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.

Friday, October 16, 2015

A Prologue and Another Epilogue

After all was said and done, I had my own washing ceremony. It is simple. I ran Tim's Cloth through the washer and dryer on all normal settings. I've been anxious to wash it from the beginning. Not because it was dirty but because I wanted to see the "bloom" on the edges of the raw edge applique. It did not disappoint.

Another trip to the Garden Palace for a photo was the final stage of my washing ceremony.


I do hope you, dear readers, were not bothered by all of the editing I did during this last week on each and every post of this blog. Actually, I edited each post numerous times. It was a nightmarish headache.

You may remember that my intention upon completion of Tim's Cloth was to make a blog book to accompany the gift. In short, I was not happy with the way some things were coming out and my only recourse was to edit on my end. I did and the book is on the way.


This is the final chapter, another epilogue of sorts, of this project. But first, I wanted to share the Prologue that I wrote. I wanted Dear Timothy, the book, to have a preface to give my explanation about the how and why. To get the prologue at the beginning of the book, I had to trick blogger by back dating the Prologue blog post. It is the very first post of this blog; therefore you may not have seen it.

I'm sharing it again here.

written October 2015

"Do not go where the path may lead,
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
                                  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dear Timothy,
I found this quote on my Mother's fridge after she passed away. For many reasons, I hold it close to my heart. Tim's Cloth is where I veered off where there was no path and am now leaving a trail for you. 

When I first started down my own path, May 2010, I considered my audience to be all those known and unknown to me on the world wide web who might happen upon my trail.

On Monday, September 26, 2011, I understood my audience was you. Therefore, I began to address my post directly to you, Dear Timothy. 

Frequently, when I shared my thoughts, photos, discoveries, inspiration and explanations of construction, I found myself giving you bits of my learned experience in the form of advise to you. For example, one day I said, "...keep your eyes and heart open. And give your imagination a place to go." And on another day, "...sometimes we have to let go and just keep the beauty an inside memory." 

I hope you will discover these bits of me that I have left on this trail and know that my personal spirit, heart and soul is also left on the trail. 

I found the song birds and jungle birds; the shooting stars and wishing stars; the green moons and circles; the forest and jungle; the beast and dueling dragons; the flowers and garden path; the seasons and moon trees all there on the path that no one else had gone down. They are the spirit from my heart and soul....... 

And the love I have for you, Dear Timothy.

Thursday, September 3, 2015



Dear Timothy,

I enjoyed every surprise, challenge and puzzle before me on this path. I also realized moments of pure joy.

I can't help but think about you keeping warm and hugged under the covers of Tim's Cloth

There are two things left to say. One is about the "storyline" still being blank. I think I will hold off on that until cold weather. I presume this is my way of not letting go yet. 

The second thing is a little puzzle for you. In one or more early post, I showed two components that did not make it into the cloth. I totally thought they were to be part of this cloth. Even though they are not, I chose to leave them in the book. Can you find them?  

With all my love,

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Finish

Dear Timothy,

Your cloth is finished!
I was trying my best to finish by the end of August. So I guess going over two days is good enough. I did my best. 

Your cloth turned out quiet large. As a matter of fact I had a hard time getting photos of the whole cloth. Turns out the only place that worked was in the Garden Palace on the parlor floor around noon.

Green Moons Forest
Around the big green moon


On the Back


Timothy, as with many of my big projects, at the very end and when all is finished and done, I am left without words for a few days. However, I will share here one revelation that merely came to me while trying to get final photos. 

It is about the dueling dragons. It is simple and only you and I will understand. I now recognize their symbolic presence on the backside. They came quietly from the dye pot and when they did, we both knew what they were. But who were they? They are us. You and me. Timothy and Nana. The dueling dragons. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Garden Path

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

I Think I Can I Think I Can

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

Border Fence

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

Song Birds

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
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

Summer Jungle

Last Jungle Corner Stitched
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

Last Jungle Corner

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

Wishing Stars

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. 
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

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