Every now and then, I need to touch cloth. I will use this space to show my play with cloth and tell my thoughts while stitching.

I will only use unwanted clothing, cast offs, remnants, unfinished WIPs, cloth napkins, table cloths, curtains, and my stash which is pretty extensive.

I also intend to ramble randomly about anything that might come to mind. My rambles may be long or short or with photos only.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Dear Timothy, 
I left a narrow section between the log cabin and the fence border with several thoughts in mind about a connection. When the time came, well I'll just say that sometimes what is in my mind and what shows up in real life makes no connection. 

So I was back to square one, so to speak. Until out of the clear blue I remembered a left over piece of fabric that just might be so perfect.  And it was. 

I added a garden path around the log cabin. A garden path with leaves and flowers falling over it. I added a little bit of me and my love of flowers on the backside. And instead of a straight stitch quilting I am enhancing the leaf and floral design with simple embroidery stitching. 

Here it is. Five years ago I made myself and a dear friend an art apron with this gifted fabric. The textile design is very unique and I loved it so much that I really didn't think I could ever think of anything special enough to use the left over piece. It thrills me to add this garden path to the backside of your cloth. It feels just right and the perfect connection.  

Friday, August 21, 2015

Dear Timothy,
Cause for celebration! I reached the last backside corner. All of the stitches from the front side are now well hidden with the stitching down of Grand Pa's shirts. I continue to stitch and stitch. I can see the end. "I think I can. I think I can. I think I can." 

Tim, I hope you remember the message in the child's book, The Little Engine That Could. It is a good lesson about hard work, thinking positive and perseverance.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dear Timothy, 
It's true. When it was time to flip it over and continue on the backside, I procrastinated. Not a good thing. 

But then at the beginning of 2015, I decided it was time to finish. I am determined to finish this year. 

So I sat many hours by the fireside and stitched. 

Then I stopped again. 

But here I am in June stitching. I finished the log cabin middle section. My plan was to create a fence-like border around the log cabin using Grandpa's shirt sleeves. I wanted them to look different so I did not run them through a green dye pot. 

You may remember when I started the backside using the shirt backs, I told you, "always know that GP's got your back". I thought a lot about that when I started the border fence with the shirt sleeves. Things like, now GP's got his arms around you. And I thought a lot about fencing things in or out and how symbolic that seems. I thought about borders and boundaries. 

I know, crazy Nana again. But do remember he is strong and I hope you will always feel his love as if his arms are really around you.  

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Pink Song Bird
Song Birds
Song Birds
Black Song Bird
Yellow and Blue Song Birds
Yellow Song Bird
Blue Tail Song Bird
Green Song Bird
Song Bird
Song Bird
Summer Jungle
Summer Jungle
Dear Timothy!
It's official!
I have finished the stitching on the front side. As you can see, there were many little song birds in the summer jungle. Actually, I'm sure there are more but I am now going to flip it over and continue the backing. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Last Jungle Corner Stitched

Summer Jungle Side
Summer Jungle Bird
Summer Jungle Birds
Summer Jungle Left to Stitch
Dear Timothy, 
This is the last of the stitching left to do on the front side. Of course, there are lots of birds in this summer jungle still to be revealed. I've spotted several already; however, I think I will finish the quilt stitching before finishing the birds. And as cold as it is this week, I'm pretty sure I will be sitting in the chair happily stitching.

The birds make me happy too. 

Tim, listen to your heart to find your own happiness. And go for it.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Dear Timothy,
At last! I have added the Summer Jungle. This is as big as it will get. I haven't measured it but I can tell you that it covers the top of my king size bed. 

I've been spending a lot of time stitching this side. As you know, I do enjoy stitching in the cold of winter. And I have made a lot of progress. I have been trying to stitch some every day because I'm really anxious to finish this. I have hopes. A little every day will do it.  
Summer Jungle
Last Jungle Corner

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Wish Number One
Dear Timothy,
I was inspired to add three wishing stars to your cloth. The thing is, I couldn't visualize what the stars would look like nor where to put them. 

Thinking I would add three small stars to the Jungle somewhere, I thought to rummage in the box of small scraps that I keep handy.  
Three Wishes
Imagine my surprise when I discovered these three stars in the box. I had forgotten all about them. And if I had remembered, I would not have had a clue where to look for them. I put them in the box in the first place because I wanted to incorporate them in your quilt. Up to now, I could not visualize where to include them. 
Three Wishing Stars on Backside
I can't be for sure who pieced these stars. That is I'm not sure if it was one of your great grandmothers or my Granny. My Granny is your great great grandmother. What I do know is I made myself a top with the red, white and blue cloth in the middle star. And I recognize the plaids in the other two stars. I can see my Mother in those blouses as if it were yesterday. 

These three stars are beautifully hand pieced and near 50 years old. Serendipity is an odd feeling. These stars were just waiting for me as if I would know what to do with them when the time came

And I did. I knew immediately. I pieced the three stars together, called them wishing stars and included them on the backside where the traditional log cabin quilt pattern is growing. A perfect place for these vintage, four-point stars. 

Never stop wishing Tim. Wishes can come true. 

Saturday, November 30, 2013


a stitched booklet to celebrate a memory with a friend

 a friend named bloom and the great labyrinth story

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Ballarina Bird
Hides in the Jungle where all sorts of strange birds live.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Dear Timothy,
As you know, I have been stitching. A lot. I am making progress because I have finished this Jungle Corner.
I did add this rusty moon to the corner. You will probably notice it is a bit of GP's shirt that I used on the backside except I laid it outside on some rusty stuff first. I love the rusty colors on this corner. 

Tim, I love you being here and seeing this as I progress.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Dear Timothy,
It was time to switch back to the front side. Since I didn't have components ready to connect, I'm adding this third side of the Jungle, the Fall side, a bit different. 
I started by attaching the base which by the way is from the underskirt of the Jesus Bed that you slept in as a tiny new boy. I really like the inclusion of it here even though it will be unseen as the piece in the middle that holds it all together. 

Then, I basted one of the sample fabrics in place before ripping the strips. I really enjoy the weaving of cloth. 
Corner Connection
Tim, just so you know, the new black and white piece added is from my friend, Susie's blouse. She was about to discard it as worn out but I knew I could give it new life. 

Timothy, I hope we have found new life together this week. You have my heart.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dear Timothy, 
Thank you so much for going with me yesterday to the Habitat Restore. I didn't go for these beautiful bits of fabric but as you saw, I couldn't help but pick up a few. In fact, twenty-seven is a few. I mean, at a quarter each how could I not partake. 
This first one is my very most favorite. I love the colors. I love how it feels so soft even though it is thick. I love the weave that is part of the design. And I have an idea about what I might make with it. 
I chose mostly linen, silk and cotton but that favorite piece has 63% viscose which I couldn't tell you what that was yesterday. Today, I can tell you that it is a special type of rayon. 
And I especially love the Ralph Lauren samples. They are a very generous size that I'm sure I will create something wonderful with. 

Another favorite is this sheer linen. I wish it were larger.

And now that I'm home with these bits of fabric treasure, I wish I had pillaged the whole lot. It is probably best I didn't though.

Thank you Tim for being such a good and helpful sport. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Dear Timothy,
The log cabin is growing. I now have to piece the shirt strips together to have a piece of the same shirt long enough to add. Slowly but surely I hope to finish this in our lifetime. 
 I really didn't think there would be a story on the backside as I only intended to quilt it to cover the messiness. 

But look! Dueling dragons. I thought that was what they were and I was thrilled when you saw the dye bath splotches and said they looked like dragons. 

Tim, I love that our imagination is "in sync".