Archive for January, 2015

Found It!

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

I KNEW there was more of that grass somewhere, so I went through the stacks piece by piece and found this:


Just some pieces, but I will work with them. It’s one of those fabrics that I hate to see the end of – any shops out there with yardage? Hey, it COULD happen…..

I got quite a lot done yesterday. I think that light tree is going to work. The weather has turned cold again so it’s great sewing weather!


78 Degrees in Jan

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

With the amazing weather we have been having it is easy to get distracted. I know it is not a good thing to get 78 degrees in Kansas in January, but when you do, you might as well enjoy it, right?  We did some tree trimming and watering.

I want some of that great grass fabric that I used in some of the other prairie fire quilts, but so far I haven’t found it and I didn’t think I had used it all up. The fabrics I am auditioning are just not quite doing it for me. The dark tree fabric I tried just disappeared against the dark background and this lighter piece for the tree isn’t working either.


Driving to town, I noticed the Sycamore trees are almost white; perhaps we will have a Sycamore tree. It’s a challenge, but thankfully one that I enjoy, to find the right balance of fabrics to make a piece work.

In the meantime I am sewing some fire sections that I am happy with, and continuing to audition fabrics.

Weekend Work

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Over the last few days I have managed a few hours here and there on the new prairie fire piece. The Figure Skating National Championships was too much of a temptation!  I have further divided some of the units for better flow, and added more fire. Also did quite a bit of sewing, perhaps prematurely; time will tell!


The weather has turned cold and rainy, I just want to curl up with a good book!

Another Entry

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

It’s a little after 8 in the morning and I have already met the deadline and entered another show ,  “Snow Buddies” to Mancuso’s Mid Atlantic Quilt Fest.


After yesterday’s marathon at the computer, this feels good! Today I will have plenty of time to sew!

Slow Progress

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Spring Semester has started and I am taking two classes – another Art History one because I SO enjoyed the last one, and Yoga! They are both on the same days, Tuesdays and Thursdays so I only have to drive to town and back one time each day, but there is about three hours between them that I have to try to fill. This is a lot of time to be away from my sewing machine! Yesterday I decided to go to a movie and saw “The Judge”. It was pretty good.

I had hoped to sew today, but spent the whole morning on the computer, most of that time was spent on-line entering “Wild Fabrications”, a SAQA exhibit about nature. I entered three pieces, the max allowed, that meant preparing and sizing 6 photographs and gathering all of the pertinent information and doing the online entry. It is very time consuming but better than the “old” days when I would have had a couple of trips to town for slide development!

I had been looking forward to getting a lot done on the new prairie fire piece today, but now it’s already after 3 o’clock, so that is not going to happen!

Here is where I left off:


Fabric Choices

Monday, January 19th, 2015

When I found this fabric in the stash, I thought it would be perfect for the horizon. There was not much of it left but just enough! I liked the illusion of distant flames and glow that was printed in the fabric.


But from a distance, it just didn’t give the contrast from land to sky that I needed.


I tried this one that has the right colors for night sky and reflected glow that I had already cut for a spot in the previous photo.


Still not right.

This one gives me the contrast that I need and it may be the right choice.


Brown Dog Update

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Progress after the first day, nothing sewn yet:


Thanks for the nudge, Martha! I’ve been meaning to give you an update on BrownDog. For about 3 weeks before Christmas and a week or so after we didn’t see him at all. I was beginning to worry that something had happened to him. Then one day he showed up for a drink from the waterfall in the water garden that we leave running in the winter to keep a hole open for the fish. Now most days he comes by to get a drink, and we put out food which he usually passes on. I guess he prefers what the neighbor feeds. He has a very heavy coat and a good layer of fat, so I think he is not missing any meals!!  He looks like a fat hairy pig! So different from a year ago when he came to us.


Still can’t get near him. We had such a cold snap with temps below 0 and wind chills to 13 below, it’s hard not to worry, but our dogs love it and I know Mother Nature has prepared him to deal with it, so I am thankful for that..

New Work

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Finally. It feels good to be creating again! Last week I finished the sketchBurningsketch


and started to pull some fabrics from the stash. We have thousands of different fabrics; isn’t it amazing that our brains have logged it all and we know what is there, and pretty much where it should be! So I spent extra time looking for the one that I could not find, and finally it turned up, hidden inside a stack of similar color – right where it should be!


There are lots more fabrics here than I will actually use and probably more still on the shelf that haven’t called to me yet.

The next day I transferred the design to the freezer paper in the reverse so that when the pieces are ironed to the backside of the fabric they will be in the proper orientation.


This step has to be followed by marking the pattern to aid in matching the pieces for sewing.


Before quitting for the day, I had to cut just one piece!


This is going to be another prairie fire quilt, to replace the one that sold after winning one of the top awards at Houston a few years ago. It will be of similar orientation, but with curved seams instead of straight, and perhaps a night scene instead of daytime. Stay tuned for progress reports……..

Hudson River Valley Art Workshop

Friday, January 9th, 2015

In April I will be teaching a 5 day workshop, “Designing and Sewing For Picture Piecing” at the Hudson River Valley Art Workshop in Greenville, NY. Today my interview was featured on their blog. You can read it here , with pictures.

I am so looking forward to this trip because I love doing workshops where I have a full five days to really share the process and the fun of creating an original piece of art!


Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

My first post for 2015!

I started the year with my books all caught up; that’s a first, I think. One of the fun things about that is my yearly inventory which shows that “Third Weekend In October” has netted (after production expenses) a total of over 81 thousand (!) dollars over the years, thanks to all my customers who have purchased it!! If you are not one of those, there are still a few left; I don’t plan to reprint it..


There has been a small run on “Little Old One Room Schoolhouse” in the week after Christmas which usually means that someone is talking about it on-line, but a Google check did not turn up anything – so I don’t know what instigated that, but keep it up!


Maple leaves have done well for me. Check the website for all of the patterns available.

Happy New Year, everyone!