Friday, October 24, 2014

Art Everywhere

This is one of the reasons I love Asheville - there is art everywhere.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

More Snapshots

More Asheville snapshots.  Above, Steph and the kids in the garden at Carl Sandburg Home. 

The goat barns at Carl Sandburg Home.  Nora is not a goat person, hasn't liked them since a goat once tried to eat her mom's shorts.  Since that time, she hasn't once gone into the goat pen at the zoo, just waits outside while Aaron goes in and brushes them.

In Hendersonville with Winnie's dad.  The purpose of this trip was to pick up the shiny red car that Steph bought from Winnie's dad.  I got to drive it on the way home - that car just glides.  It's a 2007 Buick Lucerne.  18,000 miles.  It even has a heated steering wheel.  I didn't realize that could be an option.

A trip to Asheville wouldn't be complete without breaking into Aunt Sarah's Lego stash.  She even has this cool Lego carrying case.  There are always motorcycles, cars, and boats to be made.

So you can see why this trip was just too short.  It always is.  Oh, and there is one thing more.  The quilt garden at the Arboretum.  The plants get changed out throughout the seasons, and the mums are amazing right now.

Monday, October 20, 2014


A few snapshots of our weekend in Asheville.  There will be more another day.  First, Aaron at White Duck Taco.

Nora and Winnie at the Carl Sandburg Home

Aaron and Sarah at a special exhibit at the North Carolina Arboretum

And Nora, at the Arboretum, feeling sad because it's time to leave again . . . already.  Leaving Asheville is always, always hard.

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.