Comatose…that’s a good word for the extreme laziness I’ve been feeling this week. I have all kinds of excuses. I am stuck on some design decisions. I have a cold. Lots of outside commitments, like a dentist appointment and lunches. But mostly I just haven’t felt like diving into my work.

I feel like I’ve been complaining so much about not finding the right thing to go in the center of my ‘light’ piece, and I still haven’t found a bead or bauble that is right. However, yesterday my friend made a wonderful suggestion to look up symbols for light, since that was what I was trying to portray. Yeah, that was a ‘light bulb’ moment…hahahaha!

There are a lot of yin/yang symbols that portray light and dark and some things that don’t seem to deliver any kind of message. I found some Celtic symbols that I liked, though they didn’t necessarily mean light.

This is the symbol I will probably use.

It seems to be Hawaiian and means ‘the light that makes you gasp’. Isn’t that a wonderful phrase and thought?

I have to get it drawn to the best size for the piece and then decide the best materials, but I love this idea and I think it will work just fine.

This weekend brings a little bit of hockey, a quilt guild meeting and another trip to the dentist. There should be a tiny snuggle up with the grandson, too…the best part of any day of the week!


Back to the beginning

Updating you on my progress—great lack of! I thought I had a solution and added some very light colored beads to one ray of my picture.

Those beads did absolutely zero to portray light. So I took them off and went back to the beginning. Tried ALL the colors, ALL the shapes, ALL the sizes of ALL the beads and came back to my original size and color.

Light beads in the circle and out to the tips of the turquoise rays, then turquoise beads through the rays. I have decided to add the darker beads around the outside and far ends of the rays.

Nothing is going to be dramatic and none of it is going to be a glaring standout. A simple progression of small sparks of light and subtle color. Sometimes the original plan works the best.

There is still the possibility of adding more color. I’ll see what it needs after I get the basic beading done. So you probably won’t get another update on this particular project for a little while—there are a LOT of little beads to add!

A little help from my friends…

When I am working on a piece, I often ask you all for advice. I ask everyone I see for advice. Having different opinions makes it easier for me to clarify what I really want to show. I certainly didn’t think I’d have any time to work on this piece, what with so much hockey going on this weekend! However, there was certainly down time, and I didn’t do anything else that might have needed doing!

So, here’s where I’m at…I did not think that I would be adding beads to this piece at all, but as I was working on the French knots, the piece told me that it needed more! Where I need your input is in a ‘focal point’ area.

I have knots and beads flowing from the lower left corner to the upper right, out into the turquoise rays. Do you think I need to concentrate the beads in any ray area, more in the bottom corner, or what?

This is the way I’ve started into the rays.

And here is the starting corner.

Any opinions or suggestions are very welcome. My beads and I are eager to continue!

Another busy week

Seems as though there is a lot to do every single day lately. Makes me wonder sometimes how I ever had time to go to work. One of the items on my calendar this week was to fill in for a speaker at the library who had to cancel. I never have a problem talking about quilts, so of course I said I could. I took this stack of quilts with me,

plus a few more. Had a weird experience, though, when I got light-headed and had to sit for a bit in the middle of my talk. Never had that happen to me before except one time when I gave blood and drank coffee. Since I had given blood this week, I immediately linked the two, along with a flu shot and a cold. Drink lots of fluid, they said, and I think I didn’t! I will listen and do the right thing from now on, I promise.

I’m not getting much sewing done, and it doesn’t look like it will be moving too quickly for the next few days either. We have 2 grandson hockey games this weekend as well as two college hockey games. What I have going is slow, slow, slow……………….s-l-o-w filling in an area with French knots.

It doesn’t look very large in the picture but it’s about 6 x 8. Ordinarily I would fill some of it with beads–and I may, yet–but this piece really doesn’t call for beads. We shall see, after I get a few more knots in it.

So, off we go to hockey and more hockey! Glad I love the sport.

Using My Hand Dyes

I’ve been trying to use more of the fabrics that I have altered for my pieces. Hand dyes count! There are several partially done pieces laying on my worktable and I need to get them done, so I charged right in today.

I grabbed a scrap and cut it into smaller snips and laid them on this piece. I liked the turquoise, but the design itself might not work.

And then I dropped a piece and it turned over and lo and behold! It’s a print

And it looks so much better! I remembered getting it as a small accent piece from a friend in a workshop and this is literally all I have of it! Lucky me to have found it today.

As I said, I am not sure if this is the final design placement.

It’s pretty symmetrical, which is not my style, and maybe even a bit cliche. I have to play around with it a bit before I add any stitching to it. But then I got distracted……as usual. No wonder I always have partial pieces laying around.

As I picked up these pieces to move them out of the way, I decided that they would look good together as a little strip set. So that’s what I did.

And then I found a bit of this and a bit of that and put it all together and I’m liking it!!

Working improvisationally is soooooooo much fun. Takes a while longer, but it’s exciting every step of the way.

So now it’s time to get some stitch embellishment and some beads on these and get ’em finished. I have another show coming up and I need to replace a couple of pieces that sold.

Sewing projects…………hooray!


While my life is truly never in a routine rut, I do love having a general pattern in which to fit my adventures. The last several months have been very much out of routine…short trips, new art, show prep, some teaching, bursts of sewing and making and periods of no-sew-boredom.

My yearly Artisan Showcase is over. I don’t have trips or teaching to do in the near future. It’s hockey season and the holidays are approaching and the quiet of winter is in the chill of the air.

My lifestyle has changed dramatically since I retired and I love it. My daily routine starts with exercise, which was unheard of a couple of years ago. That routine continues with simple choices–errands, sew/make, or get in the car and go somewhere fun. Family is entwined in everything I do. Simplicity. And I embrace it.

So happy to get back to it for a while.