Tuesday, September 13, 2016

An Awesome Gift!

Look what arrived in the mail yesterday from my friend Mary from Quilt Hollow.

It looks huge in the photo above but in actual fact, it measures only 6"x 10".

Mary knows me so well and our tastes are almost identical when it comes to fabrics and themes.  Not too many people know that I collect pineapples, the Colonial symbol of hospitality.  I have several throughout our house, including dried ones.

Mary's longarm quilting is perfection and even the binding is hand-stitched with teeny-tiny stitches.  I wouldn't have expected any less from Mary.

As soon as I'm able, I will be taking this in to be framed.  It's waaaay too precious not to be showcased in this way.

Thank you sooooooooo much, my friend.

Have a wonderful stitching kinda day!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


A recent visit with my neurologist and today with my family doctor confirmed the worst.  I've been advised to not sew for any prolonged lengths of time for fear that further damage could be done to the discs in my lower spine and the nerves within.  Just the mere words sent a chill down my spine because I could not live with that kind of pain again.

As a result, this certainly puts a halt to my hopes of making the Broken Dishes quilt with you all, in addition to any other(s) quilts in the immediate future that require machine work.  Handwork however, is not an issue, something that I'm so thankful for because you all know my passion for handwork.

As a result, we'll be making some major changes to my sewing room.  The down sizing has already begun...again.  I've sold my Bernina 750QE which has gone to a good and 'local' home.  I've also started purging my fabric stash and have either sold and/or given away a major portion.  I've also found a buyer for all my books and patterns.

As you can see, my sewing, quilting and designing career is certainly taking on a new direction.  This by no means that I will give it all up.  Heck, no.  It's only another blip on the proverbial radar.

Hopefully I'll have the desire to pick up my Brinton Hall quilt in the next little while, after the reality of my situation really has had a chance to sink in.

If you've read this far, thank you.  I have no intention to give up and you'll still see me here on a very regular basis sharing both the good and the not so good.

You are all very special me...and those words come from the bottom of my heart.

As always,

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I'm making myself crazy!

It's a good thing that I've been procrastinating about starting to cut my Cheddar Broken Dishes quilt because it's driving me crazy.

Have a look at these photos that Margie, one of my readers and friends sent me.

To heck with the sashing, I say...and maybe even the cheddar will have to be put on hold for another project!


I just love this quilt!!!

Happy stitching!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

A Little Change

You all know that I L-O-V-E the Cheddar Broken Dishes quilt but as much as I've tried, I find that I'm just not 'loving' the white sashing.  In my mind's eye, the two just contradict one another.

So what I've decided to do is make my sashing out of a medium-to-dark blue Civil War or reproduction print.  I know I'll be more happy with it that way.

Happy stitching!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Another Sew Along?

I L-O-V-E the October 2016 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting!  Not only does it feature an article about Lisa Bongean but it also has a few quilts that have easily been added to my TO DO list.

Well, you know me and anything vintage.  "Cheddar Broken Dishes" is going to be my next quilt.

To quote and paraphrase historian Barbara Brackman, "The maker of this antique quilt incorporated a popular 'four-patch' unit and the name 'broken dishes' came about in the 30's when designer and author Ruby Kim was writing about pattern history.  The pattern of four triangle squares actually dates to the 1780's which is when Americans first started piecing quilts."

I've had this beautiful cheddar yardage that I purchased from Tara Lynn Baisden when she had her online shop several years ago and was just waiting for the P-E-R-F-E-C-T project in which to showcase it.  And if you can believe it, I can make this entire quilt from my stash!  Woo hoo!

This is going to be a very slow one for me because I have to rely on outside help from my friends to help me with the cutting as I still can't stand up without the total aid of my walker.  In addition, my hands still tremble both from the residual effects of the anesthetic from the surgery and not to mention the withdrawal from the heavy duty pain killers I was on for so long.  But things get better every day, including my strength and endurance.

So, are you up for another sew along?  

I'd LOVE your company!

Happy stitching!