Seeing the Art in Others


A couple of years ago, the juniors and seniors I taught were turning in their art work for a special assignment.  I asked a few of them if I could take their picture with their art work. This dear student had a dry sense of humor and decided to have fun with me.

It was important to see the art in my students, because I found I  was inspired by the talented people I was teaching. I was in awe of their unique gifts and talents.


Knowing how talented my students were worked for me, because it made it so easy to teach them.  When they knew that I knew how gifted they were…they usually did their very best work for my assignments.


I loved working with them and reminding them of the art -the goodness- found within them.


There is value in finding the art in others!

A Quilter and Her Quilts


I met Lottie while doing a service project. She stole my heart when she showed me a few of the quilts she’s made over the years.


A Cathedral Quilt made by hand and hand quilted by Lottie!

At the top of the picture and underneath the cathedral quilt was a queen size handmade yo-yo quilt.  I do not have a full picture of the yo-you quilt to show you.  Both quilts were stunning!


Hand embroidered and hand quilted by Lottie.



The Sun Bonnet Kids


 A pot holder Lottie made and gave me the last time I saw her. I love the blue shades she used on this project and her masterful points are sewn to perfection. It’s so cool!

Fun with Flannels


Two small flannel quilts made with scrap fabric.

A few years ago, I was determined to use as much of my flannel scrap fabric as I could.  I pulled out the book pictured below, Little Quilts All Through the House written by Alice Berg, Mary Ellen Von Holt, and Sylvia Johnson and picked out two patterns.  I enjoy working with flannel because the fabric is easy on my fingers when I am quilting.  Both quilts went together quickly, were machine pieced, and hand quilted.


I love decorating my house with little quilts.

Hope you’re having a great Day!


The Promise of Spring


I took these pictures a few years ago of a field of flowers growing in Silverton, Oregon.

Something I like about living in Oregon is spring time.  Oregon spring flowers are what the fall and the the changing color of the leaves are to the East Coast.  I am looking forward to Spring this year.

I’ve also been thinking about what happiness means to me in this season of life. It feels like a lot of curve balls in the form of challenging situations have been happening lately.  I’ve been reminding myself daily that my happiness is not based on another person being well or not well, or a diagnosis of a friend’s health, or on a loss, or on a disappointment, or on a betrayal, or how I would have liked life to work out, or how I hoped a plan would go, etc. How nice life would be if all of these things went the way I had hoped they would go. That would make choosing happiness so easy.

However, when life is hard and things don’t turn out the way we planned, we can choose how much we let a situation color how we see the world. What I know is I can choose happiness even when things haven’t turned out the way I liked. I’m accepting that life is a discovery of  things I never thought were going to happen. I’m growing in confidence that I can roll with how life is evolving even if it doesn’t make sense to me. I can be happy in the midst of a hard situation, because my happiness is not based on others or something outside of me. It’s a stance of inner integrity I can make on my own, and I can stand in that place in peace.


There hasn’t been any snow in my area this year…but we’ve had a bit of rain. The mild temperatures are making a difference. These flowers are not in bloom yet. I’m looking forward to what will be growing in this field this year!


I know spring is on it’s way, because there are bulb flowers for sale outside of grocery stores. And on a walk today, I saw a cherry tree with it’s first blossoms.  Don’t give up hope…spring is not far away!

Antique Morning Star Wall Hanging


Peach Colored Morning Star Wall Hanging

This wall hanging is 38″ x 39″ and is made with antique morning stars that are each hand pieced. The edges are machine sewn in place. After it’s quilted, this wall hanging is for sale at the STORE found on the tab bar above.  If you would like to make this quilt your own, email me at


The four stars were given to me by a friend.


I will be updating the marking design on the outer edges before I put it in the frame.

**If you are looking for a good home for your extra antique material, pieces of an antique quilt, a quilt that was started and you want to get rid of the extra fabric, I would happily take them off your hands. Email me at, and we can make a plan**