Something finished

karleeclassDoesn’t it feel good to get something done?  I finally finished this class sample from a class I took with the amazing Karlee Porter.  She is an excellent teacher!  Of course, I had to put a skull on it.

Her book is excellent, if you haven’t gotten a copy yet.  :)


Even I miss a day

Yesterday was both crazy and awesome. And by the end of the day I realized I had missed posting to my blog. Oops. 

Today was a close second. I’m posting from my phone…that’s how close I’m cutting it. 

Here’s the progress on the restoration quilt. 

Some of the border fabric “tops” are here and I will try to save them. However the black border strips are missing chunks.  This black fabric has been washed so it has a slight fade to it. Anything I replace it with will look new by comparison. So I found a solution thanks to Linda’s mom, who kindly put a matching sleeve on the back for hanging. I have removed it, and there’s enough fabric for the border strip!  No worries about matching that fabric. I’ll keep you posted on the progress! 

Gruß vom Krampus!! It’s Krampusnacht!

krampusI’m a big fan of the resurgence of The Krampus, the creature that is one of the many companions to St Nicholas.  He punishes the naughty children by clanging his chains and threatening to carry them away in his basket and beat them with switches.  Merry Christmas to you, kids!

I made this Krampus mini quilt some time ago, and he’s not too scary looking.  I even used it as the cover for my Krampuskarten, or Krampus cards, as my holiday cards last year!  Tonight is Krampusnacht, which is the night before the feast of St Nicholas (on Dec 6th).  Soooo…  Gruß vom Krampus!! (Greetings from the Krampus!)


Starting a new project

I’m not in the quilt restoration business, but a long time friend sent me this picture and asked me if I could help.

lindas-star-quiltLinda is a tremendous animal lover and very active in rescue for dogs in Memphis, where she lives.  I’ve known her since we both lived in Maryland.  When she sent me this photo, she explained that her dog caught hold of this wallhanging and ripped it down.  Her mother had made it a couple of months before she passed away.   I told her I could take a look and see what I could do!

It’s now in my studio and I have assessed the damage.  I have pulled a couple of matching fabrics, thought I don’t have any of the fabrics that Linda’s mother used, which seem to be all of the same fabric line.

file-dec-04-10-18-44-pmOver the next few days, I’ll post some pictures of my progress (and the best part is I have Linda’s permission).


Winter Prep

Winter is a good time for sewing, but I have been so busy this fall that I accomplished precisely ZERO winter prep.  I understand it’s supposed to snow here in Chicago tomorrow, so I had to hurry and get my outdoor prep all finished today. Things like cutting down my beloved peonies, and raking leaves, and taking in the hose reel.

winterBut that means tomorrow is an ALL DAY SEWING DAY!  Hooray!

It’s not too late to join us on the blog challenge! :)