A week or so of Hazel

This past week or so I’ve had the great fun of spending lots of time with Hazel in one form or another. It started with quilting the two little portraits of her at three months and ten months old. Earlier this week we went to Young’s Dairy Farm so she could see the goats. She loved them licking her hands, but I think she had just as much fun following … Continue reading

Product review: InvisaFil thread

I’ve been wanting to try out a new-to-me thread called InvisaFil made by WonderFil Specialty Threads. It is a “cottonized” 100 weight polyester thread. I assume “cottonized” refers to the fact that it has more of a matte finish so it doesn’t look like monofilament thread but it is about the same weight. It is so thin that it is not overly noticeable when used for quilting. That would be … Continue reading

Personalized cloth book the easy way

Personalized cloth book the easy way

My granddaughter, Hazel, will be one next week! She loves reading books, so I thought it would be fun to make her a personalized cloth book, but I don’t really have the time to make it as elaborate as I would like. Instead, I needed something quick and easy. A couple weeks ago I found a really cute book panel on Spoonflower that is customizable with the baby’s name, so … Continue reading

Keeping busy while traveling

What do you do to stay busy when you are traveling? I often read or play games on my iPad. On this last trip, I decided to bring a few projects with me. One thing I love about my “Making Faces” portrait technique is that you can do it just about anywhere. It doesn’t require a lot of supplies or space. When we flew last Tuesday, one of our flights … Continue reading

Church craft day

Yesterday our church had a craft day where a bunch of the ladies and older girls brought whatever craft they wanted to work on, and we all had fun talking and snacking, and even did some of our crafts! It was a really nice time, and very productive, too. I hauled my Janome over to the church and did some sewing with my two daughters and Hazel. An organization called … Continue reading

Review of 2014

Introducing Hazel Rinoa

I can’t believe it is already the end of 2014! This has been a busy, eventful year for our family. Being “Mimi” means a lot of quilt making gets put on hold temporarily so I can focus completely on little Hazel, but I expect in the coming year things should start balancing out more. Here are a few of the bright spots for 2014. Click the caption for the full … Continue reading

Merry Christmas to me!

New washer and dryer

Merry Christmas to me! Well, really, it is for sweet hubby since I am totally blessed, and he does our laundry. But I suppose that is a year-long Christmas present of a different sort, isn’t it? Anyway, at the end of the year, I like to buy us a little something with some of the profits I’ve earned through speaking at quilt guilds and teaching workshops. This year, we decided … Continue reading