Saturday, June 20, 2020

Are We Done Yet ????




This is kitty Mystic, but I feel just the same way !!!!


Friday, May 22, 2020

Hands2Help Another Year !!!

Hello everyone !

Well, very few things are "normal"  this year, but it feels good when something just goes ahead as usual.

I have participated in Sarah's Hands2Help for all the years it's been going, so I am doubly happy to finish three quilts this year.  They will go to quilts for the Happy Chemo program, and they went to the post office this morning.

This year's quilts are a bit rustic, probably good for boys or teens.  They were made from squares that were given to me by a neighbor lady... She had kept these squares for many years in a shoebox.  Well, they are out now, and on their way to work., hooray (but there's still a bunch in the box !!!)

Purple and green squares !

Blue squares and Stars
 Congratulations, Sarah, on another year of H2H !!!!


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Big Progress


This room, which was a woodworking shop for the former owners:


Can you imagine it all cleaned up, with shelves stacked with fabric, batting safely stored, drawers filled with tools and notions.   

DH is donating some of his Corona time to remove the rough workbenches, vacuum up sawdust, and then mop down the walls, patch the holes, and paint.....

We will have to do this one step at the time, one wall at the time, because look what's on the other wall:

and more:  

 Well - stay tuned and I'll show you progress as it goes.  But don't hold your breath, cause this is going to take a while !  


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Easter Storms

Sunday afternoon I saw this article pop up on my computer:  "How to social distance while hunkering down in a tornado shelter"

 I knew it was just all too much.  Oh, lord.

Double disasters, terrible for some parts of the south.  How did a nursing home move 55 Alzheimers patients at night in a storm?  Those nurses and aides are saints, saints.

The other saints are the southern men...….. all those men who drive all those pickup trucks.

Ladies, when you are in trouble, you need one of those men with a pickup truck (sometimes called "bubbas".  They have a truck, they have jumper cables, they have a chainsaw, and they will be the first one to stop when you are disabled beside the road, or there is a tree blocking your driveway.

We were lucky here.  The debris is mostly taken away now.  I won't complain about a 3-day lapse in internet, power, and phone because others were hit more badly.

So, here we are.  Amazingly, the petals are still on the dogwoods, and the mountains are green.

And the hummingbirds returned yesterday.

The quilt on the longarm is calling to me, and I must save some time for sitting on the porch and watching nature.

Stay well,


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Scrap Attack !

Look what's happening at my house !!!

I showed DH how the Go Big works.

He thinks it is a power tool.

Go, hubby, Go !

and, I found this on someone else's blog, but....  AMEN.

Stay well..... stay home...….


Tuesday, March 24, 2020


Have you found a place of refuge, either mental or physical, during this incredibly crazy time?  

For us, it's our screened in overlooks the pond and the distant mountains.  And it's finally warm enough to hang out there.  The kitties LOVE the porch.  

This is Mystic.  He looks like a Fancy Cat, but he is really a Mechanic at heart .  He loves being in the garage and getting dirty.  He wants to hunt and eat all these lovely birdies - NOT !

Our rare white squirrel, Blizzard, is coming around more often.  Probably because we are feeding him pecans on the front porch !  He is a part of a colony of white squirrels (not albinos) that live in the Western North Carolina mountains.  He is so beautiful !

He goes WAY up in the tree and then chatters at the kitties on the porch.

There is refuge in QUILTING, too !  At a retreat last fall, a quilter at my table was preparing to throw away some scraps - I offered to adopt them...  A week later she was gifting me FOUR big grocery bags full of leftovers - great quality fabric.  This one is all finished and ready to send off to snuggle a needy teen or tween.

The top below was officially approved by Mystic immediately after I sewed it up.  The original quilter had already sewn up the rows, and I only had to put it together.  I think some little girl or boy who likes cats will love it !

Well, that's my refuge.  

I wish I could invite you to come sit on the porch with me and sit a spell, maybe sew something.

Hopefully one day - -   soon.


Sunday, March 8, 2020

A Great Week !

Oh such a fabulous week this was...

DH and I went to the town of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee...  What a fascinating place - it's the home of Dollywood.

AND - it's the home of the Mountain Quiltfest.  Hundreds of absolutely fascinating quilts, plus classes, vendors, etc.  I went to be a part of the quilt judging, so I had the opportunity to observe the judging being done.  Part of the etiquette of judging is that you never repeat anything said during the judging...…... so I will just say "Quilt Judges work hard"...  studying more than 400 quilts, and being positive, cheerful, and kind the whole time !  If you have a 'fear of quilt judges" - let go - they are really nice people - all of them !!!!

After that wonderful experience, I came home and sewed and sewed on some low-stress donation quilts.  These will go to a group that is providing quilts for Foster Children in the Baltimore, MD area.

These are crumb blocks formed into square-in-a-square.  I love the gentle color palette.

And this is squares and snowball blocks.  You can do lots of interesting things with snowball blocks.  I think a pre-teen will like this one.

Keep on Quilting !!!


Sunday, March 1, 2020

Block of the YEAR ???

Let's see.  Started in 2009 as a Block of the Month........

Now it's 2020 - that's 11 years.

