Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Finish!

The Shy DNA quilt was finished last night. I hand-sewed the binding while watching a very fine finish, Iowa State University vs. Baylor (we'll ignore the Buckeye finish).

I had fun with the free-motion quilting. I did it with a flourish.

(as I FMQ'ed, I kept thinking of Spencerian penmanship, which used to be taught by tutors to all the respectable teens of middle-class society. A visiting card needed such flourishes (thank you Ames Historical Society)):

That was their version of texting.
And these were their emoticons:

This post, my 40th, is a finish, if not the finish of the blog. Quite obviously my life has become consumed with things other than detaching from my stash. I like to write about my life, but a certain inhabitant of that life deserves more privacy. So I'm deleting the blog and searching out other ways of sharing my life.

Perhaps I'll revive that old-fashioned practice of visiting!

By the way, I've made progress on my project. Here is my stash now. It's so much more under control:

Thanks for reading!


  1. WOW! Shy DNA turned out amazing! Your FMQing is lovely and I'm a little envious of it. I love reading your blog but I also understand about privacy and the relationship. I'm so glad to have met you through this blog and that you are my friend. I'm very much looking forward to visiting w/you. God Bless.

  2. Ditto, Zenia. Thank you so much for tuning in; your faithfulness really made my writing possible.

  3. I understand too, but I'll miss reading your posts and seeing all of your cool projects. Maybe you'll post some project photos on facebook from time to time.

  4. Hi Greta,

    I was a student of yours at Kirkwood in 2001-02. Under your supervision, I participated in a "penpal" writing program with an Iowa prison inmate named Rasberry Williams. I kept in contact with Rasberry well after the program was over but I have not exchanged letters with him for many years. I was recently sent this link from a good friend of mine that was aware of my participation in the program:

    I thought of you and thought you'd be interested to see the article. My apologies for tracking you down on your blog. Let me know if you've heard anything more about Rasberry.

    John Richards

  5. John, I remember Rasberry, and I think I remember you! How kind of you to take the effort to forward this good news. You made my day!

  6. Greta, I know and understand where you might be with decisions to end you blog. You have options, you can let it sit for the length of time and come back to it, we'll still be here and we'll welcome you back. But I do know that sometimes its just the right thing to do to just end something.
    I love hearing about your side of life, the side of life that is not rosey and filled with sunshiney times. I know what that is like. I've been really glad to meet up with you and we can always talk via email.
    lol, Carli