Comfort Zone

I believe clothes should be fun and express who you are. I tried the capsule wardrobe and discovered I like an all-season capsule wardrobe. I have everything I own in my closet, and I’m experimenting with combining summer items with winter ones.

I have about 50 items of clothing, not including shoes and accessories or sweatpants and t-shirts.

wardrobe by color

I recently organized by color to see what was missing. I need some violet and light pink. I have plenty of blue and black. I was surprised I have only one red item: a winter cape.

I’ve purchased many items through Stitch Fix and they send suggestion cards with each item:


I’m going to use these cards more. I have a peach blouse I can wear with this cardigan. I have a striped dress I can wear with it too. And, I have a handmade necklace almost identical which I got from Sweet Cami Jayne on Etsy.

This is me wearing this cardigan with a knit shirt (think yoga), which is almost the same color as the cardigan. Getting out of my comfort zone will mean following their suggestions. Novel idea!

Stitch Fix cardiganGetting out of my comfort zone,



emphasis top

Let’s talk Emphasis

The fifth chapter in Carolyn Friedlander’s book, Savor Each Stitch, is EMPHASIS.  She says, “Emphasis is all about making a thoughtful decision about how to bring your design to life. Through fabric placement, quilting intention, and all of the other tools explored in this book, you can create emphasis by highlighting different parts of a design.”

I’m a part of a Savor Each Stitch Book Bee, and we’ve studied line, contrast, scale and color.

Emphasis seemed like an easy concept. For example, Susan posted this wonderful diagram worksheet from a site by Claudia Jacques and emphasis stands out as merely focusing one’s attention on a particular item. That “red” person stands out, right? From this worksheet, line and color are the tools, and contrast, emphasis and scale are ways to take those tools and make art. Elements_Principles_Overview[1]

The project from Carolyn’s book involved a block with 10 pieces, and by changing the color or emphasis of each piece she changed which part of the block stood out:

emphasis chapter

I wanted something less paper-piecing intensive. I had observed a quilting friend’s traditional block sampler and mused about how the Drunkard’s Path stood out and I liked it a lot. Two pieces — I could do that.

With my new acrylic template in hand, I started making quarter circles and experimented with changing the emphasis in this traditional block to make something unique.

I love it. It’s very me.

emphasis top

The size is 57″ by 71″. Each block was 4″ unfinished and each Drunkard’s Path was 14.5″ unfinished. You will notice I turned some of the quarter circles to make a few half circles and one three-quarter circle. I also used a grey geometric print as the background and in some places I didn’t make any quarter circles. There are four rows by five rows of Drunkard’s Paths.

Now that the top is pieced, it doesn’t scream “emphasis”, but that is where it began. I’m thinking of naming it “Mod Drunk.”

I will have to decide how to quilt it and that will be another way to explore the concept of EMPHASIS.


A fresh start

I’m in a minimalist mood as 2015 draws to an end. I’m looking at what I don’t need and getting rid of duplicates.

I’m also reflecting on this year as the year I created a lot more stuff — quilts, mostly, and I have mixed feelings. I NEED to create. But, that flowersmeans more stuff. I love what I made this, and I have at least four quilts in my hand quilting basket beside my couch. I have quilt blocks on my design wall and a bucket full of projects in various stages of completion.

I want a fresh start. Perhaps that means making room for my creations and clearing my spaces of other stuff — too many pillows, towels, sheets, mugs, books, fabric scraps, old clothes, gifts I don’t like, . . . .

See you in 2016.


Be still my paper-loving heart

I’m a paper calendar type of person. Even though I work in a paperless work environment, I still keep my appointments on a paper calendar.

I was excited to receive the first edition of The Quilter’s Planner, created by Stephanie Palmer of The Late Night Quilter.

Quilters Planner 2016

It arrived on Saturday, and it’s more than a calendar. And, that scares me. There’s space for Personal, Work, and Quilting To-Do Lists. There are daily appointment times. My life isn’t that hectic so I don’t think I will use those. I like looking at the month at a glance. I usually don’t have more than one appointment on any given day. As I write this, I think maybe I should schedule time for exercise and meditation and maybe sewing time. Maybe.

The weeks start on Monday, which is odd for me. I like calendars which start on Sunday. It’s just habit.

Each week does include a quilt block from some of my new quilting friends — 52 blocks in all are included. I like seeing everyone’s names. Plus, there are several patterns in the back of the planner from Amy Garro of 13 Spools, Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs, Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced, Yvonne Fuchsof of Quilting Jetgirl. Pat Sloan of The Voice of Quilting, and Kitty Wilkin of Night Quilter.

I like the tabs for each month and the corresponding graph paper.

As I consider my plans for 2016, I know I will love using paper for sketching my quilt design ideas, and I know I’ll keep using this paperless medium to share my quilt journey.



Pink Shirts Winner and Donation to Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation

In case you were wondering who won the Pink Shirts quilt and how much money we raised. –Wanda

Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild

The Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild was happy to make a donation of $1225.00 to the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation at our December meeting. Kirsta Millar from VBCF was on hand to accept our donation.

Donation to VBCF Kirsta Millar, left, of the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation with Candra Parker, right, of the Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild

Also on hand was the winner of the Pink Shirts quilt: Kay Cole of Glen Allen, Virginia.

Pink Shirts winner.jpg

Thanks to our members and other members of the quilting community who gave a Pink Shirt for the quilt raffle. We created a beautiful quilt for a good cause.


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