Saturday, December 25, 2021
Thursday, December 23, 2021
Sunday, December 19, 2021
Some of my happiest memories are those when we were gathered around a table enjoying a wonderful meal. I love to cook and invite family and friends over for a meal. Sometimes I get carried away and invite more people over than I have available chairs.
Yesterday we gathered around our "meals on wheels" table and shared a meal of Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini with an old friend and her partner from junior high school! We sat and talked and ate for hours!
My daughter and daughter-in-law were always asking me for recipes, so I put a book together for them. I'm still adding to the book little by little. Now when we have a family gathering, they just turn to the book and tell me what they are going to bring to the table.
I'm going to share the book with you, my faithful blog readers. You have given so much to me over the years with your support, love, and laughter. I appreciate you more than you will ever know. Click HERE to download the cookbook.
Friday, December 17, 2021
Yesterday while I was in my sewing room, I listened to a podcast about the famous editorial by Francis Church published in the New York Sun newspaper in response to a question by 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon in 1897.
I had always known about this famous editorial, but I never really read it. My favorite sentence in the editorial is, "The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see."
Enjoy the editorial and read it, then read it again. Take it to heart.
Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.Not believe In Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.No Santa Claus! Thank God he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
Another favorite sentence is, "Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world."
As you go about your day, think about the unseen wonders.
Thursday, December 16, 2021
This carrier held 12 canaries as they were carried down into a gold mine here on the West Coast. In the East, they would have been placed in a coalmine. The foothills of Northern California have a rich history of gold mining, and my assumption is it was used here in gold country. The canaries were placed around the interior of a mine as they are very sensitive to toxic gases, particularly carbon monoxide.
I found this carrier in an antique store ages ago. I knew exactly how I was going to use it for display. This is my favorite Santa given to me by my dear friend QuiltSue from England. This Santa keeps all of the other ornaments in line by holding court every day.
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
.....and since we've no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow 𝅘𝅥𝅰𝅘𝅥𝅰𝅘𝅥𝅰
This is the backyard the day before the snow started. We had almost 4" of rain in 24 hours. In the night, the rain came down in buckets, and the wind howled. The trees were whipping around like a whirling dervish. Then the rain turned to snow, a peaceful silent snow.
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
I made a batch of Mittens with Moxie in 2013. They were just so darn cute!
Monday, December 13, 2021
Sunday, December 12, 2021
I'm so excited to announce that I will be teaching Patchwork Math, aka Finessing the Figures at the Pieceful Gathering retreat in Fox Grove, Il Friday March 11 - through Sunday March 13th, 2022.
I'm really looking forward to visiting their shop. It is full of everything I love about quilting. Click HERE for a link to the shop.
This is my most popular workshop, and here is a brief overview:
This all-day class is intended for everyone, from a beginner to a seasoned quilter. The class and companion reference manual includes quilting formulas and instructions to make 12 popular quilting components….any size….from quarter square triangles, square in a triangle, square in a square, and Y-squares, to three different kinds of flying geese and more. I will show and discuss easy-peasey ways to construct quilting components, and how to assemble them into an assortment of different blocks. Learn how to dissect complicated blocks into manageable units with the straightforward formulas, and uncomplicated construction techniques. The techniques and formulas can be applied to blocks, block framing ideas, sashings, and border treatments. Never be afraid of quilting math again!
This is a sample of some of the blocks we will create.
Saturday, December 11, 2021
This is the center section of my Madrigal quilt.
This is going to be a new version of Madrigal using the A Return to Elegance fabric by Judie Rothermel. With a big storm looming on the horizon, I wanted to have some hand work ready in case the power goes out.
This is going to be my palette.