Monday, January 29, 2007

Bible Story Theater 2007

I needed two shots to get the cast of thousands (ok, cast of 169). This year, it was "Follow Me" a look at the calling of the women and the disciples. We reused/altered many costumes from previous years.

These are some of the demons who disturbed Mary of Magdala

And, a drop of the Sea of Galillee with her fish, and some of the catch.

Saturday, January 20, 2007


I am getting ready to teach a Buzz Saw class--it has been a while since I made one, so I have been having fun making samples this week.

This is a photo of my shelves. I worked very hard last spring sorting, donating, throwing out stuff.


Sunday, January 14, 2007

her mother's footsteps

Eve decided, like her mother, to make many of her Christmas gifts. Also like her mother, it is the middle of January and there are several still not finished.
I am very proud of her chosen project, to make 12 tote bags for her friends. She looked at her purchased bags, looked online for patterns, came to me for technical support, and designed her own pattern. She raided my collection of solids and purchased cotton webbing for the handles. I love how she is embellishing them with buttons from my button collection. I also am amused that she considers these nearly free gifts, since she only had to pay for the webbing. Apparently my fabrics and buttons and needles fell like manna.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

more dragon teeth

Here is my little dragon teeth quilt, finishes about 20" by 25".

Maggie's teeth in progress.

Patricia and her daughter with a fabulous teeth made from plaid shirts. Note the little teeth on the side borders.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

flower garden class

I gave this class for the first time today at the Portage Park Center for the Arts. I have very generous students who help me edit my worksheets as the day goes, making a better class next time. This is my sample--made for my mother's birthday. It includes fabric of her mother who died in 1949. Mom had a wonderful flower garden on our farm, along with a half acre vegetable garden.
Here are some of the students' work. We exchanged fabrics and I am amazed how each quilt turned out differently :

Pam's got the top ready for borders!

We tease Patricia that her setting possibilities reflect her European esthetic, or her own warped color sense!

Kathy has learned so much in the past year. I love how she matched her fabrics today.

Kay has returned to quilting from a long hiatus.

Joan is intrepid in her approach to quilting--nothing I throw at her discourages her.

Coming soon, pictures from Maggie, Ruth, and Judy.

stretched star

I need to bind this yet, and talk someone in this house into holding it for a full shot. I cut 5 inch squares of large prints as I used them for other projects and set aside for a few months. Bonnie has a similar quilt up on her site. I used 2 1/2 inch squares for the flip and sew triangles. A quilt with lots of memories.

Friday, January 05, 2007

making life busier

I have taken on a third part time job. A friend and I were talking about if we gave up all our part time jobs and side enterprises to concentrated on one, we would probably be making more money and have a lot more time! But, I enjoy what I am doing, and am at a time of life where I find I am very valuable out there. Now is the time to try different aspects of nursing and quilting. My newest position is as an adjunct nursing faculty member. I continue my hospice nursing, quilting workshops, and liturgical quilting commissions.
And raise three kids, wrangle acolytes at church, sit on committees, try to be a good wife and daughter and sister... Life is good!
In a bit of multitasking, here is a quilt I am making for a neighbor's baby shower (tonight) that will also serve as a sample for a workshop I am teaching on Saturday. I used some of my hand dyed fabric on the back which is difficult to sew through for the binding. I found my good thimble I misplaced for about a year-that is helping. (Note housekeeping was not on my list of duties I am trying to juggle; I do try to have a home cooked meal every evening.)

Thursday, January 04, 2007


My sweet Seth and his friend Margo acolyting on the third Sunday of Advent