Friday, October 13, 2017

Stepping Stones in quiet colors

I just finished up my latest Stepping Stones quilt for 2017-2018 - for a graduate of an orphanage in Tokyo.  This is an ongoing Mormon Helping Hands project.  We always use this free pattern from Bonnie Hunter.

This year I made a quilt for a boy named Yuki, who wants "quiet, whitish colors" 白っぽい落ち着いた色 which I interpreted as "low volume".  I used scraps, and a good quilter friend gave me a pile of great charms from her more "modern" stash. 

This is actually the first one I've made that looks WAY better in person than in the photos... 

Scrappy frugal backing using this and that from my stash:

Hard to capture the colors -

The white-whites really looks blue in this light - mmmmmm..... not really the effect I was going for...

My trusty quilt holder upper... and our new-to-us LONG driveway...

In a couple of years we plan to repaint the house a different color......

Anyway, there it is, the sixth and latest Stepping Stones quilt for Tokyo, ready for David to deliver the next time he is there.  My favorite color scheme so far, for sure!

Previous Stepping Stones quilts: 

2016 - 2017 blue and pink
2015-2016 - light green
2014-2015 - brown 
2013 - 2014 green 
2012 - 2013 yellow 

In other news, we are REALLY enjoying our local farm stand, Lull Farm.  

 And just waiting for the leaves to change color! (This is one view of the woods from our front porch).


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Little house in the (not so big) woods

The past month has been a total blur.... moving into our new house (built in 1982 making it the newest house I've ever lived in),  just over the border in New Hampshire.   It's about 40 minutes from where we lived before, not bad.

Seventeen years in Massachusetts, and now New Hampshire for the next (simpler?) chapter of our lives!

Here's David in his happy place with plans for restoring the beauty of the little brook that runs through the property:

Nestled in the woods, but still light and bright - just a dreamy setting -

I did immediately want to lighten up the kitchen.  The walls were red when we moved in and we immediately had them painted white.  And then I set out to "emergency paint" the cabinets.

However... in the end.... I just know I picked the wrong color!  I was going for a subtle gray, but this is icy cold and just wrong.  I know I need to change it again but I can't face it!  I may not bother, but.... I don't know.

On the positive side, I'm experimenting with some open cabinets and so far, I LOVE it.  Everything within reach and I do love my Japanese dishes.

Window trim will be professionally painted in another couple months...

Finally I turned my attention to the sewing room:

Turning THIS:

Into THIS (the walls are white - don't know what happened in this photo):

It was an exercise in priorities.  I really wanted to have that brown wicker chair in the room - it's been with us since 1990 and I still love it -

Another priority - guest bed space.  I taped off the space for a future daybed/trundle, and for now, air mattress.  The cutting table is two Ikea rolling carts - and can be rolled away to make way for a trundle or air mattress.  

And.... then finally got to sewing!  I will write more about this next time.  It feels so good to be back in the swing of quilting.   Hoping now to get back into the swing of blogging as well. 

Hope those of you who are in "back to school" mode are loving it, one way or another!  


Monday, August 7, 2017


Various quilty things spotted in July ... don't we quilters see our worlds through a quilter's lens?

Happiness is.... seeing that my young married daughter brought a quilt on vacation... this is "Steps to the Altar" which I made in 2014 for her wedding.  I blogged about it here on my old blog (no idea now why I felt the need to start over in blogging, ergh)

FUN... to find a couple of quilt store gems while on vacation in Utah:

Amusing... to find a crazy-quilt of a door to a great Mexican restaurant, The Red Iguana in SLC.  YES, worth the wait!

Gratifying.... to see a Faith Ringgold gem at the BYU Museum of Art:


That is my son way in the background.  I love sharing art museum visits with my kids!

And lastly.... check out this charming piece... hanging in the house we are moving to ... soon!  I don't think the current owners are leaving it behind... too bad;).