What I’m up to these days

Therapy Dog Visits

Therapy dog visit with Sadie’s bestie, Baron, at Lost Mountain Middle School at the end of March. We have many more visits scheduled including the regional Special Olympics, Georgia Tech, Life University plus our normal library READ program. I also train prospective READ teams.


2023 BOM from A Quilting Life (online) – April block is below. To me, this block is very bland on its own. However, when paired with the other blocks, it provides a place for your eyes to rest.

Home Again Vintage 2 Color Quilt from Lori Holt and FQS

This is my version of the popular 2 color quilt FQS promotes every so often. There is an online QAL scheduled from April 4 to about mid-May, but I haven’t seen much about it online. It’s almost as if it got lost in all the QALs currently going on. Rather than doing 3 blocks each week, I prepped all the FG and subunits first. I’ll be putting the remaining 11 blocks together this week.

Scrappiness is Happiness QAL

I’m a little behind on this one, but it shouldn’t take much to get caught up.

I added 8 new design boards to my stash. Used peel & stick foam core board from Hobby Lobby for one set and the plain $1.25 variety foam core board from Dollar Tree for the others. Yes, there is a difference! The peel & stick feature made it much easier to apply the batting and the board itself is much sturdier. The Dollar Tree foam core board resulted in perfectly serviceable design boards. However, I think it’s worth the splurge for the peel & stick foam core board, if your budget allows.

I’m also prepping for upcoming seminars and retreats I’m attending, plus classes I’m teaching.

Current Reads:

The Quilted Home Handbook by Wendy Chow

We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman (this month’s book club selection)

Marie Bostwick, quilter and fiction writer with novels set in the southern US, will be in the ATL at the end of May to promote her forthcoming book. She’ll be speaking at a luncheon sponsored by a local quilt shop. Yours truly has a ticket to the event!


Sadie and I have been visiting area parks to get in our daily walk. Today, we ran across a Great Blue Heron and several turtles on our walk. Normally, we encounter aggressive Canadian geese at this park. No dodging goose poop today! The water is muddy from all the recent rain.