Oh, if you’re a bird…

…be an early bird

And catch the worm for your breakfast plate.

If you’re a bird, be an early early bird—

But if you’re a worm, sleep late.”

 Shel Silverstein 

Where the Sidewalk Ends

As I sit sipping my second morning cup of coffee at 6:30 on this dreary Sunday morning, I’m thinking about the fact that my recently-developed habit of rising early in an effort to get a few extra hours of website development in, has lingered a ways beyond the actual launch of our new site a few weeks ago. I’m also thinking how I’d love to sleep in late, like I did when I was a teen. I so fondly remember how easy it was to do so. 

In case you wondered – this is where I sit during my morning seizing-of-early-morning-moments…

…in this bland, blue chair, with a quilt on my lap and a sunny, orange, boy-cat named Copernicus at my feet. Although he had several different wingback chairs as I was growing up, this chair was my grandfather’s last one, which came to live with me when he passed 19 years ago last month. 

See the chair? Not the same…but one of them. I’m thinking this photo was taken on lawn-mowing day in about 1972, given the shorts he was wearing and the age of the little blonde, pony-tailed-girl in his lap. Those were his mowing shorts, which must certainly have accompanied his mowing tennis shoes (out of view). Wish I could see which book we were reading. Wish I could remember the moment too.

There’s certainly a matching foot stool that went with the chair, because there was always a matching foot stool that went with the chair, but the one that goes with my (now) blue chair lives eternally in the storage room downstairs, since it never really fits in any room the chair has lived in since they both became mine. 

Full transparency, friends: This is the arm of the blue chair I sit in every seize-the-moment-morning:

I don’t suppose ‘bland’ speaks adequately of this chair without ‘dirty’ standing beside it on either side. Perhaps both sides.

Even though we’ve had it cleaned numerous times, it never seems to look cleaner than this. Yet in all the years I’ve been sitting in it and all the years my ‘Granch’ sat in it before me, the sturdiness of it has remained exactly the same. Good bones, I guess. Now if only my early morning seizing-of-moments can live without it long enough to recover these good bones with fresh, clean upholstery fabric. I’m working on that. Imagining the style too.

Seizing-of-moments. I’ve learned that these early moments of the day, when much of my world is still fast asleep, are moments worth seizing. My brain is fresh and my thoughts are less weary, since the distractions of the day haven’t yet had a chance to creep in and make them so. 

I’m now posting this late Tuesday, if you can believe it (of course you can, because your weary heart knows mine, since we’re both trying our hardest to be less weary).

Time flies that way, doesn’t it? Of course it does.  I’m wishing you a Happy Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, etc. too, and hoping you’re finding it within you to seize; or at least – trying your best to. I know it’s hard sometimes…but I hope you’re managing…from your own (maybe dirty) blue chair, with or without a matching foot stool beneath your feet. Let’s hang in there, shall we?

There’s this Thing called the Universe…

2019 Inaugural Threads of Success

I think about this a lot – and I don’t really distinguish between God and the Universe (so you get to pick which fits into your realm): If we listen to the input coming at us about what it is – WHO it is – we are intended to be, I think we’d be surprised by the reality that we are honestly, TRULY, unstoppable.

Threads of Success participants, fall 2019.

So as you know, I do everything I can to be a good steward of my blog by sharing important tidbits of places I go, people I meet, and things I learn…except that when it comes to Quilt Market, every year, Continue reading “There’s this Thing called the Universe…”

Fabric Curator as a job description. That’s a thing, right?

Okay, so maybe it sounds like a made up name for someone who has a thing for pulling together a whole bunch of fabrics that all somehow work together in a quilt, but I feel like if I’m anything lately, it’s that – a Fabric Curator.

Early this summer, as explained in my previous post, I assembled another 72- piece bundle of fabrics and cut them all into 5″ squares.

2019 Summertime Stack

I’ve grown fond of calling them Happy Scrappy Continue reading “Fabric Curator as a job description. That’s a thing, right?”

