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I finished the hand stitching on this piece for the SAQA 2014 trunk show. The edges needed to be finished so I fused it to a piece of black felt and did a simple hand stitched edge with the same perle cotton. I have named it Tranquility because it has given me some peace to work on  it during a turbulent time.

Here is a detail.


Most days, we have someone here poking around the house as the buyers decide what to ask for as a result of the inspection. It is mostly minor stuff. And we are happy to have the radon test come back negative.

We did not get the townhouse we made an offer on. It sat on the market for a couple of months. I think the price was dropped a couple of times. We thought we were golden. The great thing was, there was a large space at the end of the garage that we could turn into a studio for me with heat and plumbing. I was so excited. We were blindsided as two other offers came in when we made ours. So, I have been pretty unhappy for several days, now. Not sure what we are going to do as there is nothing, NOTHING, out there that fits our needs, physically and economically. Guess I just have to be patient.

I have decided that I need a mindless project – therapy sewing.  There are yards of each of these fabrics that Lisa designed for Cloud 9. She gave me the whole lot when I was in CA in November.

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I washed the whole pile and now I have to iron them. I think I will make a couple of kid quilts for Paige and my great niece, Abigail.


I also washed the Jay McCarroll fat quarters that she gave me last year. I love the colors and patterns in these. I will make a small quilt for someone special. Jay was the first Project Runway winner who is also a quilter.


This should help me take my mind off the stalled house hunting.

4 Responses to “Coping”

  1. Susan says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about the townhouse. I have to say that my ex-husband and I found the perfect house but the same thing happened. We then found one that was more perfect. Of course, we wouldn’t have known it was more perfect if we’d gotten the first one! Hang in there.

  2. Lisa says:

    The right thing will come along! Best wishes! Excellent plan to take your mind off of it for a few minutes too.

  3. Leisa says:

    Good idea. I know art is my panacea for everything! Hang in there and I sure hope something comes along really soon.

  4. Jeannie says:

    I am so sorry you missed out on the “dream condo”, but perhaps something better will come along. You can always move up river! We about 5″ of precip a year. 🙂 Love the fabrics you are going to use. Your daughters (and grandkids) are so talented. You taught them well.