Archive for May 2013

Pride and Prejudice Book Club - sew, eat, discuss

Today was the Pride and Prejudice book club discussion and I got to use the hydrangea napkins with the famous rolled hems. (If you missed that post, you can go to it here!) This book club meets three times a year because it is The 3 Classics in One Year book club and today’s grand... Read more »

Keeping outdoor cushions in place

I love outdoor furniture because it means the weather is finally mild enough to sit outside and use them.  All of our outdoor furniture is the heavy hearty type that can survive the elements during Chicago winters. That kind of durability is terrific for the lifetime of the chair but bad for its comfort.  Naturally... Read more »

How to spend less time on meal preparation

My goal is to spend less time on meal preparation and more time sewing.  I love to eat but hate to cook.  If you love the process of spending glorious time in the kitchen, this post is not for you. This post is giving ways to spend less time making meals and more time doing... Read more »

Quilter Astronaut Karen Nyberg - out of this world

I have always known that quilting is out of this world and finally quilter astronaut Karen Nyberg will show this to the rest of the universe.  On May 28, Karen will start a six month sojourn on the international space station and while there, she plans to quilt.  I’ve brought sewing along on trips but... Read more »

Making cloth napkins with a rolled hem - a DIY project

I am completely addicted to cloth napkins, I like seeing them, using them and making them.  I showed some I made for October’s book club but I decided I needed to up my game.  If you look at the napkins from October, I just cut the fabric into 18″ squares, pressed the edges twice and... Read more »

O.J. Simpson should quilt - ten reasons why

O.J. Simpson wants a new trial, freedom and life.  Instead of spending time and money on lawyers, I suggest he join one of the  Prison Quilting programs.  O.J. Simpson should quilt for the following reasons: He is obviously good with his hands and could now be threading a needle for real instead of on the... Read more »

Riverwalk Quilter's Guild Quilt show was outstanding

The Riverwalk Quilters had a spectacular quilt show May 10 and 11.
I love going to quilt shows.  When I was a beginning quilter (think Civil War days) I used to get a stomach ache because I wanted to make all the quilts, that day!  Now I just enjoy the quilts and the creativity of the women who made them.  This past weekend I attended the Riverwalk... Read more »

Quilting is the best hobby - top 10 reasons why

I don’t want to make you non-quilters out there feel bad, but Quilting is the best hobby.  Au contraire you say?  Well let me list the reasons why and see if you don’t agree. 10.  Whenever you play scrabble and draw out a Q, you immediately know what word you want to spell. 9.  Children... Read more »

Farm baby quilt - part one

I finished not one but two farm baby quilt tops, great, yes?  Yes, for the tops, but I have no idea how I am going to quilt them.  I think the space quilts really spoiled me, it was so easy to quilt stars and moons.  I have tried drawing all kinds of farm animals and... Read more »

Tearoom + quilts = mandatory visit!

What do you think I said when I learned that blocks from my house the tearoom + quilts was available for lunch?  I said, get in the stroller, Zara, this is a mandatory visit!  It was a first for Zara but one of many visits for me, just the first time I had been there... Read more »
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