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, January 13, 2015


As friends try to come up with a single guiding word for 2015, I find myself contemplating too many choices.  Can an awkward geek really declare fearless as their chosen word?  Why not?! 

I spent today talking to a friend, while we stitched away.  I declared that I turned into a total craven coward after 9/11.  My charming naive innocent life was shattered with fear and vulnerability.  For the following ten years, Our children and I lived with my husband for a grand total of two years, and then for two more years during that period, I criss-crossed the Atlantic between him and our kids.  Recently, we were told to edit all of our social media from any ties to that profession.

Now, it's time to live with fearless positivity.  If I live in fear of what ifs or what might happen, I am not living.
This weeks tune:  "I Lived", by One Republic.
No matter what life throws at you, be it cystic fibrosis, bullies or something else, go out and LIVE fearlessly.  Don't hold back.


I'm not going to sensor what I'm proud of!

On a much lighter note, I graduated and am back into retirement and life is busier than ever.  There are a lot of plans in the making to travel with friends, volunteer commitments, and of course be creative.  I am working on rekindling an nurturing friendships that I ignored, while I was hell bent on not only getting all A's, but also achieving 100%.  I was not living life.

My first creative endeavor of the year is pictured below.
All the pieces and parts were joined together as per Bonnie's mystery directions.
I posted alternate options both here and on Facebook.  In the end, I went with the original directions, because my future daughter-in-law liked that option best.  Who knows, this may be a present for her.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


For the last glorious week, it has been PLAYTIME!

Playtime, to celebrate the new year with my twin sister and our husbands at The Sanctuary Resort on Kiawah Island, South Carolina.  It's our go to place for relaxation.

On our way down last Tuesday, we stopped in the hospitality capital of the world.  That would be Summerville, South Carolina, which is home to one of my all time favorite quilt shops, People Places & Quilts.
And where we started toasting the new year early with a little bubbly at The Montreaux Bar & Grill.
While at the Sanctuary, we danced the night away, participated in a New Year's Day run and Polar Plunge, visited Charleston, and spent quality time with family.
Playtime, also refers to iMovie tutorials on this blustery winter day.
Lastly, playtime on the big reveal of the Quiltville 2014 Mystery Quilt.
Half of the blocks are constructed for my version, Sanctuary Illusion.  The colors from my fabric stash mimic the colors of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
Now it's decision time.  Gold is my aqua.  If you look closely, you will see the gold cornerstones in the top left sashing above.  I'm looking at a few other choices for the cornerstones below...leaning strongly toward the green.

Today, I'm linking up with Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville.  Thank you Bonnie for another fabulous year of mystery quilting!

Monday, December 29, 2014


I've been playing around with all of the units and just cannot come up with an idea of where they will all land.  Me thinks my mind is on that celebratory trip with my twin, which the DH and I will leave tomorrow.
You can find the mystery quilt clues at the link below:
And you can stalk everyone's progress at the following link:
We have reservations to celebrate graduation and the new year at The Sanctuary.  Tricia has been texting pictures to me all day long.....There's a "Polar Bear Plunge" and 5k run on the 1st.  No better way to chalk this item off of the bucket list than doing it at a South Carolina beach.  Maybe a Florida beach.

I am enjoying life to the fullest.  My quilting and epicurean brain functions are being exercised, after an epic hiatus.  It has been comical getting back into my domestic Goddess life.  I don't think the men around here appreciate me chasing at their heels with a vacuum cleaner.  The kitchen smells divine right now with an oldie, but goodie comfort food recipe stewing, Jackson Lake Lodge - Grand Teton National Park - Chuck-Wagon Stew.  I think it's time to dig-in and eat.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 25, 2014


A Joyful Merry Christmas to all of our family and friends!

From the DH
 Dining Alfresco 
by Will Moses

Monday, December 22, 2014


Last night (Sunday) I drove the family bonkers singing-along with The Sound of Music, while stitching part four of Bonnie's Grand Illusion mystery quilt.
I am so much like Maria, head strong and always getting into mischief.  The DH strongly resembles Captain VonTrapp, very stern and easily exasperated by my antics.  We both dearly love Austria and miss our wandering friends in Stockerau.
Here's the link for this week's mystery clue:
And the link for part four:
Clue four is completed, but clue two is still in progress.  With the holidays upon us, it's family & friends time.  My twin sister and I had our annual holiday baking frenzy on Saturday.  No pictures by the DH this year, but you can view last year here.
My contribution to holiday baking this year includes fudge, pecan shortbread, almond thumbprints, and apricot brandy bread.
The best part of the weekend though was finally pounding some nails into a wall, after more than three years of living in our new home house.  Dear Jane had been left up at our other home.  She was ceremonially relocated to her proper place of grandeur in our great room.

To all of quiltville land,

Wir w├╝nschen Ihnen ein frohes Weihnachtsfest und ein gl├╝ckliches neues Jahr!

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.............
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!