Sunday, March 31, 2013


Happy Easter blog buddies...I just sent my oldest son Chris back to Chicago with a basket of goodies for him and his friends. Todd and I cleaned up and now it's time to relax and do a little punchin.  Daff A Dilly is hooped up needs to be finished.  Come A Courtin, is next.  hard to believe it's April tomorrow.  May 12th I'll be in Sandwich, Ill at a show called Sunday's in Sandwich and the following Friday I'll be teaching at University Days at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts.  We will be making farmer's market pins.  Let the season begin.  keep on punchin.

Thursday, March 21, 2013


I love this geranium pattern and find myself making it over and over always tweaking the colors just a little... Here's the latest version on my frames.  I'm going to use M49 simple elegance as a background on the 3 geraniums and P11 aged black on the single.  Stay tuned.  Keep on punchin.

Sunday, March 17, 2013


Green tea and chocolate biscotti provided the munch.  Shamrock pins and bunnies added the punch.  Yesterday was a beautiful day in Wisconsin.  Outside the sun was shinning and a dusting of new snow covered the ground.  Inside women gathered threading needles, sorting threads,  tightening  hoops,  learning the ancient art of punchneedle embroidery while sharing stories, and bonding friendships.  Keep on punching.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


In my dreams the Cooperage is a rose covered Irish Cottage.  Actually it's origin is German as were many of the settlers in Cedarburg in the 1850's.  It started out as a barrel factory as some of you know, hence the name Cooperage.  A much needed spring cleaning is underway.   I have the pulled all the furniture away from the walls to wash, scrap, and paint.  Next the pine floors MUST be cleaned, stained, and resealed.
The dog and I are trying to carry on as if everything is normal, even though their favorite chairs have been moved and I can't always find there food bowls...  Hopefully everything will be done in time to plant some of those roses.   There is a new bunny on my drawing board and as soon I uncover where I've put it, I'll get it done so stay tuned.  Keep on punchin.