Last Day of Christmas…

Time to think about taking down Christmas.  Yesterday I decided to attempt better pictures of my lighted decorations.  I’m still learning my Panasonic Lumix so I’ll have to try again next year because my two battery-operated lights were pretty dim by the end of the day.  I can practice some more before putting my glass block away.


The camera can surprise you with an unexpected aura.


Sometimes I wonder about the severity of my OCD.  Is my need for organization normal or a little over the edge?  Anyway, I save thread and fiber ends and was just stuffing them into bags when I decided to organize it all by color.


This just seems more logical when I want to use these in a project.  So two days later, here they are in a nice rainbow, to be stored neatly in a shoebox.  I’ll show you a neat project to use these in soon.


Most people gain five pounds during the holidays–I am happy to say I did not gain (or lose) any weight this last month despite my best efforts.  Perhaps it was because I substituted cornstarch-based peanuts for the usual marshmallows in my hot chocolate.  Now if the pink ones just had a little mint flavor…


Time to get to work around here.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll be ready to talk about the Christmas tablerunner I’m working on.  I need to find a link and take some photos and squeeze in some housework.


Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at and here (previously but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

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