Category Archives: Quotes

The Product of Showing Up!


I’ve been waiting for some good picture making time to share progress on my Kaffe crosses quilt but it’s not happening. I lowered my expectations and added the sashing for photographic interest which is fine but the photo is a drag. Sorry.  Anyway, I need 25 blocks. 13 finished – maybe a little less since a couple I’m probably going to exclude. This is from his Quilts in Sweden book.

stuffWhat you see here is the product of “showing up” every day. Not really forcing it but definitely going thru the motions. Fake it ’till you make it? I dunno know. I think I’m just generating my own vibe. The colorful Kaffe fabrics lift the mood (joy) and this is wall, this wall is gifty.

Thanks for the visit.


Seams in Stiches

While reading a Lori Smith pattern I came across a tidbit about pressing seams open. Do you press seams open as needed or does it bother you under all circumstances?
In Lori’s pattern she offers up something clever (I thought). Reduce your stitch length where you’ll be pressing your seams open. Less likely you’ll ever see a pokey-hole. Maybe you already do this but I didn’t know.
Onto the little baskets of cute. I attempted a high, medium and low contrast basket. I think I achieved that. I think. There’s a good bit of cutting and piecing with these cute little baskets which isn’t so bad in and of itself but choosing fabrics took me forever. I think once I’m up and running I can pull just fine but at the start, I’m slow out-of-the-gate.

My Hourglass blocks are really moving along. I have a stack of square-me-up’s and a stack of she sits and sew’s then 25 final blocks. So really, by my count, I only have 14 left. Like my math? From what I counted and recounted and counted again I should have 148 – 6″ (finished) blocks. I think that means a quilt will begin to take shape soon.

I mostly had the computer OFF on this weekend, especially Sunday. The weather was lovely. Kismet came out and had a bath. She was so happy & funny to watch. While she sunned and bathed I sat on the porch and did some parrot-watching. Then we talked back and forth. It was pure fun!
If it looks like wisdom, but is unkind rather than loving, it’s not wisdom.
If it feels like love, but it’s not wise, it’s not love.

The Morning Read

For Lorrie

This is one of the earlier quilts I made. Lorrie is one of the very few friends that are in that special place in your heart. After so many, many years and numerous shared experiences, that’s where you’re at. An exceptional friend. I made this quilt so that I could cope with my distress while she was near death in the hospital. It was all high drama but in the end she pulled through. I don’t want to think about life without her.

Quilty Things

I have strips prepared and ready for me to work on a project I’ve got going separate entirely from “Ladies in Waiting” or anything on my design wall.

Yesterday I worked on my method for pinwheels and my expectation is for a better outcome. We should have something good to share there.


Tomorrow I’ll have to start sewing borders on “Ladies in Waiting.” Not today. Tomorrow. I need to get my head together before I do that again.

The Afghan

I have a big Afghan I’m working on right now, scrappy, and hope to share that later as well. Its all small stitches – sc and dc. That’s it. I’m almost 1/2 way through the main body though.

Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted.
Only in a quiet mind is there adequate perception of the world.

Quote: Great Thought

“There is a thought in your mind right now.
The longer you hold on to it, the more you dwell upon it,
the more life you give to that thought.
Give it enough life, and it will become real.
So make sure the thought is indeed a great one.”

Quote: Most Important

Remember What is Most Important…

It’s not having everything go right;
it’s facing whatever goes wrong.

It’s not being without fear;
it’s having the determination to go on in spite of it.

It’s not where you stand,
but the direction you’re going in.

Remember to live just this one day
and not add tomorrow’s troubles to today’s load.

Remember that every day ends
and brings a new tomorrow full of exciting new things.

Love what you do,
do the best you can,
and always remember how much you are loved.

~V. Worsham