Friday, November 30, 2012

Kandinsky Modular

My Metro Mod challenge block is nearly finished.  It started out with some hashed bits of hand dyed fabrics and Misty Fuse on a muslin base.  Some sheer fabric is holding down the "brush strokes" and is quilted with monofilament.   The colored bits needed blending, so I added water soluble oil pastels.  More is needed for smooshing those colors now.  I thank my friend Naomi for sharing her palette of tulle fabrics.  Pinned in place, I am ready to do a final stitching.

 I am so anxious to see how everyone's module will look together.  We all got a different piece of the puzzle.  Mine is shown  above.   And you can see Naomi's below...and Victoria's is on her blog today,

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Just in...

...from the left coast!  These special stamps are going straight into another new page today.  I love the Seattle stamp best, but the cute kitty, and the smiling sun, and the moos  are runner-ups.  I love the whole collection, actually.  Thanks a million, Sue!!!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Four for Sandy

My blocks for Sandy are in the mail today.  They are on their way to Donna in Tennessee who will make the top for a much needed quilt for someone in New York.  So it will be a round trip for them!  Thanks to Michele for organizing this drive.....

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Looking on the Bright Side

What do you do when life gets tough?  Quilt, of course!  How do you stop feeling sorry for yourself?  Make a quilt for somebody who needs works!!!  Today I am making Wonky log cabin blocks for Sandy victims and getting my energy back.  Scraps are flying here again!!!


Monday, November 12, 2012

Storm Weary

The past two weeks have taken a toll on everyone in this area.  I have listened to so many personal accounts ranging from tragic to miraculous,  despairing or hopeful, anger, laughter, tenderness, gratitude...etc.  However, the overwhelming theme seems to be our dependence on one another.  The first responders as well as neighbors helping neighbors -- all are essential to our community.  My dear neighbor Mary brought me a thermos of hot coffee every morning when I had no power.  I am nominating her for sainthood!

The biggest highlight has been the arrival of my signed copy of Victoria's book.  I am thrilled to announce that my "new favorite quilt" is appearing on page 17!  I made this with a lot of help from my 15 Minutes Bee pals who are listed in the book.  Thanks again for all who contributed bow ties and "made fabric" for this special quilt.  It's another great example of community effort.

Now I want some down time to recover and get ready for whatever happens next.  Thanksgiving will have a whole new meaning this year.........

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

In Case of Emergency....

I so appreciated everyone's kind words and concern during Sandy's siege.  This morning I finally finished cleaning out a soggy mess of spoiled food and then had to restock for our next storm.  Yes, we are getting a snowy Nor'easter today, as if we weren't humbled enough!  Got the usual nonperishables, of course.  If I had to choose my three most essential emergency items, they would be my little flashlight that hangs around my neck, dark chocolate (any brand will do), and my favorite quilt.  Skip the candles that are too dim for my elderly eyes, and also the bottled water and granola...yecch!  I just want to cuddle up with a good book and nibble away until the storm passes.  But....I packed up 2 suitcases of winter clothes for the hard hit folks living in Long Island shelters today.  Had some lap quilts to spare as well.  I know that when I am feeling most threatened, knowing that folks do care helps most of all!!!

Monday, November 5, 2012


After what seems a lifetime, I am back on again.  Am luckier than many folks here on Long Island, however.  It will be a very long haul for those who lost everything.  But everyone has been so friendly and helpful so far, that I do expect miracles.  I lost electric power but had heat.  My friend Kerrin asked me to keep her parakeet warm since she had no heat at home.  So darling Lily entertained me while I cut a zillion more postage stamps. She has a song and dance act which is just as good as any on Letterman.  I think she deserves a quilted cage cover for her efforts!