The Blue Wrens, A Catch-up and Happy New Year!



Phew, life has a way of blowing in unannounced with a litany of issues that need our instant attention and sidelining our best intentions.

One thing I did not mention is that the morning before I left for Houston Quilt Festival, a tree fell on our house-A BIG TREE.

No one was injured and yes, an angel definitely had our backs. The way the tree was supposed to have fell, well, I don’t want to go there.

The fortunately odd, completely against the law of physics, direction the tree did fall was the best way it could have landed if one could control nature.

I have been in the midst of all the chaos that comes along with getting repairs, replacements and a new roof on the house. Just having all the signatures on the insurance check is a feat in itself. We are still in the red tape stage but close to finally getting the roof on.

Do I even need to explain both parents in and out of the hospital and the stress that creates? Both are OK as of today’s date.


The Aussie Blue Wrens Block

I am just about finished with the applique portion of the Aussie Blue Wrens in the Naturalist’s Notebook series of patterns. Each time I finish each one, it becomes my favorite. I LOVE this one.



Remember how we laughed about the “dead” look of the Goldfinch eye? This poor guy is suffering from the same affliction at the moment. No worries, the embroidery stage will fix this.


The pieces are tiny–yep-tiny. This means it has taken way longer than I had planned to complete the block. Silly me, you would think I would design it to go a bit faster.

However, I am more about design than speed. It is exactly how it should be without the trendy shortcuts. I have never been trendy because longevity is more appealing to my senses.

At this point, if you have been making each block in order, your skills will be more than ready to handle teeny tiny pieces. The real teeny tiny pieces. Also a curved skinny point. (see photo below)

Whaaaaaaat?, I can hear you and relax, I know you can do this. If you can handle the Hummingbird beak, and many of you have shown me visual proof you can, then you can certainly do this without breaking a sweat.


The pencil marks at the tips are for markings for embroidery. 🙂



I like to play with my big girl panties on, don’t you? <wicked smile>

I know I have been horrible about blogging, but to be honest, it may continue a bit. In order to get things done, I have to commit precious time to that purpose.

You would be amazed how short the day is! OK, maybe not, but you understand I hope. If you have signed up for emails, then you should be golden as far as when I post.

Remember to watch your email to authorize your sign-up or you will not receive the automatic post update.

Oh and I have finally (fingers crossed) got the relentless Russian hackers off my back and site and email for now (would completely fill my email box for nefarious purposes). I spent enough money to to do it! We will see how long the peace lasts.

Take care and I wish you all the best and most wonderful 2015!




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About Sandra

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.

12 thoughts on “The Blue Wrens, A Catch-up and Happy New Year!

  1. So happy to hear that no one was injured!! Looking forward to seeing you at Asilomar in February.

  2. I am so sorry re the tree on the house! It sounds like you were all very lucky!
    Here we are battling a horrific snowfall!!
    Your little bird is a reminder that Spring will come ….
    Take care

  3. Sandra,
    So good to hear that you are safe. I’m so sorry you are having to deal with all the complications of a pretty scary event. The blue bird is lovely. Made me smile. Take care.

  4. Happy New Year, Sandra! Sounds like you’ve had an eventful few months; good to read that everyone is well.
    I love your blog, just wish I had the courage to try one of your patterns. 🙂
    Wishing you an awesome and chaos free 2015!

  5. Oh Sandra! I think that’s my favorite of your birds so far, it’s Perfect!!! So sorry to hear all you’re going thru … I would be in a corner pulling out my hair! You have super abilities!!!
    Best Wishes

  6. I have to tell you, I had to buy a second of your book as the first is coming apart from using it for show and tell when teaching. Always giving you the credit of course!
    Your life is always an adventure! So glad the roof adventure is coming to an end. Have a great time at the beach, wish I could be there. As always, if you need an assistant, you know where to find me. I do good sit & fetch.

  7. Dear Sandra
    Sorry to hear of the tree, but relieve that no one was hurt. Now I understand why the blog was not active, Hope all the parents are well, I got my ordered pattern through my sister and we also managed to snap up at Barnes and Nobles the last mag with your whole cloth quilt on the cover.Lovely !!!!
    Health and happiness and continued creativity to you and yours.

  8. Happy New Year, so glad nobody was injured! I love the blue wren, so pretty, I just cannot wait to start working on this pattern. I am signed up for updates and sometimes I do get them, but not this time.

  9. Sandra,

    May all trees in your vicinity stand up well in 2015, or at least not fall on your house.

    The blue wren is beautiful … perhaps I should say superb … and I speak as someone who has had the opportunity to sit and watch them fluttering about in shrubs a few times. The only photos I took were of empty spaces among the leaves as by the time I had found the right spot through the lens the bird had flown. Decided I would rather watch them than try to capture them digitally! You have captured them beautifully in applique!

  10. Sorry to hear about the tree, but am glad no one was hurt. Been thru the health issues with parents. Life sometimes throws lemons!
    The blue wren is lovely. I am loving working on each block.

  11. Hi Sandra, sounds as though you have been through the mill, hope everything is settled now. The blue wren block looks great (as are all your other works) Hope to catch up with you in Australia this year as the last two in Berrima were fantastic, keep up the good work.

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