Blissfully Busy……..


Sleeping cat

Mia totally blissed out

A friend of ours snapped this photo of our cat, Mia, this past weekend. She is quite blissed out, enjoying her nap. That however is not the state of being that has me blessed out. Check out my studio workspace below!

cluttered studio workspace

My studio workspace this week

This was my week to be home and sew! After spending time last week catching up on all the sorts of household details that accumulate when both of us are away, this week had plenty of studio time. I celebrated by working on three separate projects simultaneously.

One is an art quilt based upon a photo I took of our granddaughter last winter. It involves some hand-embroidered lettering near the top of the quilt. This was the week to decide upon fabric and threads for that lettering.  I worked with two fabrics and quickly learned that my small stash of embroidery thread was too tame:

sample2 sample1









After a quick trip to Golden Threads Needlearts in East Rochester, I was able to come up with a more satisfactory selection of threads for embellishing the lettering which I auditioned on both fabric samples.


By week’s end, I had my first letter created:

Hand embroidered letter

I also worked on a potential quilting pattern for the piece. I would like the quilting to expand outwards from my granddaughter’s heart. To be precise, I created a template to work from.

full scale quilting template

You can see the outline of her figure on the paper and the future quilting lines emanating from her heart area.

It was a wonderful week!

I am linking this to Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday so be sure to check out what others have been creating!

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  1. Hi, Judy. This is very fun and colorful–the stitching adds so much. Delightful!

  2. Love your thread choices. It will be a joyful quilt – or should I say blissful, like Mia?

  3. Great to see the larger picture, Judy. This is going to be a very happy piece!

  4. I heartily agree… what joyful colors! Eagerly awaiting more!

  5. Looks like it’s going to be a wonderful piece. And a lot of fun to make.

  6. how intriguing!
    LeeAnna Paylor not afraid of color!

  7. just want to say that – we all need a bit of pink in our lives. This is great!!

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