Sunday, March 7, 2021

what do you love Spirit Sunday


 I love... 

I love people who love...  someone who has passion for music, the arts, writing, space travel, history, the earth or animals... well I want to be near them. When someone expresses the best parts of themselves I want to be near them and talk to them and hear their stories...

 When you love something that can contribute to humanity or life, it shows. 

I wondered why so many people these days want to believe in the worst... make things up to hate like believing in crazy wild stories with no basis in fact. They seem miserable and unhappy

Miserable because what they stand for is not love, it's hate at it's heart. 

I watched a video by Peter Gabriel Biko, that said “You can blow out a candle, but you can't blow out a fire. Once the flames begin to catch, the wind will blow it higher.” – Peter Gabriel, Biko

If we hold fast to a heart of love, of respect, of truth and each other we can circle the world 

I thought, what if all the people who "love" took center stage for a while...

I have many passions.... I love history and want to learn all I can about it. I love art and self expression... because I like people and understanding them. I love beauty, and see beauty in lovely people who look beautiful because who they are shows through to me. 

I love elephants, donkeys, horses, and animals who choose another species to be their best friend (kind of like cats choosing humans, lol) because they go by spirit not looks, they sense safety despite looks) 

I love words so I love writing and reading, plays and poems, musical lyrics that join with notes to raise me up.

I love dance, movement to music, dancing to express myself and watching others dance too. I like the touch involved in dance, and the light in people's eyes as they feel the beat. 

I love puzzles, all kinds of puzzles because I have a great need to put order to life, and to figure out how to create meaning from chaos.

I love safety and comfort.... growing up in my adoptive family I had money but no safety. 

I love nature and science... I love trees and clean water and air, I love a colorful garden and parkland

I love new things, new magazines, new sheets, new clothes, trying new foods, new tv shows but I equally like the old or known... I often return to restaurants to get something I know I liked, or want to watch shows with plots that develop over time, or hear songs from my youth in the 70's. 

I love my dog... who doesn't always do what I expect and makes me laugh. He has a need to hear me laugh,  but along with pleasing me he has a strong need for self expression.  Never with malice, always just a need to be who he is... 

I love being married, having a life partner I've known through many lives.  I love having someone who sees me with grace... knows I mean well and wants me to be happy. I want the same for him. 

I love being around people who seek to know and enjoy others without trying to control them. 

My friends

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Sewing Saturday Project Quilting and round robin


The Seeker 10" X 14"
For this week's sewing round up I have two pieces to share. The first is my Project Quilting challenge piece (the challenge was to be inspired by crazy quilting and finish within one week) I started this Friday and finished the next day by noon. My computer crashed this week so I thought I wouldn't be able to do it til dh fixed it by Friday!

Now, I do not like crazy quilts at all. I did make a challenge quilt once laying odd pieces of silk over each other, hand embroidering them and it came out great! So after I remembered that, I decided I wanted a female who's dress was a crazy quilted silk affair. I began looking at images online, and since I LOVE Klimt I scanned a few of his, and tore a lovely add out of a magazine to inspire the face. 

I pulled out silks, and began sewing them into some water... free form curved piecing of two close blue shades, then appliqued the cut off pieces from that onto the surface, and used metallic threads to do machine dec stitches 

I found an upholstry sample sheer and that became my background, loved it!  Quilted it first onto peltex and a lovely tree fabric for backing. Next I added my water square. 


To form her dress, I laid odd pieces of silks onto paper, and started stitching decorative machine stitches. Like Klimt I love gold so I took some flimsy gold lame, folded and stitched over it to have three gold squares on the stitched dress

Pretty! fun to design too... this reminds me to work more often using my silk stash!

Next I pulled out a piece of tan fabric, and drew on a face. I knew I wanted it mysterious and 3/4 view, turned toward the viewer. Prisma pencils and markers, light hand with colors. When I put it on the background with thread, I sewed a bit around one edge, then stuffed it and finished sewing, just to give it a bit of dimension. 

It's so much easier to make a piece if I have the face done first.

When I stitched the dress to the background next, I pulled and distorted it, adding in a 3-d quality I like. 

Next the binding... I cut into a favorite brown with gold fabric at 1 inch. Fold in half, cut the edges with pinking sheers, folded it onto the quilt and sewed around. Then the extras... glass fish, a real branch I found once on a walk, an old insect button with glass, the leave on the left is a stick pin given me when I lived in Canada

a little metallic butterfly and three golden roses. 

I'm calling her the Seeker... and she took up pride of place on the mantel

So... this time it didn't turn out like my vision... I saw it as much darker with less facial features, more indistinct but you know, it's like the saying, get out of the way and art will make itself. I'm thrilled to use my specialty fabrics again, and wanted something like this to use that modern sheer on. 

next I worked hard this week on putting together my Stay at Home round robin...

a thousand little pieces! This week the challenge was to add pinwheels... I put four in. After moving rows and pieces around the design wall, I settled on this layout, and then had to make it all go together and fit exactly. Whew! It's bigger than I thought, and will be even bigger once I add on those border pieces by Jane Sassamon designs, on the right. Right now it's about 44" long by 30" wide but will get bigger. Oh and I made the iron and fabric bundles

so those had to be fitted in too! (from Lori Holt's book of patterns)

all in all, a successful sewing week!

