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Today my sweet hubby, Dave, went to be home with the Lord. It was unexpected, and he will be greatly missed. If you were ever at one of my lectures or workshops, know that Dave was a big part of each one of those. It is because of him that I traveled to speak and teach. He was my chauffeur, my pack mule, my chief cheerleader. He believed in me. … Continue reading

Getting back in to the swing

I’m busy getting back in the swing of things! The first good news to share is that two of my secret quilts (ones I can’t show you yet) have been juried into a special exhibit called Circular Abstractions that Nancy Crow is putting together! My experimental quilt shown to the left was the first in this series, so it is similar in some ways, but these two new quilts pushed … Continue reading

A visit with Lee Anna Paylor

Yesterday I had a delightful visit with Lee Anna Paylor of Not Afraid of Color. Her husband was in town on a business trip and she and her poodle, Cole, came along. It turns out to be a win-win situation because he has a traveling partner and she gets to sample all the local quilt shops. I directed her to my favorite, Fabric Shack, which, of course, she loved, too! … Continue reading

Happy Father’s Day

If you’ve ever seen me speak in public, it’s entirely this guy’s fault. He’s the outgoing, social butterfly, and he’s continually pushing me to get past being an introvert. This month we celebrated our 34th anniversary. Wow, that’s a long time! It’s been a quiet blog-month, but it’s been anything but quiet here on the home front. We celebrated our anniversary earlier in the month by combining a pastors’ conference … Continue reading

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

Happy birthday to my sister!

Happy birthday to my sister! I finally finished quilting her original quilt top!!! I finished stitching the binding on this morning and I’m shipping it off to her this afternoon. It will arrive the day after her birthday. Unfortunately, I finished a day (plus a few years) later than I wanted, but considering it’s taken me more than three years to get around to actually quilting it, I guess one … Continue reading