Friday, January 25, 2013

the perfect storm

As you probably know, quilters are about as demanding and fussy over their irons as their sewing machines...needless to say, we are always in search of the perfect irons.
I admit, I have almost as many irons as sewing machines.
I have a titanium plated Panasonic [in the box] especially for fusing.
I have a cordless iron, convenient, but not a great presser.
I have an old Rowenta, BUT my go to iron is currently a Reliant Digital Velocity iron.
Now you could use this thing to lift weights!

Why am I telling you this you ask?
well...I have started pressing seams open, which actually does require pressing with an iron.
I purposely set up my sewing space, so that I have to get up and cross to the ironing station [move around more, stretch].
Anyway, getting up to go turn on the iron, I pulled/dropped the iron on my foot.

OW!!! ***!*!
you can believe I saw stars and was nauseated for about 15-20 minutes afterwords.

I broke THREE bones in my foot!

Finding a shoe to fit is the hardest part of getting around now. I have a surgical boot, but it's height is different from all my shoes which makes me waddle and limp!

I think, at least temporarily for a month or two, I will set up a portable pressing station next to the sewing machine. In the spring a redo of the sewing room is in order.

SO this is what I was working on:

A Valentine inspired collage quilt using one of the older French Journal fabrics from Michael Miller. Of course it still has to be quilted...and maybe beaded or embellished.

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Saturday, January 19, 2013


VISIT Vicki at 2 Bags Full for a complete list of participating blogs:

I'm a quilter.
I love all types of quilts: antique, art, modern, colorful, kids, flannel, batik.
This blog is mostly about quilts. You'll find a few other things too: wildlife, nature, cats and dogs, buildings, friends and family. SO have a look around. I hope you enjoy what you see.

I'm giving away a charm pack from Moda: SHARE THE JOY, by Deb Strain and a copy of Quilt Sampler Spring/Summer 2011.
Please leave a comment for a chance to win. I'll pick a random winner at the end of the blog hop, so make sure I can contact you.

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, January 18, 2013


this show is a mix of new, not so old and antique.

And since it was such a beautiful day, I took some quick photos about town:

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Come back tomorrow for a link to the GROW YOUR BLOG party and a giveaway!

Friday, January 11, 2013


does the entire world have the flu?
It's time for OFF THE WALL FRIDAY!
my creative endeavor is below.

stay well!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Rachel At Stitched In Color has a blog about EMERALD the 2013 color of the year.

What a grand color!
of course I'm Irish[+]...and to celebrate, my background is changing to emerald!

I put together a mosaic:

but this weekend I think I'll search my stash and come up with fabric for an Emerald quilt....
?Emerald City?
?Green with Envy?
?it's not easy being green?
?green acres?

Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.
Pedro Calderon de la Barca

When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy, And the dimpling stream runs laughing by; When the air does laugh with our merry wit, And the green hill laughs with the noise of it.
Lord Byron

All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.
Martin Luther

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.
William Blake

By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet.
Thomas Merton

My coming to faith did not start with a leap but rather a series of staggers from what seemed like one safe place to another. Like lily pads, round and green, these places summoned and then held me up while I grew. Each prepared me for the next leaf on which I would land, and in this way I moved across the swamp of doubt and fear.
Anne Lamott

Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.
Ansel Adams

and lastly:
Okra is the closest thing to nylon I've ever eaten. It's like they bred cotton with a green bean. Okra, tastes like snot. The more you cook it, the more it turns into string.
Robin Williams

Sunday, January 6, 2013

WINTER WHITES, wildlife, and more

still needs to be quilted, and I think some surface design also...
elegant, but simple.

and on the way to my artquilt group meeting yesterday, this was the second and closer group of wild turkeys:

Finally Leah's quilt:
I love the outer border,unfortunatley I didn't buy any extra.
the back is a Laurel Burch flannel, with monkeys , of course!

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