Kettlebells & Quilts

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Quiz question for the day:  What do these pictures have in common?

Answer:  I’ve started (slowly) swinging my kettlebells again.  I’ve challenged myself to do 100 swings a day for 100 days.  I set my timer for 20 thirty-second intervals.  I swing 10 times then I rest.  My rest time amounts to about 40 seconds.  During that 40 seconds, I press quilt blocks.  Today – I pressed 70 blocks while swinging my bells.  (I know this contradicts my mindfulness philosophy – but it sure makes my exercise time FLY by!)

Quilts I put in the local show

Taupe New York Beauty

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My Australia New York Beauty

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Wonky Basket

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Zen my Ass


Batik Friendship quilt


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Spring Valley


Some Exciting News!


My friend Debby! She has an episode on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson & Ricky Timms that you can watch **FREE** – details on her blog post. Great job, Debby!

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Two years ago I had the opportunity to do an exhibit of my Housetop Quilts at the Oak Hills Church in Folsom, CA. Since then I have worked on two new series of quilts, The Psalms, and The Signature of Jesus. And Monday, I delivered 25 quilts to Oak Hills. They will be on display until Easter Sunday, April 5. Anyone is welcome to visit and view them. Of course, the gallery area will be open every Sunday morning, from about 9am-12noon. And you can also visit during the week, Tuesday through Friday. Just call the church office (916.983.0181) to make sure the gallery is open. (The gallery is in their very large sanctuary lobby.) I will be at the church this Sunday, February 22, sitting and demonstrating my handwork. Fun!


I can’t say enough good things about this church. They have encouraged me to be an artist, and have provided an opportunity…

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I’m doing the quilt Gypsy Wife with my friend Kris and some of her peeps as a BOM.  Kris & I met when we were both military wives, working for a Government contractor in Las Vegas a lifetime ago.  We lost track of one another in the early 90’s.  We reconnected over Facebook last year and it’s been fun getting to know each other again.

Here are my January, February and March blocks.  I decided to double up on my blocks and make two quilts.  I think one will  be done with black and white strips and the other with some bold and wild prints.



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Gypsy Wife is a pattern by Australian designer Jen Kingwell.

Bros & Sistas

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I attempted to quilt this BAQ with my domestic.  I think I must have had nearly 300 pins in it.  I watched the Craftsy class by Jacquie Gerring a 2nd time in preparation.  I was going to do a simple walking foot pattern of slight curves.  My other choices were to either do Big Stitch quilting myself or have it commercially quilted. Although I preferred these two choices – I made my decision based upon economics.  WRONG MOVE, SISTA!

It was a complete and utter failure.  Not only is my machine’s harp space too small – this quilt was just too big for me to handle it well.  Even with having the needle down when I stopped, there were still bobbles from slight movement and misalignments.

I didn’t like it.  I kept thinking that I’d put too much bloody time and work into this quilt to do a half-assed job of quilting it.  You KNOW I’m not much of a fuss-pot with my quilting – usually ‘good enough’ is GOOD ENOUGH and I can make all sorts of WONKY work for me (under the guise of it being improv, organic or liberated quilting!) – but this just wasn’t doing it for me.

I sat on it for a week (well, I didn’t ACTUALLY **SIT** on it, but you know what I mean) and then I decided to rip.  RIP, RIP, RIP.  Two nights in front of the TV with my surgical seam ripper and one morning picking and vacuuming threads out of it and I’m ready to try again.  Well – it’s in my bucket of ‘to be finished at some stage’.  Now I need to decided between Big Stitch Quilting and having someone else quilt it for me.  That decision can wait for awhile.

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