Friday, July 17, 2015


This pile of fabric is beginning to transform into
It was time to reevaluate the A Small World quilt-along project.  Instead of proceeding through the six parts, I concluded that working by units (flying geese on this particular day) would help progress.  More time has been spent organizing and creating a different plan of attack, than actual stitching.  SOON, I'll be stitching and the planning will pay off!  Maybe on Sunday.

Today the DH is underfoot.  He took the day off for my birthday.  I'm hoping to get my bicycle repaired.......

This message was a pleasant surprise in my inbox this morning.  Thank you!

Also, Joe took me out to breakfast at The Underdog Cafe in Yellow Springs.  Then I went to Current Cuisine to checkout what kind of cake they had today.
Jamaican spice cake!!!!!  My favorite.  Joe gave me some grief because I have made it six days without sweets or alcohol.  There will be cake.  Tonight, I'm sure there will be a celebratory drink when the DH takes me back to Yellow Springs for a birthday dinner.

Sometime soon...I hope to get through the vacation photos to add a couple of posts.

Here's a preview of one of the dresses from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibit:  China Through the Looking Glass.
There are more than 75 photos to edit.  I respect the NO FLASH.

Here's to 55 and FABULOUS!!!!!

Thursday, July 9, 2015


Hi, from my sewing cave where it is DRY and comfortable!  A friend recently posted that we've only had two incidents of rain.  One for 45 days and the other 35 days. <G>  Rainy wet weather is my kryptonite.  While I appreciate that we have not had to use the irrigation system yet this summer, I'm ready for drier weather so that I may breathe.

Stitching, knitting, reading, listening to music, and watching Wimbledon (GO ANDY!) have been occupying my time.  Andy, you broke my heart, but marriage obviously agrees with you.  You're playing fantastically.
 Above is the Colette pattern Laurel dress.  NOT embracing this one.  <G> Potato sack
 This is Sewaholic's Davie dress in-progress.  I need to stand-up straight, stand still, <G> and get the DH to help mark the hem...Again, not totally vested in this one either.  The armholes are too big.   I took it in on the sides and should have taken the shoulder seams in too.  When I first tried it on, the whole dress was too big.  Then I remembered I was going commando and put on some padding!  The DH says he has to do an underwear check everyday, in order to make sure I'm not going out the door commando.  <G>  Once at a dinner, (insert and one time at band camp) he told the guy next to him that his wife was going commando.  He was informed that he was a very lucky man!  My aim is to make life interesting and surprise him with something everyday.
The blocks above are QM Bitty Blocks for July.  I don't think I've posted January - June on the blog.  You can find them on Facebook.  More info can be found at
Come Sail Away With Me, Styx...memories of senior prom long ago.
I love working with small pieces.
For example, this is a block from my Nearly Insane quilt.  The pattern is by Liz Lois.  There are over 230 pieces in this six inch block.  (Just noticed that one of the green pieces was stitched in the wrong direction)!  I worked on this particular block while volunteering for the high school marching band.  (Loved that 40 hour/week job).  The band director looked at it and asked, "Are you insane?" He did not know the name of the quilt.

My Small World QUILT-ALONG with Very Kerry Berry - pattern by Jen Kingwell is not progressing with the program.  They are starting part three this week.  This is part one, still in progress.
 Here's a pile of tumbling block units to hand-stitch  The blocks will be put into a community quilt for the Women's Studies third annual quilt show, at Wright State University in January 2016.
 While in New England, for the kids wedding, we chilled out in Henniker, New Hampshire.  I acquired a shawl pattern and yarn and immediately sat down at the Fiber Studio to knit.  Most of the shawl was knitted up on the drive home. The pattern is Artful Yarns Broadway #92127 with The Fiber Studio hand dyed mohair chenille.
 Knitting is helping me to train my brain on focusing.  As you can see by my blog posts, my mind tends to wander off on a lot of different tangents.
 And here are a couple of knitted scarves along with a few crocheted dishcloths that will be donated to the WSU Women's Center.  I hope to finish the scarf in-progress to deliver at tomorrow's meeting.
Finally, I started a count down last week.  Sixty days until I begin the "Master Degree Odyssey." I'm hoping to accomplish something creative for 60 days in a row.  I humbly admit that some days may only be a quick dishcloth.  There's going to be a pile of dishcloths!

