It's been a tough week, but I am coming out of the "my friend died of cancer that took her in less than 6 months from diagnosis, leaving behind a husband and 3 kids on the verge of adulthood just when they would need her guidance most and her husband who had been looking forward to being an empty-nester with his best friend of 20+ years is now facing a future he didn't see coming along with a mountain of hospital bills" feelings of bitterness, melancholy, and shell-shock to a place of solid thankfulness.

Thankful she wasn't in pain at the end.
Thankful she got to say goodbye to her family.
Thankful I got to see her smile one last time.
Thankful I am able to come home to my own family.
Thankful to have known her.

Just thankful.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.



CGM Podcast Episode #57: Festival Recap Part 2

Listen to the episode here

Show Notes 

Life Update:

  • Rainbow Loom craze: a little too much squeeze
  • Thanksgiving Weekend: we're going to see Annie on Broadway! 
F.O.'s and WIPs:
  • I finished the In Threes Cardigan for Sam! (blog post to come once it's blocked and photographed)
  •  Not much other sewing or knitting...but my new Juki 2010Q arrived, so stay tuned for a playtime update next episode
 International Quilt Festival  - class and the quilts
  • Cherry Blossoms class w/Noriko Endo
  • Special Exhibit: "What's For Dinner?"

  • Special Exhibit: Hazel's Legacy

 Pickle Dish by Hazel Canny

Celtic Roses by Hazel Canny

Baltimore Bride by Hazel Canny

Classic Movie:

Book Review:
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Thanks for listening!



What I'm Reading This Month

I passed my 2013 reading goal of 80 books last month! Having some fun catching up on several books I've had on my nightstand for a very long time.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

 Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren

What are you reading this month?



More Quilt Festival Eye Candy

Picture heavy post to share more of the gorgeous quilts I saw at Festival!

Ice Core by Annette Guerrerro

 closeup to see the quilting

Lost Treasure Map by Vonda Mathews

closeup to see the 3D details

 Indiana Transplanted Treasure by Debra McHolick, quilted by Mary Jo Yackley
Techniques: Hand-pieced, appliqued, longarm quilted

Giant Dahlia by Donna Williams
Techniques: hand-pieced, hand quilted

closeup to see the quilting

Roses in the Window by Carol Morrissey

closeup #1

closeup #2

Darla's Dream Dinner by V'Lou Oliveira

You Are What You Eat by Kathy York

Alice's Kitchen by Miki Murakami

Grandma's Soddie by Gloria Zirges


Illinois Album by Jane Sassaman
This quilt won the $5,000 Babylock Master Award for Innovative Artistry

closeup #1

closeup #2

Celebration of Feathered Stars & Wildflowers 
by friends of the Vereins Quilt Guild

Gathering Hearty Roses by Aiko Miyata, Nobuku Kotani, Reiko Terui
Techniques: hand applique, hand quilting

closeup to see the hand quilting

Caught in the Act by Barbara McKie

closeup (lots of beautiful thread painting in this one and the one below!)

I'm Watching You by Barbara McKie

closeup of the thread painting


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