Petoskey Stone covered

Two views of a stone I covered in linen and stitch. It’s a Petoskey, the stone of Michigan, found on the beach by our cottage. Almost all of the fossil design is covered, sadly. But the exercise in unusual stitching was fun.

I got the idea from Quilting Arts magazine, the current issue. It’s a small way to pass the time while I had bronchitis. It did not take much time or energy, of which I had little. It makes me smile.

Circus in My Mind

Last summer Carla Sonheim had a free art making week for children online. I decided to do the steps myself, using fabric. First she had us look at a painting by Chagall, a carousel. Then we cut an arched shape for the background. Then we cut a horse.

Now, I deviated here. I wanted to use my fabric in whatever shapes I found it. That’s why my background is a funny shape.  And I have a box full of fabric prepared with Wonder Under on the back. I use it for fused quilts all the time, and have many scraps. So I pulled out fabric, and built a horse with minimal trimming.Then I looked at the shapes I had, and created animals to use those shapes whenever possible. I did cut some deliberate animals, but they were inspired by a scrap, most likely left over from a flower. (The shark needed only a little bit of trimming.)

They each have a stitched post on which they move. The clown is juggling my ideas. I always need a fish, to whisper secrets to me. As I work bits of music float around my brain, so they are shown. I added a bunch of flowers. At the end I was thinking of making a silk purse from a sows ear, I’m sure you’ve heard that expression. So I made sow’s ears all along the bottom edge.

My carousel is in a circus so I needed sparkly lights. So I quilted stars all over for light.

Book binding fun with watercolors

I made this book last week, using 140lb. cold press watercolor paper. I used 2 little quilts I had for the cover. The spine is stiff bookboard, covered with a band of quilted fabric.

My friend Deb has been painting in watercolor for a while, and I hope to learn from her. Deb is a patient, gentle person. She plans, and works with deliberation. Me, not so much. But after 20 years of friendship, I am trying to emulate her example. A little. My painting skill is beginner level, but I like this one. I really liked making a book again. And this is a great way to use the little quilts, which were finished too late for the show I intended.

Keep on Trying

New Years resolutions don’t work. People don’t even try making them anymore. So this is not that. This is a reset. Like ctrl/alt/del works on a mixed up computer to straighten things out, I am resetting this blog to a new reality.
Here we go.

At least once a week I will post what I’ve been working on, because it’s always something.

In case I don’t have a picture to share of my work, I’ll show what has been filling my time.

Even when that time is full of gazing at the wonderful artworks of others, in which case I’ll share it.

I think I got off track because I have depended on my smartphone too much. It’s a bad habit to have the phone stuck to my face, when I could/should be doing instead of watching. Too much of life is spent thinking about, instead of doing. Also, laziness.

New work

Kat shows the front of her quilt.Kat shows the back of her quilt, facing the Delectable Mountains she demonstrated.

This shows the front and back of a quilt I made for my grandson, Jack. His room is decorated with a camping and Boy Scout theme. The fabrics I used came from Hannibal, MO, the hometown of Mark Twain. The scenes are of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. I will give him the book, Huck Finn with the quilt.

On the back is a print showing Davy Crockett in the wilderness. That’s camping old style.

I made this at the Khaki Quilters retreat this week. We had 2 1/2 days on a tropical island at the Life Enrichment Center. Still smiling.

Changes again

Today has been a busy day. We played water volleyball, then made a lasagna dinner, and had friends over to eat. Then more friends joined us to play Trivial Pursuit. When I had a few minutes I packed my clothes for a 3 day, 2 night quilters’ getaway. And while I waited for the brownies to bake, I finished the last 8 blocks for my new bed quilt. I still have not packed the sewing things I will take to work on. But my goal was to finish my bed quilt top before I leave. It’s now in 3 pieces, there are 121 blocks. Good enough. Here is a picture of part of it.


I think I have changed in the last couple years. I’m not as good a cook. The lasagna was dry, I didn’t keep it. And I made Ghirardelli brownies, with chopped walnuts on top, but didn’t like them much. Maybe we eat out so much that home cooked food is too bland. Well that is enough resting, now to pack.


Does anyone besides me remember how to spell Hallowe’en? It has an apostrophe in it, because it’s short for All Hallows Evening. I think this has been changed by popular usage. But I like it, I think it looks formal in keeping with the traditional meaning of the holiday.

In any case, I am planning a party, and made some table runners, and a couple table mats. Here are 2 of them.

I was experimenting with a 60* triangle and a kaleidoscope block, which uses a 45* triangle. I think I like the kaleidoscope block better.


At last

Hi, I finally remembered to post. I have a few pictures to show.  A friend came over to make mosaics. We started small, to see if she liked it. We did a couple frames, and both enjoyed working on them. These use preformed glass tiles. If she wants to make more, we’ll use glass and cut it ourselves.