5 Minute Friday: Fall

A steady rain is falling outside. 
Leaves rustle as water falls through treetops. I linger longer between the sheets to enjoy its soothing cadence. A soft, moist breeze flows through the open windows, filling the room with the fresh scent of a world washed clean, if only momentarily.  There’s something about the combination that makes the day feel slower, tempting me to curl up with a book and play hooky today. 
As if they can hear me, the clouds part and the sun appears in time to expose my plan. My routine commences, but the day continues slower than usual, in a quiet, rainy-day way.

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5 Minute Friday: Song

I love my bedroom and the way the dappled light comes through the window as the sun rises. My side of the bed offers the perfect view of shimmering leaves and dancing light. I especially relish the times of year when open windows bring bird song riding in on soft breezes. This morning was one of those mornings. Isn’t it just like God to begin a new day with song filling the air? I like the birds’ attitudes… start each day singing your heart out. Then, when life wakes up and starts yanking me around, my song will be the echo in my head that I can’t shake.

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5 Minute Friday: Friend

Riding bikes everywhere, nowhere.
Guitars in the park, fingers numb.
Song voices praising.
Long walks and private dream conversations.
Boys that were.
Creating art, wee ones sleeping.
Beach refuge from life adventures.
Mundane and magical tangled in one.
Men that are no longer.
Aging and grace, fighting, releasing.
Motherhood heart things, life celebration.
Miles and miles, right here always.
Never apart.
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Dresses for Africa

My friend, Lynne, came over to get my help whipping up a couple samples of these little pillow case dresses her congregation will be making to send to Africa. Oh. Em. Gee. they are all sorts of adorable. And addictive! Once we started sewing we saw oodles of creative possibility to make them special.
This was our first attempt –  it is a large. We used the extra-large arm hole size because the pattern looked sooo small, but once assembled we realized the pattern makers knew what they were doing. Imagine that. 😉

There is also a pattern to make shorts for boys from a t-shirt and some elastic.The beauty of this project is you don’t need to be part of a group or make a minimum to participate. You can find all the details on the Little Dresses for Africa site.

5 Minute Friday: Jump

Ready… set…. jump. So much of life is spread out just waiting for us to step into it… but we don’t. Fear convinces us it’s too risky. We stand at the edge of____ and drool with “if only” and “one day”, our feet firmly planted in “safe” while our hearts long for the other side of a barrier we erect ourselves.  An invisible wall built from lies. The good news is I can tear down my wall. I have power. The bad news is… I’m the only one who can tear down my wall. I alone have the power to jump or to stay.
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{shop} Alison Glass

My friend, Alison Glass, designs the most amazing eye candy lusciousness for Andover Fabrics.  Today she launched her very own online shop, with cards and art prints of her designs. She’s also released her “Spectrum” quilt pattern, with promise of more to come in the upcoming weeks.

To celebrate, she’s offering a surprise treat to everyone who orders from her shop TODAY! Go take a peek!  

5 Minute Friday: Here

Be where you are…. the idea of pouring my whole self into the moment to be fully present. To enjoy the journey and not miss the details because I’m distracted. But what about being fully where I’d rather not be? At the side of a dying loved one.
Changing soiled undergarments.
Disinfecting until my hands are raw.
Wrestling a full-sized adult out of bed to a wheelchair and back again.
Watching people I love hurt in unimaginable ways. 
The mind tries to wander to other places I’d rather be…. but I don’t want to resent where I am. 
I want to be my best self… give unselfishly to another. Even in this. 

Even here
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Covering My Sister in Love

When my sister, Debbie, was diagnosed with breast cancer last December, I was frustrated that I couldn’t be there. I’m in Virginia, she’s in Florida.  I set out to make a quilt so she could be wrapped in love even if I wasn’t there to hug on her. Right after Christmas I had the opportunity to travel south and stopped at my cousins’ on the way so we could sew some Wonky Star blocks together. Debbie didn’t know what we were up to – it was going to be a surprise. 

My cousin Jessica shows 4 year old Katie how to sew a block together. After that she sewed the rest of her block without much help! Katie chose all her own fabrics, too – hers is block on the top right with the hearts in the center. 


I was with Deb at her post-op appointment when the doctor declared her officially cancer free. She’d still have to undergo radiation as a precaution. It was such a happy day, I showed her the colorful blocks and told her my plan for her to be able to take her quilt with her to treatment. It didn’t work out that way… but it was finished in time for her to celebrate the end of her radiation treatments. Now that it’s in her hands I can show it to all of you!





The entire quilt was sewn from fabric I had on hand. The blocks are 12″ finished and went together pretty quickly. For each block we cut one 4 1/2″ center and  nine 4 1/2″ squares of the background fabric, then used scraps for the points of the stars. The border is 2 1/2″ strips sewn together until it was long enough. Very scientific. 😉   I had this really cute brassiere fabric that I used on the back because I only had enough aqua left to bind it.  A close friend donated the batting and embroidered a beautiful label for it. One of the gals from the quilt guild quilted it on her long arm so I could get it finished faster. 

And Hurley made sure it would be comfy.  🙂

I think she likes it! 

Valentines 2013

When making last year’s Valentines I kept the theme “Love Letters” and had a nice surprise at the end. This year I had five Valentines to make instead of four, so it was time to come up with something new. I didn’t need to look far. As my friends and I gathered to make this year’s snippets of love, one of the gals showed up with cupcakes made by our friend, Alice. Alice’s cakes are famous and much sought-after here on the Peninsula. Not only are they works of art, they taste like Heaven in your mouth. True story.  🙂

With that inspiration, I baked up my own creations for the loves of my life in their favorite flavors: Cookies N’ Cream, Red Velvet, Lemon, Chocolate and Funfetti.

Designing and making my own Valentines is a tradition I started when the kids were little and just can’t seem to give up. As our family grows, I might need to start thinking about Valentines Day in July!

{Book} Nurture Your Creative Spirit

A few years ago I wrote a post about quilt artist and teacher, Vikki Pignatelli, and her willingness to help a newbie quilt artist. I finally had the opportunity to meet and work with Vikki in person, and she is the real deal.

In the spirit of creating fearlessly, I want to rave about her new book, Nurture Your Creative Spirit: Wisdom and Insight Learned Through the Art of QuiltingThough Vikki’s insight is gleaned from her quilting journey, the truths contained in her book apply to any artist, regardless of your chosen medium.

Vikki writes in a style that feels like you’re snuggled into a big, comfy chair, sipping tea with a close friend while she shares the behind-the-scenes of her creative process. She discusses traits that nurture creativity (humor, flexibility, curiosity), and how our life experiences can influence our art and foster creative growth if we let it. Full of rich photos and practical advice, this is a book you will go back to again and again.

You can see a sneek preview of the book here.