Friday, January 23, 2009


How attached do we get to our work? I have sold several of my lap quilts while secretly wanting to keep them. I had intended to keep a log cabin quilt when I made it years ago - I have always loved that pattern. But someone very dear to me wanted to buy it to give as a gift. Normally all of my quilts were for sale, so I didn't have the heart to say no. So now I do have several quilts in my home that I never intend to sell. On my dining room table is a quilt using a Kaffe Fassett pattern and fabric.

On the back of the sofa is a pattern I found in a quilt magazine. I have an Ocean Wave pattern out of older fabrics with wonderful color hanging on the wall.

And on the back of a favorite chair I have another colorful quilt in a Kaffee Fassett Lattice Quilt pattern with miscellaneous fabrics. All of these quilts I love for the color they add to my home.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Save Your Shoulder

Several years ago I developed a pain and discomfort in my right shoulder. Not knowing why, I wondered if my heavy purse was to blame. Since then I have been carrying "handbags". Since I like to experiment and try new things I designed this small handbag. It is large enough for a wallet, checkbook and more. It has pockets -for a cellphone, etc. I love the compact size. I named them "Save Your Shoulder" handbags. These bags can be found on my etsy site.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Not Quite A Blizzard

Well it was snowing this morning, we've got maybe an inch. It's been a very long time since we had a decent snow. I'm still hoping for one. A stray cat adopted us a little over a year ago. She likes to be outside and doesn't get along with our inside cat. I feed the birds during the winter and I was concerned about her catching them. We put bells on her collar and my husband made me this wonderful bird feeder - large enough for many birds at once! Don't worry, Tiger the stray cat (has been spayed) and has a cat door to a small room I keep heated in the winter for my plants.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Quilt Under Construction

I'm behind in my work - first the Holidays slowed me down, then my son and his girlfriend came in from Alaska for ten days. It was so good to see them and visit. We took them to the airport yesterday morning, so hard to see them go. Now I need to get back to work. I'm currently working on a lap quilt- Court House Steps, that I hope to finish soon and put in my etsy shop. The fabric is Allspice Tapestry, Fig Tree Quilts for Moda. I love the colors.

This batik quilt is one of my favorites, I saw the picture of a similar quilt in a magazine and this is my interpretation. It's currently for sale in my etsy shop.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Is decoupage making a comeback ? I hope so - Maybe it's never gone away. I bought Durwin Rice's book "New Decoupage" some time ago and fell in love with the decoupaged vases. I remember buying a kit when I was a teenager (many years ago), it was a wooden pocket book shaped like a barn, with trees and animals to decoupage. I loved it at the time but as I grew older I guess it was disposed of in some way. Now I wish I still had it. So, I am experimenting with the vases. Decoupaging from the inside and painting the vase as the background. If they turn out well enough, I hope to eventually have them in my etsy shop.