Oberon’s Crown

As some already know, Sparkle Jane (daughter) dances ballet.  Each spring her company puts on a large show.  In the past I have helped with costumes in a variety of ways, but my specialty is headpieces.

Ballet headpieces are a tricky thing:  they have to look good; they can’t be heavy; they have to stay on…you get the idea.

This year they are performing Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.  Oberon, the fairy king, needs a crown.  But he is a FAIRY king, so it can’t be just any crown.

DSC00431The creative process is cluttered and a little messy looking… (don’t you love my salad bowl doubling as a form foundation)


Give me enough lace, spray paint and hot glue and I am bound to create something.


It has elastic built in the back to help the fit.


Hopefully it will hold up to the dancing also.

Yay for another finished product.  Now I can mostly rest easy until the performance. Unless something else comes up. 🙂

More Hugs

This is another Hundred Hugs quilt for another teaching colleague.  How nice of them to keep having babies so I have excuses to keep making quilts.


Blue and green dominate with a little yellow for brightness and a little grey to make it more ocean-y.


And there are turtles on the back.  You can’t go wrong with turtles.


Finishes, even small finishes, feel good.

Quilt Show Report

It was a lovely day!  So many quilts; so little time.

Following are a few highlight pictures of the approximately 500 quilts hung.  Our brains could only take so much.


But, perhaps the best part was meeting a new organization:  Sew Much Hope (www.sewmuchhope.org)


They re-fit old, sturdy machines to be hand-crank or treadle and donate them to people in parts of the world with no or limited electrical service.  How much do we love our machines?  How hard would life be without them?  Check out the good work they do.


This is Sparkle Jane talking things over with Mr. Rich, who founded the project.


One final quilt.  It might not look like anything too special…


Until you realize the scale–see Sparkle’s hand in the picture.  Yep, the pieces really are that small!

Quilt shows!  So much fun!