I love to quilt and walk. No, I can't quilt and walk at the same time. Some form of sewing has been a passionate part of my life since I was 9 years old. We won't disclose how long ago that was. My husband and I are avid volksmarchers. Together we have hiked over 20 countries, 47 states and 78 of Ohio's 88 counties. Please join along as I stitch and walk my way through life.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Dear Kevin the Quilter,
     Several months ago I promised you some blocks for you QOV quilt drive.  Life, make that schoolwork was a priority.  I was very anal and intense about getting all A's and graduating.  Sooooooo, better late than never..........................

Here's a finished QOV.  Please give me some direction of when and where I should mail it.
Here are two happy people that just got their B.S. degrees on 12/13/14!
The DH is saddened.  He can no longer crow about making out with a college student anytime he likes!
Finally, I have rounded 3rd (Clue #3) and am headed back to 2nd (clue #2) on Bonnie's 2014  Quiltville Mystery, Grand Illusion!
You may link-up with Bonnie's mystery below and find directions on the mystery tab.

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Clue #1 of Bonnie Hunter's 2014 Quiltville Mystery "Grand Illusion" is finally finished.  Clue #3 comes out tomorrow.............
This is Bonnie.  She's an amazing quilter extraordinaire.
The 2014 "Grand Illusion" mystery can be found here:
Priorities and commitments were attended to before starting the mystery.
Finally finished is also a reference to college.  I finally went back to school in the Fall of 2013 and am now finished!
Here I am with an amazing capstone team.
I spent Monday taking care of a commitment I made way back in March to our beloved "Kevin the Quilter"  This evening I got a call from the LA quilter.  The QOV top is on the rails and ready to be quilted.

This week has been the first in ages that I have actually sat down at a sewing machine.  There are parts of me that are not accustomed to this anymore.  Right ankle - sore from pedal pushing.  Right arm and fingers - sore from rotary exercises.  Eyes spinning - from tunnel vision on that all important quarter inch seam.  Who new that sewing involved muscles?

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope to see you again next week!

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Giving thanks today for family, friends, health, and especially for a loving husband,
despite how many times I test his patience.

I am thankful for the education I have received over the past year on diversity.
The realization that my classmates often are required to make a decision between work,
in order to survive, over doing their coursework has been an eyeopener.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 17, 2014


It was "SEW" nice to spend the whole day with you!  You may thank Julia for motivating me to
put my big girl panties on. 

I've been able to spend time with our stitching group this fall.  Still, there are no finishes for 2014.  I admit, I have taken homework instead of stitching a couple of times.  A few weeks ago, I was working on a project and mentioned it would be nice to have it completed for Christmas.  Julia responded, "What year?"  Point taken.  Last Tuesday, I finished my capstone research.  Now I'm just sitting and twirling, waiting for my teammates. 
Needles are flying!
Make sure you're wearing shoes if you stop by.

The embroidery was finished last night.  Today I stitched up 36 pinwheels for the center.  This is "Twas the Night Before Christmas in Bavaria."  Meg Hawkey's Crabapple Hill pattern is done in redwork, but it reminded me of Christmas in Germany with the blue.

Möchten Sie einen Schneemann zu bauen?
We have our first snow for the season! There was not enough moisture in this morning's snow to roll out a snowman, but this is my Raider Mogul Man! 
The day kept getting better. I could not commit to theDear Jane Retreat due to schoolwork. Today, I was notified that I made it off the wait list. What happens in Shipshe.........................
 Guilty pleasure: The Voice - Matt McAndrew! He picks the best songs. Last week, "God Only Knows." 
This week, "Take Me To Church."
I posted this video a few weeks ago on Facebook.  LOVE IT! 
I'll be dreaming of fabric.  How about you?  Good Night!
And you wonder why the DH has nicknamed be "Squirrel?"  Staying on topic is not a strength for me.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Another Phenominal Fall Week!

Ahh FALL!  Ready for some more stress relief, at least until the leaves fall and the asthma kicks in.  I ran away from the drudgery of research and paper writing again this week.  Where did my BFF take me this time, you ask? for lovers........

Our home away from home:  The Stonewall Jackson Inn
where we were truly pampered.
We hiked, biked and ate our way around Western Virginia.

I have until Tuesday to recover from the pain of a vertical 1.5 mile rock climb to reach the summit of "Sharp Top."
I'm a bit worse for wear, but with some motivation from friends, I completed the climb and descent.  The descent at my age is sometimes worse than the climb.

A group of friends and their spouses have always dreamed of being through walkers on the Appalachian Trail after retirement.  The men were going to hike and the women were to haul the men off the trail every night to a B&B for relaxation & comfort.  Of course I had volunteered the hubby to switch roles with me.  After our time this week hiking on and around the "AT", I think my outlook changed a bit.  We had all read a realistic account of the "AT" journey, Walkin' on the Happy Side of Misery, A slice of Life on the Appalachian Trail, by J. R. "Model-T" Tate.  Therefore, we all had to go into Buchanon, Virginia, which is noted in the book as a resupply station and hangout.  After the climb, I indulged in a high calorie large shake and burger at the diner pictured below.  So good and so bad for me.
If you have made it this far reading, please leave a comment.  Yes, I'm off topic as usual, but I expect to be stitching up a storm again SOON.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

It's Pinktober

Don't forget to squish the "girls!"
Mammograms can save lives.
In memory of my sister Tamara 1958 - 2008

Sunday, September 28, 2014


It's Jimmy Buffet time as in, "The Weather is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful!"  My BFF and I ran away for a long weekend.  Thursday, Friday & Saturday were spent in Northeastern Ohio visiting wineries and walking along the Buckeye Trail and a few other trails.  The DH picked up 6 counties, while I picked up 1 new county.
 Ferrante Winery
Headlands Beach State Park
Chagrin Falls
Brandywine Falls - Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Wow!  We just keep on photo bombing the scenic views.
Tuscarawas County Event
On Sunday, we were back home.  We loaded up our bikes for a ride to Cedarville and back.  DH commented, "The first 9 miles I ran cross country at Arcata High School faster than I just rode my bike."  It has been many years since he was on a bike.  I let him lead and coasted along behind him.  By the time we finished he was sprinting like a champion.  DH gave up soda 9 months ago and has dropped 30# to date.  He is feeling much better and has started moving and shaking it again.  I keep reminding myself to be patient and support his pace.