April Notions

Ah, the month of April!

And I’m looking to May.

As I reflect on:

– April

– spring

– writing

– and last but not least, sewing,

As I struggle with my remaining writer’s block, I did have a Gingham Days post all set to go, but at the last second deleted it.  I guess I had wanted my words to be better, interesting, and new for spring stitches.

I  know if I’m here more, my ideas and posts increase and hopefully my writer’s block will diminish once and for now (I won’t say forever, as I know it will return)

So, I plan to take this weekend and:

– Reflect with my pen and write.

– Reflect on new subjects to talk/stitch/show for Gingham Days.

And seriously think as to which one:

Saturday blogging?

Or weekday blogging?

Will post updates next week.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Merely a Stranger

This  fiction story  is next in line to

the Merely a Song,  from December 30 and

Merely a  Drive,  from January 14,

posts I’ve included with the Woven  Scrapbook series and sort of nicknamed the Merely Adventures!

And begins at the coffee shop with her tears falling . . .


Wiping her eyes, Merely took a sip of now cold coffee.

Glancing around the coffee shop with it’s plaid décor, Merely wondered if anyone noticed her spilt tears.

“Who cares?”  She sniffed, scrounging around in a maroon bag for another tissue.

“Excuse me, miss.  But is everything all right?”

Merely glanced up, almost spilling the chilled liquid.  “Ben!   Oh, Ben how are you?”  A huge smile crept across her tear stained cheeks.

“I’m afraid you have  mistaken me for someone else.  I’m not Ben.” The man standing before Merely who was wearing a plaid shirt, almost identical  to the surrounding walls.

Merely looked downcast and defeated.  “I’m sorry.  You look like someone from . . .   um, someone from a long time ago.”

“No miss.  I’m merely a stranger.”

And the stranger left as suddenly as he had appeared in Merely’s life.

Saturday Blogging


As  I wonder:

If I’m truly out of the mud with my writer’s block,

I wonder.

I take up my pen  . . .

I think for now, I’ll call this my Saturday Blog.

Posting on Saturdays while I wait for my words,

my thoughts,

my ideas  to come back to me.

Something to put on an empty notebook page, and hopefully pull my words, my thoughts, my ideas out from this muddy dirt road or rather writer’s block that I’m on!

Yes, I will admit that it’s a struggle lately as what to post,

I am hoping to think of some creative thoughts and pop in during the week, also!

Have a nice weekend!

A Saturday Melody

Wrapped in the fabric square quilt,

tapping my pencil on a blank notebook page,

I’ve got nothing.

Nothing written down.

No ideas.   No blog post.

Wow, did I drive across a patch of writer’s block and get the car tires stuck?

I could write that I have:

–  24 Log Cabin squares stitched in a pile and

– the sewing machine sits in anticipation with:

Fabric and thread.

Oh fabric and thread,  the things I could create and use (thinking a laptop bag.)

– While my blank notebook awaits:  my words.

And well over 300 posts written here,  there must be something I could write about!

So,  on this nice spring Saturday,  I turn to read my posts from long ago.

I enjoyed writing   The Cafe   fiction story last May and wanted to share the link with you.

As I gather my  thoughts



for future blog posts,

I’ll be back here next Saturday blogging!

Have a great weekend!

Weave into Ideas Two

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post titled Weave into Ideas.

How about a continuation post?


finished quilt, fabric squares


A Quilting Update

and the start of two quilt tops at the same time.  Uh spread all over the place, among the midst of freshly ironed fabric, I began cutting pieces for three quilt tops.

But coming to my senses, I tossed one quilt square off to the edge for a future project.  Really should have written “at the end of an ongoing project list.”

Down to two quits now.

What fun!  Picking out fabric and piecing together.  As I refuse to buy any more fabric,  I’m using what I have, including a few pieces of clothing I’m upcycling.

The infamous Fabric Square Quilt Two.  Nothing stitched yet, just cutting and cutting and cutting out squares, while watching the pile grow a little each day.  As the first fabric square quilt gets tossed in the laundry all the time!  Hopefully warm temps will arrive soon.  It’s spring!

And I’m also working on a Log Cabin quilt.


Writing Update

Looking to my Woven Scrapbook project here.  Did I abandon it?  I know I lost the spark to write it for now.  Sorry to repeat my struggle with it.

And at the drawing board, or rather my paper and pen to write new pages,

I’m thinking of posting the Daily Prompts here once more.

So as I revamp again, the Woven Scrapbook fiction series,

I’m hoping to bring it back soon with:

fresh words and ideas

full of adventure

and fun without being

forgotten forever!

Oh!   My curtains from Weave into Ideas still sit here, lost that spark too!

Gingham Days

As I lean toward spring blogging,

I quote my words from  a song for spring post :


Welcome to a new and improved Sew N Yards for spring


As I lean toward blog organization,

As I lean toward a better schedule of posting,

I’ll be here twice a week!

With writing

and sewing posts.   Also, the arrival of Gingham Days.

My new sewing category for:

–  Stitching

– Talking

– Planning

– Projects

– Dreaming

– Creating

– Fabric such as gingham, denim, upcycled clothes, etc.

– And quilting!

While thinking of this new category, I had penned Patchwork Days, for my love of patchwork.

But in the end I chose gingham from my tagline.

Here’s to Gingham Days with stitching, talking,  . . .

Merely and a Scrapbook

A  Weave into Writing Update!

The conclusion to my fiction posts:
Merely a Song
Merely a Drive

is titled Merely a Stranger.

I had mentioned writing this rough draft in my previous  post,   Weave into Ideas.    As the beginning of my second rough draft  lingers on my desk,  I do have the ending sentence, “No miss.  I’m  merely a stranger.”   On my agenda,  finish and post Merely A  Stranger!

A Woven Scrapbook Update

I really wasn’t keen on the plots I had written.  Maybe I was too picky, too particular, and too much of a perfectionist.  I guess I wanted to write a unique and new story here.   For me, in going back in time, I wanted everything correct.  Ok, I mean rigid and the fun went out of my words.  I wanted writing the time period and the plot of great-great Uncle Jeb to be just perfect.  And my words just perfect.

So I struggled.

And I stopped working on it and my usual thought “toss it aside until later.”

I had a lot of fun writing my post titled  The Woven Scrapbook .

I wanted very much to turn it into an ongoing series, ok a novella.

But I think for now, I’ll write a few short stories about the character Merely and gently weave great-great Uncle Jeb and the Scrapbook into my fiction posts!

On my agenda, work on Merely and a Scrapbook.

Stay tuned!