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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 […]

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. […]