Wednesday, December 26, 2012


 Welcome to Seattle in December!

Enjoying the holiday season
decorating our tree with my oldest's 
hand blown glass ornaments!

Feeling mostly chilly
making you want to curl up by the fire...

or under some quilts.

Often craving carbs...

especially Great Great Grandma's oatmeal cookie recipe.

Desperate for color since the outside world is
 almost always gray.
(Did I mention gray?)

Here's veggies for Italian soup from Pioneer Lady.

Lovely oranges in a hand blown bowl!

And veggies for pico de gallo.

I think Seattle's chilly gray weather is one of the reasons
 I love quilting so much.
Fabric fills the color void!

I have been doing a lot of color self medicating
these past few weeks!

I asked my youngest if he wanted to give any teachers a gift this year. 
he said, 
"my reading/writing teacher needs a gift that is significant
She is a hippie and a good teacher."

A peace sign tote 
with joyful music, 
hearts for love, 
and inspiring words 
including a focus on "gratitude" was born!

Two new littlebits...

And two more littlebits inspired after reading one of my favorite blogs!! 
She asked, 
"What is in the window?"

Me and Jim are in the window!
with "Olive you" fabric, 
love music, 
three trees for our boys, 
great background fabric, 
all under a roof of love
with "Happily ever after does exist" for an awning.


Carmen Miranda...
With friends,
dancing and grooving, 
in a pineapple house
with bluberry grass,
letting go seven lucky balloons,
fire works,
and a flag waving the word of 2013

the beauty of being!!!!!
Thanks Em for that delightful inspiration!

I was also inspired by another blog I love...
Nifty Quilts.
In her November 5th post she shared about her 
pine burr quilt...
I didn't get as far as a whole quilt, 
but I really like my pillow!

I've also been preparing for my Web class in March at Aunt Mary's quilt shop.

I don't usually paper piece,
but there is something very meditative
and gratify about 
all the pieces.

I am still playing with 
this colorful yellow and red Kaffe table runner.

This lap quilt in a softer sweet color way is ready for quilting!

another Seattle winter
shall be more than just survived.
Each moment
continues to be
another opportunity!
What do we get to do?
What color do we get to use in my next project?
What yummy nourishing food
do we get to create?

Peace and

to you!!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Here's two clearer pictures of the happy happy happy quilt 
that Deb, a wonderful woman and quilter, 
was making using fabric 
she had won from my giveaways!

Gorgeous hand quilting!

fun and happiness 
was had at Judy's last Friday. 
It all started 
when I spied this yummy bag of scraps!

I put a more-black-than-white piece together. 

Without a plan...
I made a more-white-than-black piece.
After I sewed them together, 
I went to press...
Judy walked by and said, "Oh, it's a house!"
Yes! (grin)
It wanted to be a house!
(thank you quilting muse!)

I have "played" many times before
Victoria Finlay's new book
15 Minutes of Play
is filled with inspiration...
taking "play" to a whole new level...
and just happened to be sitting on Judy's gigantic pressing board!

Something was missing...

a fun and happy 
love fairy

Here's another house on its way to be quilted.
I used Jan Mullen's Daisiez pattern,
but they looked more like snowflakes!

These were so much fun, I couldn't stop!

maybe I stopped once... 
to treat my self 
(in the midst of this crazy season) 
to some
much coveted 
Mendocino line from Heather Bailey
from Etsy - the Janeymacshop!
(Ask me how many times I walked by these bolts 
at Fourth Corner Quilts 
and thought,
"Gee, that's cute, 
but I don't need some of THAT, do I?"
Then it was gone 
and it was time 
to pine 
and obsess 
and wallow 
in remorse over
a missed fabric opportunity!!)

I am also treating my self to Italian lessons! 
More happy and fun thoughts
about all things Italian... 
Amalfi Coast
Cinque Terre

I'll leave you with a charming passage 
La Bella Lingua by Dianne Hales -
She is talking about the Italian phrase, "bella figura", 
which sort of translates as courtesy, the way a man rushes to open the door, the way Italians take an extra minute to dress well not to show off but to always present their best self..."Italians are innately more fluent in the language of courtesy."

"But I relish the the flourishes of bella figura, each an opportunity to transform minor interactions into memorable interludes. When I confide my perspective to Enrico Paoletti, president of Societe Dante Alighieri in Florence, 
his elfin face lights up.
"Ah Signora, you are learning the Italian secret!"he exclaims. 
"And what is that?" 
"Our greatest art: the art of living."

I am curious 
if you have any fabric you saw, 
didn't buy, 
and now covet?

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Several years ago I was lucky enough to take a class with
 David Walker.
(I didn't realize that he was on his last sweep of teaching and was on his way to becoming a photographer.) 

He started the Tarot themed class 
with a meditation and a lit candle!

He talked about having a quilting muse!

 He shared wonderful quilty/creative quotes including one I love till this day, "Test visual things visually." 

I can't remember all the details behind the quilt I made, 
but I was a sun symbol and I "had all the tools I would need".  
I am a Leo, so I included a key in my teeth. 
Since then, 
without conscious planning, 
the key 
has become a reoccurring symbol
 in my littlebits of fabric therapy.

My Peace Portal, created a few years after David Walker, 
with door ironically not open,
but look at the key conveniently dangling from the doorknob!

Then there is last year's 

She is so happy, because she has
the key!

This week
was wonderful!
Turns out, I am (we are) deserving of a peace filled life!
An undercurrent of peace 

I know, I have read it and said it a gazillion times.

This week, I actually felt it more than just a glimpse!!

So, I created this littlebit of fabric therapy.

It's a snowglobe.
Something we already have,
 stuck on a shelf,
collecting dust.
it's broken and unzipped.
It's time (the clock with a heart)!
There is a key!
And love (x and o Valentine confetti) is oozing out!


Speaking of love,
I LOVED teaching my first class last weekend!
Two favorite student comments:
"I think I have been liberated."
"You're groovy."

I am already on Aunt Mary's schedule for next year!

January 20th - I am going to share and encourage creation of Littlebits of Fabric Therapy!!!

What a great way to start the new year - creating art that focuses on
what you love
what makes you happy
what you want in your life

February 3rd - Spreading LOVE with fabric postcards!

I couldn't wait for Valentine's Day, 
and have made a few to mail on Monday -
 gratitude postcards!

Here's two...
"I am grateful for you, my treasure!"
for an old hippie relative whose honesty about being a recovering alcoholic 
was quite a powerful story to share with  for my teenage boys
(heard a lot louder than my words have ever been.)

AND there's one more planned class!
(perhaps one more I will share in the future.
Maybe even one more at a different quilt shop!)

March 3rd - Striped strips 
adapted from Modern Minimal by Alissa Carlton
and Quilts Made Modern by Weeks Ringle



(perhaps there's even one more that I will share in the future.
Maybe even a different class at a different quilt shop!)



I am very grateful 
for YOU!

What are you grateful for?