Still thinking about yesterday ~

I've been saving my little fabric clippings for quite a while.  Some I pass on to a nearby animal shelter for dog beds, some I keep for myself for the beds of cats that have adopted our house.   Some I save for the two pathetically lazy inside cats. 

But back to yesterday's thinking:  At the guild meeting yesterday, I found a scrap of giveaway fabric.  Well actually, it was about a yard with humpty dumpty printed on both sides with instructions to cut out humpty dumpty along the scissor lines, then sew on the dotted lines and stuff up to make a humpty dumpty doll. 

humpty dumpty fabric for cut out doll

I wasn't falling for that stuffing!

But this morning I did make the two pathetically lazy inside cats a new (and clean) nesting pillow, stuffing it with my saved fabric clippings. 

The biggest pathetically lazy cat found it first and begun his nesting in. 

 But, lol, when I came back later, I found that he had just about been nestled off by the second pathetically lazy inside cat. 

Neither one is complaining about the smaller than necessary nesting pillow.....
they know a good life while living it. 

I've been roped in!

When asked to do a quilt guild program, my first response is usually YES.  I strongly feel that being a member of any organization or group- even family -  means giving back.  So when Christie asked me to do the fabric wrapped rope bowl program for our quilt group this month, I told her I would.  Yikes----I've only made one! and really didn't know what I was doing.  I found a u-tube and Christie loaned me a book, I bought rope, cut strips and off I went.  For the past two months, I've been teaching myself how to wrap a rope and make bowls.

Bowl No. 2 (I've already given away bowl No. 1)

I've even taught myself how to paint a rope and make a bowl

and make a floor mat and make it more personable with paint.

I've made nesting bowls.

and I've made teeny bowls with teeny kitchen twine - you know the cord you wrap around the Thanksgiving turkey legs to hold them together!

and a little jute twine bowl with frilly edges. 

But all this working with rope paid off today.   The theme for this months Art Quilts Around the World challenge is "Uniform":  meaning a piece of clothing worn by a group, or something being like another something, such as pieces of coiled rope that look somewhat like other pieces of coiled rope. 
All coiled and stitched onto scrap fabric, layered, then free-motion quilted.  I've named my art quilt "The Path of Least Resistance." 

Art Quilts Around The World:  Uniform Theme - by Marty Mason

I'm hopeful that at day's end I can say that I've finished working with rope for a while. 
Yes, I did....I let Christie rope me in. 


May your day be filled with sunshine ~

I have unapologetically been away from the blog for a few weeks.....had some sad days mourning the death of my brother-in-law.....had some glad days traveling, visiting and sewing with friends....had some great conversations with my sister about her life with Paul in the days and nights leading up to and after his passing from his temporary life.  Had some great conversations with friends about just about everything.  What I found as we talked was that we cried.  And we laughed.  Oh, the power of talking and crying and laughing.  Add in the most powerful element - prayer.   

 Accepting that where there is sunshine, there must also be a shadow. 

Pears:  Blemished, yet  perfectly tasteful



But they all have a name ~

black cat
Black Cat
I didn't have a child to name, but I had a dog, Sweet Pea.  Then Missy came along to keep Sweet Pea Company.  Sweet Pea got shortened to Sweeper at some point and she liked that nickname a lot.  Katherine Cat, AKA Katy, liked her shortened name better than her birth name. 

Mom once had a hound dog named Houney.  I have a a cat named Carport Cat and one named Kitty.  My niece has a dog named Porch Dog.   They are all extremely happy animals. 

I like names.  I like Alexandria Marie, shortened to Trixie.  I like  Anna Elizabeth - not shortened at all.  I name my art people....Sulynn, MayBeth, Anne Marie, Sara Jane, Sachie Claudine, Georgianna, Willie May, Mary Linda , Emma Jean and Arabella, just to name a few.     I like names and often wonder why my intrique.

 I'm not alone in my infatuation with names......a quilter friend who is also a dog lover made a quilt for her dogs.  Pictured and named on the quilt are her dogs:   Domino, Booger Beau,  Lucky Pup and Sugar Boy.  Interesting?  Is Domino black with white spots?  Does Booger Beau really:::::  Stop it.  Stop it right now!! 

I'd rather be watching as the world passes before me with Stretch in his favorite window. 

cat in the window



thread sketched fabric art card  - Marty Mason
Aunt Mildred


thread sketched fabric art card  - Marty Mason


Let's Go Sew Together ~

Seven of us spent the day sewing our Sew Together Bag....a bag designed by Michelle at Sew Demented....pattern purchased at Craftsy.

