Saturday, December 9, 2017

That Time of Year

It is time for the Gnomes and the colors are bright!  I have some more subdued ones waiting to be made, but these just happened.....

Monday, November 20, 2017

Holiday Faire

Another medieval event! Two in a month is extraordinary!  I spent a fair amount of time watching the rapier fighting.  They had lightning rounds, where the round can't be more than 30 seconds, and definitely the fighters fought differently.  There was an all out scramble to score and lots of wild thrusts and parries.  It was fun to watch, fast paced and exciting.

I also spent time with old friends, and met some new ones.  I tasted what may have been the most vinegary pickled veggies I have ever had!

And, of course, the shopping!  I commissioned a cup for my sister, she loves the one I got a year ago from Eadric The Potter,(thatpotteryguy on fb and Etsy).  I love pretty nearly everything he makes.   I also got my son (who might read this blog) a commission, though not from
Eadric, and John made it while I shopped around!  That is service! A few view pins and I was done shopping.  Not, however, done wanting!  There was much to see, cloth, fiber, furniture and jewelry.  Food, boxes, sundries and tapestries.   If it is medieval, or plausible, it was there.

I am back among the living, feeling good and busy as can be getting ready for the holidays.  My son comes to visit for Thanksgiving, and my daughter for Christmas.  I am lucky enough to have my sister here full time, and there are parties and concerts beginning to fill my schedule.  Making gifts, teaching classes and planning projects are in full swing.  I think i may need a day off for rest soon!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

I Need Cozy!

Coziness is definitely the theme of the day.... I have been sick for a couple days, and am feeling in need of a roaring fire and a cup of tea with a good book.  Unfortunately, I have no fireplace, the tea is certainly possible, but reading, watching tv and sewing are right out because my eyes hurt!  Perhaps knitting a simple cowl or shawl, something I can do without looking at it.  Sigh.  How inconvenient.

Saturday, November 4, 2017


Today I got to go to a medieval event for my kingdom, Crown Tourney.  This is where the next King and Queen are chosen, by feat of arms on the battlefield.  They serve as Prince and Princess for 6 months, a sort of training period, and then step up to replace the reigning monarchs.  There was good fighting today, and the victor threw some perfectly lovely shots in the semi-final and final round.  It was a victory well won.

I sat and sewed for the vast majority of the day, occasionally walking the site and seeing old friends, making new ones.  I have another event in two weeks.... one of my favorites, the Holiday Faire.  A great place to buy gifts and procure needed bits and bobs for the coming year.  My favorite merchants are always there, Gryffon Furniture, Eadrik the Potter, and others too.

I am grateful for the weather, grateful for friends new and old, and grateful that traffic was only moderately horrible!
Back to sewing and making Christmas presents and cleaning tomorrow.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Second Beauty Quilt

I like the colors of this one, and the fact that every bit of it is from my stash, and most of it from my scrap box.  I have so much fabric, I really need to complete stuff with what I have, not buy more.  It is so hard to work in a place with the coolest, newest, most colorful collections, and not just buy everything I see.  But I am trying to get rid of stuff that I don't need, and use up stuff I have, so here is one installment.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

First One Done

This is a design by Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery Designs, The Beauty Block.  It commemorates the eclipses of 2017,  memorable events, all!  For the solar eclipse, I was in an area with 94% coverage, and the sky certainly dimmed, but rather like a dusky evening.  The instructors at the Janome Institute I attended had eclipse glasses they lent us, so we all got to see pretty darn well.  There were several lunar eclipses as well, one was a blood moon, and spectacular in its own right.   With my sweet husband's and my service in the Navy, blue and gold was an obvious choice.... I do believe I like this!  I am working on a more colorful sample of this pattern that will be a wall hanging... and probably more as well.  These designs are well digitized and stitch out beautifully on my Janome 500E, I doubt not that there will be lots more to come.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Down the Street

In my very own neighborhood there is a wonderful place, not quite hidden from view, that I finally got to see up close.  I give you........Hobbiton!

For some reason the pictures of The Green Dragon aren't printing..... but that just gives me another post tomorrow!  Can you see Gandalf's mark on the door?

Monday, October 23, 2017

Newest Sample

I haven't put the binding on yet, but it is almost there.  I am working on a second one of this pattern with a black, grey, blue and gold theme to celebrate the eclipse of 2017.... almost at the end of the last square, my machine threw itself out of timing!  So, it is into the shop and wait until Friday to get it back.  Sigh.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sharing is Good!

I'm going to share some of my favourite blogs and then ask that the owners of those blogs pass it on.
So it goes like this, I share the blogs and write why I like them, then the blog owners (if they wish) share a link to my blog and choose some of their own blog friends to nominate. Have I explained that right?

The first blog is Into The Wild Wood and Wild Woman Walking.  Yep, two for one, both by Yarrow, whom I have known online for a way long time!  I love her blogging about her ponies and dogs and the beautiful countryside of Wales and now France.  It was Yarrow who began this little project!

Next is Weaver of Grass.  I have read her blog for a long time, and followed her adventures in the Dales with interest.  Big changes ahead, and all my best.  

Camp Runamuck is next, a weaving (mostly) blog that is a wonderful source of inspiration.  

Boulderneigh is a blog of life on a fiber farm in beautiful Oregon.  Her photos make my morning sing!  

I have known Donna at My Gentle Threads for the longest time!  Gosh, almost 30 years!  Every cup of tea and every time I clip rosemary I think of her!  Visit her blog for a calming, centering read on lovely things of spirit and art.  

May your day be blessed and filled with life.  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The beginning of my next embroidered quilt, the Beauty by @sweet-pea-embroidery-designs

Sunday, October 1, 2017


Since my brief stay in the hospital I am trying to walk more often.  It is hard to drag myself out of bed early, especially as the days grow shorter, but the cool mornings are devine and after I get started, I enjoy the walks.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Whopping Big Quilt!

I made this for a friend and his wife, and it is absolutely the largest I have made so far.  I love the fact that I can make it from the choosing of the fabric to the design and construction, and on to the quilting.  I am so lucky to have access to a longer machine and a mentor who is wonderful.  A definate challenge, the half square triangles had a life all their own, but still and all, I like it.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Linen, Lovely Linen

These are some of the embroideries I am doing on some pale sage linen that I will combine with blue and green and maybe tan linen to make a quilt.  There will be flowers and insects, and I can hardly wait to start putting it together.  Still about 20 squares to embroider.  I love figuring out where to put each part of the embroideries....there are five elements to most of the blocks, though the bugs only have 2-3 for most.  It looks very old fashioned.  Until you look up close!  Then you see the steampunk sort of look.  I think I will love it!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Little Miss Muffett

A wonderful friend has made me a real treasure!  This is a tuffet, with the button looking like a comet, and a comets tail flaring out in blue and red, spraying out behind in wild exaltation.  Oh I have a fine friend, a very fine friend indeed.  Cosby and Strider agree, and Pippin soon joined them.  All six of my kitties have used it as their throne over the last few days, though I mostly keep it covered by a towel.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Whipstitch 2017 Murder Mystery Quilt

Well, I was about 6 weeks late in starting, but I am up to date now.  This is a progressive mystery quilt, hosted by, that has a story chapter and block instructions each month.  This is January through March, and there has been a death in the story.  I am having more fun than I thought, since the late start added some stress.  All we had in the instructions for fabric was warm and cool, focus and coordinating amounts.  So far, the colors are okay.  Could be more definition in a couple of the cools.....