Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Ahhh...the beach!
I think it was the most beautiful sunset 
I have ever seen!

Even Walter was unusually calm and appreciative!

in between trips to the beach
and daydreams of Paris...

I have been sewing up a storm!

It seems that I have developed 
quite a crush 
on all things Kathy Doughty!

Here's a very fun finish...
there are 24 different fabrics in each "bead".
This time I did it random and my usual hodgepodge way...
next time I might play even more within the colors.

From this book...

I saw this pattern...

and am having sew much fun!!!

I channeled Karen Stone's philosophy 
and developed a palette
starting with this Alexander Henry fabric...

which played with this goofy purchase so well!
(Sometimes even I don't know why I buy the fabrics I do!)

You make all these giant circles...
(I kept seeing what Joe Cunningham talked about -
how the color of the fabric is not really known
until it is actually in play with it's neighbor!)

I am still auditioning center fabrics.

Some old fabric, 
some new.
It is all making me positively giddy 
with excitement 
to see what happens next!

The design is also quite refreshingly different!

Trim them down to 13 1/2 inch squares.
LOVE the whole process!

It was wonderfully easy to pick the fabrics from my stash.
I am all done organizing
I will forever be tweaking the collection.
I suppose it will be part of my creative process.

I did come to the conclusion
 that I would like to
do some destashing.

The post office lady said that this box 
can be sent anywhere in the US
for 5.80$ 

So here's my destash/online garage sale idea...

I will ship you 14 fat quarters
for 30.00 (includes shipping).

Send me an email

1. stating your overall choice (I pick fabrics) -

A. cool colors (blue,green, purple)
B. warm colors (red, yellow, orange)
C. reads as black (mostly black background)
D. reads white (mostly white background) 

2. your address

I will send you my address and will ship your fat quarters once your check has cleared.

Please help me with my addiction - 
I need room for future purchases!
(I know you know of what I speak!)

Linking up with WIP Wednesdays over at

Saturday, July 12, 2014


I am officially on vacation!
My family has left for a week trip 
to visit my husband's family...
or wife 
duties for me!!!
now what would be fun?

Island Quilter on Vashon Island!
(quilter's nirvana!)
and a delightful class with Joe Cunningham.

The plan was to "Rock the Block".
Here's Joe showing his wonderful version.

Joe suggested we bring one yard of four different fabrics.
Since my stash is currently neatly at my disposal (!)
it was easy to find this favorite piece I have had for years,
always wanted to use
but never knew how
(have one some many of those?)...

it seemed like it played well with these stripes...

and maybe this sort-of-solid...

drum roll...
these shark/goldfish!

Joe was a lot of fun!
He was charming and funny,
put everyone at ease,
connected with every student,
and guided us through 
wonderful creative play.
(Yes, he even played guitar and serenaded us!)

Here he is 
showing us how he plays with the blocks,
not on a design wall,
but on the table/bed/floor!

I was able to get in the flow
and rocked my blocks!

Joe imparted lots of quilting wisdom throughout the day.
The paraphrased bit 
that is ringing in my head 
this first-night-on-vacation is...
the color of a fabric is not defined until we see it playing next to other fabrics.
something to think about and play with...
perhaps on day 2!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


If you asked for scraps last post,
or you won the cherry/Halloween giveaway,
AND you sent me your address,
I mailed them off today!

Thanks to your ghracious willingness to 
rescue some of my scraps...


look at my 
overflowing scrap tub!

Time to get to work with
with the scraps I have left! 

LOVE it!
This is a really fun quilt to make!

(Greenfields pattern from Kathy Doughty's book Making Quilts

Because it's always fun...

linking up with WIP at


Sunday, June 22, 2014

LOVE this book!

This quilt keeps popping up 
in my mind
and has recently moved 
to the must-do section.

Besides organizing my fabric,
I have also been organizing all my magazine ripouts.
It gives me a chance to revisit old favorites 
and realize how much my tastes have changed over the years.

Guess what I found today?!

Fabric, magazine ripouts,
found this in a Freddy Moran book!

Now that most of my fabric is too neat to use...
HA!  huh?
It seems only natural that I would gravitate towards the scraps...
right?! (she thought worriedly)

Kathy Doughty's pattern calls for alternating cools and warms...
can't wait to get started this week.

Speaking of fun...
does any one need some scraps?
Send me an email telling me if you would like cools or warms and I will send a baggie off to the first five emails I get...
well, maybe six...
or seven if you are nice!


the winner for the cherry fabric is

and the winner of the Halloween fabric is
Lisa Marie

Thank you to everyone for leaving such wonderful comments! 
"Big" or "small" is was fun
to read about what every one is up to this summer.
LOTS of happy sewing! Whoohoo!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Can you feel the joy of summer?!

My oldest son is in Indonesia 
for a month with his anthropology teacher!
My youngest son wants to "do nothing."
And my middle son loves to mountain bike.
So, off to Whistler in BC Canada we went!
(turns out you can do "nothing" 
in a swimming pool 
and while zip lining! Who knew?)

Lots of opportunities to practice
letting go
and trusting! 
Luckily for son #2,
 he lives far less fearfully than his mom!

From the site - :

 At its most basic reduction, the rainbow is an amalgamation of light - a perfect harmonic combination which produces a symbol of supernatural beauty, promise and enlightenment

The weather was fine, typical northwest mix of partly sunny,
or is that partly cloudy? 
Until the ride home...

Shannon Falls

I can home reinvigorated fro the task at hand!
I am just loving it!
Turns out that the color I have the least of is...

makes my mouth water 
for cherries and my annual attempt at cherry pie!

In honor of the promise of
I would like to have a giveaway!

7 fat quarters + a bit (third down is almost a fat quarter)
obviously, cherry themed!

And , just for fun,
since it's never to early to think about Halloween...

11 fat quarters of spookily fun Halloween themed fabric!

Just leave a comment telling me 
what YOU get to do this summer 
and which fabric tickles your fancy.

Next Sunday, June 22nd mountain biker son will pick the winners!