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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 […]

Area 51…or Managing Your UFOs

There’s an area out in the Western United States that’s known for its…other-worldly happenings.  Little green men (or little gray men, if you’re an avid X-Files fan) supposedly have landed in Area 51.  You approach this desert area and Keep Out signs abound – primarily because it used to belong to the US Armed Forces.  […]

My Year in Quilts

It has been a long time since I’ve written a blog with lots of pictures of projects I’ve been working on.  I quilted a lot last year.  It was my therapy when everything seemed to be going south in my life.  Even a stitch or two, here and there, gave me a few minutes of […]

The Dumbing Down of Quilting

I am talking this week about a topic I feel verypassionate about.  So… If you are a sensitive person, this blog is probably notfor you. If you think consistent seam allowances are merely asuggestion, this blog is not for you. If you think turning out quilts en mass is the best thing since sliced bread, […]

Quilt with Passion

I like having a theme for each year of quilting.  In 2017, we were Quilting Fearlessly, and in 2018 we were Quilting with Excellence.  Each of those themes were a deliberate choice on my part.  In 2017, I wanted everyone to realize that they had the power to change things up in their quilting – […]

Good-bye and Good Riddance 2018

It’s now 2019. Normally, it’s at this point I give my annual “State of the Quilt” address and discuss my predictions from last year – how many came true and which ones didn’t – as well as make my predictions for the New Year.  And I’m going to do that…but then I want to talk […]

It’s a Wrap

This is the last blog post for 2018.  I have had one goal with this year’s theme Quilt with Excellence: Go back over the quilting basics and hone in on those skills.  As any coach (athletic, academic, or art) will tell you, repeating the basics, practicing the fundamentals over and over again is really what […]

Peek-a-Boo Blocks

If you’re a devoted Disney fan and have had the opportunity to go to one of the Disney parks, you may be aware of a little game that visitors can play called “Hidden Mickeys.”  Scattered throughout the parks are various Mickey Mouse logos.  They can be hidden in tile work, stones, art work, or even […]

Other Binding Options

Besides the double-fold binding, there are  four other binding options available for non-art quilts. Those are the knife-edge finish, prairie points, single-fold binding, and bias binding.  We’re going to take a look at all three, the pros and cons of each, and when you may want to think about using them on your quilt. Knife-Edge […]

Binding — the Final Frontier

One of the last details  sewn onto a quilt is the binding.  Loosely defined, “binding a quilt” is any method the quilter uses to encase all three edges of the quilt top, batting, and backing.  In most circumstances, this refers to the narrow strips of fabric that are used as binding, but there are other […]