Blowing the Dust Out

Blowing the Dust Out

Well, well. 

It has been a long time. To be honest, I am not even sure who is getting alerts that I am posting this. I just looked back and realized that I only posted ONCE since last April. So many times I missed coming here to visit with you. hopefully some of you who started with me 14 years ago are still here.  

And NOW as I write this today, we are all smack dab in the middle of VERY INTERESTING times now, aren’t we? I hope you and your loved ones are doing okay in this present Covid madness, concern, and unfortunately for some fear — and even worse for some, grief. My heart breaks for those who have  lost loved ones as well as the rest of us  who are separated from those we love when we really want to hold and love on them. I am often collectively praying for all of you in one fashion or another. 

Shall we give this bloggin’ thing a fresh start?  I say yes.

And my approach will probably be like old times…Not always super polished…but very honest …

and lots of these ellipses …. 

After that ramblin’ intro, let’s get back to today’s subject >> Blowing the Dust Out.

How about we catch up?  So looking back on what I did blog about in the last year. There was just a little bit about my second line of batiks, Ocean Park, with Banyan Batiks and honestly not much else.  I love this line and I will be offering some of it for sale here in my shop pretty soon.  Of the two lines, this one was my favorite, but somehow the fabric had limited exposure due to a list of many factors, so it is not easy to find. I will go with the positive outlook and declare that it is more valuable because it is so rare! Trying to look on the positive side of things here. I really enjoy having my ideas come alive in fabric, but I am not sure if it is the best thing for me at the moment. But that doesn’t mean I won’t design more. Just not for a bit I think.

blue nickel studios blowing the dust off

And you know how I LOVE Scrappy quilts. I could never tie myself down to one line, even my own. I do love adding my fabric to all of the mix though and I hope you do too! 

As I was saying, there was a whole lot more going on last year that I could’ve, should’ve, would’ve shared with you here on the blog. But I was super busy with everyday life and then I had a whole bunch of traveling for teaching and Trunk showing last year. Busy for me at least. I am still doing that day job thing you know. 

And then Linda and I found and settled on a plan for our later years, which means getting where we have called home for 28 years ready to sell. And the last kid moved out. And other family stuff that just basically sapped all of my strength and a lot of my spirit when it came to writing blog posts. 

So they just didn’t happen. Blog posts that is. Lots of other stuff did. And I did record a lot of it. On Instagram. But Not everyone uses Instagram, and though I do still love Instagram, more and more it seems full of memes, and ads, and random things that really aren’t that focused on my tribe. That’s you peeps by the way. I love Quilters and you are out in Facebook more and at least for now you all have more time to read blog posts!

So that’s a very brief though rambling synopsis of the last year. Presently I am working from home and should have more time to post than in the past, but we are also packing things up and trying to decide what we will give away to Goodwill WHEN we can give it away and when we can have a moving sale or two. And sewing. I have to be sewing just a little bit in the midst of our moving up and outa here. 

That’s it for today peeps.

Wow it is good to be back. I missed you.

Keep Sewing, Keep Happy,



P.S. The cover quilt, Dot Code, is from my first line Tie One On, and you can find some of that here and there. And yes, I talked about Ocean Park, the second line here — but there are no pictures of that line in this post…….

Them’s the breaks, kid!


  • farmquilter


    Welcome back! So many changes in the world since your last post, there has definitely been a shift. Good luck with getting the house ready to sell and moving.

    April 18, 2020 at 10:23 pm
  • Susan


    Oh my gosh! I have that same pin cushion with the crochet but the ribbon has been missing for years. I got it as a graduation present way back in 1964. Now I’ll have to find it tomorrow.

    April 18, 2020 at 11:52 pm
  • Sherry


    I am new to your blog but enjoyed reading your post.

    April 19, 2020 at 9:47 am

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