Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring quilts

The rain has returned but we had enough sunshine to remind me that it was time to hang a new quilt in the front hall. (please forgive the picture, so hard to photograph when there isn't any light coming into the house)  Maybe seeing this lovely gardening lady will move me to get back to my garden beds.

This morning I had an email that was too coincidental so I just ordered this book.  After watching the video preview, I found myself thinking of which quilt I might make first.  Take a look and then tell me which one you would like to make.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday - WIP

I am making progress on this little shawl.  I love that the pattern chart has a stitch count after every row so you can keep track of your progress.  I am almost at the 25% mark now! I am linking up to the Yarn Along today.  Go and visit for more knitting inspiration.

When I was cleaning last week, I pulled out this lovely, quiet quilt.  I am using perle cotton and a big stitch for this one.  After picking up some hand quilting needles last week and doing a bit of stitching with them, I remembered why I didn't have any on hand - they are so short and I end up stabbing the end of my finger.  I never properly learned to do hand quilting and have not been able to adapt to the use of a thimble.  But I enjoy the kind of hand stitching I am doing on this quilt.
I would love to find more blogs that have weekly link-ups.  That is a great motivation for me so let me know if you have a link-up or know of one I should visit.

Monday, April 14, 2014

monday mindfulness

What worry do you need to release today?

And what will help you open your fist and let it go?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday scraps

taking a cue from JessCreating - here are the current scraps making life more colorful around here

digging in the garden this week - pulling weeds, turning the soil, planning for some new growth

reading this book on my new kindle (the most basic one but light enough to carry in my purse and read in the sunshine)

planning meals for the week to make the re-entry to a work week easier

cutting bits and pieces of colorful fabric for my basket quilt

watching a new to me BBC series and wishing there were more episodes

packing my gear for a bike ride after church

knitting this lovely shawl and fun sweater

avoiding checking my work email, cleaning the bathroom, and putting away the laundry

Saturday, April 12, 2014


I am holding on to this wonderful spring break feeling.  I also know that there are things I can do to make time for these lovely pursuits even during the work week.  I have made good progess on my sweater.  This morning I started cutting some triangles to go with my fun baskets.  I think I want to make some churn dash blocks in these fabrics too.  And keeping me company - an audio book from the author of a BBC series I have been enjoying. 

A little p.s. - I had enough leftover pieces to make a second little quilt - this one will go on my wall.

I am celebrating a wonderful spring break and a whole new attitude about blogging and making space for creativity in my daily life!