Wednesday Giveaway

Alice Ronne is this week’s lucky winner of an Aunt Pam’s quilt sponge and a Color Wheel Poster.


The sponge is a handy hair and lint remover to have in your sewing room, class supplies, car, in your suitcase, etc.


If you are not Alice, click here to find Aunt Pam’s quilt sponge. They are inexpensive, you might actually want more than one :-). Click here to find the color wheel.

Yes, I’m mellowing…

There’s a block in the secret project that has 16 points that meet in the center. I drew this block and knew it would be bulky. I also know that it is possible to make the points (mostly) match (there is that one that is way off)…


The problem is that even when the points match, the seam allowances on the back are still there…


It’s like a little mountain in the middle of the block. I could hammer the seams flat, but that’s not a great fix. You know what is a good fix? A circle appliqued over the center which allows me to cut away the bulk AND which is really cute on the block! Done!

In my younger, more hard-core days, I would have worked and worked to on these points. I feel much calmer now that I am willing to let go of some of my perfectionist tendencies :-).

Wednesday Giveaway

The random number generator has chosen — Our winner this week is Patty S. Congratulations! Enjoy your Protector Connector.

Most of us have a pair of Small Perfect Scissors. The scissor comes with a sheath, but if you are like me, you’ve lost the sheath. Karen Kay Buckley came up with a solution: the Protector Connector! It is a scissor charm with a sheath that fits this scissor on the end.


Scissor not included.


Newcastle Art Gallery…

The amazing painting above is Lottie and James by Jonathan Dalton and it was on most of the promotional information and posters for the exhibit.

The Newcastle Art Gallery is hosting the finalists from the Archibald Prize 2017. This is an annual contest featuring portraits painted specifically for the contest. There were also paintings by youth in the area. It was all amazing!

The young artists ranged in age from 5-18. I was very impressed…

Of all the paintings in the exhibit, this was my favorite — mostly because the woman depicted is the spitting image of my granddaughter, Elanor, albeit a little older.

Heymnan by Kim Leutwiler

Heymnan by Kim Leutwiler, painted for the Arichibald Prize 2017 competition

I love portraits. Maybe it’s the fact that you can stand and stare without having to talk to the person you are in front of. Actual faces are also fun to look at, but you have to deal with the person inside, if that makes sense.

This one was really interesting, and engaging…

And it is always fun to watch people viewing art…




The Cathedral in Newcastle…

We visited Christ Church Cathedral this morning.


It’s a beautiful, old Anglican Cathedral that occupies a high point of the city of Newcastle and it was open this morning.


I was surprised to find a church filled with needlework! The banners are collage quilts!



As was the altar piece.


These quilts fit the space so very well. It’s impressive! But wait… there’s more!


There are needle pointed kneeling cushions in every pew! There may be repeating designs, but I didn’t see any.



These lovely fiber quilts and cushions, made by hand, make this space feel warmer, more comforting. I am impressed.