New Quilt

I am getting started with a new quilt.  It’s a custom one for my 10 year old niece and it took her about 10 minutes to design.  She looked at a few books, decisively pointed to an applique pattern, flipped through a fan deck and picked out the colors and then told me what kind […]

#TBT – Journal Quilt Week 19

The week of September 29th, 2011 was a momentous one for me, an unexpectedly momentous one.  When I started the journal quilting project, I didn’t expect anything particularly interesting to happen in my life.  My DH and I were settling into a nice, comfy place after building our dream home in the Berkshires (where I […]

#TBT – Journal Quilt Week 18

During the week of September 22, 2011, we celebrated my husband’s birthday with a weekend of eating.  First stop was Baba Louie’s Pizza in Pittsfield, MA.  We’re regulars at the restaurant (or rather the take-out window) in Great Barrington, but we went to Pittsfield to see “Moneyball” on opening night.  We followed that with dinner […]

Vacation’s Over

I’m getting back to work this week after a lovely and long vacation.  I gave myself a vacation from creating too and used my quilting time to finish a few things from my to do list. I spent the Friday before my vacation making a yoga mat bag for my sister and then finished an […]

#TBT – Journal Quilt Week 17

Week 17 of my journal quilt project in 2011 (September 15th) was when Fall really hit.  I mentioned last week that the leaves in Western Mass. start turning at the end of August, but the weather generally stays warm and gorgeous into September. However, this week in 2011, it felt like someone had flipped the […]

#TBT – Journal Quilt Week 16

Rather than celebrating the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, during this week 16 of my journal quilting project in 2011, I decided instead to celebrate the beginning of Fall. No, it wasn’t the official start of the season, but in the Berkshires in Western Mass., the leaves begin turning at the end of August […]

#TBT – Journal Quilt Week 15

Week 15 of the Journal Quilt project in 2011 brought Labor Day and the end of summer, celebrated with attendance at Lobster Fest, an annual fundraiser supporting The Berkshire National Fish Hatchery.  I think that my lobster was a little overstuffed because sewing around it ended up being quite a challenge (as you can guess […]

Throwback Thursday – Journal Quilt Week 14

The journal quilt for the week of August 25th, 2011, probably says more about what wasn’t happening that week than what was.  The biggest event of the week was Hurricane Irene, but I didn’t make any particular notes about why.  I live in the mountains in Western Massachusetts. A hurricane for us means lots of […]

In the studio today

I am in the studio today, listening to the delightful sound of a steady rain falling outside on the parched grass (which means that I don’t have to water) and beginning the quilting on Arabesque #2. So far, I am just stitching around the “grout” lines and still have to think about what else to […]

Throwback Thursday – Journal Quilt Week 13

I have always been a little triskaidekaphobic, which means fear of the number thirteen, though admittedly part of it is just loving the word for it. So, it shouldn’t come as much surprise that a natural event occurred during Journal Quilt Week 13 in August of 2011. That week, there was an earthquake in Virginia […]