new year

I am having mixed feelings about this next year.  I know this is a big year for us with my son graduating from high school.  A giant year of changes.  Although I am excited about the wealth of opportunities my son has, and can’t wait to see what he does as he moves into adulthood (he has new ideas every day), I will deeply miss the boy I can still barely pretend he is right now.

 Happy New Beginnings, my big boy!  I give a clear path from our house to the world if you want to go, and an open door if you want to come back.

Happy New Year and may God keep you warm and safe in 2011!

2011 ufo challenge

I found this 2010 UFO Challenge by Patchwork Times. I love the idea of tying up loose strings, but I have a lot of anxiety.  Will I finish all these projects?  Will I finish any of these projects?  Some of these projects are not quilts, so I hope that Patchwork Times doesn’t mind my stretching their idea a little bit.

I will give it a shot.  What is a ufo?  An unfinished object.  I have several.  Some I have been working on for years and I don’t know if I can finish in 2011.  I don’t know whether to list them or not.  Some I already plan to finish. But here goes…

1. Hawaiian quiltThis quilt I have been working on FOREVER.  I am very frustrated with it.  On the other hand it is potentially nearly done because it has the binding nearly on.  I still feel like it needs to be quilted more.

2. Blue Knitted scarf Again, I have been working on this forever.  I think I can declare it finished as soon as it reaches around my neck.

3. Valentine quilt  This is kind of a cheat.  I was planning to finish this anyway, with a tentative finish date in April.

4. Dark angel quilt I just began this last week, so although unfinished, it isn’t something I have just been leaving alone.

5. Graduation scrap-book  Yes, my boy needs a scrapbook at his graduation party.  I have started it but it has a long way to go.

6. Green, black and red, corduroy quilt  This I have had half done for DOUBLE forever. I began this quilt in 1997.  This a true ufo.

Update 2/2/11: Completed!

7. Cardinal cross stitch I have worked on this for two years, but it substantially done.

8. green t-shirt I just cut this at Christmas time.

9. denim dress remake  I have barely started this.  I just cut off the collar. I have a very vague idea of what to do with it.

10. silk quilt  These next three I am very nervous about putting on.  I have worked on them for a long time and they are hand sewing.  I am nervous I won’t finish them.

11. g cross stitch This is a top-secret project that I have worked on for six years.  It is a gift so I don’t dare give more information.  Hopefully, the person will someday receive it.

12. grandmother’s flowers quilt  Again I have worked on this project on and off for four years. Maybe longer.

I will see how it goes.

Merry Christmas!

We made our tree in 1990 or 1989.  It is beautiful, but was getting a little beat up and dull.  My husband spray painted it with silver paint and perked it up.  The star, however, orginally made from a clothes hanger, a white nylon stocking and gold ribbon was done.  So, yesterday, I made a new star.

On the tree…

I like this picture…


Merry Christmas and God bless you!

what kind of artist are you?

I read this article yesterday: What Kind of Seed Beader are you?  by Kristal Wick.  Although it is meant for seed beading, I think it is easy to generalize to artists in general.  So what kind of artist am I?

The Artful Beader

You create one-of-a-kind, complicated, out-of-the-box designs for the sheer sake of beauty. If you had to make another one or teach a class, you’d faint! You’re more the “art for art’s sake” type of beader, taking the less traveled path, rarely following a pattern. Your creations are pretty unique, mixing wire, beads, and other media together.

Your motto: Impossible you say, bring it on!

This is totally me.  I rarely make the same project twice, and if I do, it is always significantly different.  Usually, there is something unresolved in the project that I want to play out if I do make another.  Right now, I am considering making a second tiny angel quilt.  The first one turned out wonderfully, but I think I may do a second one with a completely different palette. (By the way, my husband gave me both a compliment and a burn on that same piece:  He said, ” Now, you made a pot holder.” Luckily for him, before that he had said, “It looks like a painting.”  For him, this is the ultimate compliment.)

Leg warmers


I made these last year.  They are the easiest up cycle.  Cut the sleeves off a wool sweater.  They can be used for arm warmers or leg warmers.  They do droop a little on the legs, so either scrunch them down or sew elastic around the top if this bothers you.   They are so warm on a cold day!!

snowed in

Snowy week!  18 inches.  The boys are so excited because they had not one but TWO days off from school.  I would go into a long tirade of how it was different when I was a kid but kid-wise, it wasn’t better this time.  For adults, the good old days were better.  Now my kids have had two days off this week and next week begins their two-week long Christmas holiday. “Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.” 

 Anyway, S and I shoveled snow like crazy this weekend.  We shoveled and shoveled and shoveled again after the snow plow.  You’d think I’d lose weight but it turns out twenty minutes of shoveling snow only burns about 100 to 150 calories.  Even though I did it four days in a row, it still doesn’t amount too much.

This is beginning to be a sad post, but there is good news ( I won’t even get into the possibility of an ice dam).  Being mostly house bound all weekend, I did make a beautiful new tiny quilt. I had this angel stencil that I had made many years ago that I stencilled with silver paint onto some fabric from a sheet that is so worn it is sheer.  I will wait to talk about it more when I have photos.  I believe it is the start of a series.


I have been making small bags for the past few months.  Last weekend I expanded on that to make myself a wallet. I started with a large rectangular pocket.  I cut the bottom seam of the pocket off so I just had a tube. Then, I bound each of the raw edges on both the top and the bottom. 

Then I sewed the purple strip down the middle to create the pockets for credit cards.  Then I folded it in half and bound the edges.  This left a center pocket for bills.  I thought I could fold it easily in half, but the purple strip doesn’t allow it.

patches finally done

Finally I felt I had enough patches to make this quilt.  I laid them all out on the bed.  I had 49 patches.  This would be enough to make a nice sized quilt.  Then, I brought in the critic AKA my husband.  He removed almost half of my squares that he felt didn’t fit in and I am left with this:

I do really love it, and now I have several squares that I can use for other quilts.  I may use some of the extras in the border.  I have them put in strips, and I only have to sew the rows together.  I am excited to start the borders.  I had a faint wish that this would be done by Christmas but now I don’t think there is a chance.