I almost didn’t post this today as it’s Election Day and figured many of us would be out voting or thinking about voting or waiting in anxiety for the presidential election’s outcome and then I thought – a perfect time for some levity while waiting in line to vote or for those reading this from elsewhere… okay not… Continue reading “Dyeing To Design”
Lest you, good readers, misread the above and think this is going to be about a metaphoric death resulting from an existential crisis, let me set you straight, it’s not. This is about dyes, dyeing fabric and design. Now if you’re like me, you might be thinking – oh who has time for all that? – but let me tell… Continue reading The Joy of Dyeing
After I finished the QFM – Quilt For Mom – I felt at a loss. It’s the same feeling I experience after finishing a wonderful book. Elated, but also sad it’s over and wondering what’s next. I knew I wanted to design my own quilt, but am still so new to this form and didn’t want to… Continue reading Designing & Quilting To Cope
Yay, I finished it!! My first large quilt. I began it in January and finished yesterday. This is the queen-sized quilt that I have written about ‘here‘, ‘here‘, ‘here‘ and ‘here‘. In a nutshell this quilt was my starter quilt. I wanted to learn how to make a quilt start to finish. This quilt was… Continue reading The Quilt is Finished!
My mother has always been a self proclaimed “student,” whether that’s a student of life or of a specific topic, she has always been curious and an avid learner, and as a result, she is a really interesting person to talk to. I, too, am a constant “student.” What this means is that I am often a beginner,… Continue reading To Learn is To Live
At three in the morning, in a fit of frenzied sleeplessness I decided my work space was in desperate need of reorganization. And what great idea that comes to you in the wee hours of the morning isn’t a brilliant one?! However, upon further reflection, I decided reorganizing is not one of my strengths and so, I did… Continue reading A Work Space of One’s Own
In my last post I was busy learning how to free motion quilt and began practicing on a sandwich made for just this purpose, practice. I wrote about all of this ‘here‘ so I won’t go into all of that again. But now you have to see the finished product! And it’s only fair to… Continue reading The Finished Quilted Pillow
“What’s all the stitching in the background?” I typed to the artist, quilter and stitcher, Sue Spargo while taking her terrific class, Embroidering Texture and Dimension By Hand, on Craftsy. I didn’t know the world I was about to be transported to with that simple question. More ‘here‘ on Sue’s class. A quick back track, seriously,… Continue reading Adventures in Free Motion Quilting
When we began homeschooling (more on that here, here and here), one of the things Emma told us she wanted to do was take pottery classes. I found a pottery studio with a wonderful teacher who, upon seeing my obvious interest, suggested I join my daughter in learning. We began with pinch pots and working with… Continue reading For the Love of Pottery
Remember those “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” books? This is my version of that… If you show a girl a quilt, she’s going to wonder how it’s made. When she wonders how it’s made, she’s going to take a Block of the Month class to see how it’s done. Once she’s signed up for the class, she’s… Continue reading Quilts!