The road ends, but the journey continues...


Even though I feel like there’s not much to report, I’m chiming in on this week’s linky-party for the sake of continuity. And, remember, Roseanne at Home Sewn by Us who sponsors this says it’s okay however I decide to participate!


My creativity trinity* is as follows: fiber art – MUSIC – writing. Each is intertwined with the other, offering needful respites between projects which in turn aid in the completion of various Works-In-Progress as new perspectives appear from such respites. Ultimately, it’s all about the music but tracking fiber art Works-In-Progress is lots easier to communicate in such a setting as this and hence the linky-party connection.

My goals for the week from August 20th through August 26th:

  • Continue edits on various NOTION scores  – “Christmas Medley” almost finished and soon to move onto another score-edit
  • Finish PFWHK Ø – decidedly not finished!
  • Maybe have something to post on next week’s ToDo Tuesday linky party  – today’s posting is evidence of this!

Yes, I worked on NOTION score edits for the “Christmas Medley” piece and realized I needed to de-clutter the score by 80% of previously inserted information. There is a delicate balance in music scoring between suggested fingerings and performance directions and OCD control of the performers every interpretation of the musical score. The fact that I de-cluttered a slew of fingerings shows I am closer to completion than before. In fact, with this particular piece, I have only to recheck for notation mistakes (think of this as being like ‘spell-checking’ the score) and add the fun stuff like title, arranger/name, date, copyright and dedication (if so choose to do). Then it is done and onto another piece to score-edit.
The PFWHK is not finished. Duh. In fact, as I continued with the vertical machine quilting, I found myself making dumb mistakes. So, I wisely decided to quit while I was ahead. Meaning: I did a few lines of reverse-sewing and set the PFWHK aside for another day/week. The interesting thing of note here is that the reverse-sewing (okay, seam-stitch ripping out!) went smoothly and left absolutely no small holes in the fabric top or back. I think that is due to two things: 1- the quality of the fabric itself and 2- the use of fine 60 wt thread in the bobbin.


ToDo for the week of August 27th through September 3rd:

  • Finish “Christmas Medley” and start another NOTION score-edit piece
  • Finish PFWHK vertical quilting, start 3-D portion of project, figure out something special to add to PF’s eye (button, sequins?)
  • Enjoy a time to snuggle down and read newest novel(s)
  • If it’s cool enough (big IF), share some porch-time with hubby and a glass of Chardonnay (me), Beaujolais (him)

* a term I invented recently


  1. Mariss Stevens

    Happy reading.
    Enjoy your porch time (stoepsitting)

    • laura bruno lilly

      You, too!
      I did a bit of stoepsitting today as it was unusually dry (for this part of the country) and made for a delightful time to be outside. Even read a few chapters.

      • Mariss Stevens

        Sounds idyllic.
        We are waiting for rain with bated breath.

        • laura bruno lilly

          Well, we’ll be getting even more rain with Dorian set to impact the Carolinas on Wednesday/Thursday!

          • Mariss Stevens

            Keep safe

          • laura bruno lilly

            Will do…thanks, Mariss.

  2. Ally Bean

    I like how you’ve been specific about the types of wine you & your husband plan on drinking should the weather be in your favor. Life is in the details– and then making it so [or sew if I’m being silly].

    • laura bruno lilly

      Oh you are sew silly, Ally Bean!

  3. Sharon

    Oh the mistakes we make quilting. I call that reverse stitching Frog Stitching. Ripit-ripit
    I totally messed up on cutting out some appliqué pieces this week. Some how I have them all reversed. Sigh. Starting over again.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Oh that’s hilarious! About the Froggie impressions…not the having to re-do all that applique cutting! Good luck with that – you’ll be happy you did it of course when all is said and done…

  4. Chocoviv

    Keep it up!

  5. Yvonne

    I can so relate on the reverse sewing! Sometimes I wonder if I do more of that than actual sewing! Your wall hanging is going to be beautiful when it’s done.

    • laura bruno lilly

      I know what you mean. 😉
      Thanks for the well wishes on that PKWHK!

