Thursday, March 26, 2015

Dancing Ladies Learn New Steps?

They've been my logo for years now, as far back as I can remember, really.

I've made them for friends, appliqu├ęd them on the back of a vest, made a wall piece for over the bed, stitched them on tote bags, given them away.

Usually they are batiks, but one time they were black silhouettes on a background of gold stars in a blue-gray sky.

People have, over time, asked me to share the pattern, and I've declined. I don't think I'm selfish, but they are too personal to have them showing up here and there in all kinds of fabrics.

As my quilting has evolved, it occurs to me, perhaps so should the dancing ladies. It might be time to enlarge the pattern and use different fabrics.

Like these.

Monday, March 23, 2015


A Leader-Ender will remain a leader-ender for only so long. In my studio, I tend to breed outspoken leader-enders who demand to be made real projects. Eventually, I give in.

Here's the latest of them. About half of the 36 blocks were true leader-enders. Then the clamor became too intense, and it turned into a real project.

The lattice is planned. And cut.

And the die is cast; it's a Real Project, no longer a Leader-Ender.

You'll be seeing more of this.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Elfsters at Last

At last, this week our Guild met! Our January and February meetings both had to be canceled because of terrible weather. Guild is always fun and something I look forward to; this time was particularly enticing because we were finally going to have our Elfster Exchange. Elfster is like a Secret Santa; we do it in January because no one has time to make anything else in December.

I was given the name of Cathy, an energetic lady that I like a lot but don't know very well. Her wish list included a particular ruler and a particular book; I bought both of these. We are encouraged to make something or purchase something hand-made for our Elfster; I love to make aprons and most people -- whether they wear them regularly or not -- like having a pretty apron to put on when they have guests. So I enjoyed making an apron for Cathy, who seemed pleased.

My name had been drawn by Jordyn, again someone I've liked but don't know well.

Visiting her FB page has revealed that we have things in common: moving frequently (well, not any more for me but 13 times in 13 years early in our marriage), a fondness for canning and preserving (again, infrequently now but all the time in younger years), and our particular political bent.

I had put  place mats and black and white fabrics on my wish list; Jordyn made me the best place mats (they look great in our kitchen and have inspired me to pick up a bunch of daffodils this afternoon) and added a marvelous owl print to the stack of B&Ws she picked out. But that wasn't enough -- included were various home-made goodies: pickles, relish, and the Best Exotic Marigold Scented Soap one could imagine! Said soaps have made their way into my bureau drawers; we have sampled the yummy relish, and this morning's coffee was enjoyed in the sewing-theme mug Jordyn had so thoughtfully included.

Generous Jordyn spoiled me mightily. And I'm loving it!