Better Counseling through Costume Books

People rarely ask me for advice, but if they did, I’d be ready!  (At least as long as they limited their questions to the area of recommendations on costume history books.  And I… Continue reading

ScrapHappy February 2019

If each of us were assigned the task of designing a dog fabric, and we were told, “Include as many breeds as possible, and make them look fairly realistic,” our resulting fabrics would… Continue reading

Putting Herself in the Picture

Last week, in one of my favorite used book stores, I found the book Women’s Worlds:  The Art and Life of Mary Ellen Best 1809-1891. Mary Ellen Best was a professional artist active… Continue reading

Souvenirs from the Middle East, 1961

As I was scrolling through the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Open Access collection, I saw a little bag very similar to one I have.  It came to me through my husband’s family, but… Continue reading

Endeavourers Reveal Day 5 – Texture

It is time for another quarterly reveal day, for the online group The Endeavourers.  This time our theme was “Texture.” Our themes are picked at random from a list, but I felt we… Continue reading

ScrapHappy January 2019

This ScrapHappy project uses more stylish scraps than my usual fare. I have been making these gift bags from large samples of decorator fabrics.  I think I have given away 11, and I… Continue reading

Goals for 2019

I love the beginning of the year, sitting down with a hot cup of tea and my quilting notebooks, to plan lots of projects.  This year I am happy to participate in Quilting… Continue reading

Wrapping up 2018

I did not get a whole lot of quilting done in 2018, but many of the things I did accomplish had been on my to-do list for a long time. 2018 was the… Continue reading

Quick and Easy Gift Bags

I needed some gift bags, and I wanted to make them from a bunch of beautiful furnishing samples a decorator gave me.  The pieces I had were about 12 inches by 13 inches,… Continue reading

Snacking and Shopping in Dusseldorf

When we were in Düsseldorf, Germany, in the last part of November, my poor husband had to actually work at a trade show.   But I got to wander through the pastry shops and… Continue reading