Santa, Are We Done Yet?


For the grandkids:

  • pants and shirt, size 12 male – check
  • pants and shirt, size 4 male – check
  • pants and shirt, size 6 months,  male – check
  • 2 shirts, size 8 female – check
  • goodies for the kids over age 30 – check, check, check and check
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle stuff – check
  • artist’s easel and art supplies – check
  • Robot – check
  • Goodies for the spouse – Spouse is getting a lump of coal for not giving Mrs. Claus a Christmas list.




Tired of Politics Already?



I enjoy Facebook, most of the time, anyway.    But during times like this, with a huge election down the road and candidates who leave much to be desired, I may just back off social media for awhile.  I may spend a WHOLE lot more time quilting by hand, in a comfy chair, with a hot cup of tea or cocoa on the table next to me, a cat on my lap…

Yeah, that sounds better.  How about you?

The Messiah – Flint, Michigan

We were given tickets to attend a performance of The Messiah for Friday night’s performance.  A high school friend was one of the conductors, and four area high school choirs and the New Century Chorale joined together at Flint Central Church of the Nazarene for the performance.


It was delightful to see so many high school students singing flawlessly, and the soloists included high schoolers as well as adults.  Such a beautiful performance – and the Hallelujah Chorus always makes me tear up!  The students knew exactly what to do of every single minute of the evening. As four different high school groups working toward the same goal, I know their hours practicing as separate schools… and then combined… were long and difficult.  It sure paid off!

One thing that kept going through my head was what a wonderful memory this will give all the students.  They will remember this for the rest of their lives!  It brought back memories for me.  When I was a senior in high school, I also attended Mott Community College.  That year, I was a member of the Flint Symphonic Choir.  Led by Conductor William C. Byrd, we performed the Messiah at Flint’s Whiting Auditorium.  I remember looking down at the Flint Symphony Orchestra in the orchestra pit, and looking out at the audience in that gorgeous auditorium, and thinking how special it was.

Thanks to all those who had a part in Friday night’s performance.  Your efforts were flawless, and your work sent chills down my spine.

For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth!


Quilting and Tendonitis Don’t Mix

I want to hand quilt OH so much!  Hand quilting helps me relax, and I need that right now.  I started a new job, Christmas is coming, lots to do, and I want to sit and stitch my evenings away.


tennis.elbowI have tendonitis in my left arm. They call it “Tennis Elbow,” but I call it “Quilter’s Elbow.”  It’s the arm that goes underneath my hoop (left) while my right hand does the stitching.  It hurts like the dickens!



I’m putting Biofreeze on it, taking Tylenol, got a splint at the drug store that I’m wearing, but nothing is helping enough.


Quilter’s Books!

I feel like I’m living in a library… I have so many books on the shelves and have read most of them all… it’s time they visited someone else’s house!  These books are all in GREAT condition…

If you are interested in any of these, please send an email to and let me know which ones you want. I will let you know total cost including shipping and give you PayPal instructions.  Will ship to U.S.A. only.When you email me, please include your name and mailing address.

Books by Jennifer Chiaverini:

  • The Master Quilter (paper back) was $14.00 new, yours for $5.00 + S&H
  • Circle of Quilters (paper back) was $14.00 new, yours for $5.00 + S&H
  • The Quilter’s Homecoming  (paper back) was $14.00 new, yours for $5.00 + S&H
  • The Sugar Camp Quilt (paper back) was $14.00 new, yours for $5.00 + S&H
  • The Cross-Country Quilters (paper back) was $14.00 new, yours for $5.00 + S&H
  • The Christmas Quilt (paper back) was $7.99 new, yours for $3.00 + S&H
  • Sonoma Rose (hard back) was $25.95 new, yours for $10.00 + S&H
  • The Runaway Quilt (paper back) was $14.00 new, yours for $5.00 + S&H
  • The Quilter’s Apprentice (paper back) was $14.00 new, yours for $5.00 + S&H
  • The Quilter’s Legacy (paper back) was $13.00 new, yours for $4.50 + S&H
  • Round Robin (paper back) was $14.00 new, yours for $5.00 + S&H

Books by Marie Bostwick:

  • A Thread so Thin (paper back) was $15.00 new, yours for $5.50 + S&H
  • A Thread of Truth (paper back) was $15.00 new, yours for $5.00 + S&H
  • A Single Thread (paper back) was $14.00 new, yours for $5.00 + S&H


Amazing Color Usage by Heather Wood-Salomon


From time to time I come across a quilt and/or a quilter that amazes me.  I’d like to share one that came to my attention via the Facebook Celebrate Hand Quilting group.

Heather Wood-Salomon  was born in St. Joseph, Trinadad, and lived in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan until she was about 30.  She now lives in Windsor, Ontario. Heather said she has been quilting for five years, and came to quilting only because a log cabin quilt she purchased at a big box store fell apart when she washed it.  She decided from there to  take a class at Quilting Confections in Windsor so she could make a quilt that didn’t fall apart, and has been hooked ever since.

I asked Heather to tell us a little bit about her gorgeous quiltHeather called  “Technicolor Galaxy.”

“I saw a picture of the Technicolorgalaxy quilt in the Modern Quilting Facebook group last November and fell in love with it.  I enrolled as a 60th birthday present to myself.  The quilt was designed by Alyssa Lichner of Pileoffabric as a Block of the Month for 2015.


This quilt looked very challenging with many different techniques.  The colour wheel is top stitched
The star points, piano keys, scattered geese, and the outside sides are foundation paper pieced. The orange peels were machine appliquéd, and half moons were hand appliquéd.  The flower hexies were English paper pieced and hand-sewed on. The four corners were improvised.

Each section was quilted first and joined using the quilt-as-you-go technique.  Then the colour wheel was attached as the last step. I used low-volume, pieced binding to finish it off.”IMG_1355

I used pearl #5 on the star points and pearl #8 on the outside sections.

If you think this is gorgeous, you should see her brightly colored “apple core” quilt that is now in her hoop being hand quilted (big stitch).  Oh my goodness!  This gal knows how to use color!