Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mmmmmarsala




"Marsala" is Pantone's color of the year for 2015. 

 I think that calls for some Veal Marsala to celebrate the new year, don't you?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Comfort and Joy!!!



The origin of our word comfort is from "strengthen" so I am wishing everyone Comfort and Joy this holiday season.  There is often sorrow and strife in everyday life, but we cannot lose heart...



Monday, November 24, 2014

Basting...



....at the library with Jessica and her pals.   It took no time at all to get this quilt sandwiched.  All I needed was a little help from her friends and a lot of "quilt talk" to keep me going.  I heartily recommend library sewing groups.  You meet the most friendly and interesting folks there!
Next??  Baste that turkey....

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!




Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wool, naturally!!




My hexies are ready for sandwiching, finally.  I have no problem picking batting for this nap quilt.  Have hand quilted wool twice and loved both the process and the result.  Needles without any stress on my hands and is so warm and lightweight that I can hardly wait to get this in my hoop.  Am planning to join Jessica's library group on Saturday.  Maybe we can have a "basting bee."

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Modern Miracles




What is Modern quilting, everyone asks?  Jacquie Gering brought over 100 lbs. of examples to show the Empire Quilters guild.  This is only one of my favorites...her "log cabin" television with rabbit ears really cracked me up!






Jacquie answered lots of questions and gave her quilting story as well.  Her background in sewing finally came into fruition as a leading Modern quilter only a few years ago!  This engaging presentation won over many skeptics.  I later heard several quilters admit they didn't really care for modern quilts before...





It was a day full of surprises for me, too.  My "London  Connection" aka Dorothy Hill, was in NYC for the weekend!  It was so great to see her again...and to know she is now part of the Modern quilt group in London.  She asked about my Hexagon quilt, so I'd better get a move on....

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Low-Volume Day




Naomi and I turned down the volume today.   Sometimes a quiet day is all you need to recover from 
loss...whether personal or political...




We made these low-volume blocks for Metro Mod lotto. 

  Then we had herb tea and double chocolate pecan bars. 

 All better now!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Anti-Depression Therapy




The weather forecast is for rain this week, so I am taking preventative steps against the oncoming gloom.  My Thirties Something quilt is the perfect antidote!  These Depression era fabrics always cheer me up.  I have also discovered free hand-quilting is great fun.  No marking, no rulers, no stencils...just going with the flow here.  As Gene Kelly once sang,  "Come on with the rain, I've a smile on my face."