it wasn't a green eggs and ham morning ~

Prudhomme Plantation Outbuildings
Prudhomme Plantation
Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana


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

Just Focus ~

A quilter bud of mine says she likes to have a place for her eyes to focus when looking at a quilt! 

For Renea.....just focus on this quilt - if you can! 

charm pack/layer cake sew and slice....mod quilt - marty mason

 I had a Malka Dubrawsky layer cake "from outside in" and also one of her charm pack fabric designs  "poems from pebbles" (Moda) and I had a technique I'd been itching to try that I saw at QuiltCon 2015.  Kansas Troubles owner, Lynne Hagmeier, had a most delightful demo and a great story.  It was on a quilt cruise (if memory serves me) and she wanted her class to be a simple one.  All the group had to do was center a charm pack square on top of a layer cake square and sew the charm block down.  She said it took the quilters hours and hours to get that done......thus, she designed a ruler.  And her demo at QuiltCon 2015 was all about that ruler.    I didn't make that purchase.  But, I did come home and place my charm block somewhere in the layer cake block.  Just as long as it was on a cutting line, then that was all that was required. 

charm pack/layer cake sew and slice....mod quilt - marty mason
 I then stitched around the charm block with a 1/4" seam so that it has a wonderful raw edge.  Next step is to cut the layer cake block dead center, both horizonal and vertical to make four new 5" blocks.  Mix 'em up and sew together.   Notice the quilt in the background picture with Lynne and Jenny - that's the traditional block using this technique.    Isn't it a great one? 

Name of this one is "Just Focus....If You Can." 

Mod quilt:  marty mason


In "The Skinny"

I found a new-to-me font this morning......"The Skinny"  and decided to play for a bit.  And then I remembered a hilarious conversation with friends this week.  There's something unique about Southern lingo.  We redefine words and use that re-definition  so much that it becomes gospel around here. 

The gospel on Southern:

I'm fixin' to tell you what I mean.   For many folks, fix means to repair.  For us southern folk, fixin' means we are getting ready to or about  to do a thing or two.  I tell the HuMan most every day that it's time to start fixin' supper or even better, "I'm fixin' to start on a new quilt."  When he asks where I'm going or what I'm about to do, I just tell him that I'm fixin' to go here and I'm fixin' to do this and that and he now knows exactly what's going on.  I told a close friend just the other day that I was fixin' to get ready to do a little sewing.  She's still laughing at me wondering how long that was going to take! 

And then there is this thing about going to the grocery, or just about anywhere where 'things' need to be contained before one can get out of the store.  Down here, we put our groceries into sacks.   When I go to Walmart for new underwear, my new undies are packaged for takeout in a sack.  You may have your takeout items put into a bag, but my takeout always goes into a SACK!  

We continued quilting and laughing about our common denominator, our re-defined words.  One southern quilting bud told a story about a northern friend of hers who always pressed a button when she wanted to start her sewing machine.    I, however, PUSH all my buttons to get things started.  I also push the doorbell as well as the shopping cart and vacuum cleaner but always  PRESS my wrinkled skirt before I dress. 

The list could go on, but back to my new-to-me "Skinny" font - newly incorporated in a photoshop with color, one without. 
Rejoice.  It's Sunday. 

The gospel on Southern:


A Lyric To Live By ~

I've been making clothesline rope baskets, smiling all the way......which prompted a lyric to live by by one of my favorite groups from the past - Supertramp - Give A Little Bit of Your Love. 

A painted rope....basket


Jewelry Travel Cuffs

These nifty little jewelry travel cuffs weren't on my today's to-do list; however, they are done.  A thrift store shopping friend found a video on how to use every part of a thrift store shirt and that includes the cuffs!  What a carefree way to store each piece of jewelry while at home or on the road. 

I even made one or two for the youngest boys to store their magnetic rocks....the ones they'll be getting at Christmas time.  Yes, Becky reminded me this morning that we only have 20 Fridays left until Christmas....and for that I am thankful, while wishing for 51.   

Jewelry Travel Cuffs
Jewelry Travel Cuffs

Jewelry Travel Cuffs

Dressed in improv style

I've learned something new....that I can take a picture, any picture, and erase and draw and have fun.  Here's a little cutie pie dressed in one of my improv style quilts. 

All is well today: 

This quilt is quilted and bound, washed and dried 'til it feels good and is now ready to be donated.  It just takes a few scraps to make me happy.   Oh, yes....all is well.