Category Archives: Could be anything

August Break: Day Seven

Isn’t he just the cutest thing?

Little Gnome
Guardian of the trees

 

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Goodness of Heart

There’s been much on the news in past months that, as syndicated news is wont to do, depresses the spirit by highlighting (and inevitably harping on) that which is darkest in humankind. I think that is one reason that I’ve come to so appreciate bloggers, especially those of quilters, knitters, and other creatives. Why? Because in between stories, if you will, of the “stuff” of creativity, whether it’s textiles, patterns, gardens, recipes, or whatever, there are the snippets of the real lives of caring and wonderful people from all over the world.

Just this morning I came across one such post on the Stitch London Blog. Writer Deadly Knitshade (the moniker does make me smile) crafts a vignette of “get up and go” spirit among Londoners after the recent riots that honors what is strong and good in the human spirit. No cowering behind locked doors here.

And for you knitters out there, the Stitch London Blog post also references the OsLove heart pattern by Norwegian knitter Kaja Marie Lereng Kvernbakken. The pattern was a response to the devastating events in Oslo and Utøya and has been updated with a theme for Lovedon.

Cheers and keep those needles going!

Fabric Finds

Last Saturday I made it up to this year’s Quilt Odyssey in Hershey. It was a feast for the eyes as always. And, as always, I forgot to submit my Reader’s Choice ballot. Just as well since I wouldn’t have been able to narrow it down to just one favorite. I mean, c’mon!

Also, Sieglinde Schoen Smith had a new quilt at the show. If you are familiar with Mother Earth and Her Children then you know what kind of stunning work she does. The new quilt was every bit as beautiful. The longer you look the more you discover in the details.

I did come home with some treats.

fabric finds

Does this cat have attitude?? And I lucked out at the Starr Design booth. They were having a 25% off sale, so I snatched up a fat quarter 10-pack of their hand dyes.

hand dyes

Aren’t the colors gorgeous? The fabric beneath them is a piece of batik yardage I picked up at another booth (the name of which escapes me at the moment).

I also picked up a panel featuring this critter and several of her friends.

cat panel

I still smile every time I look at it.