Monday, February 12, 2018

Spring's Arrival......

......I can't help believe is just around the corner.  The snow we had disappeared quickly as the temperature's rose with the sun shine which is always a welcome sight.

I have this pattern to give away to the first responder.  Email me at  Remember to include your address.  This little design is made out of wool, and is placed on cotton.  Notice how I've frayed the wool a bit for the nest, hoping it to look nest like.

I believe this design would also look really great as a pillow.  If I decided to do that, I would simply frame it with strips like a log cabin.  There are of course endless possibilities.

Our hearts skipped a beat the closer we got to Bryce Canyon.  The red rock against that incredibly blue sky takes one's breath away.

And then, we are anticipating the family reunion of sorts that awaits us on arrival.  All of the friendships we have developed over the past are soon to be renewed and deepened.

The majestic arch to pass through to our final destination.  In fact we pass through two of them.

We unloaded our cars under the beautiful blue skies and balmy has varied greatly from this over the years.  We were delighted to be greeted with such fine weather.......making the unpacking and transporting easy!  I traveled with a dear friend, Leslie.  Here she is in her bed knitting a sweater for the arrival of her first great grand child, soon to arrive.

I brought this new design to work on.......doing the applique hand work.  It continues to grow.  I completed several blocks on row FOUR.  I'm making progress.  I only work on it here and there, in between other projects.

This Lap App which I use for all of my hand stitching, I've found to be indispensable.  It helps me to maintain good posture, so that I don't cross my legs and develop sciatic issues, and since I tore my rotator cuff and bicep muscles two years ago, it has been my very good friend!

We always plan to arrive at lest a day early so that we have uninterrupted time to sew, before we start teaching.  This is a summer quilt I am working on.

One of the special events that we look forward to every year is when the potter Ben Behunin arrives every year.  We so love the beautiful pottery he brings, but for the inspiring presentation he delivers.  I am sorry I forgot to photograph his incredibly lovely pottery to show you.  Besides being a potter, he is the author of several inspiring reads.  I bought  2 new ones this year, that I will share from in the future.  For starts I will share a bit from one of the books to get us started on this new week.

"God left the world unfinished for man to work his skill upon.  He left the electricity in the cloud, the oil in the earth.  He left the rivers unbridged and the forests unfelled and the cities unbuilt. God gives to man the challenge of raw materials, not the ease of finished things.  He leaves the pictures unpainted and the music unsung and the problems unsolved, that man might know the joys and glories of creation.
-Thomas S. Monson


  1. So nice to finally see that Spring is upon us! The quilts are absolutely beautiful. I think I need to keep the quote you have gifted us. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  2. I really like the orange peel quilt. That is a lot of stitches and fabric! I ordered the wool applique Singing for Joy Wool Composition Book cover kit. Since I do not have a shop near me that sells Valdani threads can you tell me which colors you used for your cover so I can order them online? Thank you so much for your response!

    Karen in NC

  3. I just love the Bryce Canyon retreat, but I haven't been in years. It looks like fun once again.