Summer fabric

Just too pretty not to share…

These fabrics (California Girl by Fig Tree) will become a lap quilt over the next few weeks.  I’m taking my very first quilting class and am so (sew!) excited!  I can’t wait to see how it turns out.  It’s such a pretty fabric for summer.


Blueberries and oven mitts

It’s that time of year again – blueberry season!

  My sister owns a blueberry farm in northern Wisconsin so I’m becoming quite familiar with all of the time and effort it takes to get those fat, juicy berries perfected for the summer.

A few months ago I came across some adorable blueberry fabric and a pattern to make a muffin oven mitt.  Of course I thought of my sister, and finally last week I got around to making it for her.

There was so much fabric left over that I decided to make some other goodies for the kitchen…

My sister loves to bake blueberry muffins (we just had some at Easter with the last of her frozen berries from last year – yummmm) and make jams and other desserts.  Hopefully she’ll find these towels and oven mitts useful!  And maybe she’ll be so impressed with my gift that she’ll let me sneak a few of those berries when I visit….  🙂

Hot Cakes!  oven mitt patterns can be found at

Sew, Write

Ten Random Excuses

As I stared miserably at my manuscript this afternoon, I asked myself – WHY am I struggling with editing so much?  I had quite a list of excuses ready.

1.  Because the toys in this house are very noisy.  And so is the little boy who operates them.

2.  Because I’ve just returned from a mini-vacation in Seattle.  The time difference (all two hours of it) screwed up my ability to think straight.

3.  Because it’s spring.  I have allergies.  (Then why, my husband keeps asking, do I insist on putting flowers in the house??)

4.  Because there’s something beautiful to be made with this blueberry fabric.  I’m just not sure what it is yet.

5.  Because editing is hard!  (stamp foot on the ground for effect)  Especially when you’ve been out of the routine for five days and there’s a noisy little boy underfoot and there’s blueberry fabric sitting beside the new sewing machine.  And did I mention there’s a two-hour time difference between Seattle and Minnesota?

6.  Because there is sewing to do and there are quilts to be made.  (Aren’t these quilts pretty?  I found them all over my friend’s house while visiting Seattle.  Yes, I took pictures of her baby too!  He’s adorable!)

7.  Because I’m hungry.  While in Seattle my friends fed me steak, blue cheese and bacon mac-n-cheese, and sautéed spinach.  I ate like a queen.  (Or a pig – probably more appropriate.)

8.  Because this little elephant is waiting for me to make him into a baby block.

9.  Achoo!

10.  Because I had to write out all of these excuses for not editing today.  And blog about it.  And then add pictures.

OKAY, I know.  I can hear you telling me to stop whining and just get on with my editing!  I’ll go put some ear plugs in, move the flowers to another room, and stop staring at the blueberry fabric.  Promise.  But thanks for letting me get away with it for just a little bit.  And in case you felt like making some excuses of your own, here’s a little quote I found that can help kick our rears back into gear.  🙂


“The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other person finds an excuse.”  ~Author Unknown