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.



Resources for just about every sewing tip.


May Chappell has organized her Terrific Tip Tuesday into categories. It’s a great resource for just about every sewing tip. She covers the following topics:

For a weekly taste of tips, The Late Night Quilter has a Tip or Tutorial every week and links from fellow bloggers:

I’m linking this post to that blog for this week’s Tips and Tutorials. Check it out. Today’s tip is perfect for being perfect when hand stitching.

Keep the tips coming,