Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Not here over at May Chappell's blog. 


She is giving away a pattern and fabric, both! How cool is that!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Going Dutch

I have followed several blogs for several years, one of which is Taniwa. Tonya has spoken of Tetsu's resistance to learn English, frequently.  Thought I would share my language barrier story, with you.

I married a Dutchman. First year we were married everyone reminded each other to speak English, when we visited. After that they didn't! So I started taking my sewing or knitting along. Oldest sister in law told me I was being rude. Told her, no I was being forgotten, ignored, and bored. So I stitched and they spoke in Dutch and I obviously learned to understand a little Dutch. In-laws were going Christmas shopping and asked DH in Dutch what to buy me. He couldn't remember the name of the perfume I wore, I walked through and told them. They all three were shocked and said I wasn't supposed to undertand that!  Surprise!

A traditional Dutch windmill (1100 Roe) standing in a winter landscape on the outskirts of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

English Paper Piecing

After making over 50 of these in the last month,
I started searching for a pin cushion I made about 20+ years ago.    

Ah ha, success! I found it in a quilted sewing box, with both my
grandmother's thimbles, scissors and a thread holder.
I couldn't find my instruction sheets, but lucked out on finding
an email address for the lady that demonstrated making it at a
quilt guild meeting in TN.  She emailed the pattern and sheet of
instructions, so now I am on to a few for gifts.