In case any of you reading this blog do not read my other blog or follow me on Facebook, my nice calm life was interrupted a week ago by the Butte Fire! It was fairly close to my home, but then the wind took it in a different direction. Me and the doggies evacuated for a few days. But now the fire is under control, and all is returning to normal, at least in my little life.

I don’t think I ever showed you the finished quilt P.I.N.K. I do love it, and will use it as my favorite lap quilt this winter.


I quilted each block a bit differently. That probably kept me going on it.


I love how a quilt crinkles after you wash it!


Last week, B.F. (before fire) I was determined to get back to my rug. I finished the hummingbird and these trumpet flowers. And that’s as far as I got. Hopefully, more rug hooking will be on slate for Monday.


To get back into the studio, I did a little fun, no-meaning playing around. These star blocks are all done with my box of little two inch squares. Very fun to first piece some four patches, and then to choose two more colors to make these stars. I actually like this method of making the star points (or flying goose blocks.) There is a seam in the middle, but it seems to be a very accurate way of making those   blocks. I just take the two inch squares, and draw a line right down the middle diagonal and then stitch on the line.




B.F. I had started hand stitching on this piece. There are 150 two inch squares, so lots of places to do a little doodling. This was the hand project that I grabbed to take with me when we evacuated.






Speaking of evacuating, I did not take much with me when I left. How do you decide what to take and what to leave? I did not take any of my finished quilts. I took my Singer Featherweight, and I took my rug hooking wool stripper tool, as it was near the back door, and I am quite fond of this tool 🙂 I just took one handwork project, and one knitting project. Three changes of clothes (just right!) and the best thing I took was the doggie bed. It kept the girls calm in a new environment 🙂

In church last Sunday (in the midst of the Butte Fire) we had such a special service. There were several couples there that had lost their homes to the fire. I did have a little inspiration for a quilt about the fire, and I am working on that this week. I will share that with you next time.

In the meantime, be safe and be thankful!

7 thoughts on “Interruption

  1. We had fires about 10 miles from our house back in 2011. I planned to put all my antique quilts in plastic bins and throw them in our pond! I figured I could clean them later but I could not un-burn them. But it did sink in that if the fires had come closer and we had really had to evacuate, I probably would not be thinking rationally at all, and who knows what I would have grabbed.
    Glad that everything is okay for you and I hope there are no repeat scares!

    • That made me laugh. Throwing anything in a pond is not something I would have thought of. Yes, even though I wasn’t’ rushing around, I just couldn’t think about–take this and leave that. So I just left everything… Plus, there’s not a ton of room left in a car when you get a big dog crate and three dogs in there 🙂

  2. The doodle stitching is captivating! I love love love seeing the little squares done so differently – you know I’m a huge fan of your stitching, and this is like the cherry on top with it!

    PINK is fabulous. Isn’t it wonderful to have something you are so pleased with?

    I’m very glad your fire situation worked out OK for you. That was too close for comfort!

  3. What!? This is the first I read of what you went thru with the fire. Wow, I’m so happy that you didn’t lose your home, or worse. That had to be an apprehensive time. And the poor pups! So glad you are all back home, safe and sound.

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