A Colorful Thread: February 2019


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

Bright + Shady improv quilt. Stitched in Color.jpg

On My Mind

Experimenting:: with embroidery on Kraft paper fabric. It’s been such a long time since I used this stuff. I’m going to hand stitch some words with a simple running stitch. I found out I needed a sharper needle when I snapped one in two last night!

Kraft paper fabric. Stitched in Color.jpg

Reading:: The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron. I’m only a little ways into this one, so I can’t exactly recommend it, but several of my friends thought it was great. It’s a personality typing book with spiritual connections, focusing on understanding yourself and others. So far, I’m not convinced that I’m a good match for any one of the nine personalities. We shall see.

Sponsor of the Week

Shabby Fabrics

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Following:: Joy Martin @themakingsofjoy. I started following Joy this week when she contacted me about quilting her Dresden fan quilt. Feast your eyes on this:


Wowee! A quarter Dresden fan in deliciously bright scraps and spiced up with black? Yes, please! And thank you! It’s on its way to me now. I’ll be sure to show you how I quilt it!

Anticipating:: Our house officially went on the market on Friday. Let’s be real, what I’m anticipating most is an offer! We’ve had several showings and we have time to be patient, but as you know if you’ve ever sold your home - the sooner, the better. You know one thing I’m terrible at? Waiting.

Today is also the 4th anniversary of Eleni’s birth. It’s been an emotional week, and I’m feeling every bit of it. Life is not all unicorns and rainbows, but in the midst of pain there is always color and life and beauty somewhere, when you are ready to look. Be gentle with yourself, as you become ready. After a loss, it’s not always necessary to look up right away.

For me patchwork brings that hope in a tangible way. It’s a deep well of beauty that never ceases to amaze me, especially as it makes connections to real people ready to share their goodness and love.


Rachel Hauser