  Little Bella, shown above, is also a bright spot despite her inky coat.  Faithfully devoted and nearly feral, she is a constant companion in the sewing studio.

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snow/sew days

DSCN8351DSCN8350DSCN8344Awakening to a silent white world – my favorite kind of saturday.  The Good Dog’s joy is boundless, he seems like a puppy in the snow.  Everything is muted and pure – the world turned inside out.  The neighbor’s shovel breaks our reverie and wandering back to the house we discover that our friend, the giant piliated woodpecker has been busy.  I wonder what kind of insects he has found living deep in the flesh of the old apple tree.DSCN8308A new quilt for my daughter who has moved south.  I miss her so much.


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little pink houses

DSCN8322Last fall I joined a modern block party over at Threadbias.  My ‘Hive’ members are an awesome group of quilters – gigantic talent, huge hearts.  When it was my turn to select a block I mentioned that I had originally hoped for improv pink houses.  I decided that, since I was unfamiliar with the groups’ skill set, to abandon that for something more traditional.  Did that stop my Hive?  Oh no, not in the least.  Not only did they piece my traditional blocks, many sent PINK HOUSES as well!DSCN8334DSCN8333DSCN8332DSCN8330DSCN8329DSCN8328DSCN8327DSCN8326DSCN8325DSCN8324DSCN8323The pleasant task ahead – how to bring my pink neighborhood together in a way that allows each block to shine!  (please forgive blurry or dark photos – haven’t seen much of the sun this week!)

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little toasty

My friend Pratima blogs over at lakuandmuki@blogspot.com, and she is really a wonderfully talented quilter.  She inspires me with her work and her generous heart and her exceptionally sweet nature.  I was the lucky winner of her wall quilt that I call ‘Poppy’.DSCN8311DSCN8310DSCN8312Every morning I pass my Poppy quilt and it makes me smile.  I especially need the extra smile today as I woke up in the middle of the night with ANOTHER flipping cold.  It’s hard to do anything when one’s nose runs all day long.  I did manage to get the binding on a baby quilt that was inspired by Pratima’s work.DSCN8319DSCN8318DSCN8317Little ‘Toasty’ because it was made with cotton batting which I then layered with a wool batt.  The back piece is cotton flannel for the softest reversible finish!  This piece is flying off to Strasbourg to live, where it will meet a new baby and hopefully serve as a mat to play on by a big brother!  I wish that I could personally deliver it.


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oh, oscar

DSCN8290The newest member of the clan.  Oscar O’Malley.  Heart stealer.

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we need a little christmas


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cautious cuts

DSCN7861DSCN7858DSCN7860DSCN7856Do all quilters have one special fabric line that they cannot bear to cut into?  I think it is so.  Always a huge fan of Charlie Harper’s wildlife illustrations, I nearly fainted when I discovered FABRIC displaying his art.  Mecca.  I purchased what I could and put it aside.  I thought about it, I dreamed about it and then clever Melissa Lunden published her Tatami Mat pattern. . . it was time to cut into my little stash!

Today’s Buzz;

We have crossed the autumn threshold – the winds are very brisk.  If you are a Beekeeper it is time to secure the hives for winter.  Make sure your covers are weighted down and waterproof.

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