Linking to


design wall Mondays at smallquiltsanddollquilts

Thursday, March 4, 2021

I Like Thursday #234

 It's Thursday, welcome to this week's list of likes.... but.... my computer crashed, went black screen, may not be able to be fixed but for sure I'm losing everything on it according to dh... 

so I had logged this much in during the week... let's leave it at that and maybe I can eventually post again


hamnet on audio.... about Shakespeare's childhood, married life and kids.... getting depressing so I moved on to on audio

by Elin Hildebrand  a mystery about a friend group in Nantucket 

and ebook

fine dining

 I like to try new baking on the weekends now, and lemon blondies looked easy... I like that you only use one bowl to mix it all... I only wish it made double the amount!

I have a pic of mine but they looked like those... I will say they improve with being in the fridge over night!!

 I wanted to use our eggplant this weekend so I found this really simple way to saute garlic eggplant on stovetop... OMG Drew said that was the hit of the meal, and we had our fave roasted sweet potato casserole with orange peel and lemon salmon! I'll do this every time now

blogger won't let me embed the video but this is the link simple garlic eggplant 

I really like the way this woman, Miranda Valentine at Mahalodotcom teaches recipes  

These fine folks also keeping lists

Quilting Patchwork Appliqué

unable to post this week 

Monday, March 1, 2021

cuteness Monday with a bit of Spirit Sunday thrown in


After my bath, I relax and watch the squirrel channel while I fluff dry!


It's Monday..... and time for Monday cuteness... but more importantly it's my BIRTHDAY! 

And yesterday I had a bath so I would be ready for my paw-ty.... 'cept no doggie friends can come over but I know Mama and Daddy will give me some toys and treats... I'll let you know on Thursday all about my haul!

for now, here are some doggie confessions....just jokes because dogs never do anything wrong!

Linking to Awe Mondays


Friday, February 26, 2021

Sewing Saturday....


wonky star with clocks and scissors
For this week's sewing round up, I worked on three projects. 

1. Table Scraps table runner in yellow for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge but using also B&W scraps

2. Made wonky star blocks and improv log cabin for my Stay at home Round Robin

3. Finished the improv log cabin blocks to go with the hand pieced diamonds, and that section is now able to leave the design wall! (sorry no pics today)

Let's start with the round robin... I am leaving options open on placement for now, but the stars and log cabins were this week's addition

I'm using some of my cute sewing fabrics and colorful scraps... I just love seeing these colors!!!!

love these fabrics!
see the sideways sewing machines?

Iron fabric, spools, Sew Love

Poodle playing in the thread

Next up is the Table Scraps challenge to make a table covering each month... I used scraps from my Black and White bin, and from the Yellow bin, my drunkard's path templates, and the design wall...

It's interesting how much I enjoy each stage of design. 

first choose pretty fabrics... and cut them out to be circles or backgrounds. Decide how much yellow to include. 

Sew the blocks, I use three pins only to sew the curves, press some seams to circles, some to backgrounds depending on placement so they "nest" 

Lots of decisions on where full circles went, where color went, which way circles faced. 

To me it's like the moon stages. 

top half
middle section

bottom left

I knew I wanted to interrupt the line with inserts, decided they should finish at 1/2" wide, and where they should go

chose a background and binding

Quilted each set with curves or straight lines, or both, or neither in the Chrysanthemum ones!

I did the binding differently by sewing it to the front, pulling to the back, machine stitching along the front edge and catching the back in that stitching. After it was done I wanted sparkle so I went over the binding again with mylar gold sparkle thread

 this shows how pretty the binding fabric is...

no pics of the star/log improv pieces... 

linking to:

stay at home round robin 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

I Like Thursday #233


Welcome to this week's list of likes... from colorado where the temps are minus double digits to a high this week near 70F and the beautiful snow we got last weekend was melted soon after I took this picture! Much more to come overnight... the winds are picking up and the temps are falling (as of this writing on Wed night)

Quilt making

wonky stars for the round robin

I finished the top for my "table scraps" challenge and will reveal it on Saturday! 

color took center stage this week! Last week, I finished this one

and this one

I like finishing art and on time!


finished with this one: A Likely Story - McKinlay, Jenn

 now listening to this one,

 reading this one after finishing the one in series before it...lucky it was available

 Fine Dining

I liked making chicken fajitas this week, with more onions and peppers so that we not only had two days worth of lunches, but also an appetizer left over. 

 To make these we saute onion and pepper strips in olive oil, with garlic, wine fajita spices and chicken strips. I dice tomatoes, avocados, pull out jars of roasted peppers, grated cheddar cheese, sour cream, salsa, and tortillas. 

