May 19, 2019

Need Suggestions

I'm making these fussy-cut image blocks called “Summer Window” and I used batiks for the sashings. After laying them out (on brown carpeting), I see a challenge. Among other things, they are busy, multi-colored, and not symmetrical. How might a final project using these blocks be finished off? More sashings, different or the same, dark or light, etc.? I’m stumped, all ideas welcome! 

May 15, 2019


I’ve learned that seeing faces of any kind (human, animal, other-worldly, etc.) in everyday surroundings is a real thing called “Pareidolia” and is not very uncommon. Since I’ve seen faces everywhere for as long as I can remember, I want to learn more about Pareidolia. For now, here is an example that jumped out yesterday as I was walking past my wall-hanging (in my post of May 1st). Do you see it too?

May 12, 2019

The Last Vintage Quilt Chapter

My last post told the story of a charming 1930’s quilt made by a young girl. After restoring it, I researched and learned that the mill where the quilt’s fabrics were made is part of  Glencoe Cotton Mill Village Historic District, a restored village in NC that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Among other structures the village includes a company store, workers’ houses, a cotton mill and warehouse, a wheel house, a dye house, and the Textile Heritage Museum. Considering donating the quilt, I got in touch with the museum including some photos. I received a reply thanking me but they have other Duck family Quilts, and sending a batch of small 2.5” samples of cotton fabric made in the Glencoe Cotton Mill. I wasn’t sure how to use these samples, but a wall-hanging almost always works. So here it is at 24” square hanging in my dining room. It evokes  remembrances of life as it must have been in Glencoe Village, workers at the cotton mill, the people (now gone) involved in making this quilt, and the granddaughter of Lula Belle Duck, from whom I purchased the quilt. She lives nearby in a retirement community, and I have visited with her there. I also sometimes see her at the same annual flea market where we first met when I bought the quilt!

May 10, 2019

A Little Bit of Vintage Quilt History

This is a 1930s quilt I bought at a flea market from a descendant of the quilt’s maker. Every stitch was placed by hand, and I found it to be charming. It was soiled and falling apart so I set about restoring it. The “batting” was balled up in one corner, so taking it apart was necessary. To my surprise I found the filling was not batting as we know it, but rather old rags and a part of men’s long john underwear. 

The woman selling it was the daughter of Lillie Mae Duck, the young girl in the bottom photo on the nameplate I made for the quilt back. The photo should enlarge. 

Lastly, here is a view of part of the men’s underwear in the quilt’s stuffing!

May 5, 2019

Another One Bites the Dust

What happens when I try to salvage a canvas. This is the one in my last post. After trying to remove two paintings, glue, fabric and Gesso, there was no saving it. Somehow it appropriately looks like a graveyard!

May 3, 2019

Playing Around

Playing with Batik fabric, glue and acrylics resulted in this focal point-less landscape. Just having fun! 

May 1, 2019

Batik Love

I have to admit I’m cheating by posting an older creation, but I’m enamored with batiks lately. I didn’t have anything in mind when I made this except arranging the lights and darks in an interesting way. It’s not really that colorful, but I like the layout and the old-fashioned tied look on my wall. 

April 16, 2019

“Seamus” Update

For those who have asked, our recently adopted “puppy and a half” is doing well. 
Me? Not so much, but he’s worth it. 

April 14, 2019

Girl Comfy Doll

I was asked by a blogging friend (Kathy, you know who you are ;) if I could knit a girl Comfy Doll with brown hair. I said to myself, how hard can it be? All I needed was brown yarn. One doll style adjustment led to another, and here she is!

March 30, 2019

Seamus Again

After a month of getting to know our rescue “Seamus”, having our family of “kids”, spouses and grandkids visit, and finally getting some spring weather, I promise my next post will be about something creative. However, I guess this is creative in a way — placing a treat on the ground and teaching Seamus to “Leave it.” If only it was that easy to get him to leave our two kitties!

March 6, 2019

A Revealing Photo

This is especially for those who asked how things are going with our new puppy and two resident kitties.

March 3, 2019

Next Comfort Doll

Easy knitting works for me these days, and here is my latest 5” Comfort Doll. He perched himself on a stack of soft paper napkins in a basket that I wove about 20 years ago. He makes me smile so I’ve left him there!

February 13, 2019

Where I’ve Been

There must be something in the air in Blogland. I’ve seen a few posts about new family pets, and now we have one too. He’s a shelter rescue who came home with us just yesterday, a 10 month old, 33 pound Labrador mix. Although his behavior has been stellar, he has distracted me completely from knitting, painting, and all other blog-related activities. Since I’ve raised numerous dogs with our family over a number of decades, this is my husband’s dog now that he’s retired. Being Irish himself, he has named our sweet new boy “Seamus”. I didn’t see a conflict with that name at first, but I now find my tongue tripping over all the pet names in our house. Seamus joins our two kitties Sasha and Shanna! 

January 24, 2019

Playing With Knives

I’ve been eager to experiment with my new set of palette knives, and after a number of tries this painting makes me happy enough to keep it. I wasn’t going for detailed realism, so I didn’t use any of my paint brushes. I just wanted to spread the acrylic paint onto a 9”x12” canvas with the knives and end up with something I like. This scene of rocks and water might exist somewhere, but I don’t have a photo or picture. I like to just start a painting and hope for something to come together. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. There are probably 3 different paintings under this one that I didn’t like and covered with Gesso. I think I’m wasting paint!