Monthly Archives: March 2014

Monday Mantra–3.31.14


How I know this is mostly true:

I have been under the weather for a few days and found that I could drink tea (two kinds, but not the one I was looking for) and read (four books). One of my nieces sent me the above poster via Pinterest and it suits me so much I had to use it today. I will spend today drinking tea and messing around in the studio. I am finishing up table runners, designing a project to use as a gift for the June Quilt retreat, and working on two challenges. One is the Shop Hop Challenge I already wrote about with that unattractive KEEP IT SASSY Fabric, and the other is a challenge from the new President of the Pieceful Mountain Quilt Guild. She gave each of us who would participate a half yard of a print and…sorry, coughing fit. I will write the rest and show pictures in a couple days.


Another Famous Quilter

For many of the ladies in the quilt guilds to which I belong, Georgia Bonesteel was our first quilting teacher. She came to us via our local PBS stations and we spent hours with her. This was back when unbleached muslin was considered THE neutral and the only other fabrics that were cotton had little flowers on them–you know–country calicoes.


Lap Quilting-Quilting Your Legacy by Georgia Bonesteel. Mom and I EACH had a copy.

Georgia Bonesteel was the guest speaker Tuesday at the Misty Mountain Quilters Guild. She had a trunk full of quilts and so many wonderful stories and reminiscences. I completely enjoyed myself. She has a youtube channel and now I am a subscriber.


Do you remember this? I had started to color mine with colored pencils. I was already planning a quilt.

Those 70s cottons  did not stop people fromloving quilting and pretty soon, quilters discovered what the Amish quilters always knew. Solids make great quilts.

Today we have so many fabric designers for so many different “looks” for quilting, it is hard to remember the narrowly accepted styles the quilt police have rigidly maintained. Luckily, we can call them TRADITIONAL and enjoy them for what they are, use them as springboards for new ideas, or go completely in another direction.

Mom, do you still have the quilts you made using the lap quilting technique that Georgia Bonesteel pioneered?


Famous Quilter Comes for Trunk Show and Class


Books authored by Barbara Cline

My Blue Ridge-based guild, Pieceful Mountain Quilt Guild, had Barbara Cline come out Friday night from her home in Harrisburg, Virginia,  for a trunk show and lecture. You can bet when they asked for someone to help hold up quilts that I leaped over chairs to get to the stage. To see her work close up and TOUCH IT (She invited everyone to touch her quilts later on) was so great.


Barbara’s table runner model for the class I took.

Saturday, I took a class using her overlay technique to create color dimension in a small table runner. I learned a few new techniques and learned how to fusefabric to fabric using two sided- fusible web. I think I might be over my fear of it. We used communal irons so some of my pretty solid turquoise petals have blackened globs of someone else’s mishap with the wrong side of the fusible. It is okay, though, I think I will organize my blocks so the overlay covers the gunk.

Tea Time Tuesday

Sore throat. What kind of tea? Surely TEA is a step in the right direction. It is about to go full-on turbo pollen where I live. I have already seen a “yaller Easter bush” (Forsythia) in full bloom just down the road. says Chamomile, Rosehip, Peppermint, Lemon Blend.

Althaea officinalis is a perennial species indigenous to Africa, which is used as a medicinal plant and ornamental plant. A confection made from the root since ancient Egyptian time evolved into today’s marshmallow treat.

Traditional Medicinals says, “Licorice,  and marshmallow are demulcents, which soothe irritated mucous membranes. Marshmallow is traditionally used for irritation of the mouth and throat and associated dry cough, and echinacea root tea is traditionally used for the relief of sore throat.” I know they do not mean Kraft or Sta-Puf marshmallows, but the plant. Today’s marshmallows have little to do with the ancient Egyptian recipe.


Yogi Tea offers a tea made this way: “Organic Honeybush, Organic Lemongrass, Organic Lemon Myrtle, Organic Licorice Root, Organic Peppermint Leaf, Organic Wild Cherry Bark, Organic Echinacea Root (Angustifolia, Purpurea, Pallida), Organic Black Pepper, Organic Slippery Elm Bark, Organic Stevia Leaf. ”


I am inclined to go with the Yogi Tea because some of those ingredients I have used before for sore throat such as the slippery elm, wild cherry bark, echinacea, and anything lemony and licorice.

In my research,   I saw several recommendations for make-your-own that included honey, lemon, whiskey, peppermint tea, cayenne pepper tea additions, and one even suggested cinnamon milk.

If you have a suggestion that has worked for you, let me know.

Knitting and Quilting

I have been doing a little knitting, a little quilting.

You saw my finished Quaker Yarn Stretcher scarf, which I named Boomerang. I am doing a little experiment with the yarn you see in my header, and I unknit a cowl and I am repurposing the yarn into a scarf. I still don’t think I have a good match up for this lovely yarn.

MECHAMALAB.ARAPEY.detail.1_mediumOff and on, I am working on the SECRET CHALLENGE for the North Georgia Shop Hop. In May, we hop the Quilt Shops. Country Stitches, in Blue Ridge, gives out a fat quarter of a specific fabric, participants make a project, visitors during the shop hop vote on the project they like best. There were a few different background choices for this fabric. It comes in pink with white dots, black with white dots, and even turquoise with white dots, but I have only seen that one online. I got the red one. One Sunday in May, I will show you my project!



Open-Air Marketplace?

Cascade Souk is 55% Silk and 45% Wool. One skein is 100 g (3.5 oz) / 220 yards (200 m) 47782Large_b66d

That makes it just about perfect for the Quaker Yarn Stretcher Scarf pattern by Susan Ashcroft, which one knits with a somewhat larger needle than generally required for the weight of yarn used.

For instance, I used one skein of the FIRE colorway, normally considered a DK weight, but I followed the directions (for once) and used a size 8 needle. It took me a few days because I knew I should not knit for 14 consecutive hours.


It is a yarn known for its long color runs. I was angry when I found that a great hunk of it was just randomly tied on with no regard to placement in the color gradation. You KNOW how I like to see analogous colors move harmoniously. I spent several hours trying to figure out where to tie it on so it was not obnoxious. Then I decided to let small things go and enjoy where the yarn was taking me. I would have REALLY been pissed off if I had chosen the rainbow and right in the middle of the R-O-Y-G-B-I-V line up, a random color got tied in. At least my colors were in the same section on the color wheel. and they played nicely.DSC07760 I love the pattern, I love the yarn, but I am having a problem. Susan Ashcroft has the pattern FOR SALE via Ravelry. I did not know that when the person who waited on me at the store offered to “give” me a copy of the pattern if I paid $1 for the printing. What should I do? Should I buy my own permission from Susan Ashcroft? I think yes. It is the honorable thing to do.

Should I tell her she is being ripped off? Should I speak privately to the store owner? This is NOT the first little knitting shop where I have run across this practice. If you are reading this, I would like to hear what you think about the situation.

Instead of sending you to the little shop, as I like to do when I find a local shop, I will send you to Jimmy Bean’s Wool. If you order from them, it will be on your doorstep before you have time to put your credit card away. Well, nearly that fast. Their price for SOUK was exactly the price I found locally, and at WEBS, which is notoriously slow with mail-outs. Sometimes you want to save the money, sometimes you want to save the time. I want to save my conscience. Let me hear from you about whether or not to speak to the local shop owner and whether I let Susan know why I think I need to purchase a pattern from her tomorrow.