Monday, March 20, 2017


or MIA?

Maybe some of each.  Thanks to those who checked on me.  I just lost my mojo for a while.  I needed to prep for a couple of upcoming trips and didn't feel like I had big enough blocks of time to get any sewing done.

Then we had that short-lived snow.  Negotiating our driveway is impossible in bad weather so I dithered (catatonic is probably more accurate) about whether DH and I could even get away for a little planned R and R.

As it was, we delayed our departure till Monday last week, then spent a couple of days in Kingsport and Johnson City looking at houses.  Oh, I forgot -- last you heard we were looking for property to build on?  Well, a couple of recent health issues convinced DH and me that life is too short to wait on construction.  Wouldn't this be a cheerful place to sew?

Dream Studio
This trip was only to familiarize ourselves with the more desirable neighborhoods.  It will still be quite a while before we can make a move and there's no guarantee this place will still be available.  I can dream, though ...

Once back home, I spent some time in the sewing room playing with red strings ...

... looks like a February leftover slipped in when I wasn't looking ... and another HST 9-patch.

I also spent some time cutting for an upcoming class.  Mountain Quilt Fest is happening this week in Pigeon Forge, TN and I will be working on Rainbow Radiance with Donna Lynn Thomas.

Donna Lynn has developed a ruler for on-point blocks that simplifies the math. 

I took a class with her two years ago but didn't follow through with the project.  I hope this time the concept sticks!

 Batiks are my fabrics of choice this time, but I'm having trouble picking a background.

I really wanted a navy blue batik.  Needless to say, there will be vendors, not to mention local fabric shops, where I might find a better choice.  But we'll only be working on  two blocks in the class, not much has been cut, so if I have to wait till I can shop at home, I'm not concerned. I just want to learn how to use the ruler -- not so much for this particular project, but the way she explains the concept it could be beneficial when I try to design something on my own.

Don't forget to check out the Orphan Adoption Event at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.  You have until Saturday to put in a bid for my two orphans up for adoption here and here.


  1. Wow! That room would be awesome to sew in during the day. So bright and clean! I'm sorry you've lost your mojo for a bit. Happens to all of us at one time or another. I'll be interested to hear about the ruler you will be learning to use. Have fun!!

  2. That is definitely a dream studio! I hope you make good progress towards a move and that you recover your mojo along the way. (Though of course you may then be too busy to sew!)

  3. That would be an awesome sewing space. Hopefully your mojo has returned and you can get lots done before your class.

  4. Oh gracious -- what an incredible space that would be for you! I think you're right, though. You can get such great deals these days, buying already constructed homes. Your batiks are gorgeous! Enjoy! :)

  5. My mojo might have run off with yours. Or it got buried under all the snow we got here last week...
    Good luck on your house quest, and I'll look forward to hearing about that ruler. I do love me a good ruler!

  6. Libby, hope you're feeling like your mojo is coming back at this point! Even if it isn't, just sewing a few blocks can be a good solution! I love your red strings and the HST 9 patch - I think red is a fun color to work with. Good luck with your house search, too!

  7. I was right there with you being AWOL. That dream room looks lovely. Hope your mojo is coming back. I know how that feels.

  8. Wow! Love that studio space! Sharon B in Franklin

  9. Love, love, LOVE all of your RED blocks and that class quilt is going to be FABULOUS!!! (Says someone who has seen your first completed block - in person.)

  10. A dream studio indeed! I hope it IS still available when you are ready to buy. I really like that area, and there are several quilt shops. I actually take my machines to be cleaned at Heavenly Stitches because he's good and if I arrange in advance, he'll do it the same day for me. He's from Phoenix, AZ, too!


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