I will really miss playing non-stop Christmas music at Seldom Seen Quilting Studio. To be honest, there are two Christmas CD’s that I will play all year — one is called “Precious Child,” the other is Kathy Mattea’s Christmas album. But I will try to mix it up some, so the customers in the store don’t think I’ve completely lost my mind! I will especially miss Mannheim Steamroller’s version of The Holly and the Ivy. Actually, there are three notes in the rendition that I will miss the most. Three lilting, soaring, floating notes sung out by the flute with abandon — letting go of the melody and flying. Three notes that sound like an angel’s wings opening, or an eagle gliding across the sky. Those three notes — I wait for them each time I play the CD, to the point of putting down my work and closing my eyes. Somehow, those three notes fill my heart with joy and hope, reminding me of the wonderful blessings of the Lord. I guess it really is the simple things in life that matter.
Before Glyn and I got married, way back when, my mother found a pattern for a “soft sculpture” Christmas tree, made of unbleached muslin, a closet rod, and a LOT of polyester stuffing. We made that tree together, Mama and … Continue reading
Here’s a final photo of my version of Judy Niemeyer’s Wedding Star quilt. It was commissioned as a Christmas present, so it heads off to its permanent home tomorrow morning. I called on my friend, JoAnn Livingston, a professional journalist, … Continue reading
OK, you can tell I’m proud of finishing this one — I agreed to be in the picture! Since the photo, I also finished the binding, so this quilt is FINISHED. I sure had a grand time doing it! The … Continue reading
Two years ago today I was just being released from the hospital after shattering my wrist in a slip/trip/fall incident. I had gone to the store in Cedar Hill to buy bobbins for the longarm quilting machine, because I had … Continue reading
I mean jumping-up-and-down-screaming-and-yelling-clapping-my-hands-wish-there-was-football-on-tonight-so-I-wouldn’t-look-silly-doing-that-kid-on-Christmas-morning excited! It is time to piece these 20-inch blocks together! AND, thanks to my amazing engineer husband, they are all laid out in an organized stack and ready. Sewing begins in the morning! Whoop!
I dreamed last night of my beautiful mother, as I so often do. She would have loved Seldom Seen Quilting Studio. In fact, she is the reason I love the mezzanine setting. As a young woman, she worked at the … Continue reading
I have finally reached the place on the Wedding Star quilt where I can start placing units on the design wall. So exciting to see it taking shape like this! I had to step up from a step stool to … Continue reading
Trudy and I shared a cup of coffee and the quilting studio with Nancy Edwards today. After a practice piece, Nancy loaded the frame with this bold and beautiful whole cloth to make a coverlet for a twin-sized bed. The … Continue reading