Quilting

Grandfather’s Garden

  My grandparents' two-story white farmhouse was an unending source of mystery to my young self. There were deep, dark, fascinating, closets full of old toys and books. There were several old bureaus and wardrobes that provided hours of dress-up and imagine entertainment. And then there were the enchanting architectural details. A casement window opening… Continue reading Grandfather’s Garden

Quilting, quilting advice

The Art of Being Useful

My church has a motto that I like: “We are blessed to be a blessing.” Isn’t that lovely? I am blessed, so that I may be a blessing to others. The idea of being a blessing to the people around me fills me with purpose. Having a purpose fills me with joy. Joy is an… Continue reading The Art of Being Useful

New Quilters, Quilting, writing

Death of a laptop

It’s funny how interconnected the habits of my life are. Case in point: my laptop. It died, rather unceremoniously, just before Thanksgiving. My computer fix-it guy said the motherboard was fried. Being a mother, in the middle of the holiday season, I could sympathize. When Mr. Fix-It told me how much it would be to… Continue reading Death of a laptop

Longarm Quilting, New Quilters, Quilting

Wonky Stars

Christmas, the season of stars, is now behind us. But I still find myself thinking about them. Stars, that is. Especially that star. The star. The one that led shepherds and wise men to a manger in Bethlehem. The one that Jesus slept beneath on his birth day. A perfect star, a perfect light, a… Continue reading Wonky Stars

Cheery-O Quilt, Minky, New Quilters, Quilting

NASA and the Minky Way

Hands down, the best vacation I ever took was our 2011 trip to Florida, when we visited the Kennedy Space Center. It was the summer of the last space shuttle launch. We visited the center just a few days before (and good for us, because the traffic is terrific when there’s a launch). The focus… Continue reading NASA and the Minky Way

Choose Gratitude, Thanksgiving

Empty Shoes

As this Thanksgiving week draws to a close, I find myself thinking about my Grandma Muriel – well, Grandma Mearl or Murl, really. No one who knew her pronounced it proper. Blame for that goes to her five brothers, the youngest of whom couldn’t pronounce it as a toddler. Grandma was a tough cookie, but… Continue reading Empty Shoes

Cheery-O Quilt, New Quilters, Quilting

Kitchen Table Quilting

When I started quilting, I always brought my sewing machine to my kitchen table. It was the best place to spread everything out, and get some work done while still being in touch with my family on the weekends. Eventually, I bought a little sewing machine table and set up shop in my extra bedroom,… Continue reading Kitchen Table Quilting