This is very close to becoming a Block of the YEAR.

ugh, no -  can't let that happen.

Isn't it a lovely pattern ???? It was published by "This & That", by Sherri K Falls, of Minnesota.  I'm not at all sure if it is still available, but I am working hard to finish it, Sherri K. Falls !

Keep quilting,


Sunday, February 16, 2020

Nimble Thimbles

Hello !!!

Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting the Nimble Thimble Guild in Greenville, SC.  

On Saturday, we had a class, and we talked about how to make small wholecloth quilts using pieces of embroidered bed, bath, or table linens as the top layer of the quilt.

Each member of the class brought some linens - one lady brought her hanky from her First Communion !   

After some discussions about Design Basics, including symmetry/asymmetry, Sunshine and Shadow,  we learned about double batting techniques, and the ladies began to design their pieces.  
By lunchtime, the small  quilts were marked and pinned, and ready to be quilted.  

On Monday night, I returned for a Guild Meeting and a trunk show of my own linen pieces.  My favorite part of the night was that the ladies from the class brought their pieces for Show and Tell, and one was even finished !!

Hooray, Nimble Thimblers - it was so great meeting you !

And, before I sign off, I will share a little kid-sized quilt I just finished that is made from blocks donated by quilters in my online quilt group - it's amazing how well some of these fit together, and I like this cheerful one !


Friday, February 7, 2020

Mysteries and More

One of the best things about having a longarm is that the stack of tops is very slowly getting smaller.  In that stack are several larger quilts that I was just putting off quilting.

This one is finished !!!

I can't remember when I made this top - or who ran the mystery or designed the top !

I apologize, as I do try to credit the designer...  but it's been a while.  I remember it was an online Mystery - beyond that...  it's just a muddle.

I have to say 'thank you' to this top, because I used it as a longarm practice piece - I am working on learning rulers - so this quilt got lots of ditch-work.  Practice, practice.

And now, after a trip through the washing machine, it will go to a charity group that gives quilts to foster kids...  I think a teen boy or girl  would like this quilt.  It seems strong to me.

Now - let's go see what else is in that stack of unquilted tops !!


Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Sound of the Snow

SHHHH - be very quiet, and hear the snow - covering everything with a gentle, soft blanket.

Bit says she is staying under the blanket until this nonsense is over.  She is a California girl, after all !


Saturday, January 18, 2020

Hooray for this Finish !!!!

After seeing this photo on the internet, I wanted to make just the center section, so I got some graph paper and started coloring - it was really fun... It was 2011.  

I chose some 5/8 inch hexies, and started sewing...……..  scroll down to see it grow and grow.

and now it is 2020, and it is finished............ Gee, that did not take long at all !!!!


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sunday Morning

Resolutions?   Did you make resolutions?

I made only a few.  One was to breathe new life into this blog...  1) by posting more regularly;  and 2) by encouraging some new visitors and readers...……..  So, here we go.

I have become a CRUMB BLOCK FACTORY.

You know, you sew tiny leftover bits together, then cut out a block, then use it in a quilt.  easy-peasy.
but - - NOT QUICK...

This week several quilts from my massive inventory of crumb blocks came rolling out the end of the assembly line that is my quilty life.  I just love these little beauties, made from scraps and bits...…...

 I really find crumb blocks too busy unless they are surrounded by solids, so I sometimes border them with a 1 1/2 inch border, and then sash them, as in this BLUE CRUMBS.


Now, let's add some sparkle !!!  Cornerstones and little stars make these pop !

And - crumbs made into "Square in a Square", in tropical colors !

So fun to use up these bits - and these will soon be on their way to an organization that is gathering quilts for kids in the foster care system.  

I should hasten to say I have a lot of help.  Surprisingly, my DH likes to IRON !!!!  Woot, woot !

So, I sew up long chains of scraps or crumbs in progress, and he irons them and piles them up, and then i sew those together, and off we go til it's a 6.5 inch block.

But, don't fear, I try not to work him too hard......... because he has other duties, too, like serving as a Kitty Bed !!!!  

Well, it's a new day, and a new week - wonder if there are any tiny bits of fabric around ???

Stay warm and safe,


Saturday, January 4, 2020


I'm a little bit LATE !

(been traveling to see family)\\

So - Here Goes !

2020 was GREAT...

We MOVED to North Carolina, and bought a house in the mountains...  We love it here, my DH fishes in this fabulous pond, and the whole lower level of the house is for QUILTING and GUESTS - sometimes they are QUILTING GUESTS !!!!

Yesterday we saw a Great Blue Heron fly all the way down the pond - it was so spectacular !

I used up a LOT of thread this year ….  more than any year since I started taking a New Year's Day photo of the year's empty spools....  Now my empty spool drawer is empty - better get busy !

I sent some of my fancy linen quilts to shows, and got a beautiful Judges Choice ribbon for this one, which you have seen before... but here's a closeup - it's called Sunday Pearls.

I completed my term as a University Dean, and resumed faculty status as a professor.  This year I am on leave and am enjoying having time to adjust and prepare for a new role beginning next year.

It was a great year -  and I plan for the next one to be even better !

Happy New Year to you and all the special people in your life.


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