Archives for the month of: May, 2014

The intensity is increasing the closer we get to August, but I had time to complete my goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes this month!


This is the improv top to a family-sized baby quilt commissioned for a friend’s precious daughter. Does it look like New Orleans jazz to you? I need to baste, quilt, and bind it soon before that baby gets any bigger! At present it’s finishing around 60×72 inches, big enough for her to grow with!

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Getting so close to the end! A sweet friend sent me some new bits of Tula Pink fabric (hello octopus!), and I’m happy to work them in.









I’m pondering a bit of a hiatus while I work on some other pressing projects. But now I’m in the home stretch, I feel I’ve earned it! No concerns about these blocks turning into an unfinished piece. Having come so far, I’m motivated to finish and have something to show for all the toil! Now back to those pressing projects I mentioned…

Tennessee has quite a selection of gorgeous waterfalls, many tucked away on back roads that wind through small towns and farms with few signs to tell you you’re getting close. It is my joy to introduce my Californian fiancé to some of these beauties. This weekend, we hiked to Machine Falls in Short Springs Natural Area.










The falls are about 3 stories high. Most of the water pours in from the main stream above, but side creeks join up along the edges of the gully and drop their water in tinsel-thin strands. My fiancé was ill-equipped for rock-hopping and so went barefoot. Though he later saw the pumice-like effect the keen, cold water and stone had on his calloused feet, he didn’t join me as I climbed partway up the falls. Maybe I’ll get him a pair of proper Chacos and initiate him fully as an outdoorsy sort. Meanwhile he snapped a few pics of me from the lower levels. This is my favorite.


Looking forward to our next outdoor adventure! I love sharing my love with my love!

There are so many sewing projects I want to complete this month for the wedding, but the goal I’m choosing to work on for A Lovely Year of Finishes is a commissioned quilt!


My roommate from grad school has a lovely baby daughter with a bare bed. She and I have kept up a bit over the years, and she has been following my quilting adventures. In fact, I started my first quilt when we lived together. She contacted me asking if I’d be willing to make a New Orleans-flavored quilt for her daughter. I sent her a few examples of improv quilts, thinking it would be a fun reprieve from some of the more structured sewing for the wedding.


She loves the idea, especially as improv is the foundation of jazz, and New Orleans is nothing without its music. I’m excited to get started! My goal is to have the top finished by the end of the month. I’m aiming for a twin size for this growing girl!


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