Hello! Apologies for the lack of posting lately. There has been lots of travel and change of schedules going on in my world. As a consequence, timing has been a little wacky lately. 

I was in Berkeley and went to Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles! It's one of my favorite go to places in the Bay Area, and I am always amazed by the variety in that place. I don't think there is another place like it! There is no shortage of thread, tools, inspiration, vintage lace, dresses, books, and materials. Since I have been doing a lot more embroidery lately, it felt like the perfect place to soak up materials and inspiration. I bought some thread for no project in particular. I am beginning to embrace the fact that I might be hoarding thread for unknown future projects. I keep telling myself it won't be a problem until the people I live with start noticing. Once I got that squared away it was hard to resist buying lace and felting tools I have no intention of using anytime soon. 


There is a library of old, handmade lace. This was one of my favorites! As much as I enjoy the pleasure of the slow processes and the handmade, I find it hard to think of sitting still to make this. And this is just the beginning folks. There were works there that are so intricate, and so big, that it made me gasp. GASP! There is some serious patience and craftsmanship going on.


Here is a sample of some lace making out and about. The woman who was there graciously showed us how it's done claiming how simple it really is. I am sure it is once you get the rhythm of it all. 


Another portion of the store and museum is a marketplace for vintage, handmade, linens and such. A pillow case that says "Mr. and Mrs.", or napkins that have the days of the week embroidered on them. Since I am a fan of items with a history, and I appreciate the fact that once upon a time someone took the time to sit and make this, I needed to add to my tea towel collection. I saw this little thing for $5.00 and knew we would enjoy one another's company.  There was a conversation about it being a tree, or a jellyfish. Any thoughts?

Now I need to sort and organize my colors of thread, and finish some ongoing projects too.



I have only made one quilt in my life and it is warm, cozy, and I reused old fabric, but the craftsmanship was nothing to show off. I have now made a second quilt for someone's birthday. Although it is better than my first the sewing craft, it is something I really need to work on improving.


Inspired by this mini quilt of the month from The Purl Bee I began collecting old clothing worn by myself, or the child, or anything else worthy and relevant for the quilt. I used the above mentioned quilt as guideline for the pattern.

Because sewing for me is very slow going, I began cutting strips of fabric earlier in 2013 and every now and then I would bring it out and work on it. This usually involved a day saying unpleasant things to my sewing machine followed by an evening of saying "My eyes hurt. They feel so tired."


The cat usually gets pretty enthusiastic about projects when thread and string are involved. I remind her how unhelpful she is in assisting with this project.


The hand stitching to secure all layers of the quilt felt like the most time consuming, but maybe that is because you feel so close to being done at that point. Like any quilt each panel tells a story and has a unique origin and journey into our lives. I used an old flat sheet for the neutral panels in between.


Could the sewing be improved and the overall shape not be wonky?


Has it been sewn like crazy to make sure it won't fall apart in multiple washes and inevitably being used as a cape at some point?