Sunday, April 30, 2017

A month of stitching::day 29

more yard work this morning, but the hail chased me in! 
there was just enough time before lunch to get the other jacket 
front piece finished. and then we were busy in the three season porch. 
it will be sparkling and welcoming by the wedding.

time for a glass of water and a few deep stretches.

and on to the next thing.


Saturday, April 29, 2017

a month of stitching::day 28

Early this morning I made progress on the baby is one of the quilted and cut out front pieces. I'm wondering what I should do for the bias binding trim. Any ideas on colors? Solid or print?

Batman and I spent most of the day outdoors today, working hard in the gardens and the yard. We decided that we accomplished more today than Mr. Blusterpants has in his first 100 days in office. And that is actually a really good thing! (You can see the tansy plant coming back. She is destined for the dye pot later this summer).

The last few days have been exquisite up here on the ridge, with mostly sunny skies, and a blazing blue most of the time. Can you see the tiny green buds at the top of these branches? The temperature combined with the breeze/wind is just right for digging, raking and hauling.

Look at these birch catkins. I just read this morning that they can be used to create a natural dye. That won't happen this spring, but you can bet it's now on my bucket list!

And the marchers in the streets today...thank you from the bottom of my heart.

People's Climate March, two thumbs up.

Friday, April 28, 2017

a month of stitching::day 27::and the giveaway winner

 Do you remember Folkwear patterns?
 All the rage in the '70's, they are still available today.
You can see their website here.
 I made this little jacket for our daughter 
Lindsey in 1985, from pre-quilted fabric.
(She's almost 33 now!)
Today I'm creating my own pieced and quilted fabric 
to make a more modern version of the jacket
for a wee baby due in June 
in far away Sweden.

I love using a very old pattern, scraps of fabric from my stash
and pieced bits of batting leftovers.
Very satisfying.

There were four comments and several e-mailed
I randomly drew a name...

It will find it's way up and over the ridge here 
in Vermont to Katja
of Raven Hill Farm!
(be sure to read about their maple syrup!)

Congrats, Katja!
I know where to find you.

PS Special birthday wishes to our Stewart,
who turns 35 today.
I really don't know how that happened.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

a month of stitching::day 26

my neighbor down the road is burning brush and the woodsmoke scents the air. a light breeze floats my hair around my neck and face. i hear spring peepers in the pond below and birdsong fills the trees. i've put my sweater on and off several times in the last hour, because it's april in vermont. there are so many shades of green out here that i do not have the words to describe them all. 

an hour with the knitting needles and now i've remembered all the reasons we are here.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

a month of stitching::day 25

hello birch and lilac buds.
i've had my eye on you.
you've been so slow this year 
that your quiet touch of green seems
to have crept in. 

it was a full day.
time for some meditative knitting.


(there is still time to enter the giveaway here).

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

a month of stitching::day 24::another giveaway

another needle case.

this time
 and lined with my favorite birch fabric,
with needle pages of wool felt,
and a snap closure and shell button decor.

if you would like a chance at finding it in your mailbox
leave a note in the comments below
or send me an email at

good luck, dear readers!

(i'll pull a name at random on friday).
this giveaway is now closed.

Monday, April 24, 2017

a month of stitching::day 23

 During our deck building weekend I noticed that my brother Doug's
 fleece jacket had a (growing) hole on one arm.
 I invited him to leave it here in Vermont 
so that I could mend it and he did.
I used a reproduction calico from my stash
because I love the way the colors worked with the jacket.
 Once I had the patch stitched,
I used an iron on interfacing to protect the inside
of the sleeve from future fraying.
(I was very careful not to melt the jacket!!!)
 This mend is tidy and will extend the useful days of this
much loved jacket.
One of my favorite shirts developed a tear that was
getting bigger each time I laundered the shirt.
I decided to do some visible mending, 
which is all the rage these days. 
Inspired by traditional Japanese "boro" mending
I decided to use that technique here.

I've blogged about mending many times, (like here). I really do love mending...making something stronger, more resilient, and helping to keep it out of landfill.  

The Patagonia clothing company claims that REPAIR IS A RADICAL ACT, and this video makes me think that their company is "collaborating with the universe".   I think Elizabeth Gilbert's words are turning out to be quite an inspiration for me as I navigate these crazy days..."the universe is looking for collaborators".

Have you been mending lately friends? How have you been collaborating with the universe?