Oct 05

Sue’s new studio


For several years, my creative space has been in a basement room and I have never liked being in the basement. I need light and space! Even though our boys are grown men and haven’t really lived in our home for more than a couple months at a time since 2007 & 2009 respectively, we have kept their bedrooms intact so they had a place to return that was their own. But over the last couple years, I have been eyeing those upstairs bedrooms with increasing envy and due to several life changes for all of us, Scott finally agreed to let me have one as my new studio. It was Mark’s bedroom for several years, then was the home of his recording studio, Mountain Beach House Studio. It underwent a complete transformation to become a recording studio, and when he found a great space a few blocks from his apartment in his city of residence, he moved all the equipment out and it became a guest bedroom. But I set up a folding table and ironing board and it became my  quilt space for several months with my paper crafts still in the basement along with all my fabric and supplies. But earlier this year the decision was made to make it my studio and the transformation began! Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 28

Color Coded 2015 wrap-up

Color Coded 2015

2015 The Color Coded Reading Challenge

This is my third year for this fun-filled and colorful challenge hosted by Bev at My Reader’s Block. Thankfully, she’s altered the rules a little this year by allowing the cover to count if it is mostly the color. I had a tough time finding Brown books in my TBR pile last year, and I did again this year as well, so I went with a brown cover. Another reading challenge finished up for the year!

*Read nine books in the following categories with the color in the title or on the cover

1. A book with “Blue” or any shade of Blue: Touch Blue, Cynthia Lord
2. A book with “Red” or any shade of Red:  The Road to Cardinal Valley, Earlene Fowler
3. A book with “Yellow” or any shade of Yellow: These Happy Golden Years, Laura Ingalls Wilder
4. A book with “Green” or any shade of Green: These High, Green Hills (Mitford #3), Jan Karon
5. A book with “Brown” or any shade of Brown: Four Souls, Louise Erdrich
6. A book with “Black” or any shade of Black: Black Dove, White Raven, Elizabeth Wein
7. A book with “White” or any shade of White: Snow White Red-Handed, Maia Chance
8. A book with any other color: The Orchid House, Lucinda Riley
9. A book with a word that implies color: The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey, Candice Millard

Sep 24

Ode to the 1930’s-blocks #12 & #13

OK, I said I was trying to catch up on our progress, remember? So mid-summer we got these blocks done. Block #12 is 9″x9″, called Spools and we did it in the same color scheme as the pattern. We looked at it and said “no prob, we’ve made spool blocks before”. Then we looked at the pattern and realized that the four sides around the center squares aren’t pieced with a rectangle and triangles at each side but are all one piece. Yikes! The pattern instructions say to use a Y-seam construction, but not how to do it. Gulp! We’ve never done Y-seams. Besides the first reason that ShaRee likes the sampler and wanted to make it, one of the reasons for doing this quilt is to learn new skills. So we headed to the “university” of YouTube where all tutorial knowledge resides to find out how to make Y-seams. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 23

What’s In a Name? 2015 wrap-up


What’s In a Name? 2015

I’ve been a part of this challenge since 2009, so it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t join this fun challenge. It has changed hosts over the years and is being hosted again by The Worm HoleI have more than one book for each category and have gone above and beyond the requirements. I could go on to the end of the year adding books, but I’m calling it for 2015 so I can see some challenges finished and not have to do all my wrap-up posts in December. Here are the books I read for this challenge: Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 19

Ode to the 1930’s-blocks #10 & #11

I’m a little behind on posting because our 1930’s group has been busy working this summer, even with all the interruptions. I will try to get caught up with posts soon. Early in the summer we did these two blocks. Block #10 is called Flying Birds & Flowers and is a 9″x9″ block. The birds are the pieced triangle blocks and the flowers are obviously the applique flowers. We kept the pieced color scheme the same as the pattern but chose different flowers. The pattern called for a light and dark pink but we went for a bold violet and orange for more contrast with the backgrounds. We each have different preferences for the applique blanket stitch colors so our top stitching varies between each of us between lots of contrast and less contrast. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 18

A spaceship quilt

Sep 03

Ode to the 1930’s-block #8 & #9

Block #8 Pieced Flowers 12×12

This is a combo applique and pieced block. With those flying geese pieced with the bias triangles like this designer loves, it was hard to get the pieced flowers straight, but the applique came out cute. Our blocks came out a little different sized and we are starting to get concerned about what will happen when we try to put this sampler together at the end. We’ll see how that works out, but that’s a long way down the road. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 24

Cruisin’ Thru the Cozies 2015 wrap-up

CruisinCruisin’ Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2015

This will be my third year to participate in this challenge hosted by Yvonne at Socrates’ Book Reviews and I have finished it in the first half of the year at the highest level because I love me some cozy mysteries and am working through several series. So I am going for Level 4-Sleuth Extraordinaire. Although it took me a little longer than usual to get through my cozy goal, I’m done long before the end of the year and it’s time to start finishing up some challenges and getting them posted.

Choose the level you wish to participate:
Level 1 – Snoop – Read at least 6 books
Level 2 – Investigator – Read 7-12 books
Level 3 – Super Sleuth – Read 13 or more books
Level 4 – Sleuth Extraordinaire – Read 20 or more

Here’s my list of fun mysteries accomplished this year:

1. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia de Luce #7), Alan Bradley
2. Snow White Red-Handed, Maia Chance
3. The Return of Captain John Emmett, Elizabeth Speller
4. A Lesson in Secrets (Maisie Dobbs #8), Jacqueline Winspear
5. Elegy for Eddie (Maisie Dobbs #9), Jacqueline Winspear
6. Owls Well That Ends Well (Meg Langslow #6), Donna Andrews
7. Death in Kenya, M.M. Kaye
8. Steeped in Evil (Tea Shop #15), Laura Childs
9. Hangman’s Root (China Bayles #3), Susan Wittig Albert
10. Miss Julia Lays Down the Law (Miss Julia #16), Ann B. Ross
11. Rosemary Remembered (China Bayles #4), Susan Wittig Albert
12. Rueful Death (China Bayles #5), Susan Wittig Albert
13. Eggs in a Casket (Cackleberry Club #5), Laura Childs
14. The Anatomist’s Wife (Lady Darby #1), Anna Lee Huber
15. Love Lies Bleeding (China Bayles #6), Susan Wittig Albert
16. Chile Death (China Bayles #7), Susan Wittig Albert
17. Mortal Arts (Lady Darby #2), Anna Lee Huber
18. A Grave Matter (Lady Darby #3), Anna Lee Huber
19. Lavender Lies (China Bayles #8), Susan Wittig Albert
20. A Study in Death (Lady Darby #4), Anna Lee Huber


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