Fabric Selvage Edge – What a treasure!

Saw it – ordered it! Quilts from the Selvage Edge by Karen Griska. I have always been intriged by the selvage edges on the fabric I buy.  A while ago, I began – cutting and saving them before I began a project. Now I have quite a stash!  This book definitely gives me some great direction on creative ways to use the selvage edges. In the future I will be cutting them at least One and a half  inch wide.

For those that are not familiar with selvages – Karen defines it in the book as -“It is the two long woven edges running the length of the fabric. The threads are folded over so that the fabirc will not unravel during the manufacturing and printing process. As a result, the selvage is denser than the rest of the fabric.”

For those building their stash The selvage is quite a jewel. Great way to be green!


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!

A Psalm of Life

The beautiful scenery inspired me to be in an extra thoughtful mood tonight…

A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Lives of great men all remind us

We can make our lives sublime,

And departing, leave behind us

Footprints on the sands of times;

Footprints, that perhaps another,

Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,

A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,

Seeing shall take heart again.

Heightened Awareness of the World Around Us

Haiku, The Japanese form of poetry written in three short lines and is celebrated by people from many different cultures for it’s ability to express a simple moment in a profound way.

When my day seems so busy or cluttered with life’s challenges, reading haiku poems, offers me an easy way to slow down and appreciate the simple things in life.

Looking out my window,  I am reminded to take a moment to notice the stillness of the water or the serenity  of the scenery.

With themes such as honesty, transience, and compassion, Patricia Donegan’s book haiku mind, offers haiku and commentary.  She wrote the book to share the idea of “haiku mind” and to hopefully inspire others to live with more clarity, compassion and peace.

haiku poem found in Donegan’s book

closing the gate

alone with the stones

on this beautiful night

Shuoshi Mizuhara (1891 – 1981)

The following is how Patricia Donegan describes the haiku in her book.  (It is the commentary that helps me to enjoy the richness of the haiku)

The poet here has stepped beyond loneliness and embraced being alone in silence, in solitude. Most of our deepest moments occur when we are alone in silence or with others in silence.  It is a gateway of nurturing, of healing, of renewal, and sometimes of revelation.  The reverence for silence is in most religious traditions such as the Judeo-Christian statement, “Be still and know God, usually embodied in the Quaker’s silent meeting. And it is often through solitude that we find the soft-heartedness to connect further to others.

Ms. Donegan provides a bio of the poet at the end of every chapter.  They go back centuries and are from all walks of life.

I pay homage to this book because I  find it beautiful, educational, profound and helpful.

ad-van-tage~noun 1. circumstance or condition favorable to success

The weather! Living in Northwest Florida truly has it’s advantages. Today, the sun was shining and all I needed to wear were boots, socks, jeans and a light sweater. Yet, I am still envious of those that get to experience snow.  The world is full of all sort of advantages.  A pessimist would say, “are you sure”? An optimistic would say, “there are too many to share”.

Creative is a Verb

Today, the St Andrew Bay Quilting Guild held their annual Quilt Show.  What a talented group of people.  They demonstrate the truth in “Creative is a Verb”!




Creative is a Verb by Patti Digh is a book I bought today at Borders.  Ms. Digh is the author of Life is a Verb and the award winning blog 37days.com

Book Reviews: Sam Kern, New York Times best-selling author of Fire in the Belly Says, “Life is a Verb is at once beautiful, profound and helpful – you can’t beat the combination.”

“Soulful, warm funny, smart-Patti is the perfect guide for anyone who knows deep down they are an artist but is having trouble finding the doorway.” ~ Susan Piver, New York Times best-selling author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart.

Look forward to sharing my review of the book with you in the future. Has anyone read Life is a Verb?