Friday, January 27, 2012


for  January
 is complete.
(Not a moment too soon either.)

I needed something in the
upper right corner, it
was a good place for
a button, bead and stitch
I really like the mix of color
and texture.
The inspiration for my cardinal in the
tree branch came from my
backyard.  I have decided to use,
"In My Backyard"
as my theme.
I will be featuring something
I can see in my backyard
on each block.
My TAST primitive
sampler has the first
4 stitches complete.
These stitches are my first
attempt at each stitch.
I want the sampler to have
an innocent,
 informal look
to it.
Each stitch has a 1" x 2" area.
They will be worked in a brick like pattern.
At some point,
 I will add the title;
to the center.
Back to work on my
Whitework Wrapping Cloth!

Love to all,

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Classwork and I Got Mail!

continues on. Each week
I am learning new things.
I did some further
embellishment on
Block One.
Added some buttons and a stitch
I can not find the name of.
A cross stitch on top of
another cross stitch
to Block 2.
Soon, Karen will be teaching us
eyelets and cut work, but
I couldn't wait I had to
try some for myself. 
My edges are a bit ragged,
but that's okay
I am just learning. 
We made a gathered piece of fabric,
that will serve as an embellishment.

To me the piece looks like a
wing.  The words, I once
saw on the show
"Designing Women" came to mind.
As I remember it Suzanne
was trying to adopt a child.
There was a pillow
on the young girl's bed.
On the pillow were the
"Children need
Roots to grow
Wings to fly".
I loved that saying
 when I saw it,
and I  still do today.
A mother's love should be
encouraging and strong,
with roots as deep
as the largest
tree would have.
With a strength that
will see you through
the most difficult of
I am at the stage of
 giving them
"Wings to Fly"
 with my children. 
 One has entered
college and the other has
begun her career after
obtaining her degree.
The "Wings to Fly"
will be symbolic in my
white work cloth with
the addition of the gathered
fabric embellishment.
I hope to complete that section
in the next few days.
In the mail, I received
a special package from
a new blogging friend.
"Quilting Judy" and I
became friends while
participating in Shawkl's
recent Round Robin of sorts.
I stitched this block for Judy.
I wish Judy had a blog I could
direct you to.  I am trying to
encourage her to start one.
Judy knows I am taking the
whitecloth class so she kindly
mailed me these 2 napkins
to use in my work,
along with some tatted flowers
to add to my crazy quilting projects.
Thank you again, Judy!
We are to use material/cloth
that is meaningful to us.
How fitting to include
these gifts from
my new friend.

My Spring Garden Round Robin
block returned home.
Thank you Rachel, Cat, Rengin, Susie
and my good friend Dee Dee for
creating such a nice keepsake.

Now back to stitchin'

Love to all,

Saturday, January 21, 2012

As I "See" It

As a preface to this post, please watch
this short video.
What are the words
 you use everyday
 that with a little
 could make them
more powerful 

those around you
by being the person
who "sees"
the world

Love to all,

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Today, I went to visit a friend.
 A little background about our
 I have had this friend since 1978.
She is 20 years older than me,
but we were always kindred spirits.
When I married 25 years ago,
she was at my side.
 I have been by her side
through some great days
and days when her depression
 was so deep
 a hospital stay was the
only thing
that could help. 
 I washed her hair
and sat with her in a room
where everything was attached
to the walls.
 No chance of using any item
 in it 
for self destruction.
I have been with her
 to celebrate
the birth of her first grandchild.
 I held her hand,
 as we watched
her husband
 being lowered
his resting place.

I live an hour away from her.
In the past 20 years I have seen
less of my friend, but we would
occasionally call or have lunch

Back to the story,
  I went to
visit her today.
I drove up her familiar street
hoping to see her out in the
yard filling her bird feeders.
I did see something in the yard,
 it was not my friend,
 but a
Sale Pending/For Sale sign.
I looked closer to see,
the windows were not covered
by the curtains
 we had made together,
 so long ago. 
 The house was empty. 
 Where was she? 
 I looked around
and began to remember
the fun times
 we had shared
in this yard. 
 From laying in
the sun with a glass of
Carlo Rossi wine.
  To the wedding of her son,
 under the trees.
 The trees we had
climbed in,
 to decorate for that wedding. 
 I noticed a neighbor's
car in their driveway,
 so I went
to find out what had happened.
The neighbor came to his door,
 I introduced myself and
explained I was looking for my
  He had only recently
moved into the house,
 but he understood
 the lady next door
was found in her yard
 where she had fallen
and could not get up. 
He had not seen her for months
 and assumed
 she was deceased. 
He suggested, 
  I should call the realtor,
 they may know the whole story,
I could not breathe
 but her birthday
was just last week. 
 I know I meant to call,
 but somehow the
day had slipped away
 without me calling her.
I then ran
 to the neighbor
 on the other side. 
 A neighbor that had
lived there for 60 years.
  A neighbor I knew,
would know
 what had happened. 
 She was home,
it was a home health nurse
 that let me in the front door. 
 The neighbor
remembered my friend,,
thought she was gone......
I went back to my car,
in a daze,
from what I had heard.
I then began a frantic search
for my friend's son.
  What was his new wife's name?
  Where was it my friend told me
 they had moved to?
  Why had I not listened? 
I found the phone number
 after a search of the
 Home Depot's phone directory.
My questions were answered.
My friend was gone,
gone to a nursing home!
A nursing home that was
on my way home.
I arrived at the nursing home
and was directed to her room.
As I entered, the tv was blaring
and she asked me if I could
"Please, turn the tv down."
I did and she thanked me.
I asked,
 "Do you know who I am?"
  She looked at my face
 and a smile
 spread across hers.
  "Debbie, my darling,
 How have you been?" 
 Well, the tears started flowing
as I explained, I thought
she was gone. 
 We hugged and both cried.
  Cried so hard,
the nurse came to see what was wrong! 
We had a lovely visit,
 we talked about old times
and made plans for lunch
in the next few days. 

