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Last weekend we went to the farmer's market. I stocked up on the last of the NJ strawberries (which, I admit, looked better than they tasted).

Vegetables, too, from the abundance there. Here they are, destined to become soup: combined with past their eat-by scraps from the fridge and the pantry;leftover steak from a restaurant dinner, dried beans, herbs, tomato paste and a hunk of romano cheese. No recipe. Stone Soup. Remember that story? Something out of nothing.

My mother always said I could make something out of nothing. She was talking about meals, but she might just as well have been talking about quilts. We all work miracles with nothing.

We're experts at taking bits, pieces, scraps, and leftovers to make something visually delicious (well, at least most of the time). All it takes is the ability to be creative, combine things we may not have combined before, substitute one fabric or color for another, take a chance with the untried, and do it all with love!

For me, cooking is as creative as making something with fabric -- and I find both things calming, exhilirating, and sometimes frustrating. To me they are the same, and they both make me happy. Funny, when I cook or bake I clean up as I go along. Can't say the same for my studio, but that's another story, which you have seen before.

As usual, it's late. I've been drinking coffee at night and staying up till all hours working on a quilt, but I'm too tired to deal with it tonight.

And I've been experimenting with some random ideas. To tell you the truth, I can't remember how I did this, but these were off-cuts from something else. Couldn't bear to throw them away.

Late. Tired. Not staying up all night. More tomorrow (or whenever I get to it).

I love you all. Thanks for being there -- and I hope you'll leave me a comment or two.

I was an early adopter of blogging; been writing since January 2005. I used to blog pretty much every day -- last thing before I went to bed. It started as a "thinking out loud" thing but in no time, took on a life of its own.

Lately, I've blogged less often: partly because I've been super-busy and partly because I have had no time to do my own work - and nothing to share. Now I'm back to playing in the studio a bit - hooray!

I've also decided it's time for a change. My website was getting tired and needed a facelift and my blog was looking as cluttered as my sewing room.

The website is ready but I'm still working on my blog. Will let you know when they are both ready to go!

On the content of blogs: I attended a panel discussion recently where quilters talked about blogging. One makes her living from her blog, another designs fabric, and there were a few who teach and sell what they make.

Some write their posts months ahead of time and auto-schedule them to appear daily or several times a week. Others (like me) are in the moment and sit down, write, and post right then - whenever they can.

Most of them said they had made the decision to keep it strictly a quilt blog -- not mentioning a word about their lives or families because they thought it was not professional. OTOH - they all talked about engaging with their readers.

Frankly, I think that life, creativity, and the work we all do are intertwined. I'm interested in how you view blogs. What do you think? Should I keep on blogging about whatever strikes me at the moment? Or should I be serious and professional and just stick to quilts and making quilts?

I really want to know - so leave me a comment. I'm still working out the kinks on this blog, so I'll be glad to know somebody is reading it.

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