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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 […]

Quilting Confessions

I have a confession to make.  It’s not a particularly ugly one or anything remotely scandalous. And I imagine in the quilting universe there are more than just a few quilters out there who also can testify to this confession: For years I was a topper. Yup.  That was me.  I made quilt tops.  I […]

Good Times…

Remember those days when you first began to quilt?  Remember the excitement you had looking over new patterns?  The thrill of those first fabric safaris?  The anticipation of those first cuts and stitches? Remember all the mistakes we made? Ahh…. Good times. I look back at those time (and those quilts) with a great deal […]

The Designer in You

This week I’d like to discuss a couple of words that are bandied about quite a bit with quilters – design and consistency.  Those are a couple of words you hear about in quilt judging.  The word “design” comes into play even more often when quilters talk about quilt designers, those designers’ designs, and how […]

Those Wonderful Mountain Mist Quilts

I love antique quilts.  When the hubs and I go “antiquing,” I’m always on the lookout for old quilts and quilt tops that need rescuing.  I consider it my mission to help them escape from the store, clean them up, and give them a good home.  My favorite era of antique quilts are those from […]

Quilt Soup

Way back…in the early to mid-1990’s, I had a meal process.  Stay with me here…I promise I will tie this back into quilting.  During that time, we were on a “snug” budget.  In 1989, I had Matthew, who was born an intensive-care unit baby.  As a result of his respiratory issues, I couldn’t put him […]

How Does This Thing Work?

So…I’ve been writing this blog for a long time now.  At first, I was on Blogspot.  I published my weekly blog there for probably five or six years before moving to WordPress a couple of years ago.  That’s at least seven years’ worth of writing and during this time, I’ve received quite a few private […]