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Get Out of that Box … The Sequel

This week we’re continuing our discussion dealing with “Think Outside of the Box” quilting.  Due to some of the questions that have been asked, I need to define the “Box” a bit more clearly.  Primarily, I consider the “Box” to be the directions that come with the pattern, or any quilting “rules” that you think […]

Get Out of that Box!

Once upon a time, a long time ago, when I was an educator, somewhere during the late ‘80’s or early ‘90’s the catch phrase, “Think outside the box,” came into play.  This four-word phrase was bandied about quite a bit, not only in the teaching arena, but the business world also had its fair share […]

First Church of the Quilt

I quilt for a lot of reasons.  Before we go any further, let me list a few of these reasons:  I happen to like fabric.  A lot.  I love the feel of it between my fingers and I love the colors and patterns that are out there now. I love putting things together.  While some […]

Area 51 In Progress

I’ve written a quilting blog for several years now.  I like my blogs to have good information and instructions, so they are primarily educational (it doesn’t seem I will ever not be some kind of teacher).  I like them to be inspirational, too.  And most of all I like quilters of all level to feel […]

Put a Label on that Quilt!

Dating quilts can be a tricky business.  Quilt historians use what is called comparative dating when they’re trying to figure out how old a quilt could be.  That means they compare the fabric in the quilt with other similar fabrics in order to get an approximate date.  For instance, Bubble Gum Pink was a popular […]

Quilt Ribbons and Rants

I promised this year my blogs are more personal.  While they all will relate to quilts and quilting and quilters, I want to discuss topics that I feel passionate about, too.  This is one of those blogs. There is so much I love about quilting.  I love the textiles.  I love the process.  I love […]

Quilt that Bucket List

I’m a list maker.  I’m the kid you hated in school because my homework list was entirely too detailed (however, I was also the kid you called when you couldn’t remember what the homework was). I have a running grocery list on my kitchen counter, with the stuff I normally purchase every week already printed […]

The Quilts that Haunt Us

I know we all have them.  I have them.  You have them.  Your friends at Guild or in your Bee – they have them, too.  You know what I’m talking about.  The Quilts that Haunt Us. I’m not talking about the quilts that we think about – the ones we want to make but haven’t […]

The Right and Wrong (Side) of Batting

I was looking through my 2018 blogs last week and had a sudden epiphany:  I never talked about batting.  With all the techniques I covered, I never specifically talked about batting and why choosing the right kind and using it the correct way makes all the difference in the world with your quilting.  Let’s rectify […]

The Grumpy Quilter — or Copyright Policies (With Apologies to Steve Bender)

I receive Southern Living Magazine.  My wonderful mother (who truly is the wisest woman in all the world) gives me two magazines subscriptions each year at Christmas.  One is Reader’s Digest.  The other is Southern Living. I like Southern Living  for many reasons.  First is the fashion ads – primarily the jewelry (drooling over expensive […]