Better Late Than Never?


Hi all, It has been awhile (ya think?) but I will first address the question of what I bought while in Houston for Festival.

I do not think anyone will be surprised that new and different threads were on my list of seek and buy. Even though I may not have any idea what to use them for, I still buy what makes me giddy.

In the photo above are some “new to me” threads from Keri’s Designs based in Hawaii. I went NUTS, beyonds NUTS actually, over these gorgeous over-dyed threads.

What really intrigued me were these metallic over-dyed skeins of Kreinik Artisan Dyed #8 braid. Sumptuous stuff and I am going to incorporate these into the Margarita quilt (whenever I get to it).



Keri also had a lovely variety of silk ribbons too so they hopped into my basket too as I passed by.



Another of my “MUST HAVE” stops is at Laura Wasilowski and Frieda Anderson’s Artfabrik booth. Laura has the most delicious hand dyed threads in the Perle weight cottons. My favorite weight is the delicate #12.

Laura is also an avid hand embroidery person like me and she has her own unique creative twist she uses in her quilt designs.



I have a new way of creating beautiful dragonflies (the Des Moines class got to see them!) and now I am on the hunt for the finer holoshimmer/metallic threads. Superior Threads (of course) has a beautiful line of them so I picked up a bunch and Sulky also has some nice ones too.



I did buy some fabrics but not too many since I can get what I want online all year round. But a mandatory stop at Fabric Fanatics paid off with some choice batiks. I buy from them online  all the time so it was a nice opportunity to see some of their stock in person.

The new product that caught my eye and intrigued me was the Luminarte paints. To say I went nuts with the $$ is an understatement. I think I bought every color. You just never know what you are going to need when you find a project that will make good use of these!

This was a hoppin’ booth ALL THE TIME. I know I was far from the only one excited about these. I have no idea what I will use them for but they looked like fun. This is another scrapbook product transitioning to a quilting purpose I believe.



My sister is a scrapbook-er so if I find they don’t work out for me, they will be handed over to her to get busy with.


The Absence

I call November my meltdown month. EVERYTHING and EVERYONE hit me at once and all those balls I keep precariously juggled in the air? came crashing down BIG TIME.

If you read my Tweet, you know my bank accounts were wiped out. three different financial institutions. The credit Unions were fabulous and all was taken care of instantly. Wells Fargo? OMG, I am STILL working with them to get it straightened out. What a mess and they made it so.

As soon as this is finally made right, the money will be moved and the Wells Fargo account closed. Can someone tell me exactly why we bailed out the big banks? Keystone cops comes to mind the way they love their red tape that has no reason or logic.

I grabbed the wrong end of a very sharp knife. I wrapped my fingers tightly around the sharp edge of the blade without looking thinking it was the handle end. The result? I sliced each one of the fingers wide open along the middle joints on the inside of my right hand. I am right handed. Big mistake.

If the task needed the use of my hand, it didn’t happen. The cuts are healed now (almost) and lesson learned the painful way as always with me. However, Miss D? you still win the most gruesome injury for the this year.

Consider yourselves all caught up now. I, on the other hand (no pun intended) am not caught up by a long shot. If you have been waiting for an email response, it will be coming slowly. I was averaging almost two hundred emails a day in my absence from being unable to do anything computer related while I healed, so I think you can guess I am waaaaaaay behind in responding.

We are gearing up for Christmas so not much is going to change in relation to time management issues. I have finished up the secret challenge project for one of the national magazines and started the design for the next Naturalist’s Notebook block (Nuthatch).






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I am an Author, Designer, Illustrator and a major international award winning quilt artisan. I love working with fabrics and threads and they have become my medium of choice.

17 thoughts on “Better Late Than Never?

  1. Sooo happy to hear you are on the mend and your $$$ issues as well. My daughter just had same thing w/ accounts. Not fun. Stay healthy and have a great Christmas.

  2. Sandra,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your mishaps. I hope you continue to heal and get everything in order. Take care,
    Miss Gini

  3. Sandra,

    What a month for you!

    The worst that happened to me was that the mother of the bride wrist corsage attacked me and drew block before the end of the ceremony! (Someone didn’t wrap the end of the wired stems properly!

    May your December be filled with all the best the Christmas season can bring.

    Judy B

  4. Yeah! So glad you are back, and getting better. It’s been a tough year for you and Miss D. You have been missed. I also love Laura’s threads and designs. I have some of those holoshimmer threads but have no idea what to do with them yet. Please keep us updated on how you like the new threads and paints.

