Monthly Archives: January 2015

Writing and the joy it brings


Recently I was invited to speak at the library to talk about writing and quilting. These two subjects are my passion, there are others but for now I will focus on these. Both are art, the way in which I write, putting images down on the paper, creating the story that readers will enjoy, that will make others smile, I love that about writing.
Quilting is another art form which can take on many shapes as well as images right before your eyes. Very often I don’t know when I’m creating a piece what the end result will even look like. That is how I write and quilt, the creativity takes over and I go with it.
Ideas come from everywhere, sometimes while I’m stitching, I put the needle down and take up the pen. You might ask, does this interfere with my art or project? Yes of course it does, some days its difficult to get back to what I had been working on before my creative jolt took over.
My talk at the library went well, I hope I inspired a few to pick up the pen or perhaps take up quilting. I can’t imagine what to do without either of them.
When life is good, its very very good, so I write and share my stories with you.


My big quilt challenge saga continues


The cold freezing weather is sure to keep us all inside for days to come. Quilting is a great indoor project, except in my case I quilt almost daily. I’ve been working on this queen size quilt for several days now, No I’m not done yet. I’m a little shy of the half way point, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
This quilt is partially done in the flying geese pattern, the rest is long strips. I’m quilting around each piece of flying geese. That in itself takes lots of time. Because of the damage to the quilt, there are lots of what I refer to as blemishes, and bad spots. I’ve managed to quilt through or around them.
When this quilt is completed it will keep someone nice and warm. It is actually taking on a new life, simply because of the quilting. I did mention that I was hand quilting it. It is however not a very small stitch, but it is well put back together.
I’ve got many miles to go before it is complete but I’m very satisfied with how it looks so far. I knew there would be little bumps and blemishes, because of the condition it came in. None the less,
it will look wonderful.
Now its back to work, I also have to earn a paycheck, my flock needs to eat too. Stay tuned for more updates, perhaps a photo so you can see what I’ve been doing.
Be well and stay warm.

My Big Quilt Challenge


I’ve never faced a challenge that I didn’t give my best effort to, when I say this this challenge is big, I mean it. I’ve been working for several weeks right through the holidays repairing a quilt. Let me tell you, this quilt is in the worst shape, it has been loved, torn, and then torn some more. I can’t let a quilt go to quilt heaven without first giving it my best effort at repairing it. Its what I do and who I am.
I’ve repaired other quilts, dolls, I’ve mended walls and even a few birds in my day. I’m sharing this story with you because the time has come to begin the quilting process. This is the part where anyone who knows me will call me crazy. One reason being, that I’m hand quilting this back together. Now that you are done laughing, I will begin. When I have progress to show I will post photos. This once was a beautiful quilt and its now up to me to make it beautiful once again.
Stay tuned.