Archive | 2016

The State of the Quilt

Today is December 29, 2016.  In two days, we will ring in a New Year.  It’s a time to turn over a new leaf, set some goals, make some plans.  It’s also a time to think about the past year and decide what, if anything, you would do differently.  It likewise is a time to […]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone~   Despite the fact that my shopping and wrapping has been over with for  weeks, I am still in the middle of a thousand Christmas-y things, tonight’s being my Guild’s Christmas Party, an event where much fun, food, and merriment will be had.   So, to lighten your holiday spirit, instead of […]

The Last Stand and the Unfiltered Truth

  I promise you this is the last (for the time being, anyway) word I will have about local quilt shops, nationally renowned teachers, and on-line stores.  I promise. The internet is a wonderful tool for any artist or crafty-minded person.  Countless numbers of YouTube videos are out there on almost any subject any quilter […]

Testing 1, 2, 3…

Once upon a time, not too long ago, I was a teacher.  I taught physics and chemistry.  Part of teaching is that you have to give tests.  Tests were never my favorite thing to plan for, much less grade if I had $5.00 for every weekend I lost grading tests, I could take one of […]

Channeling Kathleen Kelly

Subject: change Date: 2/10/98 10:30:13 PM Eastern Standard Time From: Shopgirl To: NY152 People are always telling me that change is a good thing. But all they’re really saying is that something you didn’t want to happen at all has happened. My store is closing this week. I own a store. Did I ever tell […]

The Woman Who Made Quilting Cool

Ever have one of those weeks where it’s almost the end of the week and you have no idea how it got there so fast? I’ve had one of those weeks.  My life is hectic right now.  It’s almost the holidays, my “real” business is crazy busy (not that I’m complaining at all…this is a […]

Old Dogs and New Tricks

So… I have Loretta up and going…. After thinking about Betsey or Elizabeth as names for my new long arm, somehow neither seemed to fit.  I spent the better part of one day shifting the room around her  (again) for easier use and then spend the rest of the weekend timidly trying her out.  My […]

Color My World

It’s now autumn and the landscape is awash with every hue of red imaginable.  This time of year automatically makes me think of pumpkins and Christmas trees and warm fires.  It gives me a cozy kind of feeling that makes me want to snuggle beneath a quilt, have a quiet cup of tea, and read […]

Back from Retreat….

I have been so busy the last couple of weeks.  First of all this happened…   My King Quilter Long Arm arrived in about seven boxes.  My wonderful friends, Shelle and Janet, offered to come over on the Sunday before we left on the Retreat and help me put it together.  Both of these ladies […]

Finding Inspiration Everywhere

Hey, guess what?  My blog is a day early!   And there’s a good reason for this.  If you’ve followed my blog for a while now, you are aware that I normally publish on Thursday, and at the very latest, on Friday.  But this week is a little pushed for time, as I’m in a […]