Gonna Go Round in Circles


I’m working on a few little quilts for a client…mixing and matching patterns with a bunch of plaid shirts.  I’m really enjoying making these circles, because I like how this quilt is evolving.


I like working with Marti Michell’s Perfect Patchwork Templates.  Using the  Drunkard’s Path Set on this circle quilt makes the process go faster.  I have several different sizes of these templates. Marti Michell’s templates can be found at the following websites: Amazon.com and www.frommarti.com/products_temp.shtml#BTS


Here are a few examples of what I’ve come up with so far.  I still have the binding to sew in place on two of these.  No worries, the blue and brown quilt lines will wash out.

It’s a busy time of the year for everyone.

Stay tuned for a picture of when I was a young one sitting on Santa’s lap back in Pennsyl-tucky.


Go Faster Amma


A Queen Anne’s Lace flower found in my back yard

A Lesson from a Modern Day Amma

When it came time to think about the name I wanted my grandchildren to call me, I thought it over for a while and decided I wanted to be called “Amma.”

Mary Earle says, Amma “…means “mother.” It came to refer to those women who were spiritual mothers to many.”  Who were the Amma’s and the Abba’s or the Desert Mothers and Fathers of the Early Church? “They were wise teachers who were sought out for guidance in living the Christian life.” For the record, “The Desert Mothers lived in the 4th and 5th Centuries after Christianity became legal and the period of Christian persecution had ended.”

Today, it’s 2016, and incredibly enough I have 4 cool grandchildren. Of these dear children, one lives with her parents in the San Francisco Bay Area, and her name is Matilda. Matilda is two and a half years old and is daily gaining better control of using the English language.

On my most recent visit to see Matilda and her parents, I asked my daughter, Hayley, if I could use her car and take Matilda to the closest fabric store.  With the go ahead, we made our way to the car. Tilda did a few mountain climbing moves to get into her car seat.  I buckled her, started the car, and backed out of the car port.  We made our way onto a busy parkway headed for Jo Ann Fabrics, when Matilda says from the back seat, “Go Faster, Amma.”  Feeling surprised to hear this comment, I paused before responding, then said, “There is a car in front of me, I can’t go faster.”  Only to which, Matilda said again, “You need to go faster.”  Apparently, a 50 year old from Oregon is not driving at the speed a dear two year old is used to around the Bay Area.

This lesson I gained from my time with Matilda is young people like to do what is familiar and that usually means riding in a car at a faster speed than I am used to driving in Oregon.  I’m finding out I have as much to learn from Matilda as I think I have to share with her.

Hope you have a good weekend!


http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/books/features/view/16777  The Desert Mothers A Q&A with the author of a book on these early Christians. Book feature by Mary C. Earle.

Just for fun…type into the Google Search Bar…The sayings of the Desert Mothers and Fathers…I believe you will find some encouraging thoughts!

Working with Plaids


The little wall hanging on the left is ready to have the binding tacked in place. It is made of antique blocks given to me from a friend a few years ago.  The plaid fabric strips on the right are from shirts being turned into little quilts I’m making for a client for Christmas!


Here’s the progress of one of the little quilts.  The pieces are coming together on these projects!

Happy Monday!  I hope it’s a good one!


An Oldie But A Goodie

A Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine


This little beauty of a sewing machine is why I drove to Coos Bay, Oregon last week.  I purchased this Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine with its carry box, attachments, and instruction manual. I bought a new pedal and serviced the inner workings of the machine, and it’s running great!

I can say it was worth the drive!


Along Highway 38 West

On the way to Coos Bay, Oregon…I took the scenic Highway 38 West, which turned out to be a beautiful drive along a winding road with lakes, streams, steep hills, rocky cliffs, and a gracious amount of passing lanes. There was road work being done, and I’m pretty sure I saw Gandolf dressed as a traffic guide in yellow rain slickers.  His sign said, STOP on one side and SLOW on the other.  I thought about asking him if I could take his picture…but then I thought otherwise.  It really did look like a modern take of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy.


  It was a joy to stop for a break at this spot…Dean Creek:  Elk Viewing Area.


The dry and marshland is owned by the US Government.  The Elk, Canadian Geese, other birds, and creatures were beautiful to watch roaming freely in their natural habitat.


 I enjoyed watching the elk sparring with each other,


the Canadian Geese floating with ease,


and the pretty streams running through the land.


I thought you might enjoy seeing these pictures!

Have a good day!