Family in Fall

I love October in Michigan. You never know what the weather will be like. Here’s a photo of my son Sean, his wife Kim and grandson Jacob carving their pumpkins. Notice the short sleeves? Usually this time of years it’s between 45-55 degrees in mid-Michigan. Not in this photo! You could almost go swimming in the lake!
See if you can spot my granddaughter in the photo…

Robbi Joy Eklow

I have just stumbled across the website of Robbi Joy Eklow and am in love with her work – and just had to share it in case you’ve never seen it before.
I’ve always been drawn to more subdued colors, but the colors she uses excite me to the Nth degree! I’ll be keeping my eyes open for a workshop taught by her somewhere close by.

Please go check out her website
and have your brain be tickled by her talent!

***Originally posted on my other blog on Dec. 12, 2006. Posted here on Nov. 2, 2007.

Mary Shafer: Goodbye, Friend!

The world of quilting has lost a master. Mary Shafer of Flushing, MI passed away yesterday at the age of 96. Mary will be entered into the Quilter’s Hall of Fame July 19-22, 2007 for her work promoting the history of quilting. Quilter Gwen Marston of Beaver Island, MI and Joe Cunningham of San Francisco, CA have been instrumental in promoting the fabulous work of this sweet lady.
I was blessed to have lived next door to Mary for 14+ years. She was a great friend, always sharing her knowledge of quilting and gardening with me. She loved to pop by unannounced to see what I was working on, or to bring me cuttings or whole plants from her yard. I remember one rainy September day she came over with this huge Burning Bush. Mary was a small woman, and the plant was nearly as big as she was. She said she’d been looking over my back yard and it was missing something. She finally figured out what it was – the firey red of a Burning Bush. We went out in the mud and planted it together – in the drizzle.
Goodbye, Friend.

***Originally posted on Dec, 23, 2006 on my other blog. Moved here on Nov. 2, 2007.

Seeing is Believing – Just how long IS a spool of thread?

Have you ever wondered how long the thread on a spool REALLY is?
I never really thought about it until this morning when I had to clean up the mess Stormie made unraveling an entire spool during the night. It was wrapped around the legs of my quilt frame (see photo below), around the dining table, under the couch, into the kitchen, back into the livingroom, down the hall and into Jake’s bedroom… there it made unbelieveable trips around the dresser, mountain of guitars Dean stores there, and then under the couch (sleeper bed).
Must have been a fun night for this wacky cat!

***Originally posted 3/03/2007 on my other blog… moved here 11/02/2007.