Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Quilt Show

Dimensions: 36”w X 48”h
This theme suggests the separation and protection of natural beauty necessary in the sometimes harsh urban environment of today's inner cities. The dramatic directional lines of the fence were chosen to add a rhythmic strength to the composition. Light airy floral gradations heighten the effective contrast.

This quilt is hand appliqued and machine pieced using many commercial fabrics. The machine quilting adds the final textural effects.


22½" X 22½"

New Year's Eve              
Embroidery has been one of my favorite methods of expression. This piece combines several enjoyable techniques; machine quilting, machine piecing, hand embroidering and embellishment.The quilt feels all dressed-up and needs someplace to go, hence the name "New Year's Eve".
Cotton, silk & real polyester materials, hand embroidered & beaded, machine pieced, appliqued & quilted.

Monday, December 11, 2017

No automatic alt text available.The holidays are upon us,we checked out the annual Pathway of Lights, a FREE holiday event for the whole family! We strolled the glimmering Green Lake circuit, paths, and docks which were be lit with thousands of twinkling candles. And while we wandered through the magic of the sparkling lights, we enjoyed complimentary refreshments and live holiday music.Image may contain: night

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Pantone Announces 2018's Color Of the Year

Be prepared to see the color purple — or, more precise, “ultra violet” — everywhere next year, because Pantone’s Color Institute has just made its annual announcement unveiling the color of the year, and for 2018 they’ve chosen a “blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level.
Different shades and uses of the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year.

“Ultra violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.”


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A New Thought

I read a lot of stuff on the internet. This one made me laugh! Read on to find your ideal home, based on your horoscope.

Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)
A dreamer and connector, you like a home that reflects your idealistic side. This means that, yes, you may have a far-out bungalow with mystical murals and bead curtains.
But you may also want a home with a barn and a few acres of land to house your growing family of rescued animals — or even a group house or apartment to match your communal Aquarian vision.

Pisces (February 19 to March 20) (This is me and fits me to a tee!)

Deep and sensitive, you like to recharge at home so you’re fresh for heart-to-heart conversations out in the world. You love being near water, and you don’t mind if anyone thinks you take being a water sign too seriously. You may choose to live near a river or anywhere that involves a ferry commute. Of course, if you can swing it, your ideal house has a pool and an ocean view — or it might even float.

Aries (March 21 to April 19)

You’re enthusiastic and energetic, and you live for fun. When looking for a home, you think about all the ways you can thoroughly enjoy it. As a naturally impulsive risk-taker, you need a place to blow off steam so you can be more balanced out in the world. Your ideal home has a karaoke den, a climbing wall, or a trampoline.

Taurus (April 20 to May 20)

You have a reputation for being structured and steady, but you’re anything but boring — you have great taste and love the finer things in life. Since you’re an earth sign, you like being stable and comfortable, and you don’t feel pressured to go out. So it makes sense that you’d want all your favorite luxuries at home, like a custom wine cellar (or bar!) complete with comfy chairs.

Gemini (May 21 to June 20)

You’re the sign of the twins: friendly, talkative, and a little distracted. You’re a great communicator, so you need Wi-Fi everywhere in your home — you don’t want to miss an important tweet or Skype call. For in-person chats, you might opt for an old-school conversation pit in the living room. The important thing for a social butterfly like you is to keep your finger on the pulse, even at home.

Cancer (June 21 to July 22)

Empathetic and nurturing, you’re a natural caretaker. You may spend hours making jams and cookies for friends or lending a sympathetic ear whenever someone is stressed.
For you, a well-equipped kitchen is a must, especially if it has an island where visitors can sit while you bake. As a caring Cancer, you’re also protective of your own space and family, so you’ll feel more secure when you invest in a solid deadbolt and alarm service.

Leo (July 23 to August 22)

You love attention, whether you’re giving it or receiving it. As the natural leader of your group, you love nothing more than hosting a big dinner party that brings all your friends together. You prefer a home with plenty of entertaining space, including a good-sized dining room, and guest bedrooms. Of course, you’ll also want superb bathroom lighting so you can style that mane.

Virgo (August 23 to September 22)

You’re naturally detail oriented, conscientious, and responsible. You love planning, organizing, and keeping your home neat as a pin. You live for a well-organized closet and pantry, where you can put everything in its place. Another Virgo dream home feature — a central vacuum, because the only thing better than organizing is cleaning.

