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Monday, December 17, 2012


Hark! Now, there's a word we don't use anymore! It means "listen; pay attention." This carol dates from the early 1700's and reminds me to pay attention to the reason I celebrate Christmas.

Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the new born King,
peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies;
with th' angelic host proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the new born King!"

Christ, by highest heaven adored; Christ, the everlasting Lord;
late in time behold him come, offspring of a virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail the incarnate Deity,
pleased with us in flesh to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the new born King!"

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by, born that we no more may die,
born to raise us from the earth, born to give us second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the new born King!"

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Yellow Stuff

Christmas comes in many colors. These yellow ornaments really brighten up my tree.

Thursday, November 22, 2012


A touch of white fabric paint can highlight shiny objects for more realism. This vase has a swipe of white paint.
These grapes appear more rounded with the addition of white paint.
Eyes come alive with a white highlight.
Objects like metal and glass shine with patches of white.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

In Loving Memory

In loving memory of my mom, Gladys Petersen (June 18, 1922 -- November 8, 2012.) She was blessed with a winning smile, a sweet spirit, a determined nature, an inquisitive mind, capable hands, a green thumb, and, above all, a tender heart.
Until we're together again . . . In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Yellow Stuff

Yellow in all its glory . . . taken at the Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Yellow Stuff

A crusty fireplug in Franklin TN
I always wonder, with anything vintage, what this piece could tell me of its history. Was it ever uncapped to assist in dousing a fire? Who lived in the house right behind it? Who painted all those layers of color?
There's unique beauty in aged objects.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Midwest Gold

Corn--it's the gold of the midwest. The US is the world's largest corn producer and consumer. Iowa and Illinois are the top two producers by state. In this quilt, the corn (full ear and cross section) are visual lessons in how to roughly calculate corn yield. It’s a formula based on the number of kernels per row and the number of rows on an ear of corn.
Machine decorative stitches are used as background quilting in the yield sign and as tire treads.
Three ply yarn is separated and one strand is couched down for the corn silk.
The 2012 drought has devastated Indiana, with all 92 counties designated as primary or contiguous disaster areas by the USDA as of August 15, with the lowest estimated corn yields in more than 20 years. Having just returned from a road trip through Indiana we saw mile after mile of corn fields ruined by the drought. It was a strong visual reminder of the importance of farming and corn in particular.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Yellow Stuff

The Geneva, Illinois Concours d'Elegance is an annual classic car event that's a "can't miss" event for me and my husband. This year I was delighted to see three yellow beauties all in a row. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Hand Quilting

Since the year 2000 I've been machine quilting to maximize the quantity of quilts I can produce. For quite a few years before that I hand quilted and love the unique relief resulting from the individual stitches.
For travel I like to have a handwork project. I've been making very slow progress on this piece for the last eight years. Although it isn't finished I decided to post images as I just spent some time stitching on it this week when on a trip to see my mom. She calls it my travel quilt. It shows up with me every time I visit. The pattern is "Breadfruit" by Elizabeth Root in her book Menehune Quilts . . . the Hawaiian way.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Yellow Stuff

Sometimes all it takes is a bit of yellow to really liven things up. Imagine these flowers without any yellow. They'd still be beautiful but they wouldn't have that extra zing.

Friday, July 13, 2012


24/7 is a quilt about time measurement featuring our glorious sun. The sun is the star at the center of the solar system. Almost perfectly spherical, it consists of hot plasma interwoven with magnetic fields. Life on earth could not exist without the sun.
The ring of blue and orange is made of 60 sections representing the ticking of 60 seconds in a minute; 60 minutes in an hour.
The stars in the blue background stand for the world time zones with the Prime Meridian at the 12:00 position & the International Dateline at 6:00. The outermost ring is made of 365 multicolored strips representing the days in a year. The checkerboard fabric strips are spaced every seventh strip to indicate Sunday, the first day of the week. Leap year is depicted on strip 365 with two pieces of fabric (one a leaping frog).
Each clock around the sun declares the hour with dark blue hands. Here's 5:00.
What a universe we live in, a showpiece of the genius and power of Almighty God.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Yellow Stuff

My sister, Becky, has a magic touch in her garden. This charming setting greets visitors at the entrance to her driveway. The magic continues throughout the entire property. Not only are plantings lush and healthy, there are whimsical touches around every corner: rusty hanging lanterns, bicycles, cute critters, benches, arbors . . . it's a feast for the senses. Note the sign on the chicken coop: Maximum Occupants 400 What a labor of love and a privilege for me to enjoy it on my last visit.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Buttons on Board

My sister generously let me use her vintage buttons to embellish this small wall quilt. A few buttons, like the blue one, are painted metal. This quilt began after I learned the basics of thermofax screen printing from Maggie Weiss. If you ever get a chance to take a class with Maggie, go for it. She's a fabulous teacher and lovely person. The fabric featured in the circle is my button design, printed on commercial marble batik. Check out the National Button Society link where you can learn about classification of buttons for competition! Yes, like quilt competition, there is button competition!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Thank You

All quilters owe a big Thank You to so many individuals who inspire and teach us. This tiny quilt, smaller than a placemat,was made several years ago as a gift for a Chinese friend. It's based on the marvelous work of Jane Davila. Click Here for Jane's site loaded with creative energy. The applique is fused, trim and yarn binding are couched. I learned the yarn binding technique from Wendy Butler Berns. The text ("Xie Xie", the Chinese character for thank you) is done on a lightbox with Pigma pen. Talk about fast and easy. Many thanks to Jane, Wendy and so many other quilters who help us "hone our craft." If I wasn't so absorbed in getting a large quilt completed (more on this later) I'd be tempted to design some placemats for my kitchen table.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Yellow Stuff

My "Happy Chappy" rose. I have two of these bushes.
"Who would have thought it possible that a tiny little flower could preoccupy a person so completely that there simply wasn't room for any other thought." - Sophie Scholl
This quote intruiged me so I found out more about the author. Sophia Magdalena Scholl (1921 – 1943) was a German student, active within the White Rose non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany. She was convicted of high treason after having been found distributing anti-war leaflets at the University of Munich with her brother Hans. As a result, they were both executed by guillotine. Sobering. Horrific. I stopped to count my blessings and really look at my rose. Enjoy these other lovelies blooming in my yard.