Secrets revealed


My kids and I went away for the weekend to deliver the big surprise. The surprise was a joint quilt we made for my mom and dad for their 45th anniversary. I wish I took better pictures but I literally finished it Friday just before we left.  I was sick a day and a half last week and it threw me off schedule.  In any case, my sister sent us two blocks for each family member.  We decorated them, and then she pieced the top.  I quilted and bound it.  I cheated a little by doing some tying but I thought it turned out great!

Here are a few of my favorite blocks.


Steve and I made this one.  We blew up a photo. He made a line drawing then I thread sketched it.


My sister made this one: a family tree with all our names on it. (one of the ones I wish I had a better picture of it because it so cute).


This is Paul’s cello.  He spent a huge amount of time carefully painting it and it turned out really precise.


My sister, Katie, made this one with photo transfer of my mom and dad at her wedding.  Her quotes are so sweet.


Again, I wish I would have gotten better photos.  This one was a drawing my sister made of Tommy Turtle, the mascot of Bottineau, ND where my parents live.


My nephew, Mickey, made this one.  I love the exuberance of my Dad’s dog, and the great multi colored duck.  It is a fantastic action picture and the dog actually spends a great deal of time jumping straight up like that.


This is Eliott’s block.  We got him started with the boy on the bike and he fleshed it out to really represent himself.


I also did this simple embroidery of their anniversary date.


I also made this block of my parent’s house.  I painted the background. I downloaded an image from Google maps, then reversed it, and thread sketched it from the back.  I added fabric applique. Steve added more details with fabric markers.


I may have shown this one already.  These are lilacs which were the flowers at my parent’s wedding.  Steve made a painting then I did some thread sketching to make this one.


And finally, this one.  I have put fabric from my grandmother on my mom’s side and my grandfather from my dad’s side in this crazy heart.

We were camping this weekend and my parents always do a gps treasure hunt for the grandkids.  While they were away we put a gps marker where we hid the quilt named with Grandma and Grandpa.  It was fun to surprise them.

I really needed a couple of days to catch my breath so it was extra nice for me. Laughing and hanging out with my family always leaves me more relaxed and being outside clears my mind.  It was a great weekend – really relaxing and fun.

Steve’s new book

Steve has finished his book! I’m really excited and I really like it. The new book is a extended version of the old one: How I met Van and Numan Future, Present, and Past .


I love the cover art!  The book is a humorous science fiction story that take place over time and space.  Here is an excerpt:

 “Well, Philip came up with the kooky idea of creating a orbital hurricane machine to blow the debris away from Mars. I wasn’t too keen on this idea at the time, until a few nights ago. I had a dream. I dreamed I was walking the streets of Paris, not too far from where I grew up. I noticed all these beautiful colors falling around me. When I reached out my hand, to catch a drop of color, I realized it was a falling leaf. I heard my mother calling me home for dinner. I turned around, and saw a street sweeper vacuuming all the different colors, splattered in the street. I immediately woke up, and wrote down my ideas. At first, I thought it was a Freudian thing, then I thought – Jungian. I couldn’t make up my mind. But then I thought about Philip and his wacky hurricane machine, and it occurred to me at that moment. I envisioned an unmanned space craft with a special armature, that collects the debris of Thor’s Hammer. The ship will send down the raw materials to the Institute, where we will sort through the minerals, especially the silver and gold, for minting commemorative I Ching coins, or merely, for desk legs, pens, and other school supplies.”

“A brilliant idea, sir. If I may say so.”

The book is well written and fun. I’m really proud of his accomplishment. You can preview a larger section at the amazon web site.  I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as I have.

a very little bit of spring


We have all (and when I mean all, I mean the whole of Minnesota and perhaps beyond) have been anxiously, crabbily waiting for spring.  In the wacky way of our weather, one day it is beautiful 70 and perfect, the next in the 40s cold and windy.  But finally my little tulip has begun to bloom.

I also planted a few of my tomatoes in pots:


They seem to be doing ok but they could use some warmth.  Tuesday it is supposed to be ninety- so I guess spring is over!  That is Minnesota.

Hopefully, next week I will be back to posting sewing on this blog.

not a lot going on here, but a lot going on


The plants and the boys and I are waiting for this weather to pass.  Today it should break, and we should have some May weather.  It is still overcast, but I’m hoping for a little sun.

On the sewing side, not much that I can report.  Some things are secret so I can’t talk about them here (yet).

I am starting a new job tomorrow, and I am super excited.  I am very happy about the move and anxious to start.

This weekend I am helping Steve get his book ready to be self-published.  I am happy for him that he succeeded in this goal.  More on this will come.  We hope to have it available in about three weeks.

As you can see a lot going on, but not a lot to show!