Home Alone

I hope you are all having a lovely holiday season.  I am currently home alone, my family left me.  They loaded up their snowboards and skis and I don’t know what-all and headed for Dubuque to go to Sundown Mountain.

(Shut up, we do too have mountains in Iowa.  Sort of.)

I had thought about going and taking a sewing machine and hanging out in the hotel room, but I really need to get some stuff done in the shop tomorrow, so… I elected to stay home.  Bummer.  I’m so sad.  No one here demanding to be fed (oh wait, the dogs are still here…), no one making rude bodily noises (um, yeah, I guess the dogs still do that, too…), no one playing endless video games (ha, the dogs don’t have opposable thumbs, so that one is true…)

What’s a girl to do?  Well…go shopping of course!

I needed beads.


(Shut up, I really did need beads. Sure I already HAD beads, but, I needed to make sure I had a full palette of selections.)

OK, I didn’t strictly NEED the glitter ladybug buttons, but I couldn’t resist.


It’s really too dark to get adequate pictures of the beading I’ve done so far, but I’m plugging away at it.


It’s something of an experiment, and I’ve changed my mind about a gazillion times already on what I’m doing.  I need to find the two books about beading that I own, but…my sewing room is such a disaster, I’m not even sure where to start looking for them.

Mark actually told the boys that the reason I wasn’t going skiing was because I had to stay home and clean my room.


You may recall that the whole quilt looks like this:

hope blooms in progress

Well, it did before I quilted it.  It’s now been quilted and with two layers of batting, does not qualify as a snuggly quilt.  But…this one isn’t intended to be snuggly (especially not after I get the beading done…)

I just love that black and white polka dot fabric.  I bought a whole bolt of it.  I’ve used it before, and I’m sure I’ll use it again.  I even used it to make myself a guitar strap:DSC02215

I’m making progress on my guitar-playing skills, and have the start of a blister on my index finger to prove it!

I’ve also been working on my binding skills.  In the last 4 days I have either partially or completely bound 6 quilts.  Three were these crazy things:


You my recall that this fall I was involved with the musical at the high school.  I never managed a picture of the finished product on stage, but I was in charge of decorating a bunk bed to look like a stack of mattresses.  These three pieces — one long on the front, two short on the sides were the “mattresses” — after the show was over I stuck the wad of fake mattress in a pile intending to take it apart and finish the edges of the 3 pieces as quilts for the dogs.   I don’t know what came over me over the weekend, but I started binding and I couldn’t seem to stop.

(if you are crazy enough to count, there are only 19 strips of fabric — there was an actual mattress on top of the bunk bed that counted as the 20th mattress…)

Oh!  My beading is calling me.

(I can hear it, cause…there’s no hooligans making a racket…)




  1. shirley bruner says:

    hey, guitar girl. do you know about gorilla snot? i got some for dh for christmas to help him with his guitar playing. he swears by it. check it out.


  2. Mary Ann says:

    One of your beading books is at the shop, in the end table possibly, maybe. Your mother had borrowed it onceuponatime and that’s where it got returned to. Always check with your mother before going crazy looking for a book or a movie.

  3. LizA. says:

    Ummm, if you’re calling those hills in Iowa mountains then I want to know what you call REAL mountains, like what we have here in Washington?!?!?!? The beading is going to look real purty on that quilt. When you’re done cleaning your sewing room, would you come clean mine? Pretty please? I’ll supply the chocolate…..

  4. Cindy Kittendorf says:

    Hi Suzanne,
    Tried to email you but couldn’t get it to work. I’m the one who stopped by your shop last Spring on my way home from Montana…..anyway, I haven’t bought one yet but am still very interested in the NZAutoKnitter and am wondering what you think of it now that you’ve had it awhile.

    Any advice, info, or insights you might have would be greatly appreciated How is that learning curve thing going?????

    Thanks in advance.


  5. Alycia says:

    Oh We are cracking up over the thought that you have to clean your room. I think those same words might have been uttered at my house when my husband wanted to use my glue gun. I couldn’t remember exactly which drawer it was in – but I was close…

    Enjoy your time, Love the beading on the quilt!

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