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Moving on to something new

Posted by on Jan 13, 2018 in Blog, Blog-entries, Faith | Comments Off on Moving on to something new

Blogging is hard when you are very busy and even harder when you want to talk but not be too specific because you might hurt someone’s feelings. There comes a time when some things simply do not work any more.  You have to find a way forward in areas of one’s life, find what matters to you, find what God wants for you life, and say YES to new opportunities. This is my situation in so many ways: volunteering, spirituality and housing are among those things that now must change. Change is never easy especially when it means getting out of your comfort zone, researching and visiting places and institutions, and doing plain old hard work. The things that will never change are loving God, quilting and photography. My hope is that the changes I must make will deepen my spirituality and open new opportunities for service.

Busy, busy, and busy!

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in Blog, Blog-entries, Photography, Quilting | Comments Off on Busy, busy, and busy!

Apparently too busy to keep this blog up to date! Since my last post, my beautiful cat Angel has died following a long illness. I miss her very very much.  She was a real friend and companion.

angel-2017I’ve added more photos of baby quilts and four photos to the Other Projects page of this website. I’ve been very busy with the Quilters by the Sea Guild website, Facebook group and attending workshops. In addition keeping up the church website and doing graphic arts and a vigorous Bible study all keep me very busy. 

I’ve been doing photography (mostly with my iPhone’s wonderful camera) and recent Instagram postings of photographs are my recent work are on a page under Photography. I am planning to take a photography course at the Cameron Art Museum School in late October and through mid-November.  I have this beautiful Canon DSLR camera that I used only sporadically and on automatic. It’s high time to brush up on my photography skills (you know those f stops and shutter speeds) and branch out some more in photography. If I can find the time, I’d like to explore the Divi theme for WordPress for future use on this website.  Finding time is a huge challenge when your passion runs to three other major areas. 

Living and Learning

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Blog, Blog-entries, Quilting, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Living and Learning

I fell in love with quilting back in New Jersey sometime after I retired from my day job. I happened upon a group of ladies who loved to quilt, knit and crochet. They invited me to join their group, which met monthly in the homes of group members. The leader of the group was Ruth Woodward, an experienced quilter and friend. Over the 3 or 4 years that the group met, I learned alot about quilting from Ruth and others in the group. I also took classes at Pennington Quilt Works. There I did two year’s worth of block of the month projects. Each block being a lesson in itself.
When I was contemplating my move to North Carolina and was down here looking for a place to live, I saw a small quilt exhibit at the Aquarium and that was my introduction to the Quilters by the Sea Guild. When I moved to Wilmington, I joined the guild. It has been a wonderful learning experience for me. I am now also a member of the Sew Pieceful Quilting Bee, which has an experienced long arm quilter as our group leader. I am so thankful for the opportunities to learn this craft, both in NJ and in NC. All of the baby quilts on my website were done here in NC. The other projects were from New Jersey.

Instagram Photos

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Blog, Blog-entries, Photography, Quilting | Comments Off on Instagram Photos

It is hard to keep a website up to date when you have a busy life with multiple competing interests. I love quilting, photography and nature in general. I’ve been publishing photographs in Facebook, but only my friends can see them. So…. I have added an Instagram plugin to this website and a feed on the Photography -> Current Photographs – Instagram page. It would be nice if I could generally sort them by topic (quilting, landscape, family or whatever) but that is not possible at this time. I hope you will navigate to this page. Pat

The NC Arboretum

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Blog, Blog-entries, Photography | Comments Off on The NC Arboretum

aa-IMG_1422One of my favorite places on a beautiful day in Southeastern NC is the Arboretum. Conveniently located, it is so easy to drop in there any time. The pond is the site for frog mating season right now so the noise was deafening! But the frogs gotta do their thing.

The azaleas are almost finished and the NC Azalea Festival is coming up this weekend. The fruit trees, redbud and dogwood trees are in bloom. Spring is here and it is gorgeous.

My winter projects are done. That is now giving me the time now to just pick up and go to the beach or to the parks. More photos to follow in the days, weeks and months ahead. Enjoy!