Moral of the story:
We are all sorry,
for things we have done.
But, often we are more
sorry for the things we
didn't do.
  Try to make
good choices today.
Choose to be a
blessing to someone.
We are all busy,
 but it only takes
a moment to let
someone know
 you care.

Love to all,

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

More Stitchin' with Gramma

Monday's are spent at,
 my Mother's house
sitting with my
96 year old "Gramma".
My mom still works,
so Mondays are stitchin' days,
with Gramma.
You may remember
 last week,
 I spent most of the day
 answering the questions....
"What day is this?
"Is it lunchtime yet?"

Notice in the photo,
Gramma is eating,
first of 5
When you are 96,
weigh about 90 lbs
soaking wet.
You can eat as many
lunches, as you like!
(I think I am gaining
weight just watching
her eat this often.)

No repetative questions
this time, but she did
have an andventure!
I found her on the
  She left her walker,
at the base of the
stairs, that led to
what once was
and until recently
her bedroom.
About 2 months ago
she began sleeping
in the bedroom
across the hall from
my mother.
No more stairs to
climb each night.

I am not sure what
she was after
if she was
 on the way up,
 coming back down,
 but there she was
 on the steps!
(She can still get around
and is pretty darn quick too!)
I guess I am not the
best sitter, as I was
not watching her
as close as I should have.

Here is the stitchin that was
accomplished Monday.

 I cross stitched
"stitched with love"
over waste canvas.

More french knots
than I thought humanly
possible to stitch in one day!

While all the stitching was
going on the first block
was at home,
 being "damp stretched".

The damp stretching process,
  smooths out the surface,
while allowing the stitches
to stand proud of the fabric.

Love to all,

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

It Is Really None Of My Business!

I thought I would share this recent email,
 full of good advice.
(There will be a quiz at the end of this post.)


1. Drink plenty of water.

2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.

3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants..

4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy

5. Make time to pray.

6. Play more games

7. Read more books than you did in 2011.

8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day

9. Sleep for 7 hours.

10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.


11.  Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

12.  Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

13.  Don't overdo. Keep your limits.

14.  Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

15.  Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.

16.  Dream more while you are awake

17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..

18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner of His/her mistakes of  the past. That will ruin your present happiness.

19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.

20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

22.  Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class, but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

23.  Smile and laugh more.

24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree...


25. Call your family often.

26. Each day give something good to others.

27.  Forgive everyone for everything..

28.  Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.

29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

30. What other people think of you is none of your business.

31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.



32. Do the right thing!

33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

34. GOD heals everything.

35.  However good or bad a situation is, it will change..

36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

37. The best is yet to come..

38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.

39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Which of the above is your favorite?

Mine is #30. 
Very thought provoking.
 We often worry so much what others think of us,
we don't follow our own dreams.
If I do ___, what if no one else likes it?
  Should you really care.....
I guess if it is a decision
 that affects more than yourself,
 yes you should care.

When it comes to self expression,
 creating something
that is totally new and different
or following your inner muse.
If you constantly
 second guess yourself,
  or are afraid to be you.....
the advice may come in handy.

After all,
if you are afraid,
 to be you......
who will be?

Love to all,



Monday, January 16, 2012

Buttonhole Stitch

Last week, Sharon B
called the Buttonhole Stitch
for the

I have added the
 Buttonhole Stitch
my CQJP.
In 2 different seam treatments. 
As well as to my primitive  sampler. 

Love to all,

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Classwork Continues

Work is now complete on
Block One.
French Knots, Running Stitches,
Web Stitch, Cross Stitch,
Buttonhole Stitch, Rouleau Loops,
and Prairie Points all grace this
Block One being complete it was
time to begin construction 
on a few 

Kind of like potato chips,
I could not stop at one!

Love to all,

Friday, January 13, 2012


Oh, the fun I have been having.
Adding small puffs,
more french knots
and more french knots,
along with a few running stitches
to the block I am creating for

More blocks to create,
more stitches to stitch.

Love to all,

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Learning New Things

Since my first visit to her blog,
I was enamoured.
In love with,
 taken with,
charmed by,
fascinated by,
 entranced by ,
fond of, 
enchanted by,
 captivated by,
 enthralled by,
 smitten with,
 besotted with
Karen Ruane's
beautiful whitecloth work.

When I read she would be offering a class,
I was delighted!
When I was making out my list for Santa,
all I asked for was Karen's class.
The class has begun and
I am learning new things!

I first learned to create
 the Rouleau Loops
and Prairie Points.
(Very dark here today, so my
white cloth is photographing
You can see the Prairie Points here:
The Rouleau Loops  here:
Karen has taken so much time and effort
to make the class easy to follow and
I had forgotten some of the tips and
techniques she had shared with
us, on one of the videos.
If, I had been in a classroom situation,
I would have had to rely on memory
or notes to complete the task.
Not with this class, at 11:30
last night I was rewatching the
video to refresh my memory.

You know,
 I love crazy quilting,
the skills I learn
in this class will work for
crazy quilting as well.

Love to all,

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