thought for the day

Don’t judge, just observe.

–Rodney Yee


new things


It is challenging.  I have to keep reminding myself it is a period of growth.

baby steps.


SS13logosquareteach2Sewing Summit here I come.

At the beginning of the year I picked a word. A word to guide me in 2013 as I made day-to-day decisions about how I wanted to be engaged in my life. That word was (is)–stretch.

Throughout the year I have challenged myself in a variety of ways. Some small (the day-to-day things that are hardly worth writing about), some not so small. And so this week, I’m challenging myself to stretch again, this time teaching a quilt class for the first time, and at Sewing Summit no less.

It’s more of a lecture with an exercise or two worked in, but teaching nonetheless. It is a big step. Regardless, I’m really excited. Excited by the opportunity to meet so many likeminded folks, to perhaps put names and faces to those call signs I know on Instagram, and to maybe share some insight as to how I quilt. They method behind the madness of mixing fabrics. Stash Mixology.


This class came about in part as a result of encouraging words from the mentor. Let’s hope I make her proud. Cheers to more classes and teaching opportunities in my future.

There is always time for stretching.

Catching Up


It has been too long, way too long, since I visited this space. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to blog. Perhaps it is because I have been super-busy, or at least busy enough, shifting the way I think, and work, and live. Perhaps it was a lack of gumption.

Amongst other things I’ve spent the last several months of 2012 contemplating how I spend my time. I decided as part of the new year to start living more intentionally. I am not a big New Year’s resolution type of person however I do contemplate a “word” of the year and try to apply it in multiple areas of my life. Last year’s word was “embrace” and so I took in stride all that life was throwing at me. Turning 40, learning and accepting physical limitations (while being surprised at myself about the new things I discovered I was able to do–hello running), accepting schedules and the lack thereof, and embracing the creative blocks (there were many) and moments (which were sporadic).

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