Archive for December 2014

DIY Fabric Tea Bag Tutorial

I am a tea lover and drinker. We even have a little Hadley mug so Zara can drink “hot tea” with us. (Lukewarm water which saw a tea bag for 5 seconds.) Zara also loves tea sets, she has 3 right now. And if you have three, surely you need a fourth, correct?  We bought... Read more »

Do you recall the most famous quilter of all?

Many of us have heard of Paul Bunyan or Johnny Appleseed,  they are legends in the States. Equally famous are Dolly Pitcher and Betsy Ross. Santa Claus is known all over the world even if the names he is referred by change from country to country. Even animals are well know for their loyalty and... Read more »

Confessions of a Sewing Gadget Junkie

Fabric is fabulous and something I collect, love and even use. Thread is right up there. Luscious colors, weights and uses. I’ve waxed on about how much of them I have and where I put it all. But I’ve been perhaps less than transparent about another desire I satiate at quilt stores. It’s time to... Read more »

Listening to Podcasts of Serial while I Sew

About a week ago my daughter begged me to listen to the podcast Serial that everyone is buzzing about. Up to this point, I had never listened to a podcast in my life. Here’s my dirty little secret – I am super lousy with iTunes and loading my iPod. I haven’t updated it in, oh,... Read more »

Friendship Star Quilt top completed

Last year at this time I made a quilt in a week and I am talking even quilted. This year I am having trouble with my Friendship Star, I feel I have drug my feet through each stage. I am happy to report that the Friendship Star quilt top is completed. Finally! Last time I... Read more »

8 ways to Sew more and Cook Dinner Less

This only works every so often. Or every time with my husband as he likes to be fooled.
I am a sewist and a quilter. I love to sew and I know it makes people shake their head in disbelief that I spend my time on such a time consuming hobby. But I love it and love spending time in my sewing room. And then I get to write about it! I have... Read more »

Visiting your Parent in the Hospital

My father is 92 and he is in the hospital. He fell three times last week and has a spinal fracture, not a serious one, but painful none the less. When my mother was 57 she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and died at age 59. What I have discovered is that no matter what... Read more »

DIY Mini Quilt Ornament tutorial

Did you see the post about the funky tea cup ornament? I wasn’t so sure if funky was what something wanted on a Christmas Tree. Maybe Christmas trees are more traditional? I decided to hedge my bet and make another ornament plus, I think I might be addicted. Making ornaments is really fun. Are you... Read more »

12 Delicious Facts about Hot Chocolate

I love coffee and I love tea plus I love hot chocolate, particularly this time of year. I used to teach Spanish and went to school in Guadalajara, Mexico and Barcelona, Spain. Those two countries have incredible hot chocolate. This led me to musing about this beverage and seeking out facts. Of course I will... Read more »

Easy Minimal Christmas Decorating

I live in a condo, happily so. We get our snow removed, our leaves removed and our grass cut. For us, it works as we are not big gardeners and don’t mind living with three other units in the building. And at Christmas time, it makes decorating easy. See how we accomplish easy minimal Christmas... Read more »