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The Grumpy Quilter and the Changing Face of the Quilt World…Part One

I’ve explored how the quilt world has changed in several past blogs.  Remember the year I ranted and raved about the decline of the LQS (Local Quilt Shops)?  Well, I’m still kind of upset about it.  And unfortunately, all my anger hasn’t gone a long way to stop the bleeding.  Since my first blogs lamenting […]

Obligatory What I Did on My Summer Vacation Post

About 99.9% of all my blogs are about quilting.  This blog is not.  It’s about where I went on my early summer vacation. For most of our years together, Bill and I have rented a house at the beach for a week and took the family down to the coast for seven days of ocean, […]

More Fabric Possibilities

We’re finishing our discussion of fabric “dissection” this week. I want to share with you some ideas of getting all your money’s worth out of all of your stash. The material you quilt with is an investment and there are no reasons why nearly every inch shouldn’t be considered valuable. There are a couple of […]

Material Possibilities

When I was a kid, one of my favorite activities was coloring.  I had a kazillon coloring books, sheets and sheets of blank paper, and probably a half-a-dozen of those 84-count boxes of crayons.  I was a sickly kid – I had asthma and severe allergies.  As a result, I spent a lot of time […]

The Muddying of the Fabric Franchise

I wrote a couple of blogs about Thinking Outside the Quilting Box.  These were published a few weeks ago and at that time I promised to revisit a concept I mentioned in the second of those blogs.  The concept concerns what I call the “muddying” of the fabric world.  Color is so important.  Just think […]

A Love Affair with Thread

I love thread. I love fabric, but I also love thread.  The choice of thread in your project is just as important as the fabric you pick.  Different thread works for different effects in your quilting.  I’ve always known this, but it wasn’t until I acquired Loretta the Long Arm that my true love affair […]

Get Out of that Box … The Sequel

This week we’re continuing our discussion dealing with “Think Outside of the Box” quilting.  Due to some of the questions that have been asked, I need to define the “Box” a bit more clearly.  Primarily, I consider the “Box” to be the directions that come with the pattern, or any quilting “rules” that you think […]

Get Out of that Box!

Once upon a time, a long time ago, when I was an educator, somewhere during the late ‘80’s or early ‘90’s the catch phrase, “Think outside the box,” came into play.  This four-word phrase was bandied about quite a bit, not only in the teaching arena, but the business world also had its fair share […]

First Church of the Quilt

I quilt for a lot of reasons.  Before we go any further, let me list a few of these reasons:  I happen to like fabric.  A lot.  I love the feel of it between my fingers and I love the colors and patterns that are out there now. I love putting things together.  While some […]

Area 51 In Progress

I’ve written a quilting blog for several years now.  I like my blogs to have good information and instructions, so they are primarily educational (it doesn’t seem I will ever not be some kind of teacher).  I like them to be inspirational, too.  And most of all I like quilters of all level to feel […]