Christianity, Dante, Lent, Quilting

Ombré

Do you have any ombré fabric, like the one in the picture? If you work with fabric, or are a beautician, the word ombré is probably familiar to you. If not, here is the definition (emphasis added): Ombré: having colors or tones that shade into each other – used especially of fabrics in which the… Continue reading Ombré

Quilting, Uncategorized

Tough Choices

Picture it: a crisp fall morning, 1982. An 11-year-old girl wakes up in her lemon-yellow bedroom. As she stretches herself awake, she realizes with dread that she forgot to do her spelling homework - she left the book at school. Worse yet! She remembers there is also a spelling test first thing this morning. She… Continue reading Tough Choices

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