Saturday, March 5, 2016

Girl Gang Retreat Recap

It was a fabulous time...and also bittersweet. This was our last gathering at this particular venue.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


I am so excited (can you tell?)--the annual Girl Gang retreat is less than two short weeks away. And I just found out this past week that I could go--we're short-handed on staff at the moment at work and the boss wasn't too happy about both paralegals being away. But he knew how important it was to me and told me, "You have to go."


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

We typically don't do much for Valentine's Day; a few years ago we started a tradition of eating in instead of fighting for reservations at a swanky fine dining establishment. We get to dress in whatever fashion we choose (usually sweat pants and t-shirts), we can eat and drink as much as we want (!), and the food is always fabulous. This is what we had for dinner:
Tuscan Ribeye, baked potatoes (white for Hubster, sweet for me), roasted cauliflower
Recipe for the steak is at We were supposed to have roasted Brussel sprouts, but Hubster forgot to pick them up at the store this morning. We're having roasted cauliflower instead. (I LOVE roasted vegetables.)

What the Hubster did pick up today was this lovely:
Notice the quilt books in the background...
The color is gorgeous. He wants me to take it to the office because it's so blah and needs a shot of color. I am happy to oblige.

And this is what I made for him - a mug rug for work (I guess office was the theme this year?):
My hot red chili pepper heart!
It's not perfect; this is my first attempt at improvisational piecing. I have to tell you that when I was working on it yesterday, the euphoria settled in and it was a wonderful afternoon. I'll be doing that again soon! Everything came out of my fabric cave for this one. Here's a couple of shots from when I remembered to take photos while I was working on it:
Whacking away...
Ready for quilting
Hope you're having a wonderful day, and if you're able to, GO QUILT!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

What's up?

I had a wonderful sew day with LeiLani and Cindy on Sunday. We were missing Katrina (she was ill), but we are a true group that falls under the category of "Stitch and Bitch". We stitch, we share, we conspire, we lift each other up. It's all good.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Progress and an Occasional Tuesday Tool Tip

I was working on the 96th block of Trick or Treat on Sunday when I hit basket overload. The pattern in Blackbird Designs' "When the Cold Wind Blows" calls for 291 basket blocks.

Photo from Pinterest

Monday, January 18, 2016

Musings and passings...

I had hoped that this post would have been the "Finally Finished" reveal of Pinetree Village, but it's still on the frame.
It's been a weird week. I was in the I-want-to-hibernate-I-don't-want-to-go-to-work phase of the year, but the necessity of a paycheck wins over staying under the covers, every time.
I was off from work last Monday and spent most of the day in the studio, ignoring that ugly pile of year-end paperwork that desperately needs attending to--another day. It was also that morning we learned of David Bowie's passing. My oldest was working in his portion of the studio and streaming Bowie's music all day. I'm sad for his passing, but I'm grateful for his musical talent that will live on. RIP, Ziggy...
Today I was off from work again and after tackling the year-end paperwork yesterday, I rewarded myself with a day in the studio. I'm back in the Girl Gang (YAY!) and our annual retreat is next month. We're making a quilt and I'm doing my part by making 10 blocks for it. I cut the fabrics last Monday and made the blocks today.

My worktable today
First block
It's my first time back to the retreat in three years, and I'm counting the days. Working on those blocks today really was good for me; the euphoria was such that I'd really like to call in sick tomorrow, but that's not happening...

And here's some random musings for you:
  • Read on a blog: "Have you gotten used to writing 2016 on your checks?" No, because I don't write checks anymore! (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)
  • Hibernation: I finally figured out that instead of taking off 2 weeks at Christmas, I should take off 2-3 weeks in January so I can do that hibernation thing.
  • Have you heard there was a hurricane in the Atlantic? Hurricane Alex, first recorded hurricane in January since 1938.
  • It's finally hit me that I haven't been keeping up with what's happening in the quilting world so much as far as new products, fabric lines, etc. But what I have read this week is the latest diatribes on men and quilting. This topic rears it's head every once in a while and here it is again...
  • And I need to follow my own advice. I have gone back to spending time in the studio only on the weekends, and I need to go back to weeknight time in the studio; I'll get more done.
And passings...first David Bowie, then Alan Rickman, and just a couple of hours ago, Glenn Frey. Oh, how I loved Glenn Frey. I saw the Eagles back in 1977 when they came to Little Rock; one of the best concerts ever. I couldn't afford the tickets to see them when they reunited, but it's just as well...
That's it for now. Go quilt!