Archive | 2019

Dollar Store Quilting

It’s no secret I love to go to quilt shops.  Most quilters do.  We love the fabric, the notions, talking to other quilters, looking at new patterns, and embracing the inspiration.  It’s a wonderful time and unfortunately, there may be less and less of the opportunity as more and more LQS shutter. However, there are […]

When Your Quilting Mojo Has Left the Building

Mojo – (Noun)  Magic charm, talisman, or spell. That word is used a lot, and I wasn’t sure if everyone knew the definition of mojo or not, so I put it at the top of this blog.  And I did that for a reason.  I want to discuss your Quilting Mojo this week. There are […]

Necessity is a Mother…or How to Make Do When Your Long Arm Malfunctions

I know you all remember who Loretta is.  For newer readers to my blog, Loretta is my long arm. She joined my family of machines about two years ago.  And while she has been a welcome addition, she has thrown me a learning curve or two.  She doesn’t like certain threads.  She takes a different […]

The Grumpy Quilter and the Changing Face of Quilt Shows

Last week I wrote about how the entire quilting dynamic is changing. The “average” quilter is now 63 years-old. Memberships in guilds and bees are declining. Now let’s take a look at how quilt shows are changing — because this area of the quilt world isn’t the same as it was even ten years ago. […]

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 […]