One of my planned sews this month was matching cardigan sweaters for my daughter-in-law and my youngest granddaughter. The project was supposed to be easy and fun. Even though I finished the sweaters in only two days, I'd hardly call them easy, and I certainly wouldn't call them fun. Why not? Because I was making… Continue reading My Fabric Is Made Of Dead Dinosaurs. Should I Be Concerned About That?
I love this photo of my sister and me walking near the ocean in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, one night about eight years ago. My husband was just a few steps behind and caught us slowly coming together until we put our arms around each other. It was a very natural thing for us to… Continue reading I’m A Sewing Surrogate, Creating Special Gifts For My Sister’s Granddaughters
When 2018 began, I decided to take part in a yearlong quilting project, my first ever. Every single time I looked at my blog's home page I was reminded of the pending Dec. 31 deadline, because a countdown widget showed how many months — and, eventually, days — remained until the deadline. As of this… Continue reading December Quilt Block Is An Easy-Peasy, Oh-So-Breezy Tree
To participate in the Heartland Heritage Block of the Month quilt project this year, I've had to create quilt blocks each and every month, with the designs getting ever more complicated. This month's block, the penultimate design for 2018, is called Tulip, but I have dubbed it Insane Tulip because it's tested my own mental… Continue reading November Quilt Block Is An Insane Tulip
As the headline for this post suggests, there are several reasons why I haven't blogged much this month. It's not that I didn't have anything to say — I ALWAYS have something to say! It's just that I found myself a little short on time due to the aforementioned list of life events. I'll go… Continue reading An Illness, A House Guest, A Variety Show And Sew Much More
My yearlong quest to finish a quilt is now down to just double-digit days. This journey started back in January and is part of the Heartland Heritage Block of the Month Quilt Project by Inspiring Stitches, with each block posted on a calendar page. Unfortunately, I didn't get around to sewing last month's quilt block,… Continue reading The Better-Late-Than-Never Quilt Block
One night this past June, after reading several informative blogs about the advantages of owning a coverstitch machine — and having enjoyed a particularly exceptional cocktail — I got up the nerve to ask my husband to buy me one. He was a bit surprised, mainly because he didn't know what it was, and therefore… Continue reading Good Things Come To Those Who, Well, You Know!