Snuggling Down

After a freakishly warm Christmas Day, the weather here in WNY has taken a turn for the winter. I don’t know why, but I rarely catch any pictures of the big day, but I did manage to wrestle my teenager into a family picture in front of the tree.


Dad had to photobomb his way in!

This morning, we woke up to a mild Hollywood-style snowstorm with big, fat flakes tumbling down out of a puffy, white sky.


It is completely lovely, and it reminds me that the end of Christmas does not mean the end of cold weather. I’m rustling around in my recipe file, looking for the appropriate soup recipe with which to scent the house.

I do have to run to town later. Shockingly, I have not yet purchased my 2017 calendar — and Boots must go with me, because my darling kitty needs a rabies shot. He’s in for a rude awakening soon.


Sorry in advance, kitty!

Over the last few days I’ve been working on a new Valentine’s day project. Soon I’m going to need a new season-appropriate wall hanging for my office and I’ve decided that the color scheme on this Jenny Doan pattern of Missouri Star Quilt Company belongs more in my house than my office.


I just love this charm pack pattern. It’s fast and fun and stands the test of time.

My new design uses two jelly rolls: one red and one white. I’m excited to show it to you. I’m hoping to finish the quilt top today. Stay warm friends!

P.S. This week marks the first anniversary of the start of Gray Barn Designs! It has been so much fun meeting everyone and making new friends. Cindy and I are honored by your friendship and we are inspired by your stories and your work. Happy 2017!

Goal Setting

For my entire adult life I’ve never been very far for a day planner. I’m not sure when this habit started, but my “problem” was enhanced with the masterful development and marketing of “day timers” which exploded in popularity in the 1990’s. At that time I was working for a consulting company in Dallas and our management team was filled with organizational freaks who liked to flash their busy schedules. I wanted to be just like them.

I’m trying desperately to transfer my habit to my iPhone, but am having only marginal success. Meanwhile, this sits front and center at my desk and I carry it wherever I go.


Inside there are the random daily lists: things to do, things to think about, long-term goals, books I want to read. I even have a quilting goals list. If you don’t write it down, it doesn’t happen, right?


Anyway, this list is old, since it doesn’t have an item called “pick up picnic quilt from Ms. G.”  But I accomplished this undocumented goal anyway. I’m so excited!


Picnic quilt returned from the long-armer.

I really love the way the recycled, pieced back came together.


After work today (yes, I have to work on Labor Day), I’ll focus on figuring out whether or not I have enough fabric left over from the green border to make the binding. If not, I’ll be adding a new list item for next Saturday titled “Things to Buy at Material Rewards“.