A Souvenir from China


Just before I left China, I found this bag for sale in a porcelain tea shop. I love the square shape of the cloth bag, and its relative simplicity.  I have a thing for textile items!


This is what the inside of the bag looks like when it is open.  I brought four porcelain small teacups along with this bag and used it to carry the tea cups home to give as gifts to friends.

I love to find craft items from around the world, and I wanted to share this little treasure with you!

Happy Wednesday!



This One Is Almost Done


This flannel baby quilt with the echo circle pattern is close to being finished!  I’m tacking the Minky fabric to the front of the blanket, and it’s taking longer than I thought it would to do.  The water color markers used for marking the circles will all come out in the wash.


This is what the back of the quilt looks like.  I wasn’t sure how the Minky fabric would work to be quilted as it stretches, but it seems to be working out OK.

Happy Tuesday!



Peruvian Fiber Art Work

“Can an object go straight to your heart?”

~Sue Bender, Plain and Simple Jounal


At The Market ~ I love the craftsmanship that goes into the wall hangings made by the women in Peru!


And I love all of the colorful fabrics used in each piece.  This wall hanging was done by Mercada from Peru.


At The Vineyard ~ I like the energy and festiveness caught in each crafted piece!


This little wall hanging was hand made by Silvia in Peru!


~ Working On The Farm ~ This wall hanging was originally on a white t-shirt I bought several years ago. Using a seam ripper, I carefully removed the art work from the t-shirt  and placed it on this shaded pink fabric to preserve it. I hand quilted around all of the animals, the people, the house, the carrot patch, the stone wall, and all of the other special details in the picture.


I wanted to match the binding of the quilt with the fabric.  This is the first time I made a specialized binding like this, and I think it compliments the Peruvian Art Work nicely. The off white and blue bundle near the carrot patch is actually a person bent over weeding the carrot patch!

 I wanted to share the artistry of people around the world with you!

Have a great day!


The First Coat of Paint Is Completed!

“If we can listen and hear what is being offered, then anything in life can be our guide.”

-*Sue Bender, Plain and Simple


It’s Day 3 working on the new quilt room; I was pleased to finish the first coat of paint on the ceiling and the walls of this new space!


There is still a bit of work to be done, like caulking and painting the trim areas.  However, today it felt like I was turning the corner on this project!


So far, I have used 1 gallon of semi-gloss oil base paint around all of the windows and on the ceiling!


I have been working in the morning while it is still cool!


 The days have been beautiful, sunny, and warm in my ‘neck of the woods!’


The ceiling sky light area is brighter now that it is painted all white!

In another 3 or 4 days, I should be ready to move my first quilt into the room!

Stay tuned for more updates on this room and for more quilt projects!

*In looking for the pictures I plan to decorate the walls of the new quilt room, I found my quilt journal, Plain and Simple Journal created by Sue Bender, author of Plain and Simple.  My first journal entry is marked as December 1992. I love the unique quotes Sue Bender provided on the corners of the journal pages. I don’t want you to miss out on her wisdom. So, I will be sharing Sue Bender’s quotes with you every now and then!

Blessings to you this day!

The First Large Quilt…


This Will Be The First Large Quilt To Be Set Up In The New Quilt Room – an antique hand pieced Double Wedding Ring Quilt!


This weekend, I went to my first ever all fabric and quilting garage sale.  I met three handy and talented quilters and found this top for sale among the treasures being sold for a very reasonable price!


 I sent pictures of this top to a friend in Lincoln City, Oregon, and she claimed it as her own!   So sorry!  This one is not for sale, because this quilt is already “spoken for.”


I can’t wait to mark this quilt with the quilt patterns and put it in the quilt frame in the new quilt room!

P1080580I like the light colors of this quilt!  Soma was being curious and wanted in the picture!

Hope the pieces of your life are coming together for you!