Tuesday, January 26, 2021


 Yesterday I listened to a podcast with Ariane Zurcher on Fiber Talk.  I recommend. It's about an hour long.

While listening I worked on stitching beads:

It was interesting (and timely) that one of the messages was that stitching takes time. There is no instant gratification.  This little piece needs the beads around the circle, but it sure takes me a long time. Thank you Ariane for the push to keep going. 

Monday, January 25, 2021

My Rye

 Yesterday my husband asked me to bake bread.  Seems that his icky white bread had taken on a blue cast!

I got to work on a rye bread, deciding to combine a stack of recipes to create my own, "My Rye".  I used a Swedish Limpa recipe I've had forever and another rye bread that I tried back in the day.  Played with olive oil instead of butter (trying to stay vegan) and used a good dose of molasses and anise seed.  Next time I will add the brown sugar and orange zest as well (didn't have either at home and the market is just too far away to go for 2 things).  I baked it in 4 small loaf pans (Christmas gift from hubby).  We enjoyed the bread with a bowl of chili while watching the Chiefs win the ball game. Yes!

Thursday, January 21, 2021

100 Day Challenge - prepping

 The 100 day project begins on January 31st.  Planning ahead is key to a smooth beginning and successful project.  I've decided that a hexi project gives me flexibility each day with fabric, stitch and trims.  I did a "prototype" block a few weeks ago to figure out my daily commitment time. Now I'm gathering fabrics and spent time after the treadmill this morning playing with thickened dyes to create surface design with stencils.  

Friday, January 15, 2021


My friend Beth has inspired me to do a better job with birthday greetings to family and friends this year.  Too often the birthday is here and I didn't send a card. An email or text just isn't the same as receiving mail. To make it easier on myself, I've decided to use the same basic design for everyone. My son's birthday is first, so he is getting the prototype:

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Em's quilt

 To continue to reduce my fabric stash, it seemed like a good plan to make niece and nephew quilts this spring. With mom as my presser, we can spend time together as well as keep me motivated.  This morning we  finished up blocks for Emily's quilt. She requested Hawaiian colours. Fortunately I had a great stash for this quilt. I did purchase 1 yard of fabric for the background of the blocks.  180 blocks done! Now to figure out how to put the top together.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Birthdays are a gift

 Each birthday is a gift... I have survived breast cancer,  heart attacks, and teenage children.  Life is a celebration!

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Cold and icy

 I really don't mind the snow and ice when I can stay inside all warm and snuggly.  We dodged a bullet with winter storm John (ha ha - my son's name), and the second go round of predicted snow came as a light dusting on top of ice.  Now we are waiting for a few days for the sun and warmer temps to melt and clean up.