Spring is here! Trips to the beach!

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Blog, Blog-entries, Photography | Comments Off on Spring is here! Trips to the beach!


Kure Beach from the Fishing Pier.

It is the end of March, Good Friday in fact, and with a beautiful day ahead it made sense to take the car and go have some fun. Southport, a beautiful little town at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, has a Friday festival every week and it draws arts and crafts and other vendors to the big park where there is plenty to see and buy. It is about an hour trip by car. However, you can break that up with a 25 minute ferry ride from Southport to Fort Fisher.  Southeast North Carolina has alot to offer!

Feeding the birds from the back of the ferry.

Feeding the birds from the back of the ferry.

God is NOT Dead

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Blog, Blog-entries, Faith | Comments Off on God is NOT Dead

I am a bit behind with watching movies, but finally got to see God is Not Dead. This is a truly inspiring movie about a young Christian college student who takes on a Professor who claims not to believe in God. However the student proves that rejecting the existence of God renders the purpose for life meaningless and shows that the Professor hates God for taking the life of his Christian mother when he was a boy. Interesting.

Life is short and faith is a leap (in the dark of our minds and hearts) to just trust that God is real. And the beauty of it all is that when we take that leap, we then experience the reality of God Himself reaching to us! Jesus said He is the Light of the World and our tired, sinful, confused world needs that light now more than ever. Accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior will bring peace, joy, and a life of meaning and adventure. But time is running out and you just don’t know how long you have….so call out to God and He will be there for you.

Spring is here

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Blog, Blog-entries, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Spring is here

a-IMG_1271The azaleas are in full bloom in Southeastern North Carolina. The warm temperatures in past weeks have brought them out earlier than expected. The NC Azalea Festival is April 6-10 and it will be interesting to see if the blooms last that long. You just never know!  Soon I plan some trips to the Arboretum and Airlie Gardens to see what those parks have. A photographer’s paradise!!! More photos in the days to come! I promise!

Quality in an Antique

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Blog, Blog-entries, Quilting | Comments Off on Quality in an Antique

IMG_1260 This past Saturday was the first Quilters by the Sea neonatal quilt making workshop for 2016 and I took my old/new antique Singer 221-1 machine to it.  It had just returned from being serviced and given some new parts (electric cord, bobbin winder, belt, needle, oil drip pan, rubber feet for both machine and pedal, light bulb assembly and some adjustments to the bobbin area. She was manufactured in 1936 in only the third year these were made. I have named her “Lizzie.”

I must say, I now know why quilters prize these old “featherweight” machines. The quality is there!!!  It is all metal, solid, dependable, gives a great even stitch and is very, very quiet. The movement is smooth and almost silent! Sad to say, Singer machines today are mostly plastic and made in China. Only Berninas are made in this country now-a-days. Beware!  Machines made for big box stores like Walmart and Target are even more cheaply made in order to keep the cost down. The quality is not there.  If you need a new machine, go to a quilt shop selling machines or buy a Featherweight! You won’t regret it.

Life is a Beach

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Blog, Blog-entries | Comments Off on Life is a Beach

life-is-a-beachOne of the best things about Southeast North Carolina is the gorgeous beaches. Starting to the north is Topsail which is where the best sea shells are to be found. Then there is upscale and fashionable Wrightsville Beach. Further south you will find Carolina (sea turtles galore), Kure and Fort Fisher beaches. Fort Fisher was the site of a Civil War battle.  The Confederates won and soon after the city of Wilmington fell to the Union as the troops marched north into the city. The mouth of the Cape Fear River is the entrance to the deep water ports at Wilmington, so you will see many large cargo ships arriving via that route.  Below the entrance to the river is Fort Caswell, Bald Head Island, Oak Island and Holden Beach. Holden is about an hour’s drive from the city but is well worth the trip because it also is a great (wide) beach with seashells and drift wood. The beaches are accessible year round but parking fees often apply from April through the fall. On warm days in winter, spring and fall (the above photo was taken in January!!!) the beach is a short drive away. Nice!