Friday, May 5, 2017


Hope is the thing with feathers  
That perches in the soul,  
And sings the tune without the words,  
And never stops at all,  
And sweetest in the gale is heard;          
And sore must be the storm  
That could abash the little bird  
That kept so many warm.

     –from "Hope is the thing with feathers" by Emily Dickinson
Hoping I can get some time to work on another Dear Jane block soon . . . .

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Blue & White Challenge

Blue and white challenge quilt for my Facebook small quilt lovers group  (and Yahoo group).

Coffee (or tea) cups. Had fun making this. 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Blue Blocks

Karen reminded me that I have not posted anything here for awhile. Sigh, I know. 

Some of my blue Dear Jane blocks. Just for you, Karen, LOL.

Friday, April 10, 2015


Feeling sad that Joni is sick . . . . Her music has always been a big part of my life. There is no artist like her. I was lucky to see her in concert every time she came to Chicago. Sending up my prayers. . . . . 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Blue and White

Blue and white quilts are the best. Blue and white doll quilts are even better.

(From my first book, American Doll Quilts.)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Blue Bath

Did you know that blue is the most common color for bathrooms? Peaceful and serene. 

Over the years we've had several blue rooms in our house (I used to have a blue kitchen) so it's no surprise that my bathroom is wallpapered in blue. Did you really think my bathroom would NOT be blue, LOL?? But there's some green in there too.

I love wallpaper. Even if it's not in style anymore. Hope it makes a comeback. I'll be ready.  

Some pretty blue bathrooms from This Old House:

bathroom with blue walls and vaulted ceiling

a turn-of-the-century vintage-style bath with soaking tub and wood floors

reader remodel bathroom

cottage bathroom with black and white floor tile

bathroom with blue stone countertop and multicolored floor tile

Light blue painted vanity, want to do this for the half-bath  Paint color from Lowes "Park Place"

Hand me the bath salts. . . . 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Blue and Tea

I couldn't decide which photo to post of my lovely blue teacup pincushion that Sue Bennett made for me. What the heck, I'll post them all!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Winter Blues


As the Crow Flies by Jo Grundy

"Born and raised on a farm in West Berkshire, Jo’s love of nature and the English Landscape is very evident in her charming, whimsical paintings."

I love how the snow blankets the countryside, like a quilt.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Blue Blog - Back Again

The New Year always inspires me to do better. Sorry, I've been a lazy blogger. Thought it was time to resurrect Blue Blog. Let's see how long it lasts this time around . . . . 

Is it just me or isn't it more pleasant to eat off of plates and drink out of cups that are pretty and blue?

Surrounding yourself with things and colors you love soothes your soul and can have an impact on your mood. Blue makes my heart sing.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Making Blue Things

I know, I know  - I've been lax in posting photos. I've been busy - making blue things, of course . . . .

Visit my Etsy Shop for earrings and things.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Blue Stars

I love this quilt. Blue makes some people sad but not me. I surround myself with it and I always feel better.
Can you see the Baptist Fan quilting design? It's an old fashioned favorite and was machine quilted by Dawn Larsen before my book Remembering Adelia came out. I bought myself a Baptist Fan stencil at a booth at a quilt show and I will try to use it to mark  a small quilt someday for hand quilting.
Look closely - these are half-square triangles arranged to look like LeMoyne Stars. A very easy pattern.
Thank goodness for blue and puppy love . . . .

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Blue Dinnerware

We visited an antiques shop on the way home from Ohio a few weeks ago.
We sometimes use blue at home for our dinnerware too.
Cannot figure out why he eats his dinner and then always leaves one kibble in the bowl. Perhaps it's meant for his sister? Or maybe he likes my cooking and is sending his compliments to the chef . . .
Miss Fussy Pants here does not like my cooking unless it's leftover chicken. Everything else: "Me? Eat that? You're crazy. It's dog food!"

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Healthy Blue

There's a lot of blue in my frig today.
I'm loving those healthy smoothies in my new blue cup.
I added half an apple, frozen blueberries and 2 T of yogurt. A twist of lime. Yes, because of the spinach it sometimes comes out green. But it tastes oh so fruity.