Destination Austen

Hi!  It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio while Sandy is in the UK (a.k.a. Jane Austen territory as I like to think of it)!

A dear friend (DF) knows my love of Jane Austen’s novels.  It’s true…I’ve read and re-read all her novels AND I even have the audio versions so I can get my ‘fix’ while quilting or traveling.

Below is a Christmas gift from DF…a charming tea towel that was even made in the UK!Full Tea TowelI need your opinion…what should I do with this spiffy tea towel?

  1. Wall Hanging
  2. Couch Quilt
  3. Pillow
  4. Actually use it for a tea towel (gasp!)  It might get stained!
  5. Something else?

Mr. Darcy, I’ll get back to you real soon!

Mr Darcy


Sandy reporting in briefly from London.

  1. Liberty London building was fantastic — all wood and warm and charming. From the Tudor facade to the welcoming flower bouquets to the afternoon tea at Arthur’s, it was all up to snuff.
  2. Liberty London quilting fabric selection was sparse. I didn’t buy anything <sob>.
  3. I’m steps away from the event venue that is the reason for my trip. When I have to start working again on Wednesday, it’ll be easy peasy.
  4. Public transportation is understandable, affordable, <seemingly> safe <so far>, and incredibly convenient. Love not having to drive.
  5. I’m seeing quilt inspiration everywhere.
  6. I’ve not had a drop of whiskey <sob>.
Facade of Liberty London
Cheese and champagne for an afternoon snack near Greenwich Market. Not a dram in sight.
Check out the border on this modern art at an Italian cafe.

London Bound — How far does a quilter have to go to find her dream fabric?

The hours are ticking away before my flight to London — which is the temporary home of my current bucket list fabric stash yardage. That fabric presently resides at Liberty London, but by Saturday afternoon it will be mine, mine, mine! I’m giddy! I mean, I’m even more excited about this than I was about scoring a French General kit on sale a few years ago. Because this — this– I’ve had time to prepare myself for and revel in the anticipation. You’ll have to excuse me while I finish happy dancing!

I’ve started to pack. I need stuff for work and play and workouts and afternoon tea. #overpackinginprogress

E-list for London

Have you ever documented how many electronics you need when you’re traveling?

This is my list — it includes two laptops: one for work-work, and a personal one for my on-line college teaching gig (classes begin Monday 1/20). Whew — that’s a lot of electrical cords to keep straight. I never did get around to sewing a cord organizing system. Maybe next time.

More fun news about my London trip: my good friend LG will be coming too! Our boys were best friends in high school and we bonded during many, many, many soccer games and tennis matches and well, many glasses of wine too. She found out about my trip last Saturday night and she bought her ticket to join me the next day. We’re on different flights, so we’ll meet up in London on Sunday morning by that time I hope I will have figured out the Tube and all the best neighborhood pubs and fish and chips shops.

Meanwhile, the postage stamp project continues. This week I received another lovely donation of red 1.5″ squares from Mary at Quilting is in My Blood. They are simply beautiful. Thank you Mary! And Roseanne, and Wendy and Tierney and Cindy too, who have also helped by contributing to the pile of squares I need for my crazy queen sized postage stamp quilt plan.

Mary of Quilting is In My Blood has good taste in red. With a blog of that name, you know she has a stash of fab reds!

Unfortunately, my Bernina is in need of a tune-up. I suppose it’s good timing, since I will be away, but I miss it when my machine is not in it’s usual place. Do you feel like there is some kind of ripple in the universe when your machine is missing from your space? Maybe it’s just me?

TaTa for now. I’ll check in from London!

Avocado Toast(y)

Good morning from Ohio!

It’s Norma’s birthday and she is easing into things.  She’s thinking about her busy schedule…a nail appointment, running in the park with a stick AND agility fun this afternoon…what a great birthday for a Bearded Collie!Norma on Her Birthday 2020On Saturday I picked up “Corner Kick” from my quilter, SJ.  close up 2 with logoWe had a bit of trouble picking out a quilt pattern because of all the colors and busy textures in this fabric line BUT we decided on an Avocado Quilt Pattern and it’s perfect!  Lots of non-symmetrical curves that look like halved avocados.  Here’s a photo of the back, it’s easier to see with just one fabric.    Avocado 2 If you’d like to make “Corner Kick”, you can download the FREE pattern by clicking on this link: Corner Kick 06 06 19

I’ve decided to keep this quilt so I will be “Avocado Toasty” all winter long!