Playing with color

I’ve made at least a dozen of the Circling Geese Pincushions now, sticking with the black Essex Yarn-Dyed Linen for the background fabric.  I just love the way it looks with the pops of color against the black and white threads of the linen.

I wanted to make another for a swap that I miserably failed at last year. If you follow my blog at all, you know at last year was a tough one with lots of health issues plus a heaping of personal/family stuff that didn’t make it on to the blog. I’ve had a tremendous amount of guilt for not following through as I had wanted with that swap and it torments me.

But now that life is starting to have some sort of normalcy to it, I’m trying desperately to make up for last year’s failings. One of the members of the swap is a real Carolyn Friedlander fan, so I knew I  what to use her  fabric, but didn’t think I wanted to stick with the black background with these. I decided to give the chambray color a try instead and loved it.

20150403-103642-38202620.jpgIt can be a bit messy along the way, pulling out all those papers, but the final piece  never fails to make me happy. And I absolutely how these play together.

20150403-103643-38203005.jpgNow to finish it up and get it in the mail. Better late than never, right?




PMQG swap potholders

So back in November, at our Portland Modern Quilt Guild meeting, we were asked to bring along some swatches of fabrics (no more than to fill a ziploc sandwich bag).  Everyone dumped their baggie onto the table, then at the end of the night, everyone left with a different baggie full of fabric to make something for the original person. Sounded like a great idea until I managed to leave in a bit of a panic a half hour before the meeting ended.

It took me three weeks to remember that I hadn’t taken a baggie of fabric when I left.

The ensuing weeks had been crazy (mostly bad-crazy) and the idea of making something for someone else had completely slipped my mind. Then I panicked again.

Luckily for me, one of the fantastic folks at the PMQG had taken the extra baggie and gone ahead and made something. I have no idea what I missed out on, but I am grateful that Brittany took care of it and I didn’t have to add another thing to my to-do list. In the end, it was Brittany who was the lucky recipient of Elizabeth Hartman’s gift, so I think it might actually be fair. 🙂

At the December meeting everyone brought what they’d made, then each person searched for their fabric choices in a finished project. Unfortunately, I had totally forgotten what fabrics I’d turned over, but Amanda from Threadbias saw my name on these potholders. Chris made them for me and they turned out great!


I actually don’t remember buying that Alexander Henry print and I don’t think the cream fabric was mine. It’s been a hard couple months and my brain has clearly stopped working as it should.


The potholders are happily at home on my new counter. We moved out of the temp situation with my adult son and into a teeny tiny (450 sq. ft) apartment, just me and my teen daughter at the beginning of December.


I’ve lost many of my belongings in the moves (four in the last year), including all my shoes and a bunch of kitchen stuff. So the potholders were needed and very much appreciated. I haven’t baked here much since the door of the oven bumps into the couch that doubles as my bed, but I have high hopes for using them.

Thanks, Chris, for taking the time to make them for me. I truly appreciate it and can’t wait to use them!