Thanks for stopping by.  I would love to hear from you.
What's on your cutting table or the cutting room floor?
What have you been doing to chase away the rainy day doldrums?

Saturday, July 4, 2015


Here we're celebrating with our entourage, savoring breakfast at Wimbledon.
Don't forget the Pimm's!

It's not "Throwback Thursday", but a look back at July Fourth, 2009.

Oops! Here's a flashback too.  High school varsity tennis team 1976.  ��

Have a fabulous Fourth of July weekend.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


I recently purchased a new vehicle.
The weather broke today, so it was time for a ride.
The bike would not fit!  I removed the front tire and had the forethought to make sure that I was adequately able to reinstall the tire.  NO!!!!!!!  The clamp would not flip back towards the tire.

So on to plan B, a hike through Glen Helen Nature Preserve.
The stairway down to heaven on earth
 and Into the Woods.
Relaxing by the water's edge
Hiking the trail without a care in the world
 Finding joy
 Getting lost in the woods and enjoying the sollitude

There's way too much stress in my life.  A hike was the perfect prescription.  
Followed by the perfect pool day this season.  All day outside and no asthma issues!  It's definitely stressed induced asthma.

A few life altering decisions need to be made in the next couple of weeks.  
Graduate School!
On the creative side, here's a sewing machine that I created at a new 3D print shop, Proto Build Bar.
Here's hoping that you're finding some blue skies in your week!

BTW, the carrot cake at Current Cuisine after the hike was a perfect antidote too.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


The sewing machine is merrily humming along.  Last night I stitched away till 1:00 a.m.  Joe was up till 2:00 a.m.  There were no turf wars!

This is the maxi skirt that I stitched up last night. 
 The fabric is blue echinacea rayon by Anna Maria Horner from Dabble & Stitch.  I started by pulling a thread to straighten the fabric.
Then I removed the selvages, along with about one more inch of fabric vertically, in order to form full daisies when stitching the seam.

My tip for matching is to line up the fabric design.  Carefully iron one side over where the seam will be stitched.  Finally, I baste the seam together along the ironed line to insure that I'm satisfied with the match. 
The top of the fabric was folded down a 1/4 of an inch and then again at one and a 1/4 inch.  Stitch the elastic casing down close to both folded edges, leaving an opening for the elastic.  Stitching around the top edge will keep the elastic from rolling.  The elastic was threaded through the opening with a safety pin, stitched securely together, and then the opening was stitched down.  To complete the skirt I turned under the slit and hemline twice, basted the edges in place, followed by stitching by machine.  EASY! DONE!

This afternoon I made a short skirt using the very provocative Blend Riding Hood by Josephine Kimberling.  I love the finished skirt, but am unsure if I will wear it out in public or just save it for Halloween.  GRIN!   There's a wolf on my arse!

I had both sheepish & devilish smiles on my face while constructing the skirt.

Dabble & Stitch information:
I also exercised my plastic at Sew to Speak.  Equal opportunity!

There was blue, gold, brown, & lace fabric that hitched a ride home with me.  I'm planning to make another Grainline Alder Shirt Dress and Linden Sweatshirt along with a Laurel Dress by Colette Patterns.

Yesterday, Sew Dayton notified me that they were restocked with new fabric.  I purchased some thick grey heather sweatshirt fabric.  I'm thinking another Grainline Linden sweatshirt, possibly embellished with my grandma's antique buttons or lace.  I'm singing Stevie Nicks, Leather & Lace.

Thanks for dropping in.  What's on your to do list?