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The Pull of the Stripe….

I am trying to break free from my stripes addiction, but the pull is strong! I need help buying non-stripes. –Gillian Jacobs   I like stripes. I also realize some quilters don’t. And I’ve never understood why. I do have an affinity for fabric that tends to give a quilt “movement.”  So, material with swirls […]

My Generation….

I had planned a blog on stripes.  I like stripes and how they can add movement to blocks and are really handy-dandy to use when planning borders. And then Vegas happened. My generation has been somewhat defined by heart-stopping, soul-sucking, emotionally wrenching events.  I am a child of the 1960’s and can clearly remember (even […]

No Quilt Police Will Be Called…

I belong to this Quilt Club that is a part of my guild. No, it’s not like Fight Club.  Not really.  It began as a History Club and we discussed different historical eras and their quilts and different groups and their quilts until I think finally we were all discussed out.  So, we changed the […]

Fearless Scrappy

As you know, this is the Year of Quilting Fearlessly…   Part of the reason I wanted this challenge for myself is that I have found myself quilting in my comfort zone for quite some time and was no longer happy with the results.  I found my quilts becoming too predictable and too much of […]

Don’t Go Against the Grain

Once upon a time, a long time ago, I used to teach heirloom sewing.  Heirloom sewing is a type of garment construction primarily aimed at children – or rather the parents and grandmothers of children – and primarily female children.  The clothing drips in shaped lace, entredeux, yards and yards of batiste, and hand embroidery.  […]

Irma is No Joke…

  Okay, so this blog was supposed to be about the importance of the straight of grain, warp, and weft, and how to straighten your fabric when it comes off the bolt looking like it’s one martini short of a three martini lunch. However, Irma has interrupted my plan. When I write what I consider […]

To Prewash or Not to Prewash…that’s the question.

I would like to discuss a topic today that can be a hotbed of controversy among quilters.   It’s a topic that’s only been approached by the bravest of quilt bloggers and it’s one that I’ve seen guild’s nearly split apart over. And that topic is pre-washing your fabric.  Should you, or shouldn’t you?  Being the […]

There’s No Business Like Show Business…

  I don’t know how many of my readers are old enough to remember those old Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney movies – the ones where Judy and Mickey always find themselves in a bit of a pickle and the answer to their dilemma was putting on a show.  This decision invariably led to the […]

The Precious Patchwork Called Life

I celebrate the art of quilting.  This is what this blog is about – quilts, quilting, making the art better and preserving it for the future.  But for right now, I don’t want to talk about quilts.  I want to talk about people. I have never sold a quilt.  I have made plenty, though.  Some […]

Running on Empty….

Oy-vey, what a week.   My guild’s show is next weekend.  Have I mentioned that I’m the show chair?  Because if I haven’t mentioned it before, let me inform you now:  I am the High Point Quilt Guild’s Show Chair.  This little event has been percolating in my brain kicking my butt for the last […]