Summertime 2019 Projects Here I Come!

Who’s a crazy hermit/shop girl who’s just finished cutting 6,336 – 5″ squares?

Sophie and the Stacks

Two hands way, way up!

Sophie & the Aquas

Well, okay, so really Sophie Just helped with the showing off part, which is a fine job for her! The reality is that I have always loved to create kits and bundles, almost as much as I like to create with the kits and bundles them-

Continue reading “Summertime 2019 Projects Here I Come!”

Summertime’s Big Finish

While I’m never entirely thrilled for the end of the ‘lazy’ time of year, I must admit – my brain has come to welcome the swish of a broom that fall brings for clearing out summer’s cobwebs.  The time has arrived for organizing, tidying and finishing up – and I’m ready! Before Fall officially swoops in though: A big finish to share. Continue reading “Summertime’s Big Finish”

Oh, the Bundles We Grow!

Well, it’s officially July – and the Summertime livin’ is still easy…except now I’m filling it up with more sewing projects!

On the heals of my recent introduction of our newest Happy Scrappy Stack additions in the shop – I wonder if it’s obvious enough that I kind of have a thing for assembling fabrics that cozy up comfortably with one another. What’s more, even though it does take a little time, I kind of get a kick out of cutting fabric up and assembling it into tidy little, inspiring bundles for you (and for me!).

Okay – so I get that it’s taken me a hot minute to introduce what the above IG-posted images are all about, but great things require time and evoooolving, friends! Continue reading “Oh, the Bundles We Grow!”

New Happy Scrappy Bundles, a Simple Sew Along & Summertime vs Summer

Summertiiiime…and the livin’ is eeeeasy.

When I think of summertime, not ‘summer’ but ‘Summertime’ (because I think there’s a difference), I always think of that song; and I think of hot days, lemonade stands, and Continue reading “New Happy Scrappy Bundles, a Simple Sew Along & Summertime vs Summer”

Imaginary Home Decor of a Lousy Decorator, and a new Serendipitously Harmonizing Quilt (and yes, a kit!)

As decorating goes – I can’t say I’ve ever been stellar at it. I tend to stumble upon things I like; bits and pieces really. I always feel a bit like I love odd things that are mostly random, don’t often go together, yet possess an intangible meaning I can’t always explain. Like umbrellas, for instance. I like them very much. Continue reading “Imaginary Home Decor of a Lousy Decorator, and a new Serendipitously Harmonizing Quilt (and yes, a kit!)”

Painted Gardens and a Springy Serendipity Sandbox-Style Sewing Project

The long and short of it is that Spring gets me every time. By ‘gets’ – I mean that more than any other time of the year, Spring inspires me to whip up something great; something adventurous and cheery; bright and sunny; joyful and quite obviously – Springy. So when miraculously at Fall Quilt Market 2017, I won a fat quarter bundle of Crystal Manning’s Painted Garden collection,  Continue reading “Painted Gardens and a Springy Serendipity Sandbox-Style Sewing Project”

All I Need is Love…and a Little Sewing Time

Even though you probably didn’t notice – I took a little break over the holidays. In part, because it recent years I’ve put off my Christmas shopping until closer (read: dangerously close) to Christmas, so I had lots of shopping to do! But also because I think the holidays are a time to regroup, reset and lay out a plan for the New Year. Which I did…okay…am still doing, but it’s fine – I’m FINE!

Dana Scully - Your Point?
Interjection – Dana Scully, folks: ‘aaaaand – your point is? It’s February. That’s a January excuse.’

My point is that in taking a little break over the holidays – my catchup schedule has been more than a little insane! That means especially, that until late last week (yes the beginning of FEBRUARY) –  I have sewn a just a little, but have effectively completed a big fat NOTHING in terms of finished projects since before Christmas.

Well, that changed over the weekend Continue reading “All I Need is Love…and a Little Sewing Time”