Sunday, January 14, 2018

Catching up!

Woke this morning to the sound of the snowplow scraping the street.
An inch, perhaps a bit more, of snow.
When it snows I often I stand at the door to the backyard and think how beautiful it is.
So pristine.
Without the wind is lays gently on all the branches.
I open the door and let Quinn out!
So long pristine whiteness.  
Hello doggie footprints!
She does love the snow.

I drove to Columbia and home again yesterday to celebrate
this boy's birthday!

Ryan was born on Christmas Day (2014) but we party later!
He's come so far, hits every milestone 
and is quite smart.

This photo reminds me of everything that happened the first few months after he was born.
He is Boston Children's Hospital's perfect result
and I couldn't be more grateful.

Friday, January 12, 2018


Brayden's Trip Around the World is finished!
Delivered too!
He likes it.
I'm still taken with the way the colors seem to "bleed" together on this one.

Ethan's top is all but finished.
I'll be making a sandwich on Monday.
Quilting begins on Tuesday.

I've been cutting fabric for the past two days along with working on Ethan's trip.
Not quite caught up on cutting scraps into squares or strips but close.

It's horrid cold again.
Snow is in the forecast for Sunday and Monday.
More time to stay home and stitch!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mostly Wordless

Human nature is not a machine to be built after a model and set to do exactly the work prescribed for it, but a tree, which requires to grow and develop itself on all sides,  according to the tendency of the inward forces which make it a living thing. 
                                                                                    -John Stuart Mill

Monday, January 8, 2018

On Monday

2016 Fire road down from Lolo Pass.

On this Monday I wish I was
on a gravel road adventure somewhere in Montana!
I carried all the boxes of decorations up to the closet in my office.
Thank goodness that's over!
Cleaned the kitchen
Baked bread.

Did some stitching.
Had a Jameson's and sprite.
Now I'm sleepy.

I've begun telling the characters in romance novels what to do.
I don't think they listen!
Perhaps it's time to read something else?

Friday, January 5, 2018


I'd like to say finishes but I'll have to stick with progress!
Brayden's Trip-binding on, sewing it down!
Can't wait to finish it and give it to him.

Ethan's Trip.  I think it's the most dramatic of the quilts so far.
Kind of like Ethan, fiery and dramatic.
I've sewn together the first set of strips for the last row.

Will get the strips sewn together tomorrow.  
The hardest part of this quilt has laying out the strips while making sure I don't match up the same fabric!
Having the design wall across the room
Any errors really stick out!

Lastly, I put together this little side table this week.
The pedestal is from Scott's old chess table which he no longer has a use for.
I bought a 24 inch round and glued and screwed it onto the base.
My bed is high and this table is tall and perfect for a small lamp.
I have to either make a cloth for it or buy one.
It needs to be 80" across so far ready made ones come either 70 or 90!
I'm thinking I'll design a quilted pattern for the bottom edge
Celtic knots maybe
I'll put my little tablecloth from Ireland on the top.

I've made progress towards getting the house back in order 
working towards meeting all my intentions every day.
Doing all those pesky little jobs like changing the furnace filter and sharpening knives.
Tomorrow is 12th night and the last night for all my holiday 
decorations to be on display and lit.
I'll be hauling all the boxes down and sorting out the excess as I pack things away.
All in all keeping busy and staying warm.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

New way to cut!

I was at Quilter's Station Quilt Shop before Christmas and I learned a new cutting trick!
Tape down a sturdy ruler-make sure its straight!
Set you ruler up against it and cut.
I have found it does not slip around, not even the long 18"!
Makes for more accurate cuts-which is always a good thing.
My sturdy 48" ruler I found at the big box lumber store-LOWE's.
I think even a strong yardstick would work. 
Taped down on the IKEA cabinet I use to cut on.
I don't intend to buy a Go! and look for anything that makes those squares I love more square!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Mostly Wordless Wednesday

It is impossible to live without failing at something,
Unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all--
in which case you fail by default.
--J.K. Rowling