Monday, June 22, 2015

Message received. Loud and clear.


Go here. Go there. Do this. Do that. Drive this one to camp for a week. Teach this one to drive. Tend the garden. Mow the grass. Walk the dogs. Tend to the injured cat. Do laundry. Always so much laundry. Fill the hummingbird feeders. Water the plants. Shuttle them to practice. Make another batch of soap. Determine amount of supplies to order to make just enough soap to keep Old Red Barn Co. going only through the remainder of the year. Consult accountant on closing the business? Schedule oral surgery for the oldest. Grocery shop. These people always want to eat. Sheesh! Stand in front of my sewing machine wishing for the time to sit and use it. Pull weeds. Make another batch of raspberry jam. Strum fingers on countertop as I anxiously wait for the blackberries to ripen.

Beautiful photography in the new book by Amy Gibson called For Keeps.

I try to ride the wave of life. I'm swimming hard right now and if I don't slow down that wave will crash up over my head and leave me tumbling aimlessly in the undertow.




I've only thumbed through this book and already know it's a keeper!

 So, I'm going to log off for a few weeks. Settle in. Re-boot. Find my center again. I think I'll take some books, a sketch pad, and colored pencils with me to the mountain meadow and wait for those deer to saunter by again.

Hope summer is treating you well!
-dana

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Posey Patrol















Dude. My yard has been such a show off this spring. I use hashtag #poseypatrol on Instagram to share photos of pretty blooms in my yard. Would love to see what's blooming in yours too! Use the hashtag if you fancy.

-dana

Monday, June 15, 2015

Deep south


Just as soon as that final school bell rang for the year, the girls and I jumped in the car and headed south. We had people to see and things to do.


Specifically to see my parents, brother, sister-in-law and this cutie batootie.


And to build the brick patio we had promised Mom for Mother's Day.



A week seeing family and doing hard labor while being provided a constant supply of lemonade, watermelon, popsicles and beer seems a good way to usher in summer.

-dana

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Learning from the pros


A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to take a class on hand piecing, applique and hand quilting from Jen Kingwell and to say it was wonderful is the understatement of the year. There were twenty of us in her class and everyone was just buzzing with excitement. We listened to Jen tell us her quilting journey and then she started showing us her quilts.

I. Can't. Even.

Her work is scrappy and patchy. And whimsical. And bright and playful. And all done by hand. I asked her how long an average quilt of hers takes her to make and she said about a month. By hand! She's amazing.

She was so gracious with her time and knowledge and taught me tricks to make my hand stitching more precise and faster. The first quilt I ever made, I pieced entirely by hand. It really taught me the importance to accurate cutting, accurate seam allowance and how to maneuver fabric to make it do what you want. I loved the process then and being in Jen's class reminded me of that.

She signed my copy of her book and inscribed the nicest thing. Loveliest thing as her Aussie self would say. And now I've got the corners bent marking the pages of three quilt patterns that I want to make right this very second. I think I'll start with Glitter. Or maybe Flea Market Dash. Oooo! Wait! Maybe I'll start with For the Boys. . .

-dana

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Starry patchwork



I pieced this quilt top last fall when I was away with friends for a sewing weekend. I had already made the twenty star blocks and just brought lots of blue prints along to place the stars on a field of scrappy patchwork.


With a few pops of red. And red binding.



And jaw dropping quilting by way of The Back Porch Quilters.



Simple patchwork is my favorite but I'm loving the movement that these stars give to it.

-dana

Monday, May 25, 2015

19 years



I've been married to this man for 19 years today. Nineteen years of learning, laughing, compromising, adventuring, hearing, being heard, working, traveling, rejoicing, growing, moving, These years have passed in a blink but have created a depth of history I'm so proud to share with him.


He is an adventurer. He likes to test his physical limits. He is passionate about sport and his beloved Missouri Tigers.


He is unabashedly himself. Admitting his fears and celebrating his strengths. He's optimistic. Calm in crisis. Fiercely loyal. Committed to learning how to be better. Both at work and play.


And in our marriage. He's worked at it for nineteen years and we've worked hard together to make our partnership strong, close, committed, and supportive. Communication takes work and we've put the time in and are damn good at it these days. That sentence makes my eyes fill with tears of pride and satisfaction. I blink those away and just think of him. All that is him. 


A husband. A father. A family man.



He's a keeper. I love him so.

-dana

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Star Crossed


Fat Quarter Shop recently released a new pattern called Star Crossed based on an antique quilt they loved. I'm a sucker for a good star quilt block and took the chance to make up one Star Crossed block and use it as the front panel of a new bag.


I wanted a large bag to use during the summer months for picnics and going to the lake and pool and pot luck dinners and all of those summery things. This bag certainly fits that bill. And the fact that I cut up a leather jacket that I found at a thrift store for the bottom, top and handles assures that this sturdy bag will last for many summers to come.




A new summer bag is now checked off my list. I think a scrappy Star Crossed quilt just got added.


-dana