Wednesday, April 1, 2020


Hello all.  I hope you are all well and staying home and safe.
I saw this sweet little quilting Bee paper doll on Kyle's Blog, Timeless Reflections.   It is offered by Kathy Schmitz, and you can get it free right here.
She's my little quilting friend and she is helping me feel inspired to sew.  I am finding it hard to settle into hand work.

I made a sleeve for my House Quilt so I could hang it in my sewing room.  Nutmeg pulled it off the ironing board and made a little nest, pins and all.  The sleeve is matching so it's hard to see.

Here's my label with Nutmeg in the window.
I'm so happy to have this cheerful quilt to enjoy from my sewing machine.  It looks custom made for this spot. 
Yesterday I made a sleeve and label for my Pineapple quilt too.  When you make crazy backs, labels can be both fun and challenge.  Labels can be another level of design on your quilt.  I didn't have anymore of the fish fabric but the silhouette print relates to both backing fabrics.
I made a circle label using the silhouette fabric.  I think it works well pulling it all together.
Here are some prototype masks I made.  One of the most important things you can do is NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE.  This is especially important when you are in a store, so I'm wearing one when I'm out to remind myself of this until I go home and wash my hands.
 My nephew in Colorado asked me to make him one. 
 I asked him what color and he chose navy.
We have finished our first puzzle.  550 pieces.  woo hoo
I was disappointed to see this sign at our favorite Steamed Dumpling shop.  I think we'll try their other restaurant tonight.  I feel strongly about supporting privately owned restaurants.
Sunday has become Big Breakfast Day.  It feels good to have some new "Traditions" during this very unsettling time.  Virginia has a stay home policy until June 1st!  Not sure what this means for David and Hanna.  They may be here for quite a while.
I have been using meditation as a path to mindfulness four a couple of years and I has made a big difference in my life.  
I use the Calm App.  It also has sleep stories which I love when it's hard to sleep.  They offer a free trial if you are interested.
Breath, breath, breath and try to enjoy the view.
Stay Home
Stay Safe

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Quilting for Comfort

I hope you are all doing okay and are well.  Things are so surreal. 
I'm working on this 2014 UFO.
I had planned to share my recent cruise photos, but I'm just not up for that today.  Here is what came out of the UFO drawer.
The nine patches are from my first Fun With Barb Block Swap in 2014.
Amazing sewing shrinkage!
It was a fun challenge to pick fabrics and animals.  I made several changes along the way.
I have fused them down and I'm machine appliqueing them with a tiny zig zag and monofilament thread.  This isn't an real video just a still because it is really hard to video with hand and sew with the other, lol.
 Nutmeg is almost 1 year old and she is a great little sewing room buddy and has deep appreciation for my large scale fabrics.
In preparation for Hanna and David, who live in DC,  I had to rustle up all the quilts in her room.  This was the easiest solution.  This is about half of my quilts.
My son's girlfriend, Alexis, is staying with us too and together we made slime.
 I used this recipe here.  It was a fun activity and it is therapeutic to play with.
This is her cat, Momo.  He is friendly and sweet and Nutmeg is "letting" him come up from the basement a little more every day.
We are very lucky to be a family group of six as we stay in and stay put.  Lots of working from home and lost of shared meals.
 coco and nutmeg are a perfect example of how to get along during mitigation.
 I hope you are doing okay, and if you are not please reach out to a friend or family member and let them know.

We all have to take care of eachother.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Doll Quilts!

Wee~ I received my Instagram Doll Quilt Swap quilt and is it special!  This came from Becky of Vancouver.  It is so charming and I LOVE it.
Perfect toile' backing and a little zip pouch with a bird pull.  It's like Becky knows me!
On my trip, my husband made fun of my ziplock baggie of small essentials.  So I'm especially happy to have this new little zip from Becky.
I had to try it on my dolly bed.  Isn't it sweet?
Here is the quilt I made my partner.  I hope she likes it.  The color combination is unusual but I know she likes reproduction fabrics.
I chose this Alphabet print for the backing.
I really do hope she likes it.
This was a great swap!  thanks to Jenny for hosting on IG.
I'll be back soon to share photos from my recent Caribbean Cruise. 

On a serious note, I hope you are all well and well stocked with food, books and sewing while we all wait out the pandemic.

Treat yourself to a Shamrock shake, they are as good as you remember.