feathers, Longarm Quilting, Quilting, wrinkles

Feathery

Dinner conversation at my house, about a week ago: “You’re pretty, mom,” said Emma. “Thanks, baby,” I said. “You’re sweet.” “It’s neat that you don’t have all those crinkles under your eyes like other parents do.” It’s so nice to be appreciated, I thought, smiling, feeling a little smug. I guess I am aging pretty… Continue reading Feathery

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, 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

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