Sew Together Bag

Three zippered pockets surrounded by three open pockets.....all zippered together to hold all we might need when we go sew together.

Sew Together Bag

Sew Together Bag

I've finished two and as soon as I get more zippers, I'll be making more.  A gal just can't stop when having this much sewing fun.   Ramona had already made one or two and agreed to help the rest of us just in case we hit a snag.  It was a wonderful Saturday. 


Prudence ~

Pru.dence:  Care, Caution, Good Judgment.  As well as wisdom in looking ahead!
 Care taken in the management of one's resources.
Consideration of one's own interests.
Face Sketch in Photoshop ~ Marty Mason
Prudy LuAnn
I took great interest  and considered what was a prudent way to spend my time this early morning. 
It took me a few minutes in Photshop, but Prudy LuAnn was sketched and colored. 
I'm not always prudent in the use of my time...but, I was tired yesterday afternoon so took a nice nap. 
I do make lists... but my lists may not always be on paper.  I don't use my phone memo pad either!
I find it amusing as I walk the grocery aisle to hear a phone spitting out in an orderly fashion what grocery to pick up next.   Or, even more amusing, the husband and wife team shopping together.   He's on the phone telling her "I'm on aisle 2 and have the mustard and mayo.  Heading for aisle 6 for milk and cheese.  You go to aisle 4 for the cereal, then aisle 5 for the toilet tissue and I'll meet you at checkout  #2." 
I organize my errands and run them in an orderly fashion so as not to backtrack.  Some days I'll go to the farthest point and work my way back home.  Then, there is always the choice of  stopping at the nearest errand destination first and moving outward, then circling back toward home in a more relaxed frame of mind, knowing that all the errands are done.  I do this only when there's no risk that the ice cream will melt! 
I press my clothes just before putting them on.  Perhaps not a very prudent use of time or electricity, but I always know I'm I fresh as it's gonna get that day! 

It surely is quiet in here ~

We had a very quiet weekend....the HuMan and I.  It was out to dinner Saturday night - I had boiled shrimp, he had the shrimp platter.  Mine was very tasty.  He said his was too.  I had a Corona.  He had two gin and tonics.  Mine was very refreshing with the little lime quarter.  He said his was too with its little lime garnish.   We overheard someone order a Tom Collins.  The HumAn asked the bartender as we were leaving.  I don't remember the ingredients or I would share it now with you.

In charcoal - sketched by Marty Mason

Sunday breakfast was shared together standing before the kitchen sink.  I ate a banana.  He had a toasted bagel with cream cheese....or was it topped with jelly.  I really don't remember and will not ask at this late go.  Or should I, just to make conversation?   It doesn't matter.  Does it? 

I puzzled as I sat at the sewing machine yesterday afternoon listening as the HuMAn had an old movie playing on TV.  Why?  Why is there so much dialog?  Can the characters in a movie and on tv have so much more to say to each other than the HuMAn and I?   Perhaps we use more body language.   We talk to each other.  But not excessively.  We talk when we have something to say to each other....He and I.  We always share I love yous before turning out the light each night. 

And, already it's Monday morning and HuMan is up and out to visit the opthamologist.   

And it surely is quiet in here. 


It's Art....for Art's Sake ~

I'm a proud member of a group known as "Art Quilts Around The World"  Every two months we are given a theme and then the 20 of us in the group complete an art quilt in our own interpretation of that designated theme.  Well, the theme for this month's art quilt is "Snowflake."   

Art Quilts Around The World:  Snowflakes by Marty Mason

So, off I go in the middle of July sitting under a 100 degree heat wave thinking about snowflakes.  The thought did cool me off a bit.  

I've been wanting to make a paper quilt!  And this seemed the time to do a small scale - just for grins. 

I started with a map recently acquired from a trip to Little Rock and added junk mail to the pile.  I added 'interest' by glueing on my theater ticket from the Little Rock trip and some bits of silk fabric. Fusible ironed to the back of each piece of junk allowed me to safely cut my "fabric"  into pieces....stitched together in a very random improv log cabin-ish style quilt block. 
Art Quilts Around The World:  Snowflakes by Marty Mason
I quilted and painted on and added paper snowflakes hanging with silk ribbon and more snowflakes made from fabric trims.  I've explained the process in more detail over here at

Art Quilts Around The World:  Snowflakes by Marty Mason
and here you have the big picture - snowflakes in July

Art Quilts Around The World:  Snowflakes by Marty Mason