Wednesday, September 2, 2020

homeward bound beneath a friendly moon

“tragedy doesn’t necessarily change us.
 more often, i think, it just brings out
more of who we are - or were - all along “
-nora roberts  

my dear friends, i know i haven’t been actively posting of late - indeed it’s been so very long that some of you may have forgotten you even followed in the first place - but life rather shook me off my feet a while and i had to set my blog aside, and then of course the longer i left it at rest, the harder it was to summon up the energy to begin again. 

i always thought that i’d come back to it one day. it was here, waiting safe, and appreciated by any of those who still stumbled across it. i had more ideas to share, and no less love for my work. i've made some false starts. perhaps this will be yet another. my hope, however, is that i will be able to fan the spark into a healthy flame once again!

this project roll (pictured above) is my latest endeavour. i started with annie downs’ pattern, “homeward bound”. but i had other ideas for construction, design, and ornament. lol. i always do, don’t i?

i quilted it with decorative stitches from one of my younger vintage machines and carried my bunny under the moon theme to the inside work area, never being one for leaving cloth plain. i also bound the work mat instead of using ricrac. 

it makes for a wonderfully convenient way to transport appliqué and embroidery projects in progress! my modification of using a pool noodle, rather than the called for mailing tube, makes the core a handy pin cushion, too.

with my latest project safely rolled up inside, i’m ready and able to carry it anywhere, even if it’s only from the sewing room to the living room while sheltering in place!



  1. Yay, pool noodles are the best for transporting cloth, and your quilted cover is gorgeous.

  2. Hey there Joe-so nice to encounter you here again. Nice Noodle. Welcome back. It's the full Corn moon still here over Manhattan, though obscured by mists and rain and I'm on the second night of my 7th month of semi-lockdown sending you and yours love and continuing friendship.

  3. love your additions! I, too, change things up

  4. Now why haven’t I thought of this? Wonderful idea and wonderful mat. Love the appliqué additions, the colors you chose, the pattern of the quilt, and that you posted again after a long time away. I hope you and your husband are doing well. And that Bodhi is staying sweet and gentle. Take care.

  5. Lovely! Beautiful and useful 💙 and thank you for posting again. I always love to see and read of what you are doing with cloth, it's inspiring to me (even though I do not work with cloth much myself, still the creative energy transfers across processes.)
    Also, your post spurs me to think I ought to get blogging again too! :-)

  6. And what a lovely welcome back it is!

  7. Wow! That is so cool. And beautiful stitching. Thanks for brightening my day with your post ♡