Saturday, January 30, 2016

Carol's quilt

I won a jelly roll years ago at a quilt show.  I was never sure what to do with the yellow/grey/black/white fabric until I found a magazine at guild that showed a quilt similar to this one. I was able to get two quilts with the checkerboard out of the jelly roll and the leftover pieces I put in the quilt for Diana (see previous post).  

My neighbor Carol is always helping everyone and she loved this as I pieced it.  It seemed only right to gift it to her.

Great quilting from Terri Trotter at Fireline Design!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Diana's quilt

Gave Diana her quilt this past week.  It was so nice to visit with her and I was excited to give her the finished project.  She had seen the top on my blog or facebook and said she loved it.   Like everyone else in the east, we are currently experiencing a big blizzard.  

I have Italian wedding soup in the crock pot, keeping the back shoveled for the dogs and staying warm.  It's a good day to sew!  What's it like where you are and how are you spending your Saturday?  Stay warm and safe!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Happy Sunday

So far we are having a wonderful winter!  I just hope it continues this way!  
I've been working on a lot of projects.  During the week, I'm embroidering and binding in the evenings. Weekends I spend working on new quilt blocks.  Here is a top I recently finished:

It's for my aunt who loves tea :)  I ordered a special backing for it in December.  My aunt has been searching for a blackwatch plaid afghan to put on her couch so I am putting that kind of plaid on the back of her lap quilt.  I hope she likes it!  I've been really busy and hope to keep up with this blog a little better!  Have a great day!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year's Eve!
I finally got in some sewing this weekend.  It's been months and it felt so good to piece this donation top!
I used up a bag of scraps for this and it felt so good to utilize the fabric.  I've been thinking about goals for the future and I only have two:  to write and to use up fabric.  Fortunately, my neighbor Carol has decided to join me in a stashbusting year.  Carol makes aprons and I am making quilts, mostly for donation this year (my family has pointed out that they all have quilts now).  I'll also be working on pieces for upcoming programs that I hope to develop.  What are you hoping to do in 2016?

Monday, December 28, 2015

Holiday Clean-up Commenced...

Yes it's time to clean up the holiday mess.  It wasn't that bad this year and I've already made mental notes for next year:  Only make chocolate chip cookies because that is what everyone wants, ask folks to bring a dish along because it makes life easier, keep with the minimalist plan for a more relaxing day.  Our holiday was cheerful and jolly and we are looking forward to a quiet New Years Eve.  How was your holiday?

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Merry Christmas!

 Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday!
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Minimalist Christmas: 2015

Our Christmas tree this is year, is ten inches high.  It might be difficult for some of my friends to believe this; the weekend after Thanksgiving usually mean my house looks like Christmas exploded inside it.

For years, my son has asked me "What do you want for your birthday or Christmas?" My reply has always been, "Less."  I don't want him to worry about buying something for me.

Last year was a game changer.  I finished decorating the house, took the dog for a walk and promptly broke my foot.  At least the house was decorated until Christmas Eve--in the middle of cleaning the house and cooking for our annual brunch--the unexpected happened: I got vertigo.  I don't remember much after going to the doctor except that I told my husband, "you have to do all the cooking and prep."  And he did.
Christmas day I kept falling asleep (from the vertigo medication) and all I know was that the holiday survived despite the fact that I was checked out.

I probably would have forgotten about all this except I spent some time this autumn deleting photographs.  I stumbled on this one from 2012:

the land that Christmas forgot AKA the after Xmas mess.  My little sewing area is in the attic and after the holidays, I would not only have to put away all the decorations but then tackle all the stuff I had moved to the attic to make room for Xmas...which of course became worse if I was doing some last minute gift sewing.  It would take nearly the whole month of January to get the house back in order and those memories flooded back as I reviewed old photographs.

So this year, all the boxes of Christmas decor have been ignored.  I spent 5 minutes decorating the window from my grandmother's house which sets above our living room wardrobe. Included is a ten inch high Christmas tree that I once used to decorate a doll house for Christmas.
My friend Beth gifted me some small glass birds (I'm an avid bird watcher) and I put them and a few other birds on a teeny tree.

And the funny thing is, I'm happier.  I feel absolutely liberated.  The Christmas presents are already wrapped, the house is in better order than in years past, and I have more time to think about things that truly make me happy.  Today I'll start preparing the cookie dough.  Some of the cookies will be served on Christmas; more will be given away to some of the seniors in our neighborhood that have become very attached to Seamus.  

I'm not ready to dispose of our regular tree.  I might feel differently in years to come and want the whole Christmas experience again.  But I wanted to post this to remind myself that it doesn't really matter.  This year I don't have to tell Peter I want "less" for Christmas.  I gave that gift to myself.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Pennsylvania Piecemaker

My new blog is up!  Please join me at for insights and thoughts about quilt collecting, history and the joy of living in Pennsylvania! :)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

A Quilt for Maggie

Maggie is my oldest niece and I finally was able to give it to her this weekend when she visited!  The quilt has been finished for a while but I wanted to give her the quilt personally.  She is busy most of the time, working on her degree and also has a great job in the science field.
She picked out the fabrics, etc. and I was happy to make it for her!
Simple but hand quilted and I hope she enjoys it in her condo!  Love you gal!