Friday, September 28, 2012


Born Monday September 17, 2012, 6 lbs 4 oz and 21 inches long!

He was born one month early and spent 9 days in the hospital.  He is home now with his Mommy and Daddy.  Here are a few photos from his first week.


Sunday, September 16, 2012


A new little bib I made for the coming grand child.  He should be born in about a month.  I found this cute fabric at SEW MAIN STREET in Woodstock along with the super soft backing.  I used a large plastic snap at the back and lined it with thin batting for an extra layer of cuddliness. 

This quilt pattern is called ROCKY ROAD TO KANSAS.  It is a Marti Michell pattern and was featured in American Quiltmaking magazine in 1997 I think.  I originally made this pattern for a quilt challenge and had saved the magazine because I really liked the pattern.  Now, 15 years later I'm making it again for my first grandson who is to be born in October.  

Here are the 9 finished blocks on my design board.  BTW, this cork board was made by my father for me when I went off to college in 1972!  Now, it's second life is in my art/sewing room.  I'm sure it feels at home since I was an art major in college!

I like the scrappy nature of the quilt.  I can use up a lot of scraps that I have in my stash plus it is fun to look at all of the different patterns.  You cut strips between 1/2" - 2" and sew them together.  Then you cut out a "kite" pattern and stitch those together like I have done below.

There is one background piece that you reverse and the 8" block is done.  Just sew 4 blocks together for one square.  I made 9 squares for this quilt.

The pattern pieces are very nicely drawn so you will be able to get those perfect tips!

Here is the quilt just waiting to be put together with batting and backing.  I will use the soft squishy backing like I used in the bib above.  The total size should be 32" - just the right size for a little boy to hug on to and drag around!

Monday, September 3, 2012


Check out my son's business OCTO LIGHTS.  You can find him on the web, Facebook and Pinterest.  They specialize in printing high quality photos onto specially formatted light lens covers that fit into 2' x 4' fluorescent lights.

Below are a few of my favorites from his collection:

Here is an actual installation from the Astronomy Collection in a Dallas, Texas classroom sent in by the teacher who purchased the lenses.