Rope Basket

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A tisket, a tasket, I made a rope basket! Actually the fact that I did ANYTHING this weekend is a really good step forward. Having gone back to working full-time in town in January, it has taken me quite a while to get my creative “mojo” back. I don’t have so much time these days for creative quilting pursuits, but I do have some. I feel like I’m finally getting my “sea legs” under me again.

A few weeks ago I painted my longarm studio (with the help of a very patient husband). In order to do that I took everything out (except the machine) and it didn’t get to go back in unless I really wanted it to. So I got rid of my makeshift desk (cobbled together metro shelving with a board as a desktop) and have really pared down. The walls are empty waiting for inspiration.

And now I’m working on my upstairs sewing studio (yeah, I know, I’m spoiled) cleaning and organizing. I’ve been organizing for the past year (and you wonder why I’m not done?) and each month things get a little better. I finish a project here and there. I struggle to not start anything new! I am now going through my things and figuring out which projects I will NEVER work on again and donate them. I put a small finished quilt in the St. Vinnie’s bag.

And soon the Blackberry Jam Festival Quilt Show will happen in July and I have to get something ready for that. Oh my. Maybe I can get one of my old projects finished. Cross your fingers and start your engines! May the force be with me. I’m going to need it. It’s already mid-June.

Happy quilting!

Wine Tasting

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So I haven’t done much quilting lately, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, but there has been this… tasting!

My new shipment from arrived today. I’m an “angel investor” with them. It’s a great way to support small winemakers from around the world and to try some really drinkable varieties. I opened a bottle of Malbec from Argentina this evening….

I really will get back to quilting one day. But not today!

Mini Garden Gradation

If you enjoyed the first Garden Gradation Quilt, you might just want to give this one a try too. It’s a mini! So cute and small. So fast. Yes, you can get it done in a day. It’s 22″ x 22″ and you can use it as a wall hanging, a table topper, or as a special gift.

It uses 5″ charm squares. So get out those charm packs and start designing. And although this is a small quit, it’s easy to expand the pattern to a crib or a throw-sized quilt by just making a few more pieces.

I call it “Mini Garden Gradation”…..pretty clever, right? To purchase this pattern for only $2, head over to!

Happy quilting!