Wednesday, April 29, 2015


For me, the turkeys returning in the spring is a highlight.  About a week ago, I saw something huge way down in the field.  I grabbed my binoculars and took a look, thinking it was a deer.  It was actually a tom turkey in full display!  The hens were playing keep away as best they could.  Peck, peck, peck, look over shoulder--here he comes--quick scoot across the field, peck, peck, peck...repeat!  (These pics are in color--it was before the field and trees started greening up.)

As I was choosing the pictures for this post, I inadvertently clicked on this one.  I was about to delete it, when, I figured...who's a bigger turkey!  It fit the title.

Happy end of April, everyone!

Blissful hugs,

P.S.  I am listening to Hope to Die (Alex Cross) by James Patterson, and reading High Hearts by Rita Mae Brown.

P.P.S.  Have you seen Becky Goldsmith's new book "The Quilter's Practical Guide to Color"?  It is fabulous.  You'll never have to wonder about how to use a color wheel again!  Easy to understand, lots of examples, and patterns.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pictureless Monday Catch-up

It must truly be spring--I had one snowdrop blossom--and I heard the peepers for the first time today!  The common belief is that the peepers must be frozen off three times for it to be truly spring--but it's been a long winter and I'm grabbing any peepers I can!  Oh, and I killed the first mosquito today (in the house).  And...the groundhogs are out!  (I heard that, Diane!)

There is also a new (at least to me!) hexie blog  (  It is fabulous!  And she has an e-magazine called Hexie Love.  Issue two just came out--wait til you see the designs.  Visit Julia Wood at the link above to learn more.  You can get single magazines  for $5.99, or a 6-issue subscription is only $26.99.  Guess which one I went with!  These are not just your Grandmother's Flower Garden hexies!

My featherweight has been humming while making more samples for the Big Three classes.  For those of you who don't know about them, we make 15-inch finished blocks with the emphasis on three things--accurate cutting, accurate piecing, accurate pressing.  Get it?  The Big 3?  These are real skill-builder classes--no gimmicks, no special rulers, no oversizing/recutting of blocks.

And I've been hand piecing a series of blocks to be used over the summer.  I say these things so that you know I am not just sleeping over here.

That's it for tonight.  Busy week ahead.

Blissful hugs,

P.S.  I am listening to Motive by Jonathan Kellerman.

P.P.S.  Jay, thanks for texting me about last Tuesday.  Hope you are better now.  We missed you.