Of Paisleys and Positive Thinking

In the midst of this busy shop-owning life with kids and all, I was able to get some sanity stitching done on this paisley piece.

I shot a video and loaded it to YouTube as well. I didn't notice it until after I shot the video that I had left the ruler foot on it which makes it hard for you to see the stitching as I'm making it. I have no trouble seeing it, despite the bulk of the foot, but the camera can't see exactly what I do.

I also got a long overdue newsletter sent out this weekend to those of you who have signed up to receive them (over there on the right of the blog is a sign up widget). I wrote of teaching and being a student. I'm doing quite a lot of both these days. I got some wonderful responses to it as well. Thank you so much. If you haven't seen it, read Amy's Quilting Adventures Newsletter here.

One of the things I'm learning (OK, truth: learning, forgetting, relearning) is the power of a positive attitude. Yesterday was an absolutely amazing day and I'll tell you about it soon. Some was rather mundane, but it was just good. I want to remember it, so I'll share here.

One of the good things was this little cutie coming into my life. I'm in love. I've got a baby again and she's the sweetest little thing. I promise my new social media strategy is not going to be cute cat pics.

But she's cute enough for it isn't she? This is our first pet since the death of my beloved pug nearly 9 years ago. (Not counting a brief fostering of my mom's cats that didn't work out too well. They are happily back with my mother.)

Now, back to work in my shop. I've got fabric to unbox!


  1. You can include all the cat pics you want! I love cats! We have one of our own, a rescue kitty who is now 7 years old.
    Love your paisleys! I long for the day when my stitches will miraculously come out even and beautiful like yours.

    1. Thanks Judy. Nothing miraculous involved in my stitching. I did my share of practicing. You can too and see beautiful stitching as a result.

  2. Beautiful pattern, and cute kitty♥

  3. If you decide to change your tactics and post kitten pictures, I am 100% okay with that. Cats and quilting seem to go hand in paw :)

  4. She is adorable. Go ahead and post those cat pictures. She will keep a smile on your face.