A Colorful Thread: January 2019


Weaving together my life as a maker and other spheres of life.

On My Mind

Experimenting:: with designing an English paper pieced quilt with a variety of motifs that flow continuously together. I want to make something that’s somewhat like a sampler, but without appliqué or hard separations. I think this is going to be quite difficult… which means I’ll be learning and growing.

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Reading:: The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson. This period novel is set mostly in post World War II England, based on the lives of two embroiderers of couture garments. It’s full of interesting details that I particularly enjoy as a fellow fiber artist.

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Following:: Allison who blogs at Campbell Soup Diary and is on Instagram too. Allison is known for her appliqué, so it’s no surprise she recently added charming little dots to a New York Beauty block. Love!

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Also, Allison is an American now living in Germany. That happens to be something my family aspires to, so it’s been fun to follow her journey.

Anticipating:: making my next batch of Gypsy Wife blocks. I’m really enjoying the slow and artful process of making this sampler quilt. I usually make a quilt in a focused and intense manner, like tucking into a hearty meal. This journey has been more like savoring chocolate. I love chocolate.

At the Hauser home we are washing and caulking and sorting and shining. Do you know why? We’re gearing up to put our house on the market sometime in February. In the last two weeks, I went through an entire tube of caulk! That’s a lot of work, and it’s not yet finished. But, boy do things look nice.

We’ve lived in this home for over a decade and enjoyed it so, so, so much. We brought it back to life, remodeling it down to the studs and then, years later, adding onto it to make it more of a modern home. Still, life is always changing and it doesn’t do to hold too tightly to what was. Better to look toward what will be. We’re all holding our breadth a little, I think, poised to see what will happen next.