Remembering with Gratitude

The first REAL quilt I ever made was for my daughter. I am reposting this today, as a reminder of how important I think quilts are, how they connect us, and how much they mean…to the quilter and, hopefully, to the receiver. They just might become heirlooms! I won’t go into all the details of that quilt, but you can read about “Starry Nights” here.

First REAL quilt I ever made

I do want to talk about the growth process that is part of becoming/being a quilter. This first quilt was a big undertaking for me! I was thrilled to make it and I do love it. That could be because I love the one who requested it so much and becuase I love blue. Oh, and then there is the completion of a challenge!

I recall working on it dilligently and all the inspiration from my “sewmate”, @judemadeit. She was a much more advanced quilter than I. I wondered if I would ever get this done and, indeed, it took much longer than I expected. I have seen it on my daughter’s bed by now, and it is very special to me!

All that said, I have come a long way in my quilting journey. Don’t misunderstand, I have a long way to go! Creativity can be a friend or foe. There are UFOs, WIPs, failures, and happy results. I have developed into more of a modern quilter than “Starry Nights” depicts, I have challenged myself with FALs, QALs, swaps, classes, FMQ, home machine quilting, and more. My quilting style is evolving.

A sincere thanks goes out today to all the friends I have made on this journey! Thanks for the blind support through this blog, through Instagram, through your blogs, through your generosity in swapping and teaching. This is, without a doubt, a wonderful community to be even a small part of! I look forward to continued growth AND to meeting some of you in the soon to be, QuiltCon2018 in Pasadena!


Happy Quilting!


Pleased as Punch 

Today in my mailbox…

Seems like a small step for some of you, but I am enjoying this very much. I have a few over 100 followers now and I am full of gratitude!

Thanks for the follows, the comments and the likes! The way I operate is to blog about any number of things. I actually do read the blogs I like or comment on and I don’t follow bligs that I don’t think I would be interested in, at least occasionally. That is why it sometimes takes me a while to “catch up”.

Again, this blogging thing takes a lot of time for all of us, so let this be my “thank you” to my blogosphere friends!

Thanks to Fred the Needle for the Liebster Award!


(There was no picture of the award posted, so I found one to use in this post.)

I accept with pleasure and admit that it is taking me a while to get this response up. Susanna, whose name I had to search her blog for, but what a lovely name…it reminds me of sunshine, nominated my blog! I am very happy to have been nominated for this my second Liebster Award. Thank you, Susanna at Fred the Needle! Go and check out her blog too!

Liebster rules

The questions I am to answer from my nominator:

If you could have a cup of tea with anyone who would it be and what would you ask them?

A cup of tea and a chat is always wonderful! I would love to sit and chat with some of the new “friends” I have made in the blogosphere…so let’s start with Susanna!

What is the last book you read?

As I have shared in a reply on one of Susanna’s book reviews, I don’t read that much. The last book I read, I believe, is Journey of Souls, by Michael Newton, PhD 

You open a box of chocolates – do you eat them all at once?

I could easily do that! I would go for the nuts first, then the brittles and last the cremes! Hopefully, it is a small box!

If you could be any age, what would it be? (you can take your wisdom with you!)

I totally don’t believe you can go back again, and even if you promise, you can’t take what you already know with you! I love the old age I am now and have often said I would not go back!

What activity do you do where time flies?

All time flies when you are having fun, doesn’t it? Crafting with my friend…we meet every week…and the time is up before I know it (even though we could stay all day, we don’t usually!).

Would you enjoy a warm deep bubble bath or a hot invigorating shower?

I’ll take the bath. Most often, I shower, but I don’t like them too hot!

Choose a holiday: City break, A warm beach or a Course on a subject that interests you?

Last year, I had the best of both worlds…a transatlantic cruise with my husband and friends AND a class on was wonderful!

What was your proudest achievement?

My children!

If you could change something what would it be?

The massive amount of judgment that prevails in this world!

What is your favourite room in your home and why?

I spend the most time in my craft room…does that make it my favorite?

If you could have a magic power what would it be?

Healing…pain, sorrow, sickness…all part of life, yes, but I hate seeing people suffer!

Eleven random facts about myself…wow, that is a bunch!

1. I am 61 years old…and feel about 45, if that…and depending on the day!

2. I live in Oregon and love it…except I live too far from my family.

3. I have never had a pet…except my husband.

4. I love an adventure!

5. I was lucky to have an easy cancer, since it was caught early.

6. I have  5 grandkids…they are ages 5 to 19 and a blast!

7. I don’t ever want to dye or perm my hair again.

8. I love being on a spiritual journey…and I have wonderful peeps sharing that.

9. I believe we are here for love.

10. My favorite meat is chicken.

11. I could blow your mind, if you read this far, buy why?

So, if you search out info on this award, there are a variety of rules. I will follow the ones in my nomination, which means I have to ask 11, yes 11, questions of my nominees. So, here they are:

1. Have you posted your name on your blog…your real name and why or why not?

2. Why did you start your blog?

3. What possession do you think you would be lost without?

4. Do you see in black, white or gray?

5. How do you feel about being alone?

6. Who do you call first with good news?

7. Where is the LAST place you care to visit?

8. Car, train, plane or bus?

9. A book you can hold in your hand or online?

10. I love the idea that _________! (Does this count as a question?)

11. Whew! Are you glad this is #11?

Now…drumroll please…I nominate (this one is different, in that they don’t have to be new blogs and they don’t say how many. I am nominating 5 here, because I have to do this again: