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Columbia, Maryland
Jill of many skills from Eastern KY via TX and WI; owner of Seminole Sampler quilt shop (now closed).
Interests: quilt making (especially art quilts), making altered books, science fiction (lifelong reader; movies and tv), gaming (as in role playing, etc), human prehistory and other archaeology
Recent Activity
This was the view out my front door this morning when I got up. Still snowing, too. :) Heavy wet snow. Around six or so the snowplow went around our cul-de-sac (we are pretty low on the plowing priority:). It... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Fiber and Pulp
No, these are not my daffodils (they are in yellow bud, but not yet opened) - this photo is from Wiki-commons. We have tiny ice-ball hail all over our yard, now being covered by real snowflakes. The current prediction for... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Fiber and Pulp
I managed to do two spots of sewing this week. Only two. Sigh. I made two blocks for the April block lottery for the Baltimore modern guild - our assigned block was an applique tulip - the drawing 'Mom', MJ,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
Yesterday was the monthly meeting of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild. I found the plaque above in one corner of the meeting room at the public library in Arbutus where we met. I had never heard of this old tree... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
I started quilting the wall hanging Barbara gave me yesterday when I got home last night. I'm pleased with the color of thread she chose - it blends in places and highlights some prints very nicely. :) I am just... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
I've been spending most of my sewing time this week trying to understand my machine woes with the baby quilt. I think I have narrowed the possibilities down to two issues - user error (blush) and working with Minky. One... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
I took this photo around 9 a.m. this morning as I stood waiting for Barbara to come pick me up. This tree is in my neighbor-across-the-circle's front yard (see their roof at the bottom?). The weather has been gloriously sunlit... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
Far over the misty mountains cold To dungeons deep and caverns old We must away, ere break of day, To claim our long-forgotten gold.... The pines were roaring on the height, The winds were moaning in the night (from The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
I might have mentioned before that my Mom's dad's family is from Wales, way, way back when. This video (which I picked up on this blog post) was made in the 1950's and seems somewhat, um, condescending to me (notice... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
Yesterday and today have been sunny - wow! Sunshine has been sooooo nice! Both days have been busy and active ... probably because of the sun. :) When I was at my guild meeting on Monday evening, Maria asked me... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
Not quite yet, sadly ... but it IS coming. :) Just over this weekend, my daffodils grew from about 3" high to budding - they shot up out of the ground with the warm days we've had (and maybe the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
Yesterday and Today have been fairly quiet at our house. We've had sunshine and clouds but mostly warmer temperatures (60's and 70's for highs). I filled the bird feeders as all the little song birds were gorging ... and someone... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
Today the weather was glorious! The air was warm (mid 70's!) and damp and it was sunny. Heavenly. :) I know it isn't really, reliably, Spring, yet ... but the birds and trees are acting like it might be. :)... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
Today was yet another overcast rainy day. Mostly it was drizzle all day - sloppy wet and muddy. Sigh. When I woke up this morning (barely:), I was determined to get my blood tests done. Skip stayed home today (as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
The weather forecasters were right, it did come to be a sunny day today. :) The snow is almost all melted off in my neighborhood. I enjoyed the sunshine from my front porch when I filled the bird feeders. Lazy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
The weather today has been strange! It went from that (blue sky and sunshine) at 9 a.m. to this (snow falling) by 2 p.m. Looking out my bedroom window just now it looks like we've had about two or three... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
I'm starting to think more seriously about my daughter's Dinosaurs quilt ... how to portray what-seems-like-imaginary beasts in fabric. :) I don't want to expend the kind of energy that Danny Amazonas does in his extravagant appliques (well worth looking... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
Today was warm! My husband told me it got up to 72 degrees where he works (which is twenty-five or so miles south of where we live). Here in Columbia it was supposed to get to 67. I went out... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
For the second day in a row, Hugh and I went walking this morning. Gasp!! Dare I hope this is the beginning of a new habit? :) Wasn't like yesterday's walk, though. We set out the front door thinking it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
When I woke up this morning the sun was shining brightly outside my bedroom windows. Made me get right up, get dressed and go outside. :) I actually feel proud of myself as my son and I took a walk... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
Saturday and Sunday were both pretty rainy and gray. Temperatures in the high 40's mostly so not much freezing danger at least. :) Saturday I went with my friend Barbara down to Falls Church for the monthly meeting of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
Here is my brother, Jeffrey, with his new quilt that I made for him. These photos make me very happy ... and the smile on his face tells me he likes his quilt. :) I went back in my posts... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
My friend Barbara and I drove down to northern Virginia today to work for our quilt guild (Faithful Circle) at the long arm expo. If you click on the pic above, you can go to the website to see details.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
Today was cold (for Maryland) at about freezing and wet at times. Cloudy with no sunshine to speak of. :P More winter weather. It is supposed to precipitate and be icy tonight and early tomorrow again. Fingers crossed that it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp
I quite like this quilt pattern - I just bought a downloadable pdf design of it from Patchwork Posse. I am thinking it would look good in almost any colorway. :) Besides the husband-is-an-astronomer angle, I like the way the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Fiber and Pulp