Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rhapody White On Navy

I like the Anita Goodesign Rhapody collection white on navy as well as I like the white on white.  How to choose - oh, wait, I don't have to.

Today I went to my favorite fabric store but in a different part of town.  It just wasn't a good day for at least two of the clerks.  I have a whole new appreciation for the store I usually visit.

Aaron tried on the Obi Wan Kenobi costume last night.  A few small modifications and it will be complete.  He told me that there needed to be a light saber loop on the belt.  Duly noted, Aaron.

Yesterday my neighbor and I went to Tom and Chee for lunch.  I think it's probably a local thing, maybe in Columbus as well.  One of my favorite spots.  I tried their soup of the day, a potato spinach garlic.  Think I'll stick to the tomato from now on, but I also think it's important to try new things just because - they're new things.

Got two kinds of pumpkin beer to take on the upcoming trip to Asheville.  I love the pumpkin beers, and the pumpkin English Muffins are lovely too.  And those pumpkin tortilla chips, awesome.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


This work project is Rhapsody by Anita Goodesign.  Many stitches, about 60,000 in each of the four blocks, but the result is stunning and glowing.  12" x 23"

I really wanted to do the white on white, but I'm also stitching as we speak, white on dark navy blue.  A smaller block, just one, maybe we'll see it tomorrow. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Ah, Potential

My fellow quilters will understand that uneasy feeling when suddenly there is only enough batting left on the roll for a couple of baby quilts.  Maybe not even that much.  The roll has looked full enough for goodness potential, then all of a sudden, it doesn't.

So I was really happy yesterday when I stopped in at Hancock after church and there were three rolls left for their Sunday/Monday sale.  Half off plus there was a 10% coupon.  You'd better believe that I didn't forget that coupon.

Now I feel good again.  Twenty yards are mine.  I can make so many quilts.  There is so much ahead.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship 40th Anniversary

Artist Statement:

As I started work on the banner, I thought about CMF’s early beginning when members sat in circles for services. I also thought about the full circle from Mark Weidner’s helping plant the first church to the present as he prepares to leave his interim position. We continue our circles in committees, journey groups, and Sunday School. The background with its dark blues, blacks, browns, and grays is a nod to the early Mennonite and Amish quilters, representing our foundation. Bright circles on top are for celebration and our urbanness. Colors throughout are solids, once again in the Amish/Mennonite tradition, but as I started sewing at a retreat, two people offered me pieces of their fabric. Remembering how two other churches shared their space in the beginning, I said “yes,” so there are two floral pieces. I hope that as people view the banner they will think about our church history, past and present.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Arboretum Quilt

Two years ago, at Christmas, I spotted a Benartex jelly roll called Arboretum.  Of course I thought I'd have enough time to do a jelly roll race quilt for Sarah and Winnie, and of course I didn't.  Sarah and Winnie work at the North Carolina Arboretum, so I thought it would be a great gift.  I did get the piecing finished, but that was it.  I gave them the quilt top in a box and then took it back, promising to finish it.

I quilted it with organic lines earlier in the week.  Today was finally the day it was finished.  I sewed on the binding and washed the quilt to get it soft and crinkled and sewed on little labels from some of the edges.

It looks just like I hoped it would.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


How cozy is this?  Yesterday the baby quilt group was having lunch at Don Pablo, while the rain was pouring outside.  I could hardly keep my eyes away from this cozy space across the way.  You can see the water as it pools at the edge of the awning. 

The light, the colors, the rain . . . perfect for a transitional October afternoon.  A week ago, it was summer.  And now, it isn't.

The folks sitting across from me had a different but still wonderful kind of view.  Rain on the deck, gray sky, gray river. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

October Miscellaneous

I was deleting pictures on my phone when I found this one that I really liked. I snapped it after last Sunday's game when I was trying to get a position to take a picture of the kids running the bases.  It almost looks a little quilty, guess that's why I like it.  I wonder where that guy got the Johnny Bench jersey. 

Strange, last Sunday it was summer and this Sunday it is fall.

There was lots to finish last week, including embroidering these soccer blankets for Newport Catholic's seniors.  The opposite corners had names and numbers.  I didn't knot and cut the fleece, thank goodness.  Those blankets were BIG.

I wasn't there, but I enjoyed the tales of the kids at Kings Island yesterday.  Especially the ones about when dark came and the Halloween folks appeared.  I'm thinking that I'd enjoy going next Saturday, just to see the goblins.