2015 archive

What Will 2016 Look Like?

I have gone through immense loss and tremendous personal growth in 2015. It has been a difficult journey and, truthfully, one I am still traveling. The thing about grief is that it provides a rich environment for reflection. Yes, it is painful. But with a little help, I decided to dig deep, feel those emotions, …

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Hello Darling – A Frivols Quilt

What are Frivols? They’re a series of collectible tins from Moda. Each tin measures 4.5” x 7.5” and includes 42 7” squares, a new Moda quilt pattern, a new block pattern and a Frivol surprise. This is Frivol #1 and features the Hello Darling collection by Bonnie and Camille. I love their fabrics, and this …

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Reading Since August…

Hello Peeps! Yes, I have been reading, just not reviewing! The best books of my fall/winter reading: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015, 179 pages) What do you do when your spouse dies and the years are ticking by and you are aging and lonely? For Addie Moore, the answer …

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Improv Therapy

2015 is gradually coming to a close. It has, perhaps, been the most difficult year of my life. Earlier this year I lost my sister, Paula, and her death rocked my world. Everything changed. The world looked completely different to me. Grief has many faces – anger, profound sadness, loneliness, confusion. It is complicated. It …

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A Round Up of My Summer Reading

My blog has been quiet most of the summer, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading. These days my reading is driven by whim. Since the death of my sister in March, my concentration has waxed and waned. I’ve needed time to nurture my soul. I’ve tried to streamline my life a bit so …

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Bee Blocks

I thought it was about time I updated you on my progress in the Bee Groups. I am a member of two bees: Thread Divas (a group of friends from Threadbias) and the charity bee Do Good Stitches – Cheer Circle. So let’s start with the Thread Divas… February: Carol requested a Susannah block (tutorial …

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The Sweet Life in PB&J

  *Click on any photo in this post to enjoy a larger view I finished the top for this quilt nearly 2 years ago when I was sewing along from the Simply Retro book by Camille Roskelley (awesome book by the way). And then it sat waiting for me to quilt it. At 92″ x …

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Little Quilts Round-Up: May and June

We are hosting a sew along over on Threadbias in 2015! Members of the group will be sewing from the Little Quilts book by Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsinger. Feel free to join us any time – if you are not a member of Threadbias yet, go ahead and sign up (it’s free!) and then …

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An Improv Mini Quilt for a Friend

*Click on any image in this post to enjoy a larger view Recently I attended a small quilt retreat. We were tasked with making a mini quilt for one of the people attending…and my person also happened to be a good friend -Conni! We affectionately call Conni the “canary” because she breaks into song with …

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Good Kings Bad Kings – Book Review

I got a plan to run away. I’m gonna go right before they’re set to ship me out of here. I been figuring it out but there’s still a few details that need a little work. I know how I’m gonna sneak out, that’s easy, but I’m not sure where I’m gonna stay at. The …

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