Friday, July 27, 2012

My BFF is moving.  It's a good move for her - and a part of me is very very happy and proud of her decision to take this leap.  Selfishly, I am sad because she will be quite a distance away.  You know how it is.  I made a market bag for her so that when she bicycles to the open air markets she can take 'me' along!
There is a pocket inside with a nice brass clip for her keys.  The reverse side is slightly different -
I can't show you the gifts that will be carried inside until tomorrow, when I hand this over and say goodbye.  I'm sure that the computer is one of the last things she will remove - she's clever like that.

It's hard to make new friends.  

These beautiful hydrangeas and a puppy image of the Bubbha have been keeping me company while I knit -
I feel a little lost - kind of fragmented, but always grateful.  Mom moving to Connecticut, Bubs crossing Rainbow Bridge and Patty winging her way across the states all occurred without coincidence.  There IS a master plan and we usually are not offered a glimpse into or an explanation why.  I'm going with acceptance today and the faith that everything is happening exactly as it is meant to.  
It would be nice to win the NYS lottery tonight.  Just sayin' in case anyone is listening...

Saturday, July 21, 2012

What would we do without our design walls?  Errors do not go unchecked - design flaws can be instantly corrected and we have the inspiration that we sometimes need watching over us - waiting for us.

I am camera-less.  My daughter borrowed both of my cameras to take to Newport ... hopefully I will see them today!
Meanwhile, here are some pieces that never came to fruition.  One has to thank the design wall!
Do you have a tub of 'Might Have Beens'?
Knitting is not exempt from this club!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

this is vacation?

We moved mom on Sunday and lost Bubbs in the afternoon.  In between, I tripped over some terra cotta pots and injured myself pretty badly.  Added to this mix - I ended up with Maude, my mom's cat, which brought the animal count up to three.   Of course our Bella wants nothing to do with a new cat so I have to keep them separate.  Now we are talking about individual dishes, cat litter boxes ...

Today I took in a boarder -

Hilary's pinscher Peanut is here while his 'parents' take a much-needed break to Newport.  Oh boy.  Another set of food requirements, sleeping arrangements, leashes, etc.  I'm exhausted!  And my wrist hurts!  Waaahhh waaahhh!  (want some cheese with that whine?!)
Still, I find time for this thing that gives me so much satisfaction.
Thank goodness for the quilting!  Where would I be without it?

 (It's 9:00 pm and 91 degrees outside.  I have to go walk a dog.)  I'm reminded that this life is precious and I feel grateful that I have this time to take care of my family.  We have air conditioning, our health and each other.  This IS vacation!

Monday, July 16, 2012

every day has its dog

I'm going to miss this boy every day for a long long time.  It's hard for me to accept that he's moved on.  I like to think that he will return in an ever so elevated state - because he was that GOOD.  A swan?  An elephant?

  I made this quilt for my daughter - it was a collaboration - a connection with my vastly talented friend, Linda Hibbert, of Silver Linings Originals.  I sent a photo of our beloved Bubbha, and she designed the portrait of our guy.  Piecing this original pattern was one of the most challenging things that I have ever undertaken.  The end result made me deliriously happy - I wish that you could see the beadwork!

Today my son took this quilt back to his house and hung it over the mantle.  I am touched beyond reason - so very happy and pleased that it will take its place in the home where Bubbha spent his last years.  
Our last photo together, in June.
RIP my friend.  In the words of Leon Russell - "I love you in a place where there's no space or time .."

Sunday, July 15, 2012


Bubbha got his wings this afternoon.  I think that my heart is broken.
Correction:  I KNOW that it is.  We will miss you sweet boy - more than words can express.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

for emma

I was asked to make a little hanging for a six year old who LOVES peace symbols and beads.
What little girl doesn't need some pink, orange and purple in her life!
I'm told that this gift was a happy hit!

The dog days of summer are upon us.  Ayumi published her adorable popsicle pattern and I couldn't wait to piece it up!
Speaking of dog days ...
The way that he crosses his paws just slays me every time!  Terminal cuteness is essential for someone who is NOT supposed to be on the couch!
Simply irresistible.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

a quilt for Teddy

Another little quilt is ready to journey toward its new home -
Hedgehogs and pinwheels for Teddy!
This is my Paul Klee period!  It's fun to pair free expression with traditional blocks.
I'm crazy for pinwheels and I love the 3-D effect of these on a piece.  When putting through the laundry you must remember to baste down the 'petals'.
Goodbye little quilt!  Congratulations Happy Family!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Have a happy Fourth!  I am making my famous baked beans and hanging out the red white and blue!

A day off from work to relax and contemplate independence ... the best!
How will you spend your day?