Sunday, August 30, 2015

It's A Back-to-School Blog Hop!

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Did you ever hear of such a thing?
As if all those amazing -- tempting -- tantalizing school supplies everywhere was not enough!!!!
Well, my quilting buddy (and all around great teacher) Sam Hunter has taken the idea of back to school fun, and gathered up more than a month of daily hops to various QUIILTING teachers!

The fun starts on September 1st...
and my hop stop is September 8th.

I will post the list of teachers on the 1st, but if you want a hint at what may be in store for my stop -- take a look at my YouTube video.

Something new is being pulled from that ---
hope this tempts you to go-back-to-school with us!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Riding the Elephants

Last summer my niece, Tiffany, along with her boyfriend Jacob traveled to Thailand to ride the elephants.

This summer Tiffany and Jacob got married --
so naturally I had to commemorate both events with bits of fabric.
Out on FaceBook I was accused of teasing, and now I can finally share it all here. Beginning to end.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015


This summer one could barely find me at home, and when there I was working closely with my gardener to make some major changes to the home scape. During one of my trips I taught several workshops at The Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild - Quilt University.
This was a wonderful group - and a grand way to spend some sunny summer days. One of the workshops was all about Cookin-Up New Fabrics. We had fun marinading fabric and coming up with fun ways to spice up some fabric using paint --

It's magic!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

24 Hours

So much stopped yesterday at this time, it hardly feels like it has been 24 hours ago. A full day since my Nikki (almost 17)  had finished her breakfast and her brother's, hit the water bowl and had just settled in for her morning cleaning and nap when she was struck with a massive seizure and passed away.

Everything that was to take place yesterday did not, and it was replaced with acute grieving--

This morning my heart aches still, and thoughts of things I wanted to share this week on my blog are just not on top.

They will begin to bubble up soon, but til then I just wanted to share a couple of pictures of my girly - girl.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Missing You!

I have had a full schedule this summer -- like most of you.
Running around, taking in some wonderful new sites,
teaching & presenting through this new part of the world (to me).

While all this has been happening I have composed a bunch of posts in my head --
only to be distracted by almost everything.

I can't say that things are slowing down any, but I am trying to make a better stab at posting.

Today I wanted to share a fun find on Pinterest last week. It was a book of Embroidery Stitches -- why? It was originally printed in 1912 and is now available on-line for free. I definitely downloaded it and have already used some of the stitches I found.

It also got me thinking -- I would love to think that in 100 years someone may find my books and just have to share them with their quilty friends... wonder what quilting will look like in 2115? what new forms of delivery will words and pictures use then?

OK back to 2015.
Here's the book and some of its pages.
enjoy and get your own copy soon.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Nestlings --

Betcha you may have thought I dropped off the face of the earth.
I actuality I took myself off to California for some r&r, birthday parties and generally catching up with my west coast buds.

I had a great trip -- that started with sneaking in for an amazing surprise party for my daughter-in-law (Dawn), and staying long enough to celebrate my bestie's (Angelique) 60th. In between there was catching up with a bunch of friends from northern LA through the southern end of the OC. There were walks of my favorite beaches, and eating at some of my favorite eateries and being introduced to some new favorites.

All done while giving my self time to stitch on some nestlings.
Nestlings??? You may wonder.
While participating in the daily word challenge my sketch book became filled with nest like drawings -- so with only minutes to spare I put together some small quilt blanks based on these drawings and through in some stitching stuff to embellish along the way.

Below are 5 of this little stitch-portunities.

These have only made me think of more/different nest inspired designs...

but, they are taking a bit of backseat, for now that I'm home I'm really excited to getting some landscaping projects out of my head and into reality.

gardening or stitching or laying by the pool/lake/ocean....
What's on your list to get done this coming month.

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Hunt Turns to Embellishments

Last Friday I flew into Orange County --
I wanted to sneak in and be there waiting for my daughter-in-law at a  surprise party being held for her on Sat....
it went off without a hitch,
of course with the help of a small number of friends.

Before I left home I worked on a series of small quilt works --
all silk, and all ready for some wild embellishing stitch-portunities.

Since visiting the OC last year there seems to be a new bunch of stores that have moved in. Think Japanese dollar store, then check out the on-line Daiso stores.  Everything in these stores is a $1.50 and fun, so it seemed a great place to find things that may work out as embellishments.

So, along with things pulled from my stash I'm going to try and incorporate some of these finds...
What do you think?
Could you come up with ways to use some of these items?

I'm looking forward to jumping in soon.