Hello Kids,

I did something really odd on Saturday. Nothing. If you know me, you know that I get up around six or seven on the weekends and go about my weekend. Yesterday, I slept until around 11. Went to the Walters Art Museum around 1:00 p.m., came home at 3:00 and crawled right back in to bed. Slept until 7:00 p.m. and went back to sleep at 11:00 p.m. and got up at 8:00 a.m. Normally, this kind of behavior would freak me out (I worry that people who sleep all day might be depressed — I was a Resident Assistant at my boarding high school and lived in an all girls dorm in college. Talk about bird’s eye view of disorders and depression). And, I haven’t let myself slow down the last month or so. But, yesterday felt glorious and I feel truly awake for the first time in weeks.

So, what took me to the Walters? Baltimore is pretty awesome in that our two largest art museums are FREE to the public. The Walters and the Baltimore Museum of Art both have amazing textile collections.

This time though, I went to see the ‘ArtBlooms’ exhibit — Garden of Eden theme.

And the St. Johns Bible exhibit.

The Walters recently let several staffers go and closed about 16 positions — all in an effort to keep the museum free to the public. I think that’s a pretty painful sacrifice to make and I don’t take enough advantage of the resources I have living in a City. Like FDR said, ‘Artists have to eat too.’

Today: Well, I should have worked on my AB Weekender or my summer dress, but instead, I tackled my Single Girl Quilt by Denyse Schmidt. And you know what? I forgot that I actually REALLY like to quilt! Seriously. I was totally in the zone today just cutting and piecing. This is my first time making something with templates. Which was easier than I thought.

You can cut in layers and you can use a rotary cutter! Each ring is divided into quarters. Below are quarters 1 and 2. Quarters thee and four will be a mix of 1 and 2. I’m going to have four like this, and four in another colorway, etc. These are so fresh and bright, I can’t wait to get a full quadrant done to show off!

The prints are from the lovely Cynthia at They are:Lizzy House and Anna Maria Horner.Two fabric designers you’ll be seeing a lot of here!

That’s it for my weekend! I still have a homework assignment to do. This week we drafted princess seams and yoked bodices. Now, I need to make them up in fabric for school.


  1. I used to do a lot of quilting. The most pleasurable part of it for me was choosing fabrics. When piecing a quilt , there are no limitations on the number of fabrics that can be used. The more the merrier! Such fun!

  2. Oh I will follow your quilt with delight. I recently dicsovered Anna Maria Horner, too. Her designs make me want to quilt. They are so intense- I think the design you have chosen, with a lot of white in the background, will show off the prints beautifully.
    Would it be lame if I make the exact same quilt you make? 🙂

  3. You can only burn the candle at both ends for just so long. Every now and then we need a couple of days of NOTHING! And quilting? What a nice change.

  4. Can’t wait to see the quilt finished, those colors are wonderful.

    Glad you feel better – you have to listen to the body, when you gotta sleep, you gotta sleep !

  5. I blame it on Daylight Savings. I had a lazy weekend, too. Sleeping in and napping, never leaving the premises.

    I love the fabrics you’ve chosen for the quilt. Very cheery.

  6. I love quilting – it is very ZEN. Those fabrics are very cheerful. I love the colors. The nice part about working with templates is that everything fits together like a puzzle. It purges the stress right out of you

  7. I read elsewhere that you were a grumpy gus on Friday. So glad you listened to your body this weekend.

  8. Good for you to take a rest and refresh yourself! I love the Walters and the BMA. How lucky are we to have that duo to the north and the Smithsonian tribe to the south!

  9. I’m really liking the colors you picked out for your quilt. If you don’t have one, I’d really suggest that you invest in a 1/4 inch foot. It will make everything SO much easier. I use mine for top stitching in garment sewing too.

  10. Love love love the fabrics you chose. Your weekend sounds amazing. Sleep is underrated.

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