Hi there!

How are ya? I feel like I haven’t spoken to you lately. How are the kids? How’s work? Things are much the same here, though I’m forcing myself to find peaceful moments more often to keep the stress from overtaking me. Surely everything will work out soon, but it’s the need for patience that saps all energy.

If you’d like to see more of the doodles I do, I’m posting daily over on Instagram (@cauchcomplete). And, despite my best judgement, I just joined facebook. Not sure what I’ll use fb for, so give me a moment there.

Honestly, I think I’m sewing all these tiny pieces, in part, because it’s more controlling. Don’t get me wrong: I love the look of the work and the challenge of figuring out how not to make a patchwork of clown barf. But also it can be comforting to obsess a little here and there about the small details.

Sewing small in black.

Made this one from the black scraps of a quilt I started a year ago and finally finished last weekend. Here’s a peek. I’ll show more later.


How about some links?

  • I’ve so far been too distracted to read Addicted to Distraction, a NYTimes opinion piece on all the shiny things online that fragment our attention. My mind is just so split that I have to keep returning to read it. Somehow he managed to wean himself off of it all and I gotta see if it’ll work for me.
  • The embroidery of Rosalind Wyatt isn’t wow-ing me, but there’s something sweet about it. What do you think?
  • On the other hand, I think we all have much to learn from the truly minimalist quilts of Daphne Taylor. They are sweetly calm and spare and inspiring. I think I’ll doodle more in this vein soon, though I’ll never be as good as she is in her designs. Wow! Definitely a wow.

I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving, if that’s your thing. And I wish us all an amazing December!

xo xo,

another wordless wednesday: the one where small goes smaller

sewing smaller

wordless wednesday: the one where the doodle becomes a WIP


popping in

Thanks for your kind comments about the tiny piecing and thanks for your patience as I slowly learn how to juggle more bits of RealLife.

It took me a while to figure out decent handwork projects that are small and portable enough for planes and hotels. This improvisational stitchery is just absorbing enough but simple to pick up and put down. Not sure what to do once it’s done, but it’s lovely to do for now.


How about some links to things I’ve liked lately?

— There’s a brand new interview with me over on What’s Your Story?. Meighan and I talked about a little bit of everything: quilt controversies, math and girls, home ec, shootings, etc. And then she edited it into this cohesive nugget. I hope you listen. xo

— I’m also having fun picking and choosing episodes of Here’s the Thing, Alec Baldwin’s podcast. There are some intriguing interviews and nice kernels of truth to follow up on in every episode.

— Should I try again to knit a sweater? I’ve had only spectacular fails in this realm, but this pattern is more like a slanket, right? Hmm…what could go wrong?

— Or should I just go for a blanket directly? this one is like a warm rococo cupcake…in the best way.

Have a great week!