Always in Stitches

Location: Algonquin, Illinois, United States

Saturday, September 30, 2006


The last two weeks have just been a flurry of activity. The good news is that my Journal Quilts for 2006 are safely in Houston for the show. My plan is that after the start of the show I will start posting pictures and a bit of a story about each one of them here on the blog for you all to see. Heaven knows that I have talked about them enough here that I think you all deserve to see them. So be watching this space for them the first week of November.

Next I know that there was a question of how I did the leaf postcard. In the next couple of days I will be posting a little visual tutorial here that will explain my process. While it will not be exactly the same (the fabric that I used as the base was a scrap that was just a bit bigger than 4” x 6”and there is no more) it will hopefully give you enough information and form a good jumping off place for you.

And for your viewing pleasure… this is “Citrine Sea” a piece that I completed back in the summer of 2004.

With the deadlines met and past, my head is now full of new ideas that are begging to become reality. So I am off to work.

The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death.
Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create -- so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, their very breath is cut off...
They must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency they are not really alive unless they are creating.—Pearl Buck

Sunday, September 10, 2006


I am happy to report that the August Journal quilt is finished, and the cartoon for my September Journal quilt is done too! On top of that I have the sleeve and its label done that the final five have to be attached to for display. If I keep up at this pace I just might be able to get these done and off to Houston before the deadline.

I am off, back to the grindstone.

All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Busy, Busy, Busy

Holiday weekends always seem to mess me up.

But things keep moving along. The “Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece” exhibit will be at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XIII in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania this weekend. The dates are September 7-10, so if you are in the area, please stop by and take a look. Also the CD’s for the exhibit are now for sale on Ami’s web site.

I have finally finished my June journal quilt and the August journal quilt is nearly completed. I only need to get September’s done and get them down to Houston by the 29th of this month. YIKES! I need to get my fingers off this keyboard and into some fabric.

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. —Douglas Adams