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This is a blog to show off my needlework, mainly crazy quilting, beading and crochet. It makes me happy to create these things and even more happy to share the fun with friends. Pictures of my beading projects are at

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I Made an Ornament

I'm in a private ornament swap with a friend. I finished hers today. Her online name is Dragonpatch, hence the motif on the front. The machine embroidered dragon on the back I got in a dragon swap many years ago.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Scrap Block Quilt is Finished

I finished the scrap block quilt. It's about 24 inches square. I like it. While adding embellishments, I decided to put words in a patch. The ones that came to me, for reasons I don't fathom, were "Always Coming Home." This is the title of one of my favorite Ursula K. LeGuin novels. It's based in the northwest of the USA in the far future in a culture developed after a catastrophe. I AM a science fiction reader. The culture is somewhat based on native American
cultures in which gift giving is important, especially gifts made by the giver, including poetry and stories. One such gift is a poem ending in the line "Be always coming home." I printed the poem onto fabric and put it on the back of the quilt. To finish the quilt, I used the French facing technique Allison Aller described in her CQMagOnline article as I planned and It worked beautifully.

I hope you have had a wonderful 4th of July celebration. Glenna and I went for a walk in Greenbelt Park. It's a small forest with a campground in the middle, inside the the Capitol Beltway. We didn't check out the campground to see how many were taking advantage of such a convenient spot as a base for visiting the festivities in Washington, DC. But, we did see deer. Glenna was off the lead and she took off in chase. I feared I'd have a hard time finding her, but she returned when they got away and, showing her hound heritage, she excitedly started tracking the scent. This was her first trip to this kind of park. She loved it. I had a job getting her out of the car when we got home.