Monday, July 31, 2017

Crazy Women #2

When I started work on this little lady, Arrianne decided right away that the background fabric looked like a beach scene.  How easy to sew on beads and shells to create my seashore.  The sand dollar was in my collection of shells from Corpus Christi - my favorite camp on the beach spot on Padre Island.  The other small shells probably came from the same spot.

Saturday, July 29, 2017


Today I fly - how fitting to find this little guy by the garage.  I do not know my insects well enough to know exactly what he is, but he posed long enough for a few photos!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Leaving again...

Tomorrow my sister and I leave for Stockholm.  I love this city! We will spend a few days there and then head to Norway in search of family and Norwegian roots.  The last time we traveled together to Europe, we spent a week in Amsterdam and a week in Paris.  Dee is the best traveling companion!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Severin Nilsson

In the fall my cousin and I took a trip to Sweden.  We took a day and drove to the town that our great grandfather was from - Asige, a quaint area that I am happy to be from!

While exploring the countryside we discovered that an artist, Johan Severin Nilsson,  (quite well known in Sweden), had a atelier nicely preserved for tourists. He lived from 1846-1918.  Unfortunately it was not open the day we were there, but we enjoyed walking around and taking in the view.

I now have a pinterest board devoted to his paintings...

When I return to Sweden, I hope to find his artwork at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm.  I understand they have some photographs he took as well as paintings.  What a fun way to learn more about my Swedish roots!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cruise ship inspiration

This column in the cruise ship caught my eye:

Now to play with some drawings and figure out a quilt block?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Crazy Women in my Head #1

So my dear friend, Beth, has lured me into another project.

Sharon B's PinTangle blog has gotten me into trouble more than once!  This time it is a crazy quilt project.  The goal is to use 2020 items (already in my stash, I will not purchase anything for this!) in my art piece and to complete it my the end of 2020.  I plan to use machine stitching as well as a bit of hand stitching.  I have also decided to use this little lady on each of the blocks.

Here is my first block:

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Kiel, Germany

Home.  Our trip was wonderful, but there is nothing like sleeping in your own bed after spending 24 hours getting home...  Now I get to relive our adventure.  Day 1 was spent in Kiel, Germany.  We walked and explored this charming little city.  This church (Nikolaikirche) was on the walk and I was excited to find beautiful stained glass that spoke to the quilter in me:

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Besides art, gardening, cooking (and eating), I love to travel!  Arrianne and I are traveling to Copenhagen to board a cruise ship.  Our adventure takes us to many ports in the Baltic Sea.  Of course I'll take a zillion pictures, but I am not sure if I'll have enough internet to post them.  I guess we just wait and see...

Monday, July 3, 2017

MOF stenciling

I quickly stenciled a few blocks to take with me on my trip. Now to pack a few needles and thread to keep me busy!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Men of Faith / Bible Study for 2017

I have participated in 2 Bible study quilts: Books of the Bible and Women of the Bible.  This past week our group started the third study quilt: Men of Faith.  I don't want to piece the blocks.  I just don't do that kind of quilting...  My brain has been working overtime trying to come up with an idea for this year long project.  I think I may an idea that I can work with!  I started with taking pictures of my husband:

He had so much fun!  We took about 40 pictures, but I won't bore you with all of them.  I then printed a few and cut a stencil:

Next step...  try out the stencil and mask:

Now to pick my colors and do some printing!

Saturday, July 1, 2017


Momma kitty killed our barn swallow.  It has been so much fun watching the birds build the nest.  I was looking forward to baby birds in a few weeks.  She may be an old cat, but can still catch her prey.