Project Linus, Ta Da Done

Another Baby Quilt

Things have been hard the last few weeks. Some of my favorite blogs let people into their world – are honest and share the struggle so we all feel a little more human, like we are in this thing together.  I want to be able to do that – but it is hard.  Hard to share, hard to open up.  So the sadness remains cryptic, but I appreciate you being out there dear reader.  It will all be ok.  It has to be.

And, so, another baby quilt.  Setting aside the weirdness of a woman who has never had a baby making baby quilts, they make me happy.  Full of bright colors and promise and joy of a baby on a homemade quilt.  I mean, really, that is amazing.  And so I make baby quilts.IMG_2855

I want to make 12 quilts for Project Linus this year.  This one is #3.  A lot of my friends are having boys.  And so making a girl quilt is pretty darn fun.  This one is from a Bonnie and Camille charm pack and a lot of French General faux linen.  The pattern was fun, and I made this one a bit easier on myself by quilting just on to the batting and then tying with the perfect shade of aqua to the backing.  I think this quilt is going to make a little girl smile.


This is the end of the simperingly sweet waxing on baby quilts.  For now.  There will be more simpering and there will be more baby quilts.


Bettering, Ta Da Done, weekly quote

We Can !

Embarrasing revelation:  I recently purchased a Tony Robbins audiobook.  I am desperate to find the motivation to meet my goals.

I am 42.  And that number is meaningful to me because of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series – books I loved in high school.  42 figures predominantly in that story. For no good reason other than that I feel like this is my year to achieve rather than strive, or even worse, just wish.

And I can’t seem to get going.  And so I googled motivational books and (of course) Mr. Robbins’ books came up again and again.  And the book is so cheesy. and basic.  But I keep hearing his voice in my head.  I keep telling myself that my decisions decide my future.  And then I make the wrong decisions – food that makes me feel crappy, sleeping in late, zoning out instead of creating, distractions subverting my drive.

It is never too late to be better.  I sure hope that is true.

“We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.” – Tony Robbins

There hasn’t been a picture of a quilt for a looooooong time on this blog, lots of different personal events have prevented me from getting much sewing done at all – in addition to my general slothly ennui that has been hitting me.

BUT this quilt I created for a coworker who is having a baby boy.  Her colors are grey and cactus green.


I played with lots of Carolyn Friedlander fabrics – picking up other colors that go with grey and cactus green.  I love this quilt… and glad to have one baby quilt done out of my growing list.



You Should See This

I have been going to the Nelson-Atkins a couple times a week since early April.  I am participating in Museum Guide volunteer training, and DH is sweetly taking me to the museum every weekend so I can get to know the galleries and the art better.

I heard an explanation once about how the smoking rates in the U.S. declined – essentially everything was tried all at once – education in schools, increased taxes, anti-smoking advertising campaigns.  We don’t know if one thing worked, but we know that throwing everything at the wall created a positive change.

That is how I am attacking my art history education – YouTube videos, reading, looking – learning art and history and art history.  And I can sense that little tiny connections are starting to be made in my head.  Inch by inch by inch I know more.  Recently, I have been trying to know more about Chinese art and history – no small subject.

Today DH and I went to the Chinese galleries to see porcelains.  Most that I wanted to see were on loan and not displayed.  That led us to the Chinese painting gallery and there was this gorgeous piece.  Lee Lee Nam has created a multimedia display of a famous Chinese masterpiece from 1072 by Guo Xi.  The painting is reimagined as changing throughout the four seasons.


The waterfalls move and each season is accompanied by sounds of the season.  It truly is wonderful.  You should totally go and see it.

This will be the first in what I hope is a series of suggestions of beautiful and compelling art to go see in Kansas City.