Layer and roll up, for the best lunch. I plan enough for lunch the next day with no prep but warming. 

before baking, the crumble full of butter looks like adobe!( after baking we cut into it before taking pics!)

I had some apples on their last legs so looked up a recipe for pie with caramel sauce. I had a fourth of a jar ofTrader Joe's caramel sauce left so I made this: 

I had to cook it longer than expected as the store bought bottom crust was still soggy, and the butter really dripped off the topping but OMG it is so good y'all. Next time, less sugar and butter in the crumble topping, maybe less than the 7 cups of sliced apples called for too. We will make this again!

 Home - Johanna Basford Johanna Basford

I participated in a lecture this week by Joanna Basford... in Scotland. I like the things I can do now that we are not meeting in person. She quoted Picasso

"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." Pablo Picasso

I love her take on life, her lecture was wonderful, she believes in hard work and being nice, finding how you can help your community not just looking for a way to make the biggest bucks. She is generous with free drawing and coloring videos that I always love. Her lecture done from Dundee Scotland will be available next week to the public.
***My sharp KKBuckley scissors fell off the ironing board this week, and merely grazed my foot instead of embedding themselves in it... thank you to my angels

watching online

Diane from Austin sent me this link of (live giraffe baby -cam  right after birth.) That started me watching more live cams... plus Chris Ameruosa playing guitar for critters, bros of decay showing abandoned castles in France and Italy, history shows, adopted dogs on DODO, and listening to Kevin Bacon, (LOVE the Bacon Brothers band) asking how much longer ??? (we're all asking that!)

that's about enough for now, right? now for Milo...

I liked this bit of sun to nap in this week... my chicken was tired too

Milo's Moments

so Mama and I have been playing a fun game... I wait in the talky talk room (family room) while she hides one of my toys like the lamb in the front room. 
can you see it?
then she says, OKAY! Milo.... SEARCH! and I come running to look everywhere til I find the toy!

NOW?? okay Mama here I come!
first I look where I found it before...

Or use my sniffer to find it since I left spit on it!

AGAIN??? I'm ready to play again

I am good at wait now since I am almost 4. I'm really good at finding too. Even outside when Mama says Milo search! I find toys, or other good stuff for her. I'm a good boy! 

Now sit, visit these aunties who have lists of likes too!

unable to post this week 

Monday, February 22, 2021

monday cuteness


like when my friend Cindy and I talk....

so good to have a friend, then after getting wound up with the ills of the country, calm each other back down! 

Milo: am I cute enough to get a whole cinnamon bun??? 

I admit squirrels are not my first pet but y'all.... this couldn't be cuter and some kind of lesson in love

linking to Awe Mondays

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Hearts and Flowers....paints, fabric and thread


Hearts and flowers...a while back I painted a heart onto muslin. Recently my local art quilt group met by zoom to discuss color from art quilting point of views.  
I love color, and feel colors... love to see how they react to each other in art. I am not paralyzed by the white page, or starting projects. I often enjoy the use of opposites on the color wheel because it is dynamic. 
I'll share some close ups while talking about how fun and easy this is... first off, I use a variety of  acrylic paints made for fabric with the medium already mixed in, like Seta, Jacquard, and some sparkly ones no longer sold here from England. I start with a plastic covered cardboard sheet, wet the fabric so the first layers will blend and migrate. I use big brushes. I often dilute the ones to blend with a bit of water, and often mix them to make my own colors

I love Seta shimmers consistency for stencils which I layer on after the first bits dry. Sometimes I use subtle darker tones of the same color, mix colors, enjoy a higher contrast and make sure to have dark and light. Yellow green contrasts with the pinks. I let colors dry before over stenciling more. Sometimes I turn the stencil over to rub the paint onto a piece in a reverse stencil!
In quilting, I repeat the shapes with free motion in different threads because repetition of a line or curve is pleasing.
I quilted in some vines, grasses and flowers, as well as outlining some painted flowers. 

When it was quilted I mounded some beads in flower centers, meaning I bring the needle out on one side, string some beads, and go back into the top shorter than the line of beads so they pop up when I pull the thread taut, over and over. 

I have long enjoyed 3-d elements on my quilts and added in a big pieced, and quilted leaf by rouching it to the finished quilt.

it was first quilted, then cut into a big leaf shape and as I hand stitched it to the quilt, I bunched it up, folded bits and gathered them, pushed it so that it would look somewhat like a real leaf might. Note the quilt was finished, and bound before adding this. Beads went on after to catch the light as highlights would on a dewy leaf. 

when I do that I don't go all the way to the backing, I trail thread thru the batting. Note a use of metallic threads and some 2 ply cotton threads to create texture without being attention getting. 

beads along the edge of the leaf were done like a blanket stitch

So, paint play is fun... layering color is fun... stencils and stamps and inks are fun... 

are you ready to play??? 

this one is on the mantel easel to enjoy during February!

and for Spirit Sunday



and this quote by Buddha

your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it 

Linking to

oh Scrap Sundays 
 slow stitching Sundays