Thursday, February 28, 2019

Wabi Sabi Barn Star 🌟

Ask any Japanese what the phrase "wabi sabi" means and they will say, "That is very difficult!" Wabi sabi is a Japanese concept regarding traditional art. It's especially about appreciating things that are old and broken, but restored.

Finding beauty in the broken. The center square in this quilt is upcycled old indigo fabric from Japan. Maybe it was originally a pair of monpei, Japanese work pants. If you look closely, you can see where it was cleverly patched by a previous owner. This is wabi sabi:

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Jack's Basket 👶

Jack's Basket, where babies with Down syndrome are celebrated, has welcomed 118 babies in 2019 into this world! That makes over 1,300 baskets given out since Carissa Caroll, founder and mother of Jack, who has Down syndrome, gave out the first basket on Jack's first birthday. Read to the end to see how you can help out.

We had the honor of delivering 31 baby quilts to Jack's Basket in February, "we" being my sister, niece, nephew, and I, pictured here along with a mother/daughter duo that work/volunteer at Jack's Basket. BTW, they are the aunt and grandmother of a young girl with Down syndrome.
These are nine quilts I had ready to bring in:

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

⾊ Color Makes Me Happy! 🌈

Our local quilt guild, Dakota County Star Quilters, has an annual quilt show, and unlike most shows, our show stays up for a month. Here's a view from the balcony on set-up day, last Saturday:

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A Quilt On Noah's Ark 🚢

January was a roller coaster ride for our family, and it started out on New Year's Day at the Ark Encounter, a life-size Noah's Ark!

This awesome quilt was a birthday gift from my small group quilt friends and combines some of my favorite things: Tula Pink fabrics, Grunge Dots and plus blocks--they know me well! Here is the quilt on Noah's Ark:
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