May 30, 2011

Hello, out there!

All sorts of people have been telling me I should have a blog.  So, here I am, a step further into the 21st century.  Having a website has been very fun, so maybe having a blog will be fun, too.  Hmmm.  It's a nothing-ventured-nothing-gained moment.

The basic plan, such as it is, is to share my sewing adventures - antique quilt and vintage clothing repair, fiber art, and costuming - with additional bits and pieces about other aspects of my Life.

Current projects in progress:

– fiber art: Creating a landscape quilt for a zoologist, portraying the bog where she does her research, and the critters who live there.

– costuming: Altering and embellishing costumes for a student production of four one-act plays, to be produced June 9 and 10.
– vintage clothing: I have a handful of interesting items right now, at least one needing some extra special TLC. My most intense repair job to date was recently posted at:

– homeschooling: My daughter, launched, just completed her sophomore year of college. My son, at home finishing his junior year of high school.

– life after homeschooling: Exploring ways to solidify and expand my various sewing interests.

As time goes by, I will post photos and tell stories and tall tales about these projects as they progress.

Here is an amazing thing.  My aloe plant is blooming!  For the first time ever in umpteen years of having houseplants!  I had no idea they could bloom indoors.


  1. Hi Ann! I'll be following your blog~

    That wedding dress is beautiful!

  2. Thanks! I wish I'd taken before and after photos of that dress! The original lace sleeves were very tattered. I took them off, made a pattern from them, made new sleeves from tulle, and appliquéd salvaged bits of the lace at the shoulders and cuffs. I used a narrow zig-zag stitch, matching what was on the original bodice. It was my first experience using a water-soluble stabilizer (Solvy).

  3. Love the landscape quilt! How big is it?

  4. It's gonna end up about 40" wide and 30" tall.

  5. AnonymousJune 06, 2011

    OOooh! Please post more pics of the Aloe!

  6. I'm blogging about your blog on our learn to quilt blog!