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October 01, 2008



Look at all the fun that's happening over there--despite the bad back. I don't know what to compliment first. Your braid is VERY, VERY pretty! Hope your back gets better so you can have fun in any position!


Love that Jelly Roll! It's adorable. I also love the X and O quilt. I'm impressed that you got EQ6 working that well - I struggled with it and haven't been back. Hope your back gets better soon.


Nancy, I love seeing your posts pop up on my bloglines. You always have such colorful inspiration to share and today's post was no exception.

Hopefully your back will heal quickly. If not you may have to set up your sewing machine at standing height! (I say that half jokingly, but it may really be something to consider.)


Hey, good to hear from you again! Sorry to hear about your back, but hopefully you are on the mend. Another amazing quilt. I'm starting to think you have little elves who come out at night.....
Be well,


Glad to see you're still at it! I love every project you're working on, as usual.


I sure did miss reading your blog! But you made well up for it. I love the quilt with the heart on it. Because of all the squares, it softens it up! I'm sorry about your back; that really can be a pain in the.... backside! Hope you'll get better soon; if anything so you can show us more of your lovely work!


I sure hope your back gets better to the point where you can function and not be in so much pain. It really cuts into quilting and knitting time when you can't sit, knitting while standing only last so long. I LOVE your quilt! I never in a million years would have thought to quilt the way you did as I am also a perfectionist and this strictly rules my "by the rules" quilting. You have inspired me to try a similar break out of my comfort technique. I would imagine your partner is going to love this particular quilt. Glad to see more lizard ridge squares, I've stalled on mine. It's time to block and piece and I'm just not sure what color I'm going to use to pull everything together. Fall has finally pushed summer aside for a few days with our impending storm in Northern California and the cooler weather with wind has inspired me to start on a long anticipated knitted coat. No cables which I love in your above photo but I will be knitting a ruched (sp?) section on the coat and this is a new technique for me. Have a wonderful day down in So Cal!


It is great to hear from you again. I hope the back continues to mend. Congratulations on the 15# too. I really like the freeform quilting; the contrast between the precise pieces and free stitching makes them both more interesting.


I'm so sorry to hear that the back flared up again. As always, your quilting is inspiring and photos downright beautiful. Hope the back is better very soon!


Your knitting is incredible!

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Welcome back! I'm sorry to hear about your back but trust you are well on the way to recovery. I have really missed your blog and beautiful pictures. All the pieces are gorgeous and if my first quilt piece can be half or a quarter as good as yours, I'll be happy. Thanks for all that inspiration you ooze out of your blog spot! Take care.


We like the quilt with your cat sitting on it, my daughter said she would even like to make one, I guess I'll have to find that book or figure it out on my own. All your quilts look wonderful.


As always, it is great to see you back! Sorry your back is giving you trouble, but lots of crafty goodness is getting done:) I think your heart quilt is very fun. I would hang it on my wall!


Hey, your back! I just had a feeling it might be your back acting up again. I'm glad you're feeling a bit better and hope you continue to improve. I've missed you and your blog. For starters, I love the free motion heart quilting on the little x o quilt. I think it was just what it needed. The friendship braid quilt top is fantastic, very pretty. I couldn't have done all those pieces, no way. While you lay on your back attempting to knit (how you do that is a mystery to me), I'm trying to figure out how to knit with carpal tunnel hand braces on. Diagnosed with severe carpal tunnel in both wrists, REALLY bad in the right. While I was relieved my numbness wasn't involving my neck vertebrae, it still wasn't good news, as there really isn't a fix other than surgery. Too many years of hard labor. My hand mitts wave hello, and I feel exactly the same about baseball... Get well soon. :o)


Sorry to hear about the back - ouch, but even with a bad back you are amazing, that Norah Guaghan cardigan is really pretty - I keep eyeing it up and Jo Sharp is a genius for getting texture and colour exactly right - so the cardigan is going to be delectable


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Have missed hearing from you - so sorry to learn that it has been your back that has kept you from posting your creative world for the rest of us to enjoy.

As always, everything that you have created through the pain is simply stunning.

You continue to be my artistic inspiration.

Inky Hugs,


I have been away too, too long. You have been sooo busy, knitting, sewing, quilting, gardening, photographing. Your life is so full of beauty that I find myself terribly jealous, but not in a bad way. just yearning for the time and opportunity to immerse myself in some loveliness too. I have gotten so far behind in blogging that I even stopped reading blogs - that's bad. Trying to get back in there. Maybe the season changes will help - the drought has been just awful, and deflating. It was so nice to stop by and get an eyeful of all your energy and spirit on display here. Keep it up, you're an inspiration to me and others I am sure.


I hope your back is getting better?! I was at Pannikin the other day (yum) and thought of you:) Hope to "see" you soon.....I am wondering about your Lizard Ridge, it's a beauty.

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