Tuesday, April 27, 2010


I got this muffler at a garage sale with the idea I'd rework it. It's eye lash yarn, double stranded and very thick as a result.

I picked out the binding and unraveled it. There are about four skeins of yarn. I'm going to re-knit it narrower. I don't need the warmth, but I love the color and feel. Garage sales are full of potential. Oh... and I paid 12 cents for it!

Watery Voices

We used to read George MacDonald's fantasies to our sons when they were growing up. Mr MacDonald has a very fanciful way of describing nature and the world around him. He talked about little springlets and creeks rushing down the hillside to join their watery voices with the river on his trip down to the ocean; leaping and dashing from rock to rock in their joy at rushing down the hill; such a great image.

We went to Montgomery Woods for a creek check. We've never seen this much water in the creek. And the *mosses*, so green and lush!

I don't mean to look so serious, but it was a low light exposure, so I was asked to 'hold still'. :)

It was a great day, so magical. You could almost hear the woodland children giggling behind the flowers on the forest floor.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Thank You

True, Administrative Professional's Day is a "Hallmark" occasion, but these were on my desk when I came in today.

Beautiful. No one has ever given me a dozen yellow tulips. And the card was so special, complimentary and appreciative; I have to say I almost teared up. It doesn't hurt to be thanked. And so I thank those that thanked me today.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Spring in Ukiah

Picture from the internet

A quick view of the valley before the next April shower.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

May Basket BOM

I decided to do the block of the month for May, piecing a single block gives me something to sew without a big commitment. The unfinished block size is 13", which is a little odd, but okay... Here it is laid out on my piecing board. I cut carefully. I checked the quarter inch seam on my machine and stuck a piece of mole foam on the machine bed as a guide, I sewed what looked like a thread breadth shy of where I normally sew.

The results: Points all match, there's a healthy quarter inch around the outside for seam allowance, block looks good. It measures 12 7/8"

Hiding somewhere in my sewing room is the elusive 1/8".

Scrapbag Bonanza

Most of the ladies in my guild know I like to work with scraps so every so often I'm gifted with a scrap bag. It makes me so happy! Free fabric! Different quilters use different colors and patterns and I love sitting down and pouring over strips and bits. This is the pile when I first took it out of the bag, but it expanded because the pieces were compacted.

Here is the pile sorted about half-way. I have a natural tendency to 'group and sort' and I enjoy 'making order out of chaos', so this is the perfect combination of those things! I'm in heaven.

This scrap bag felt like a treasure trove, the more I sorted and grouped, the more I found; several sets of orphan blocks and these fun velvet applique'ed blocks - as well as a spool of quilting thread, 11 cents, several flower head pins and a sock! Kathy do you want the sock back??

I'll prewash another day and then cut the fabric into strips and squares; fresh colors to add to my palette. Can you see how big I'm smiling??

Monday, April 12, 2010

Amish Bearpaw BOM

I guess I've never worked with solids; it was more challenging than I would've thought, the thread melting into the black fabric. Maybe it was the lighting in the sewing room at 8:30 at night... The instructions said the unfinished size should be 11" and blocks donated to the Block of the Month program would be measured. Oh no, the quilt police! My block came out 10 3/4" and that just wasn't acceptable so I frogged the center seams and sewed them again - this time it finished at 10 7/8", better, but it still had me worried.

I needn't have worried, the BOM chair was gracious, didn't even eyeball my block, just added it to the group. Don't they look nice? There were blocks that were visibly an inch larger than they should've been, my scant 7/8" wasn't even missed. The winner of the drawing got all 25 blocks.

Later in the morning the guest speaker talked about being "quarter inch challenged". Being off a scant 7/8" hasn't mattered too much in my quilting up till now; but I'm beginning to think that's why the Ocean Wave alt blocks don't come out. Don't cha just hate that?

Friday, April 09, 2010

Spring in the Valley

I make a lot of blue and green quilts, is it any wonder?

WoW! Lovin' the color of the sky this week.

Thank you for visiting and to those of you that leave comments. Lena, I would like to reply to your kind comments, but your profile is set to 'no reply'. I'm glad you liked the pictures of my quilt retreat. I don't know the name of the birds on the rock, they are chicks; the Mom saw me and flew off leaving her fledglings looking around in confusion. It was amusing.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Be Warm

I had to share, too cute!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

He Is Risen!

He is Risen Indeed!

Computer graphic art by Frank Roberts (DH)