An 8th Grade Annual from 1939

Working through our giant family archive, I came across a school annual from 1939, from an elementary school in Ohio. The school had first through eighth grade, but this annual only had pictures… Continue reading

Wrapping Up 2020

Considering that I stayed home most of the year, I didn’t get that much done — but those things I did finish brought me a sense of comfort during this crazy year. Big… Continue reading

ScrapHappy December 2020 — The Quilt That Won’t Quit

I have been enjoying the book Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkinson.  There are several patterns in there that I would like to make, but I started with Scrapper’s… Continue reading

Studio Child’s Play

I am very blessed to have a great group of neighbors, and of course in a year like this one, I am especially grateful for them! There are 10 of us total, and… Continue reading

Extreme Textile Happiness

Somehow I got on Gretchen Rubin‘s mailing list, so every Friday I get an email with “Five Things Making Me Happy” as the subject. It got me thinking about some great textile finds… Continue reading

The Endeavourers’ Reveal Day 12 – The Sea

Diving in to new techniques for an art quilt challenge.

I Spy Donations

A friend from Dallas gave me bags and boxes of fabrics — someone had donated so much to their quilt group, that they were spreading it to out-of-town friends!  Some of it was… Continue reading

Locked Down in History — Beauty from Harsh Surroundings

A man is sentenced to prison for an indeterminate time, condemned to stay there until he can produce what he has promised, gold from lead.  Even after four years in prison, with absolutely… Continue reading

Locked Down in History — Unraveling “The Queen’s Embroiderer”

I came across a book excerpt that described a French embroiderer in the court of Louis XIV – his techniques, materials, and customers¹.  I quickly bought the book, The Queen’s Embroiderer by Joan… Continue reading

Locked Down in History — Venetian Convents

We’re all tired of the new restrictions on our lives, but of course, it could be worse!  Lately I have read three books about people experiencing lock-ups they were powerless to escape, and… Continue reading