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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!

A New Challenge

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday so far. It certainly has been busy here, and it’s been great having time off from work and school and hanging out with family. Time to play with the grandkids! Time to sew! Time to eat Christmas cookies! It’s all good.

How many more days of winter??
Need something to keep your creative self in gear through the coming months? Hurry over to Myra’s PhD Challenge (Projects half Done) and sign up quick! There’s only a couple of days left to join in. I learned about it on Thread Head’s blog. (Go on over and visit—check out the wonderful mini-quilts she’s been working on.)

I’ve put four things on my challenge list. One of them is to finish the quilting for the Quilt-Along quilt. I’ve been giving my walking foot quite a workout—lots and lots of straight (sort of) lines. Given that the pre-cut strips weren’t all 2 1/2 inches wide as they should have been, and the “creative piecing” that required, I’m doing more quilting than I might have otherwise. This baby is not going to come apart!

Squares quilt
I also plan to finish a quilt I started a while back for Project Linus.

Project Linus quilt
And I’ve designed a pattern for the Christmas fabric I bought recently. So far, I’ve gotten it cut out.

Christmas Snowballs Patches
Next on the to-do list is to finish the pattern I’ve sketched out for these Stonehenge fabrics I’ve been collecting. Aren’t the textures fantastic? I’m hoping to get to the cutting out part, too.

Stonehenge fabrics
I hope the new year brings you creative joy.


November Fundraiser

Two years in a row now my daughter’s company (Bella Biscotti) has hosted a fundraiser for a family with a child who is battling cancer. Below are several pictures from this year’s event which was held at Birdie’s Cafe in Westminster.

Cookies & biscotti More cookies & biscotti









I used an app on my phone to do the coloration in this picture.

Cookies & cupcakes

And here is my girl—a lovely hostess indeed!

Our hostess

Here is the fabric and the table topper that I made from it. The table topper was part of the silent auction.


Quilted table topper