Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Stockings are Not Hung??


What? The stockings are not hung by the chimney with care? Nope! Will it happen? Perhaps! But if not, oh well. Christmas will still happen!

We took on a couple of home projects… now, because quite frankly we have more time off. The old berber carpet was torn out of the dining room and hall way. New paint and new flooring. Long awaited new flooring! Hopefully over the next few days we will get this installed and the furniture back in place. Then maybe a small tree in time for a family get together.


There is hand stitching to finish, but not too much. Trying to keep it low key as the getting stressed doesn’t change things!!

Off I go.. there is a birthday boy in my house who we will go celebrate today!


“Stevie” the Crocodile, Busy Elves and More…


Yesterday was a great day!

In the Morning I headed to the Wisconsin Quilt Museum in Cedarburg. Susan Carlson gave a lecture on her work on the 22 foot long Crocodile Quilt. I really looked forward to hearing more about this beautiful work and the process she used to create it. She did not disappoint. There were enough attendees to fill the  gallery in the barn, in the midst of the exhibit. Susan gave a fantastic presentation with pictures of her work as it progressed. This was followed by a Q and A session, and the opportunity to get a book of hers signed. (oh yes I did!) Susan will be teaching in September of 2017 at the museum. I sure hope it works out to attend, as I was very inspired!

“Stevie”  –


This piece was also stunning, both from a distance and close up:20151210_115319.jpg

20151210_115304.jpg20151210_120637.jpg20151210_120625.jpgAfter a couple of errands on the way home, inclusive of a stop at Wendy’s for Bacon Fondue Fries (awesome!), I got a few tasks done and found some time to read Susan’s book titled: Serendipity Quilts. So inspiring and I look forward spending time playing with fabric using these techniques.

Luanne then arrived with her bag of projects and pizza! We enjoyed a fun evening listening to some Christmas Music, sewing, and quite a few laughs!!

And, yes, the fur flew! Everywhere. I bet there is some in my lunch bag.. why not? There was some inside my winter coat which was no where near the scene of the fur!


Here’s to more good days! Grateful!

Happy Weekend!

Will There Be Fur Flying When Two Elves Meet?


Perhaps there will! Luanne and I get together to work on some top secret Christmas Sewing tonight!!

There will be pizza! There will be Christmas Music! There will be Vintage Singer Sewing Machines. I have threaded up the Rocketeer 503 and an Oyster 301 – which is an amazing machine! I told Luanne that she can always use one of my machines if she didn’t feel like hauling hers. These vintage beauties need to be used, so this is perfect! We will put them through their paces.

And maybe, just maybe we will light some fragrant candles and leave them unattended!


A Quick Look at the Big Croc and other critters!




The Wisconsin Quilt Museum seems to have outdone itself with the “Insects to Elephants” Exhibit. While I think the Croc was certainly the rock star of the show, there were so many wonderful art quilts depicting various techniques. I snapped a handful of pictures and look forward to a return trip to see more!




The Pictures do not do these justice!


“Long” Anticipated Quilt!



As in twenty-two feet long!! And I am going to go and see it this weekend. Can’t wait!

The current exhibit at the Wisconsin Quilt Museum is titled “From Insects to Elephants” . All quilts on that theme. But the quilt I am most excited to see is a twenty-two foot long Crocodile named “Stevie”. Don’t let the name fool you, Stevie is a she.

Take the time, go to this page for the exhibit information: From Insects to Elephants


Go to the Susan Carlson’s page to learn more about this quilt and more of her work.


by all means watch the time lapse photos of this work in progress. It is fantastic!

AND LASTLY… I will be going to Susan’s lecture next week at the quilt museum. I can’t wait to learn more about her process, and what it takes to create something this size!