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Dear Santa…..

As I’m writing this blog, I’m at beautiful Emerald Isle, NC, on our last family summer vacation of the year.  It’s 79 degrees already at 9:30 a.m. – a fact that makes this column a little difficult to write because I want to talk Christmas.  Not Christmas quilts or Christmas fabrics but items you may […]

Leaving Your Lasting Legacy

I want to talk about something this week that has been on my mind and in my heart for awhile now.  I’ve been blessed to have lived long enough on this quilting journey to have made some really good quilting sisters and brothers.  These people are dear to me because they are the family that […]

The Holy Trifecta of Quilting

As of the date I am actually writing this blog, there are fourteen more weeks left in 2019.  It’s been a good year and we’ve covered a lot of ground with this year’s theme, “Quilt with Passion.”  For this blog (and maybe for the next one, depending on the length), I want to discuss what’s […]

Which Direction Does it Go?

I would like to talk about one of my very favorite topics this week – fabric.  It’s no secret that all quilters like pretty fabric. And fortunately, we live in a day and age where material producers can manufacture fabric that appeals to all quilters.  However, there is one type of fabric that can give […]

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off to Class We Go

This isn’t exactly a rant…not really.  These are just a few thoughts that I have about quilt classes – both taking them and teaching them.  I have done both (both taught and taken), so I think I’m speaking from all sides of the sewing machine on this one. I love to take classes.  Even after […]

Simple Vs. Complex

 Which type of quilt do you like to make the most – a simple quilt or a complex quilt?  Or does the choice depend on the timing, the fabric, and your mood?  What I’d like to discuss with this blog is both types of quilts and why it’s important as a quilter that to embrace […]

Paper Piecing — What You Need and How to Do It

At one time or another, especially if you’ve quilted for a while and have perused quilt sites for inspiration, you may have heard the terms paper piecing, foundation piecing, or English paper piecing (EPP) bandied around a bit.  For a beginner, either new to quilting or the whole I’ve-only-traditional-pieced quilt group, those terms can be […]

Applique Vs. Piecing

I am fortunate to have quilting friends from all over the world.  Some of us are internet buddies and some of these folks I have been blessed enough to meet face-to-face.  One of these friends is a lady named Eileen who lives in New York.  When I was President of the Applique Society, Eileen was […]

You Really Need a Quilt Retreat in Your Life…Seriously

As hard as it is to believe, it’s almost Autumn.  In a few weeks, not only will the days get noticeably shorter, the temperatures will begin to hover in the blessed range of the 70’s and 60’s – at least where I live. Fall brings visions of pumpkins and Halloween and Thanksgiving.  But for me […]

Perfection is Seriously Overrated

I’ve made few confessions about myself this year.  In an effort for you to get to know me better – what kind of person I am as well as what kind of quilter I am – I have confessed a few things, with the latest being that for many years I was a “topper.”  But […]