Monday, June 29, 2009


Gosh, I hope her name which "her name may mean bitterness" doesn't. I like Miriam. What a devoted sister she was. She was brave and she had strong leadership qualities. Yes, she made a mistake. Who doesn't make mistakes?

Three siblings in leadership roles, Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, all working toward the same thing would, of course, have some struggle to it. God's strong action in punishing Miriam may have been the strong wake-up His people needed at the time to stick together and quit bickering.

As for dancing, men and women still dance in separation in the Middle East, or at least in conservative societies. The question about when you have danced for joy brought to mind my on-line quilting groups. How many times have we heard women say, "Doing the Snoopy Dance," when they have finally constructed that difficult block or finally completed a quilt top? To me it's a lot like "jumped for joy."

For my quilt block I used fabrics that convey dancing and following the leader -- some movement and some following.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


I read somewhere that some prefer silent blogs. I decided to poll my readers to see what they prefer. If the majority would prefer silent, I'll remove the music.

Personally I like relaxing music on blogs. If its a certain genre that I don't like to listen to and read, I just silence my volume on my computer, so as not to be distracted.

Majority will rule here, so thanks for voting.


Thursday, June 25, 2009


After 10 1/2 months in transit, my rows are home! This swap started last summer, when each of us made our theme row. Mine was the spool flowers row.

Then they passed to 6 other gals, each adding a specific row, curved piecing, squares and rectangles, hearts, triangles, applique, and ending with free-choice. They each chose their own pattern and fabrics.

They also each signed my journal with thoughts about their quilting, family, etc., as well as signing their name on the top of a spool, and their location on the bottom, and signed a signature block for the back of the quilt, telling which row they made and dating it.

I'm just so excited to have this swap home. It's been all hush, hush, secretive all year, and I had no idea what anyone else did for mine. It's been fun as the other gal's rows passed through my sewing room, and I added to theirs.

What fun! And what a talented group of ladies!

Monday, June 22, 2009


Here's my block for the mothers of Moses. I chose the blue for the Nile that little Moses floated down, green for the reeds and grasses he passed through, and browns for the basket. I like how the pattern has the sharp diagonal line (or horizontal when you place it on point). This to me represents the two mothers, so different, and yet so the same in caring for and protecting Moses. Sun and Shadows. Sun and shadows.

I was confused by this pattern. Where is the basket, where's the sunshine, where's the shadows? Which way is up? In the end I like how it turned out.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


I received 12 houses back from the swap, and have made 8 more to join them, so the neighborhood grows! At the bottom are the fabrics I plan to use for finishing the quilt. The yellow circles are for sashing with the bright stripes for setting corners. The purple house print is for the border.

I hope it all goes together. There are so many colors and fabric styles in the houses that it was hard to come up with something.

Saturday, June 20, 2009


When I think of Joseph's coat, I must admit that I think of the musical, Donny Osmond, and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. OK. Technicolor wasn't in the bible, but still...........

OK. This block isn't about Joseph, and this is a different cloak he lost anyhow. It's about Mrs. P. clinging to the empty coat, after being turned down by Joseph.

I think of Mrs. P as wealthy, wearing make-up, and also with lots of gold. So I used a magenta with gold to represent her. I choose a tan to represent Egypt -- sand, camels, all things tan, as the desert is a million colors of tan. And my other fabric has triangles to represent the Egyptian pyramids. It also has gold, representing the wealthy in Egypt, like Mrs. P., not the slaves, like Joseph.

It's not Joseph's block, although that is the name, Joseph's Coat. It is Mrs. Poliphar's block. These are the women of the Bible.


While working on this block I was thinking about palm trees. In my youth, in Michigan, my whole experience with palm fronds was on Palm Sunday, when they were passed out at church. They always seemed exotic and a bit surreal, like many things at church when you are little.

Now that I live in Florida, palms are everywhere, of course, including my front yard. I love the way the sway and block/filter the light. It reminds me of Tamar hiding her identity from Judah, blocking who she was, yet at the same time with him.

I used dark green for the palm branch and a yellow-green for the background. Is that the light shining through, or yet another palm frond behind? I like it to not be obvious.


I love the pieced version of this block where you really see the lover's knot.

But I also love applique. In this block I like the little crosses that create the overall pattern. This block was quite a challenge...getting the melons all the same, getting them to line up just right, working on the points, making the arks all flow. This block has taken time and patience!

All the time the block has taken reminds me of how long it took Leah to be loved by her husband. Even in giving him sons, he loved her sister and her children more. Yet in the end, we have evidence by her burial that Leah was loved by Jacob. Patience. It is hard, isn't it?

In choosing colors for this block, I used two shades of the same color. It reminds me of the sides of Leah, loving Jacob but not having that love returned.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Isn't this a great sign in an airport? Yes, discombobulate is a real word, as is discombobulation. I've never seen recombobulation before. But it is truly so appropriate for how you feel after going through security at an airport! There's a complete article about it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


My 9-year-old granddaughter spent the night last week-end. She decorated a t-shirt for her American Girl doll and also one for her friend's doll. Then we sewed them matching pants to wear with the t-shirts.

We also made blueberry pie, and here's a photo of the dolls enjoying the little pie that Bri made with the leftover dough.

Great fun was had by all!

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Last week my neighborhood from the House Swap arrived. I got back more uphill blocks than downhills, but I love them all.

Here are close-ups of one with a cat in the window and one that has Victorian gingerbread lace. Aren't they special?

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Churn dash in pink/brown and brown/pink are one of the 5 sets of blocks I made for the pink/brown swap on SBS. I love this block. I think it is the second block I learned to make back in the 1970's. It is so simple and so traditional. Love the clean lines.

Monday, June 1, 2009


We studied Rachel last week, in my Women of the Bible on-line study. In my block I used the darker blue to represent Jacob's sons. The deep rose represents Rachel and Leah, the struggling sisters. I used the light blue to symbolize the sky, after thinking about the question, what would it be like to go into labor while traveling, especially in those times.

I wonder if women of that time had so very little power that they resorted to trickery to have some small control of their own lives. Then again, the men used trickery too. There's so much deception in this story!