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Handmade quilts and home accessories by fiber artist Linda Nussbaum. See samples of past projects as well as pieces available for sale and inspirations for custom orders. To see what is currently available for sale, please visit my Etsy Shop.

Surrounded by Scraps


Linda Nussbaum

As J has been known to say, "Inertia inerts." Yep, when the forces of momentum let up and activity slows down it often leads toward even deeper inactivity. This is just one of the basic laws of physics.

Though there are ways to combat this, sometimes it must run its course awaiting the proper energy to jump start back into action. And sometimes that just takes a while.

When it became painfully clear that I truly would be housebound for an indefinite amount of time due to Atlas' injuries, I did what I could to bring some of my sewing projects back home from the studio. Ones that don't require selecting more fabrics from the stash or too much room to spread out. I brought my portable sewing table up from the basement and set up in a corner of the guest bedroom.


A very different setting than I've become accustomed to. At least I have a couple of windows here!

And those blocks pictured above are holdovers from last August's Bliss Circle of the do. Good Stitches bee. At least they have now become a top.


No massive design wall here with neutral paint color as the backdrop. Instead it's my IKEA duvet cover that gets the honors. Transitions, I'm tellin' ya!

I also brought home all of the most recent Bliss Circle blocks to start arranging and get that top pieced in the upcoming week. That may be the first time I potentially finish a bee quilt top within a month of the host month AND with all of the blocks received. But it's not together yet, so I shouldn't count the chickens...

Using the Film in the Fridge tutorial for her  Converging Corners  log cabin blocks.

Using the Film in the Fridge tutorial for her Converging Corners log cabin blocks.

I have a couple of other projects at home with me... a small throw I had started to quilt before the holidays and had set aside, as well as dragging out the final details on the memory quilts (hanging sleeves on 2 of the 3).

And then of course there is the task of finishing a couple of my patterns that I will hopefully find someone to pattern-test for me soon. I'll write more on that soon! With the amount that I've been in front of the computer and the television you'd think I'd at least be doing some blogging or something, but when one has a craft related blog and one is NOT working on that craft, it's hard. So, I'll end on a positive note.


Atlas is spending a lot more time up on all fours, and having destroyed the cone collar he's actually been really good about not licking at the wounded leg much, which is wonderful. I think he learned that each time he did, the collar went back on (when it was intact). He's a smart little guy, and seems to be on the road to recovery. And oh boy does he want to go outside and romp!!