Triangles quilt for me

triangles quiltIn December 2013 I attended the holiday potluck meeting of the local chapter of Arizona Quilt Guild. I had a delightful evening and became a member in January 2014. I am definitely the youngest member by a noticeable margin. Most women are in the 55-70 range, with some older and few in their 40s. And yes, it is all women.

I attended the spring retreat at a little camp near Tucson in March and I loved it. There were 7 of us working on our projects all day, breaking for meals in the dining room. “Breakfast isn’t until 8:00 a.m., so you don’t even need to worry about an alarm,” one woman explained in total seriousness as I set up my workspace upon arrival. Ha. Hilarious. I set my alarm each morning and stumbled to breakfast, looking for coffee more than anything. I was always the last one in the sewing room, usually around 1 a.m.

I signed up for the fall retreat too, this time in Prescott. Only 4 of us ended up in attendance due to last-minute emergency cancellations, which gave me the loft sleeping area all to myself. I probably would have anyway because the others didn’t want to deal with the steep stairs. (Thank you, 32-year-old knees!) Once again, I was the last one up every night. This time I didn’t set my alarm until 10:00 though, to get a bit more sleep and relaxation out of the long weekend.

This is my fall retreat quilt, which I decided to keep for myself. The bright and bold triangles are all from scraps, while the white is actually several white-on-white prints up close. Note to self: take a close-up picture, post it later. I was inspired by the Flying Farfalle quilt I saw several years ago on the fabulous Film in the Fridge. Each square is 6×6 unfinished, with the scraps between 2.5×2.5 and 5×5. I knew when I was making it that I wanted to keep this one for myself. It’s impractical with the mix of white and bright colors. I love it.

The back is mostly an Ikea sheet-turned-curtains-turned-backing.

triangles quilt back corner

triangles quilt landing

March 5, 2015. Tags: , , . Links, Pictures, Projects, Words. Leave a comment.

Turquoise and yellow baby quilt

kara quilt patio wall

I found these pictures on my computer from October 2012, a baby quilt I had forgotten that I made. I vaguely recalling being told they were doing a turquoise and yellow theme for their baby and I said “I can work with that!” The quilt is resting on the patio wall of the apartment below mine. It was the only nearby surface that would hold the quilt horizontally — I tried the pool fence gate and a nearby bush first — and I hoped the neighbors wouldn’t catch me at it. A rummage through the memory files confirms that I had ended a relationship a week or two before the pictures, meaning I didn’t have a quilt photo assistant handy.
kara quilt gate vertical

kara quilt

kara quilt shrub

March 4, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. Leave a comment.

A quilt of my own

blue & green quilt mine-001

I started this quilt 4 -5 years ago intended as a gift for somebody. Eventually I realized that it was long past time that I needed to just buy a present already for their life event, and I decided this quilt was for somebody else. That never happened either. Last winter it was a functional quilt, missing a binding and with minimal quilting. I started using it on my bed during a cold snap, exposed batting edges and all. Finally, sometime last spring I added binding and declared this quilt Mine. After making maybe two dozen quilts ranging from lap quilts to a queen size, this is the first one that I am keeping for myself.

Of course it is. Blue and green and blue-green leftovers from my stash on the front and soft flannel pieces on the back, it represents the colors that I gravitate to over and over. (I have over-corrected since then and now have an excess of vibrant pinks.) The picture isn’t particularly true to life in the specific colors, and it is still accurate. Blue. Green. Blue-green.

blue & green quilt mine back

February 14, 2015. Tags: , . Pictures, Projects, Words. 1 comment.

Another one!


What I Wore to Work Today: September 4, 2013
Blouse: Target, slimmed
Skirt: Goodwill, shortened
Shoes: Target

Hey look it’s another post! Still with the same font though, and who knows what’s happening with these posts in readers like Feedly. (Pictures show up with odd placement on a laptop version and not at all on the app so far…) But hey, it’s another one. Add a third and we’ll have a pattern.

2013_09_04 hands on hips leopard print blouse before

December 18, 2014. Tags: , , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Questionable choice


What I Wore to Work Today: July 7, 2013
Dress: Target, shortened
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

We all make choices that we look back on and say “You know, I wouldn’t make that same choice again”. This picture is one of those choices for me. I can’t say I would wear this dress with that belt and those shoes again. Shortening the dress a few inches? That decision I stand by.

2012_09_06 hands on hips

October 15, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Risking it all


What I Wore to Work Today: June 17, 2013
Blouse: Goodwill, $1 Thursday
Skirt: Goodwill, shortened
Shoes: Target

I bought this top for a buck at Goodwill without trying it on. It seemed like it would work and if it didn’t it could go right into the giveaway pile. I’m bold, baby, a total risk-taker.

October 14, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

All suited up

2013_05_08 buttoned

What i Wore to Work Today: May 8, 2013
Jacket: Goodwill
Tshirt; Target
Skirt: Goodwill, shortened
Shoes: Target

I don’t own a suit. I’ve been saying for years that I will get one, a nice dark gray real suit from a company with petite sizing, maybe three pieces so that I have both skirt and trouser options. Maybe it’s time to finally — finally! — make this happen, to prepare myself to spend hundreds of dollars for a nice quality suit that fits and flatters and works for a petite woman who already looks younger than she is.

…And I just looked at Jcrew, where an average “suiting pant” is $250. I think I’ll sit on this for awhile longer.

2013_05_08 unbuttoned

2013_05_08 jacketless

October 11, 2013. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.



What I Wore to Work Today: May 2, 2013
Tshirt: Target
Pants: $1 Goodwill, refashioned
Shoes: Payless

This was my half-birthday! 31 1/2! Yee-ha! Six months from then, and several weeks from now, I turn 32. Yep. If I’ve learned anything from the internet, it’s a special, special age.

2013_05_02 hands on hips

puddling on the floor: never good


October 9, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, Video, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Lace pick-me-up


What I Wore to Work Today: April 29, 2013
Jacket: T.J. Maxx
Dress: Ross
Belt: Target
Shoes: Target

I picked up this lace jacket at a T.J. Maxx in Park City, UT the day before New Year’s Eve when a friend was shopping for something sparkly for the next night. I wasn’t planning on shopping for myself and I walked away with a jacket and a pair of sneakers. Pleasant surprise.


October 7, 2013. Tags: , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.



What I Wore to Work Today: April 24, 2013
Tshirt: Target
Pants: Goodwill, refashioned
Shoes: Payless
Watch: Target

Hockey is back! The first regular season game was/is October 3 against the Vancouver Canucks. I’m listening to the game as I type this on Thursday night, so it’s like time travel that this post isn’t going live until Saturday. Don’t tell me if the Sharks win/won, I want to be surprised.

October 5, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today. Leave a comment.

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