  5. It does not sound like you had a good month. I know I am a klutz, so always think before I grab, lol. But I still find ways to injure myself. We got our car robbed, so lost a few things but we were lucky and they only bought gas before we cancelled all my cards. I love over dyed threads, those are beautiful. Hopefully you can enjoy using them in some new projects and have an event free holiday.


  6. I am glad you are back. Was hoping you were off having fun. I am banishing you from the kitchen forevermore. Lime green Stonehenge awaiting your instructions.

  7. Oh, Sandra! Your poor hand! OMG, I can’t even imagine. Please take care, everything will still be here when you’re completely healed.
    Your Houston purchases all sound great, even if you don’t know when you’ll use them for right now.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, if we don’t hear from you.

  8. Dear Sandra
    Sorry to hear of your troubles. Glad you are back. You were greatly missed. Please take care of yourself. I think you and Diane should insure your precious hands.

  9. Oh man, I was worried for/about you. Sorry, my email is one of the ones clogging the inbox but the offer is still on the table if I can do anything to be helpful just say the word. That deal with your banks is about the weirdest thing I’ve heard in a long time – and the credit card I use to buy fabrics online was also compromised – they tried to key in the number but also had the security code. Someplace I buy fabric was hacked, but these guys didn’t get to spend the 5 grand they tried to. Thank God. I got a new card and already bought fabric online with it, as well as some new thread. 🙂 Some of it should show up today as a matter of fact.
    Glad that you and Miss D are swapping injury stories from recovery side of them now. Wow. Last time the mixer attacked you and this time the cutting implement fought back and won. Is Jenna learning to cook from maybe your sister or your mom?? 😉 Thanks for taking the time to send up some smoke and let everybody know you’re alive and kicking. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if there’s anything at all I can do to be helpful. I mean that.

  10. So glad you are back and recovering from your “meltdown”- you were sorely missed! Thanks for all the info on the goodies from the show! The metallics look intriguing-
    Judy C.

  11. Hi Sandra:

    I’m so sorry that you’ve had such an awful time with the knife injury and the theft. What a nightmare. I just wanted to put in my comment about Wells Fargo and what happened to me on my return trip from APWQ. It was the same thing, great quilts, great class with you, great shopping. I get home and realize that either by mistake or the bank’s mistake my online bill payment for my mortgage went to Wells Fargo by mistake. Simple. I’d just call them and get it back. No problem right? WRONG!! 6 agonizing weeks later, with daily phone calls to them asking WHERE WAS MY REFUND, daily calls to MY bank and daily calls to the bill pay people and a threat finally to get my attorney involved, I get my money back. Believe me, I can understand the frustration that might distract you to the point of picking up the wrong end of a knife. I will never deal with Wells Fargo for any financial purposes again. This was ridiculous! They had MY money which did NOT belong to them and took a ridiculous amount of red tape to simply return it. Nightmare. I feel for you. Fortunately for me this was all it was, and I’m sorry that you were the vicitim of identity theft (or whatever it was).

  12. Oh Sandra,
    After a great time at Houston and buying all those yummy threads, what a come down with those awful financial and finger problems. Do hope that all is well now and that you can sit back and relax, ha, ha, ha, and not worry about all the stuff piling up. Dare i ask how Jason’s
    quilt is progressing? Please have a very happy Christmas. Brenda

  13. I’m so sorry to hear about your November problems. I was hoping you were working on Jason’s quilt and the next Naturalist Notebook or dare I hope your next book? Nope so sad but all your purchases sound like so much fun and I’m mad that I can’t stand behind you while you explain what you’ve learned. Please share because I’m wondering if you know how to set the paint yet or how best to use it. Thinking of ordering some (maybe not the entire line yet 🙂 and playing around. That’s the best thing I’ve learned from you… to play except your playing around looks better than mine.

  14. I’ve been concerned about you too for such a long time since hearing from you. Wow! What a month you had! I loved seeing what you purchased at Houston. I took Part 1 & 2 of Amish quilting and had two days around a quilting frame hand quilting every which direction! I can see the fun of being in a quilting bee!
    Take good care of you!

  15. Like all the rest I have checked every few days to see if you had posted and decided that you were just worn out from Houston or having so much fun with your purchases from Houston that you did not have time to be blogging….Sorry to hear that I was wrong…and hope things are going better for you…take time for yourself and family and we will all be here waiting to see more of your wonderful work…all of us feel it will be worth waiting for…Happy Holidays.

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