  6. Roseanne

    Hi Laura! Thanks for linking up again. I know absolutely nothing about music scoring but it sounds rather like a pattern that each of the different instruments play. Would that sum it up in layman’s terms? Do you have many scores to edit? Is it ever actually done, or is it more of a continual work-in-progress as the piece is played and then the score is fine-tuned? Ummm, the porch time with some wine sounds just divine. After this week of staff coming back for the start of school and then the students back on Thursday, I will have earned a glass (or bottle) of wine myself. I think we are having a nice weekend so I will clink to you if I’m able to enjoy some. ~smile~ Roseanne P.S. I hope these score questions don’t sound too dumb!!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Roseanne: No, your questions do not sound dumb at all. They do however accentuate the need for further clarification on my part – which I’ve intended on doing for awhile. So, if you can wait till I get a post up on that? But a quick answer would be to say editing musical scores is all about the words, notes, tempos, dynamics (loud, soft) etc written on the actual page of the score and literally how nice it looks, too. It is a paper representation of the played piece. Your idea of the instrument patterns is more part of the actual compositional process which is the funner (!) part of music creation aside from actual performance/recording of original compositions IMHO.
      And, no, it never feels DONE. But like any (he)art, there comes a time when one has to step away and say it is done!!!!
      Looking forward to the virtual ‘clink’!!!

  7. Jane Chesebrough

    I liked “Jack the Ripper” too. I find that I am starting to set up goals in my mind, not written down yet and think that I am preparing for the long winter months ahead, even though summer is not yet finished but the colours are changing. I am curious what your novels will be. When you wrote about your “trinity’ of writing sewing and music and how they affected each other, I remember the design class I took and the beloved teacher, who called this process the “trickle effect.”

    • laura bruno lilly

      Oh goodness, I’m not writing any novel…but understandable misunderstanding!
      See my response to L. Marie’s comment for details on the novel(s) I’m reading. I’ll bet your eyes are better equipped for reading these days after your surgery. Not to mention seeing those gorgeous Fall colors more deeply and clearly!
      As for process: The ‘trickle effect’ is a good way to state it…

  8. Diann Bottrell

    I’m so sorry your pink flamingo is giving you trouble – I agree that putting it in time out for awhile might be a good strategy! What novel are you reading? I’m always interested to hear what other people are reading!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks for the understanding on putting projects on hold for while. As for the novel(s) please see my response to L, Marie’s comment for details…What are you reading, Diann? Besides quilting books, that is!

  9. L. Marie

    You’re doing great on your goals, nevertheless! So what novels are you reading???

    • laura bruno lilly

      An on-going on-my-bedside-table tome (because it is thick, fat and big) is a classic I’ve always wanted to read/explore: The Arabian Nights Turns out it is comprised of a series of short-stories which means it’s easily put-downable whenever…I am enjoying the flavor of the times via the writing and story themes.
      The other I picked up at the library on a whim…and it’s turning out to be a contemporary read that’s surprisingly engrossing! Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. From the back of the book blurb: “The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest…”
      And I’m set to continue with the fourth book in the delightful “Ladies’ Detective Agency’ series by Alexander McCall Smith. I do so love the interweaving of life, culture, wisdom and fun in his writing style.

  10. Janis

    Smart to put PFWHK aside for a while. Sometimes a little distance helps us refocus. I know I keep piling on more mistakes when I stress about the mistakes I’ve made. I love your to-dos!

    • laura bruno lilly

      I think the ability to put projects aside is an acquired ability…and definitely ‘age-related’!!!!! HA! But yes, I’ve ruined too many past projects by just plowing through the mistakes.

  11. Laura

    I spent some time this week with Jack the Ripper on unsewing some free motion quilting on a little block that I am working on. It should have been quick and easy. Yeah…right. 🙂

    • laura bruno lilly

      Oh, but FMQ is a messy business to begin with! I hope it came out alright in the end.
      Jack the Ripper. heh-heh I like that!

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