May 27, 2016

La Machine

An early anniversary present. It is amazing what paying about $100 more for a machine means for ease of sewing. This is the Brother Project Runway PC210 or something like that. I don't know. Brother likes to attach all kinds of numbers to every machine they make and I swear it seems like they change the numbers with each individual machine. Sort of complicated. They should just give them names like "Laverne" or "Shirley". I am loving this new machine though. And I'm taking the old machine to the parsonage so I can have one up there too. 

Madonna and child coming along nicely.

And my second project, Mr. Egret is also coming along nicely. I never do more than 2 projects at a time though.

Hmmmm..... now that I have 2 machines, I think I know what I'll name them.

May 21, 2016


The quilt top is just about finished. I still have to embroider around the hand and I'm not 100% sure about the holy medal yet. But once those things are figured out I will begin the quilting. I haven't settled on a pattern yet for that either.

On the left there is the burlap that I put up on the design wall. At first it was very stinky, but that's gone now and the burlap is really kind of nifty. It is stickier than the table cloth backing and is great for sticking pins in. Thinking about doing the whole wall that way.  

May 12, 2016


This is where I am with Bathtime Madonna. She has quite a bit of work to go, but I am happy with the results so far. I did a classic nine patch for part of the floor. The fabric is all hand painted. After I took a picture and looked, I can see that there is a very nifty shadow effect in the left hand bottom corner. Not planned. Happy accident. 

This week has been very busy. I have been transferred at my "place of employ", and will now be the archivist for the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book and the historical collection. I can't even begin to express how thrilled I am by this. So lots going on at work.

Going to the parsonage this weekend for a much needed rest and to see those grandbabies! 

May 5, 2016

Trunk show

I started working on and finished a piece for the SAQA Trunk Show a bit early. But I just knew in my mind what I wanted to do.

Miss Ivy. 
Once everything was quilted I was having a hard time with the binding. At first I tried facing the tiny quilt (7x10) and was unhappy with the results. The quilt seemed squished and distorted. I think that has to do with the small size of the quilt, in that a larger quilt could bear the facing better.

I settled on binding. I sort of like the way the black border looks. 
I had fun doing this small piece and I think that's the idea. You're supposed to explore new techniques and try new things with this. I employed layering and free motion quilting. Also, her embroidered scarf and hair which I am very happy with.

Before starting on the next piece, I decided to do some experimentation with an old sketch from one of my sketch books. Sometimes I just feel like I need to stretch my wings a bit before starting on the next big project. 

Apr 25, 2016

We're back

Welcome to the world Clara Rey. She is our second grandchild. I am truly loving being grandma.

This is a picture from back in the day of Clara's mama sitting on my lap. 

And Clara's mama as big sister. I have had the privilege of having these two girls in my life, and now their children. I am thankful to them both for giving me the chance to be a grandmother. 

Grandparent love is wonderful but different. It's not the same heart breaking love you feel for your own. With grandparenting, you get to look into the eyes of your grandchild and slow things down. There aren't doctor appointments to keep and homework assignments and parenting deadlines. Just being with this little person who shares your blood.   

I had intended to get at least a little work done this week, but holding my granddaughter was more important. Being, not doing. 

Apr 15, 2016


I have started working on my Bathtime Madonna. I love the purple and gold against the red. I've been wondering why my work is tending toward babies and baths. I haven't really planned a series, but it is coming out that way. Maybe it is because both of my girls are having babies right now. New granny... part of a new role in life. 

I think too that I've been contemplating this theme for a while. Not too long ago my mother's back went out and I had to help her get in and out of the shower and help her to dry off. She felt so much better after her shower. Such a small thing that I think we take for granted. The act of bathing someone who can't bathe themselves such as a baby or an elderly parent, is a very age-old sign of love and caring. Very fundamental and human. A ritual purification that purifies the caregivers soul. This photo by Smith has always stayed with me since the first time I saw it. The love and sadness in Tomoko's mother's face is heart breaking. 

Apr 8, 2016

No gold

I love spring time at the parsonage. Because unlike SoFLo, there actually is a spring time. 

I didn't get a chance to work on Miss Ivy while there because I was too busy gardening. But when we got back I had worked on her chair. I had put a gold color for the chair upholstery (the one next to the spool), which just seemed to drain the color out of everything else. I was not lovin' it. I do love how you can just peel pieces off if you don't like them when you've used the Therm O Web Heat N Bond lite. 

I had it in my head to do a purple background for the wall paper and some sort of floor. Now I'm thinking I'd like to keep the piece primarily white, red and black, though I did put a small splash of purple in the chair, which is still "red" of a sort. So more experimentation.