Friday, June 18, 2010

Where's Ruthann???

If you listened to my last podcast, you'll know that I'm heading into major reconstructive surgery on June 21. I had hoped to record a mid-June podcast, but didn't get to it, and I apologize.

I'm not sure how long it will be before I feel up to recording the next podcast -- I'm hoping mid-July. I do have some project sheets written, so maybe I'll just post one or two of those without a podcast.

Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I haven't abandoned my podcast and blog! Nothing can stop my creativity, and I sure hope you're all being creative, too!

Here's a photo of a small portion of the mysterious quilt I've been working on. This is fused and blanket stitched, and the little images are all freehand machine embroidered. The fabric for the cat is all Ricky Tims' hand-dyed fabric (except for the black, which is Kona cotton). The sky background is my hand-dyed fabric and is English paper-pieced. The checkerboard floor is entirely hand pieced. I promise to reveal more after recovery! (Many thanks to artist Phil Lewis for permission to make a quilt of his illustration, The Joker!)

 Until then, always remember, creativity isn't a race, it's an adventure!



  1. I hope the surgery goes easily. Crafting and podcasting will be good activities during the recuperation period! I can't wait to see the rest of this quilt. It looks really fantastic.

  2. Ruthann,

    I just wanted to let you know how much I LOVE your podcast. I only recently discovered it about a week and a half ago and I'm slowly going through them all - enjoying them while I knit or do any of my other crafty things: crochet, embroider, paint, etc. I don't quilt yet... don't know if I will, but never say never in the world of crafting!

    I appreciate the nicely designed layout of your show and the obvious amount of work you put into it. I love the music you play for us, the enthusiasm in your voice, and just your authenticity that comes across. I would love to have more friends as excited about their art and crafting as I am and you obviously are. I am thankful for the internet for just that reason.

    Blessings to you as you heal from your surgery. I hope all went well. You sounded so very excited; I'm happy for you!

    Thanks for all the work you put into your show.

    Best wishes,

  3. Dear Ruthann. I've been listening to you for quiet a while, but never commented. Thank you so much for all your podcasts and all on your site, you are a real motivation shaker. Listening to what you and other podcasters do gets me inspired to do more, when I can.
    I just want to say I admire you so much for your strength after your lapband surgery and now your reconstructive surgery. You are a success story and by now you've had your operation and I hope it has all been a wonderful success and everything you hoped, though I'm sure it will take time to heal.
    Get back to us listeners as soon as you can, but remember to put your health first. Thinking of you. Vanessa (Australia)

  4. Hi RuthAnn,
    I just wanted to wish you well in your surgery. I know it will go well and I am thinking of you. don't push yourself. Just rest and get well. You can accumulate things for the podcast for when you return.

  5. Beautiful work on this!
    Best of luck with your surgery.

  6. RuthAnn,
    I love your podcast and blog. You are so very creative and clever. I want to thank you for all the work and time you put into this for all of us. Get better soon but rest all you need to before returning to us.

  7. I've been thinking about you- hope all is well. I sent 2 pics of my show quilts last week- the applique won a Yellow ribbon!

  8. I'm new to your Podcasts but I've listened to them all and love them and since I've listened to them consecutively, I really feel for you in your recovery. I will pray for you for a fast recovery and hope you are back sewing and cooking quickly. Cathy B in Colorado

  9. Ruthann, Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Your podcast is way worth the wait.

    Thinking healing thoughts, Tami