Monthly Archives: January 2017

January – almost in the rear view mirror!


Where has the month gone? Not much sewing and no finishes so far!

Early in the month I made a decision to fly out to California for a week. My daughter Sarah and her family were moving into a new home and needed some assistance. And so off I went. Moving is well… chaotic! A lot of time is spent trying to remember what box something was placed in. Preparations at both the new old house are a must as well. Painting, touch-ups, cleaning and more!


And then there was this guy…


He was a blast! And a pleasure! And oh so busy!!

The two of us had some adventures together.. from the Kid’s Gym, Gymnastics, Pretend City and more!

Lots of things were accomplished in a short period of time, but they had a lot to unpack after I left!

Once I got caught up a bit on sleep, I started in on an already planned project. My sewing room needed a bit of attention.

  1. I don’t have a design wall – I have the parts and a plan… so looking forward to getting this done. Parts: copper pipe, Kaffe Fassett gray flannel design wall fabric, dowels, and curtain rings with clips. Planning to weight the bottom somehow.
  2. The closet – wow! This is a place that I have always just stashed whatever, however. Many things have been kept simply because there has been room. My plan is to take the mirrored bi-fold doors off, and to thoroughly go through everything. All items must either end up in a basket, bin, drawer or box! I am about 80% done going through and organizing this. I have one shelf to be added yet.
  3. Ironing Station – For the last few years I have used an old dresser that I purchased at the Goodwill. I had painted it, and initially the primary use for it was storage. Over time, I started quilting, and the top became my ironing surface by adding a layer of a quilted fabric to the top.
  4. Non-related items: Well, they needed to go! I have moved out a treadle machine cabinet/desk. This has found a new purpose to hold my printer and necessary items for paying bills and correspondence in another room. Small bookcase – off to second hand store. Scrapbooking, weaving and yarn.. off to bins in the basement. The spinning wheel gets to stay, as it is convenient to keep nearby with a bit of roving. A couple of bags for Goodwill, and a couple for trash!

Here are a couple of shots of the chaos and the slow progress…20170123_180637.jpg



and then ever so slowly, some progress starts to happen. Things are finding homes in a way that makes sense.


Clearly, I have a ways to go, but looking forward to a better functioning room!

Onward and Upward!




2017, A New Year Begins…


but sometimes you need to take a look back…


The two ladies in the front are mine and Luanne’s Moms. They were quilting together on a church quilt. After my Mom had passed I came across this picture, and thought how neat it was that a moment captured years ago somehow continues on through Luanne and I. Generally, we don’t hand quilt, but do quilt together! Barb and Millie both shared a love for quilting and fabric. We both treasure the various parts left to us, the scissors, rotary cutters and blocks. We have often talked about how we think they would be proud of our work, and what fun it would have been to be quilting and shopping with them! So very grateful that they passed this legacy on to us!

This is what a new year looks like so far for me:

Splendid Sampler Blocks…


Really liked this one:


Love the colors and the fact that this block includes both a Downton Abbey fabric as well as a Hoffmann Challenge Fabric!

And here’s another one that also includes both of them again:


coming soon… a new ironing station for my sewing room. Much more portable than one I have, and can be folded down to take up less space.



Additionally I purchased some Kaffe Fasett gray flannel grid fabric to create a much needed design wall. I have missed not having one!

The potential of this…?????? 20170108_125710.jpg

These strips are about 1/2″ wide and will be perfect for something!

And the general chaos that happens in my home…


Planning to create new memories in 2017! Along with some quilt finishes!