Monday, April 30, 2012


Ellen Anne Eddy has written a very flattering review of my book on her blog:

I hope you will read it -- I'm trying not to let it go to my head but it's not easy!

Sunday, April 22, 2012


I got notice that Smashwords has approved my book, Quiltverse Volume One, for Premium Status which means that it will be available through a number of other outlets including Apple and Barnes and Noble. Amazon is not yet included though it is possible to download my book in Kindle's format.

As those of you who write books know, the author makes more profit by direct sales -- which is essentially what happens when orders are placed through Smashwords:

However you decide to buy my book, I hope you enjoy it.  And you might find it suitable as a Mother's Day gift -- to give or to receive.  Gift certificates are available at the Smashwords page.
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Monday, April 09, 2012


After requests by number of my readers, considerable research and overcoming my natural tendency to procrastination I have finally published a number of my quilty verses as an e-book, Quiltverses Volume One. It can be sampled (free) and bought (a mere $4.99) at

It can be downloaded in a variety of formats so the verses can be read on any e-reader or computer.

I found that I have written so many verses over the years that I will be publishing three more volumes!

While Volume One contains verses dealing with quilting in general, Volume Two will have verses about family, friends, pets and being on the Internet. Volume Three will be the remaining quilt related verses while Volume Four will cover holidays, shows and being out and about. Each volume will contain about 35-45 or more verses.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011


I have been making lap robe sized summer quilts (i.e. no batting) backed with corduroy, flannel or fleece in an attempt to reduce my stash and my collection of scraps. I deliver them to a local group that does volunteer work, Green Mountain RSVP, but had no idea exactly where they would end up. A nice thank you note from Project Linus answered that question!

ONE SOLUTION My strip-scraps had collected, A stuffed-full box I had: It bothered and it teased me, Made me feel a little sad:
So many lovely fabrics
With memories were here,
A pity not to turn them into
Something I could share.
So I stitched those strips and pressed them,
Then cut them up again
And sewed the shapes together
To make a scrap quilt that’s not plain!
I found some fabric for the back,
(Several pieces came into play)
Layered, tacked and bound it --
And then I gave it away!

Wednesday, June 08, 2011


And one every quilter should contemplate seriously ...


Is your fabric addiction a serious case?
Can you pass a quilt shop without stopping?
For the fabrics you buy, do you have enough space?
Is your life devoted to shopping?
Then take warning and beware
If quilting is a new passion:
Exposure to quilt shops and the fabrics therein
Is a thing the susceptible should ration.
Be sensible, strong and limit your visits
To these dens of textilean seduction.
Say 'No' now and then just to show that you can.
Claim you are practising safe stash reduction.
It may well not help -- once you have been hooked
On the thrill of the fabric chase,
Nothing can quite compare to the feeling you get
When your acquisitions are home and in place.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


And the Muse celebrated with a delightful trip around New England with her daughter, hitting some literal high spots: Mount Washington in New Hampshire and Cadillac Mountain in Maine, and finishing at the beach in Rye, New Hampshire. Oh yes -- there were also a few quilt shops along the way ... Very nearly my


I'd like to go a-travelling
This country up and down,
Checking out the quilt shops
In each and every town.
I'd vist those away up North,
Then East and South and West.
It would be such fun to make a search
For the one I'd like the best.
Will it be in a little country town
Or on a busy city street?
Will it be huge or very small?
Is it near a place to eat?
Could I take a class if I so choose?
Are there finished quilts to see?
What a wonderful adventure
A trip like this would be!
And best of all would be the chance
With so many quilters to meet
And share our love of quilts and quilting --
Wouldn't that be a treat?

And what is your dream trip?

Friday, May 13, 2011


Hop into my virtual time machine and travel back with me to 1951, well before
The Muse became The Muse. In those days she had a penchant for free verse as can be seen in this group of


A capricious young spring rain,
Intent on showering me
With a multitude of soft wet kisses
Met me at the doorway.

The lake,
Face wrinkled
With ripples of running
And rings of rain,
Greenly grimaced it way
To the grey gorge.

The landscape of dull colors:
Dull grey,
Dull green,
Dull dullness,
Sat mutely,
Ignoring all.

The wind played desultorily
With the grey branched trees
And idly stirred the lake
With a breath.

The sky stayed gloomily aloof,
A monochrome
Of no particular hue:
Still, silent and far.