play it cool, boy*

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 | 0 comments

play it cool, boy*

It’s officially summer! And while the weather has been exceedingly pleasant this week, I know the heat is coming.

And when it does get hot, stop by and visit me at the Sign of the Dove in the air conditioned comfort of the Chestnut Hill Mall. It’s the perfect place to shop for summertime gifts. Whether for that special birthday, hostess gift, or something wonderful for yourself …

Drop me a line and I’ll give you a tour. Then maybe go get some cheesecake?

*apologies to Leonard Bernstein … just got done watching West Side Story while doing some hand sewing under the fan …

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FABric!

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 | 0 comments

FABric!

Stop by the NewTV gallery tonight and enjoy their latest exhibit: FABric! Every image is constructed of fabric and fiber, or with fiber as the subject. This show was organized by Newton Open Studios and features Newton artists … including me! Here’s a preview of the exhibit.

My work is usually in the form of three dimensional objects so it was fun to think flat. I’m showing a framed tea towel printed with my grandmother’s cookie recipe and two quilted pillow covers (pillow stuffing removed!) made from my grandfather’s shirts. The quilt pattern comes from my quilt class at Button Box Sewing.

Meet the artists and enjoy some refreshments at the NewTV gallery reception this evening, Wednesday, June 18, 6:30-8:30pm. The show runs through July 15.

NewTV Gallery, 23 Needham St, Newton MA. Entrance at the top of Easy St next to National Lumber.

legacy: grandpa's shirts #1

legacy: grandma's recipe

legacy: grandpa's shirts #2

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thank you

Posted on May 26, 2014 | 0 comments

thank you

Thank you. Two words that you can never use enough. And since it’s Memorial Day, I thought a little “thank you” to those in the armed services would be appropriate.

As I have gotten to know the quilting community, I have been impressed with their incredible willingness to donate their time and work. Whenever there is a natural disaster (or one of the human-made type) a group of quilters gather to provide survivors with the care and warmth of a quilt. It may seem like a small gesture, but there is something so special about the personal touch that goes into creating a quilt. Just one person reaching out to another; letting them know they are not alone. Magic.

This Memorial Day, a friend introduced me to the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Their mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts. Every year they select a quilt block pattern and collect blocks to be sewn into completed quilts by other volunteers. So this year I will be making some blocks to send to Quilts of Valor. If you would like to join in, here are the quilt block instructions.

For more information about Quilts of Valor and other charitable groups that sew and quilt for those in the services, see Nancy Zieman’s blog.

And, yes, thank you!

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spring has sprung?

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 | 0 comments

spring has sprung?

An inch of snow on the ground and nighttime temps below freezing aren’t exactly the Heralds of Spring, but in some corners it is beginning to look like springtime. At least indoors. I belong to a local artist’s co-op and spring colors are in full display this week.

New vases and planters for spring flowers, brightly colored scarves, cuddly baby quilts, floral watercolors and photographic prints, and my own Peter Rabbit baskets are making me feel spring-like in spite of the weather. Stop by and visit us at The Sign of the Dove in Chestnut Hill Mall!

Here’s hoping that the cold won’t totally frustrate the spring blooms … and the crocuses, daffodils, and forsythia that began to bloom last week will soon be bursting forth in welcome to warmer weather!

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Wawak Sewing Supplies …
you made my day

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 | 1 comment

Wawak Sewing Supplies … you made my day

What keeps me going back to a store or service provider? Sometimes it’s a convenient location, sometimes it’s lack of choice, but most often it’s how I am treated. Yep, customer service. An over-worked, and too often empty, phrase.

But today I felt special. I was noticed, listened to, and received a level of customer service that cemented me as a loyal customer.

I recently placed an order with Wawak Sewing Supplies. They had a sale on sewing machine needles. I had a coupon. And I like me a sharp needle. Anyway, within days my order arrived! Ten packs of beautiful needles. Oops, two packages were the wrong size, not my trusty Schmetz sharp size 12 needles but a size I rarely use. So I called Wawak Customer Service. They were friendly, they were helpful, and they said they would immediately send out replacement needles. And I could keep the mis-shipment.

I was pleasantly surprised when, within the hour, I received an email confirming the replacement order. I was very pleasantly amused when I read the line item detail of the order … cookies?! This company knows me!

A few days later, my needles — and cookies! — arrived in my mailbox. Yeah, life is good.

And the beauty of this gesture? Today I feel special. And I’m telling all my friends. Thank you, Wawak!

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sewing tip of the day

Posted on Feb 2, 2014 | 0 comments

sewing tip of the day

Who knew? Sharp needles are good.

Okay, just about everyone who sews knows that sharp needles are good. But I have just recently come to this revelation.

After years of being too cheap to change my sewing machine needle regularly, I’ve found it’s one of those things that really does make a difference in the quality of my machine’s stitching. Yeah, I know, that should be an obvious point (pun intended). But I have recently heeded that good advice to change them regularly and the payoff is great. Straighter stitching, fabric kindness, and fewer thread breaks. How much time have I wasted for the savings of 50 cents?! Yeah, I haven’t been the sharpest tool in the shed …

Do you have a tool of your trade that you have finally realized is especially worthy of your cash?

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merry christmas!

Posted on Dec 25, 2013 | 0 comments

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