The Crazy Quilt Poem

A Jingle for the Little Ones                     

The Crazy Quilt

O summer sunset give to me

The crimson glow you shed.

Violet give me of your blue-

O rose give of your red.

O parrot give me all the green

That round your neck is spread.

O thistle give me of your down-

O spider weave me thread.

I want to make a Crazy Quilt

For my dolly’s bed.

Fred H. Shauffer

Good House Keeping

July 10, 1886

This poem was posted on a bulletin board page in the Quilter’s newsletter Magazine, July/August 1994.

My mother in law who is such a thoughtful individual gifted me four boxes of old quilting magazines… Will add picture soon.

The last two night I have been reading and marking.  Making list in my head as I go. The one big difference I see in the old and more recent magazines is the way the articles are written. It is not so much that pattern directions have improved it is the fact that there is not as much journalism and history in the newer magazines.  I have been pulled in to the older magazines as I am into a good book.  Some written by husbands on the ways they are coping with being married to a quilterholic another by a housewife that provides direction on how to get a vacation to have time to quilt. Though they may be long they keep my attention.  The newer ones I have a tendency to mark more for my “To Do Wish List.”  I must admit I am more drawn to today’s fads.

One article to share with you is Sketchbook in the American Quilter – Summer 1992, Vol VIII, No2.  The editor writes about Lucretia Romey’s sketchbook pages, which detail her way of seeing the world and recording what she observes. The notebooks serve as the basis of her quilts. In another magazine article , the author suggested that all quilters take a basic drawing class.  Do not remember which one of the 27 magazines I had read, suggested that.  Yet, I think I can see from this article it is important!  Improving your drawing skills can improve your quilting! Imagine that!


The True Joy of Quilting

Quilting crosses all generations.  I know because my very dear mother-in-law is so much fun to quilt with and she just turned 80.  She has an amazing zest for life and laughter. She inspired me to develop a love for quilting.  There has never been a time she was too busy  to provide her assistance in a quilting matter.  When we quilt together, my world expands.  Moment of joy are created and something new comes into being where before there was nothing.

My mother-in-law gifted us with this beautiful Christmas Quilt

The Anti-Tobacco Silk quilt  you see in Artful Truth was sewn by me and girls 14 -19 years of age from three different ethnic  backgrounds.  Some are still in high school and others in college.  I think of them everyday and wonder what is in store for them.  Seeing their creative talents flourish and their dedication to an effort that changes lives, are memories I hold most dear.

As far as age, I fall in between those mentioned above.  My mother-in-law and the teens have never met, yet they know each other because of me. They have seen what  each other created and each are familiar with our quilting stories.

The simple truth is quilting is an experience to be enjoyed by any one who can sew a straight line and read a book.  There are patterns and techniques for all levels. Just remember that all other quilters have traveled the same path and many are out there to share with you …the true joy of quilting.

Life is an Endless Creative Experience

It is no secret that life is but a dream we renew each day. It is up to us to infuse the dream with artistic expressions of love.  Hopefully, as I reflect on the past 48 hours of my life, you will be inspired to think about the creative moments that have filled your past days.

Visiting my mother this past weekend was a time for reflection and celebration of what was happening in our life.  During the trip, I presented her with a Memory Quilt.  The quilt included photos of special moments we had shared with family members over the past years.  I must admit, when making the quilt, my childish feelings of , “it is not good enough” for her eyes set in and I almost did not complete it. Due to the encouragement of friends, I finished and gifted it to her. Watching as her eyes lit up and her emotions swell, the realization came over me how much this meant to her.  She exclaimed “she had never received such a beautiful gift ~ this is a family heirloom!”

What I learned was, never underestimate the power of giving something from the heart.  We should just let the creative juices God gifted us with flow ~ he will take care of the rest.

“ Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen” ~ Hebrew 11:11

Create Our Own Reality for Inner Peace


Green Bus Project


It is my understanding there is not one wisdom or tradition that says peace comes out of war.  All speak peace coming from peaceful means.

Thinking of world peace is overwhelming, yet it seems more possible if we can think of working on a smaller, individual scale , something we can directly work with ourselves. Dali Lama sums it up: So the challenge for each of us is to find some method -be it meditation, prayer, slowing down, or self-reflection-to bring us back to our softer innate nature.

Believing this, I created my own reality for inner peace on Saturday…I got out of  bed at 3:30am to meet others committed to  the 4:00am-6am, Kundalini, yoga chanting, meditation Sadhana Class. Those two hours were spent with a very talented and peace believing yoga teacher, from the Green Bus Project, Moses. He and his wife Zenia along with little Bobo are on a journey of healing and transformation while teaching at over 108 studios across the country.

In addition to the early class, we had the opportunity to participate in Organic Vinyasa Flow from 10:30 – 12:30.  Both the experiences were mystifying as well as gratifying as I worked my body into a good sweat that morning!

I have no doubt that others are as thankful as me for the gift of health and happiness this beautiful couple is sharing.  Here, in Panama City,  appreciation also goes to Yoga for You for supporting their journey and providing us with this opportunity.

Moses w/ Green Bus Project and Paul w/ Yoga for You

Mirth and Motivation

What can I say…under the weather a bit and could use some mirth to get me motivated to straighten the house.  It is so much easier  to get myself motivated to quilt.  The reality is I do not like housework.  I so easily overlook all the “need to put things away”.  A magazine with the newest patterns and fabrics or the thought of watching a favorite cooking show gets me sidetracked.  Maybe writing to admit I have this problem will help…

Lets see what can I do to complete those housekeeping task.

  • Put on some  music.
  • Get comfortable with work out clothes.
  • Put on an apron with pockets to load the tools.
  • Select the perfect cleaner.
  • Oh, I know check out a magazine for housekeeping tips and or google some sites.

I think I may be a lost cause… Does anyone else out there have this problem?

Inspired to write a haiku poem

i glimpse at

the solemn housework,

then let it go