Libra (September 23 to October 22)

Patient, balanced, and inquisitive, you love having a beautiful home, but you don’t need to live in a mansion to be happy. You’ll always put a home office to good use — not necessarily for working, but for designing a garden, creating a household budget, or planning vacations. As a Libra with wide-ranging interests, you tend to collect hobbies, so a craft room is a must.

Scorpio (October 23 to November 21)

As a secretive Scorpio, you don’t mind a home that’s a little dark — as long as you have some privacy from the neighbors. You may even lean into your dark side and choose an old home, especially one with a secret passageway, an intriguing history, or a nearby graveyard. Scorpios are very loyal, so once you’ve picked a home, you may not want to move for a while. Settle in, and outfit your den with sensuous fabrics and mysterious curios.

Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21)

You’re the zodiac’s explorer and traveler, so you need a home that can accommodate your wanderlust. That might mean motorcycle parking, an Airbnb-ready suite to fund your next journey, or a portable home — like a yurt. Sags are also spiritual seekers, so you may choose a home in a serene location, such as the desert or the forest. At the very least, you need clean, white walls to display your souvenirs.

Capricorn (December 22 to January 19)

You’re hardworking and earnest, with a not-so-secret weird side. Adaptable and unshakeable like your emblematic goat, you’re comfortable just about anywhere. This means you can make the most of a studio apartment, but you’re also willing to restore an old house back to mint condition. You may also embrace your weirdness and go with a totally offbeat home, like a converted school bus.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Pretty soon there is a quilt

All I have to do is quilt it!

Friday, December 1, 2017

I Just Want to SEW!

In spite of the fact that it's the season. I just want to sew! Scraps here I come!
My friends share their scraps with me. They show up in bags like this.
In spare moments I cut them into usable shapes.

Call me crazy, but the small pieces I sort into colors.

And sew

And sew

And sew

And I have blocks!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Sad News: Nancy Zieman passed away November 14.

Nancy Zieman, who became an unlikely television star through the humblest of shows, “Sewing With Nancy,” which ran for 35 years on public television, died on Nov. 14 at her home in Beaver Dam, Wis. She was 64.

On Sept. 2, Ms. Zieman wrote a post titled “Time to Say Goodbye” on her website, telling fans that she was retiring and that one of the cancers first diagnosed in 2015 had metastasized. “I am finding great peace today,” she wrote, “knowing that I can thank you for your many years of dedication, viewership and friendship.”

Nancy Lea Luedtke was born on June 21, 1953, in Neenah, Wis. Her father, Ralph, and her mother, the former Barbara Larson, owned a farm. She learned to sew as a child; for her first sewing project for the local 4-H Club, she made a gathered skirt and fringe scarf. She graduated from Winneconne High School in 1971 and majored in textiles and journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Her first job was working for a fabric chain, Minnesota Fabrics.

There she met Richard Zieman, whom she married in 1977. In 1979 she started a mail-order sewing-supply business, Nancy’s Notions, which in 1982 led a Milwaukee fabric store to ask her to host a sewing program. It first ran on the nascent Satellite Program Network. “Cable TV was in its infancy, and thankfully not many people watched the show because I was really green in front of the camera,” Ms. Zieman said.

After about a dozen shows, the store concluded that the effort wasn’t profitable, but Ms. Zieman decided to try to do a version on her own. Wisconsin Public Television began broadcasting “Sewing With Nancy” in September 1982, and it was soon being picked up by public television outlets across the United States and in Canada.

Ms. Zieman reached a substantial audience of serious sewers and casual ones, delivering tips on stitching, quilting, sewing shortcuts and more. There was nothing flashy about the programs, or about Ms. Zieman’s repartee; just straightforward advice, delivered with geniality.

Ms. Zieman was a go-to interview for reporters trying to support a trend of increased interest in sewing, and she had a no-nonsense explanation of that apparent phenomenon. “We want to feel creative,” she said, “and sewing gives us the chance to create when sometimes work does not.”

Ms. Zieman is survived by her husband; two sons, Ted and Tom; her mother, Barbara Eckstein; two brothers, John and Dean Luedtke; a sister, Gina Crispell; and three grandchildren. She is also survived by, according to her own count, 910 episodes of “Sewing With Nancy.” “The last episode that we recorded is ‘I Sew for Fun,’ a show on team sewing with kids ages 5-9,” she wrote in her farewell post. “My granddaughters will be featured. I marvel at this miracle.”