Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder

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Garden of Innocence by the Sea


About a month ago my friend Tedi Patterson told me about The Garden of Innocence by the Sea, a non-profit organization that she has worked with in the past. It really got me thinking about what I could do to make a change in the world. This weighed heavy on my heart and I quickly came to the realization that I would be making quilts for these babies. Each quilt is only an 8 inch square. The ashes are wrapped in one of these quilts before they are placed in a burial urn. I’ve asked my friends at the Valley Modern Quilt Guild to help me make as many blocks as possible. And, this next week I will be asking my friends at Ventura Modern Quilt Guild to help as well. My father is a wood-worker and he is going to assist me with the urn construction. I realized that with all the strife in the world right now…mass shootings, fires…it’s very important for me to help in any way that I can. My goal is to have 200 of these quilts by Christmas time this year. The video below contains more information about The Garden of Innocence. Please watch it…thank you.


Keeping Life Colorful and Controlled

I don’t know about everyone else, but I seem to start twice as many projects as I finish.  What is my motivation to finish these UFO’s?  The obvious would be a restraining order from all quilt shops.  But, that’s not reasonable. Therefore, I will restrict myself to “no more” fabric until at least 4 of my UFO’s are done.  No…I haven’t been drinking!  It’s been almost 2 weeks now since I’ve bought new fabric, but I have to admit, the urge is still there…

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Project #1
I decided to go with an easy project before diving into the abyss.  I was making a few pincushions and ran out of crushed walnut shells so I just put the project away.  Made sense to me!  Well, the pincushions are now done.  The problem with that is it has been so long that I can no longer remember whom I was making the pincushions.  Once again, NOT drunk…maybe a little dementia.






Project #2
I found a shoe box in the bottom of the tote that was bursting with green and neutral print fabrics.  Three completed blocks, my hand written directions, and sketches of the block be made.  The blocks are made of half square triangles(HST) and was supposed to be another quick project…Wrong!  I made HST’s for a couple of days before I realized why I put the project away. Now, I’ve started making these blocks again, and I SWEAR, I’m going to finish this quilt top!