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Outdoors and Indoors


It is a beautiful fall day here.  Production for fall shows is in full swing… I am making a LOT of pillows!


But also taking a little time to get outdoors.  Took Jack to Cold Spring Park and was able to photograph him with my phone — I hope he never figures out that it is also a camera.  Last night watching “FlashForward” (I know, I know), he hopped up onto the couch in terror because they were taking pictures ON TV!!

Now, as soon as I learn how to download pix from my phone, I’ll share them!


Lastly, here is one side of a new altar block.  This is St. Catherine of Siena, mounted with cloth and paper scraps on a painted block.  I just learned that she was the 25th child of an Italian family in the 14th century who devoted herself to Christ at an extremely early age.

Journal Quilt from Summer ’09

9" x 7.5", quilt

9" x 7.5", quilt

This small piece was composed after an unusually grey June.  Here in Eastern Massachusetts, we had one of the least sunny Junes on record — not the wettest, but the greyest.   And, it did rain A LOT.

When the sun finally came out, I made this piece.  I was eager to get gardening, get outdoors, get digging.  The background toile features an antique plow or wheelbarrow.  The waterlily has the feel of a summer sun.

I added the strip of vintage lace and the disk of organza after many weeks of following Jude Hill‘s work online.  I encourage you to take a peek!

Journal Quilt — Worm Moon

14" x 21"

14" x 21"

I found about the Worm Moon on one of my favorite blogs — that of Elspeth Thompson.  It is the Full Moon associated with the stirring of the soil and this year occurred on March 11.  While it continues to be in the 30’s in the morning here (in fact, there was frost in the Upper Field when Jack and I walked at 8:00), the earth is definitely warming up!


This lace came from my mother’s collection, gathered back when she was designing and creating one-of-a-kind wedding gowns that incorporated antique textiles.  I have left the hooks on.

busy 'underground'

busy 'underground'

The lower section is covered with tulle to hold all the little chips of fabric in place during quilting.  All the lines and swirls are meant to depict the busy work of microbes and worms, all happening out of sight and below the surface.


This journal quilt will get some more hand-quilting and will be bound.  Of course, that takes it into several weeks beyond “its” week, but so be it!