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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Company While Quilting - Meet Violet

Violet was rescued from under a dumpster by concerned volunteers at The Cat Connection in Webster, MA. After losing my dear 14 year old friend, Casper, I didn't think I could adopt another cat.  But as time went by, I thought I'd visit a local shelter just to drop off a donation in Casper's memory.  Violet was in the "shy" room.  She was so scared and timid.  She needed a home where she could be at ease.  After a few visits with Violet, I brought her home and set up her two-story cage which was intended as a temporary home until she became familiar with the surroundings.  

We spent weeks trying to become friends.  She was less committed to the relationship than I was for sure!  Once out of the cage, she spent two weeks hiding.  She hissed and growled when I tried to feed her or got anywhere near her.  I persisted.  She finally caved in and admitted that I was the source of good things; plentiful good food and clean water, warmth, and quilts.  Quilts?!  Of course!  

Little 6 lb, Violet has discovered chasing bobbins, rearranging quilt blocks for me, chain piecing is fascinating to watch, and if I'm hand or machine sewing a binding it makes for a very comfy and warm place to nest.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

It's Been a While

It's been a while since I've posted here.  The reason?  Many and none.  Just life and days going by.  I haven't been sewing lately but here are some things that have happened over the winter and spring months.

Casper seems to enjoy each step of the quilting process almost as much as I do.  We both like to live with a selection of fabrics before we choose what we'll work with on a project.
I can't say that I live with the fabrics as closely as he does.  

Kelly decided to use a large variety of civil war fabrics for her next quilt.  Her traveling project with fabric selections and blocks.

Squaring up and trimming.

It's fun to see the nice, crisp blocks all trimmed.

and then when you realize how many blocks you actually have to square up and trim...not so much fun.

Keeping perspective on queen sized quilt made entirely of small blocks.

My wonderful colleagues joined me for a day in the studio after the holidays.  They each picked a kit and made reversible aprons to take home.  A happy day.

Casper seems to miss hearing the machine running and chasing after threads.  He's spent quite a bit of time lately trying to keep the Featherweight 301 company.  I miss the feel, sound, therapeutic resonance, and certainly the lovely outcome of putting this machine to good use.   

This quilt was finished for the March 2014 Thimble Pleasures Quilt Show.  It now has a lovely home in one of the bedrooms at the cottage in Boothbay, Maine that we consider a second home, thanks to Sue, Joe, and Michael B.!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A cozy spot for a quilter's cat

This is what I came home to one night.  Now, this pampered feline has his own heated bed, his choice of just about any place in the house and can actually scoot under the covers for a lovely 6 hour nap.

I had recently pulled the quilts out to show a friend and didn't take much time to fuss with putting them back neatly on the shelf.  Casper was watching what was happening the whole time.  Now I think he was planning to move in as soon as I was done.

He may leave behind some white hair behind especially on the black fabric and a bit of a dent in the center, but he is gentle and thoroughly enjoys them.  That's just fine with me.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Atlantic Inspiration

Despite the fact that inspiration is all around, I sometimes find it difficult to focus on how I want to spend precious time.  Should I work on tried and true patterns in favorite colors or pick up something I've never tried before?  Indecision gets the better of me.  Half-square triangles never let me down but I can also make them in my sleep.  Sometimes I feel stuck.  Really, really stuck.  And that's how I'm feeling now.  So I'll continue to watch for images and colors that inspire me to pick up some fabric and scissors.

There is something about that blue-green ocean view that stirs my soul.  Blue was my favorite color until my mother passed away.  And then there didn't seem to be enough yellow in the world.

Even during times when I don't have the time or perhaps just the inclination to work on a project, I can be quite satisfied reorganizing fabrics or patterns, tools and all that stuff we accumulate.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Symbols of freedom

Places of peace and tranquility

And here's to a day of doing what makes you happy.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Days, Hours, and the Minutes

This blog started out being about quilting but that is just a small piece of our lives.  When we get together, it's not about quilting really.  That's our common excuse for assembling in the studio, at a camp getaway in Connecticut or some other venue, or trekking out to a quilt show.  But it is so much more than that.  How can you explain all that is a relationship, a friendship, a kinship?  It is about knowing that with or without talking about what brings joy or ache in our hearts, we are together and we know.  We know about the joys and the aches.  We feel for one another and to move on through time together..  We are there to say that both painful and glorious, wondrous moments pass.  And they will both come again.  And so we will gather again.  We will spend days, hours and minutes together and celebrate our lives.

 Mary quilting her first quilt.  She is a talented and precise at piecing and has come such a long way in gaining confidence and more importantly, thoroughly enjoying the process of making a quilt.  With a kind and sweet spirit about her, she is a pleasure to work with.
Kelly and I spent time in her new Jeep on a road trip by the lake, into the mountains and back around to South Burlington during Easter weekend.  We packed a lunch and had a wonderful time on our road trip.  We agreed to do it again after the snow melts.  A great nest at the top of a mountain road.  

Contented. Relaxed. Happy.

A happy day with friends in the studio.  All we need is to set a date, send a group email invitation including any theme for the pot luck lunch.  That morning, I turn on the lights and maybe the heat, start the coffee and watch the cars come up the driveway.   

Candy with her wicked cool Elna and some funky fabric.  Candy goes about making her quilts in a quiet and focused way.  It seems like they suddenly come together in a beautiful and clever way.  

Kathleen sings along as her machine runs.  She has a giggle and laugh we all want to hear.  It is contagious.

Deb has a lovely singing voice, quick smile and seemingly boundless energy.