Archive for April 2015

9 Quick Sewing Machine Tips Learned the hard way

I am trying to finally get the blocks done for Zara’s No Dragons on my Quilt and last night I was oh so close to finishing one. I was eager to go downstairs and watch a show on TV with my husband with a piece of pie. Fine, it was the pie that was really... Read more »

15 Ways that Make our Marriage Great

April 15, 2000 was a wonderful day because I married the love of my life. We have had 15 wonderful years of marriage and today is our golden anniversary, yes? 15 years on the 15th? I know a golden anniversary is actually 50 years but I am calling it today! Both of us had been... Read more »

Why you should get your Longarm Tuned Up

I bought myself a Gammill Longarm in June of 2010 at the International Quilt Festival, the first one I ever attended. My husband joked that it was an expensive quilt show. I ordered my machine from At the Heart of Quilting in Beloit, Wisconsin. I attended a two day orientation workshop when I first purchased... Read more »

Double Churn Dash Block Tutorial

Years ago I took a class to learn how to quilt. We made a sampler of 12 different blocks which was a great way to start. I learned a lot and some of the blocks I may have mastered a technique but I would never make them again. Not so with the Churn Dash, it... Read more »

Getting to Know Our Readers - Eighth in a Series

It’s my favorite time of the week, the post for getting to know our readers. I just love reading the emails I get back from quilters. After all this time of being read, I get to do the reading and I love it! without further ado I would like to introduce you to Sheila Roberts.... Read more »

Modern Green Irish Nine Patch Back is finished

St. Patrick’s day has come and past. So I can now officially say that I am working on an Irish quilt for next year. Not only that but I am making progress, yay me! Yep, the modern green Irish nine patch back is finished. Hip hip hooray and I like it. Phew! To make the... Read more »

Everyone in Chicagoland should visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum

A number of years ago I was fortunate enough to visit the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. It was a sobering but important visit and we brought our tweens along with us. I know that schools study the Holocaust and visit DC but this kind of a lesson was something I wanted to... Read more »

Seasons of Quilts

In my house a new season of yelling at the television has begun, better known as Baseball Season. My husband and I are Cub fans, yes, it’s crazy but true. We follow a team that hasn’t won a World Series in over a hundred years. Every April my husband is giddy with excitement thinking this... Read more »

More favorite Quilts from Chicago International Quilt Festival 2015

I had to start with this the exhibit Midwest Marvels and then with the Modern Log Cabin by Kim Lapacek because I love it. The first block I made in my first quilt class was a log cabin. I am thinking I need to revisit this block. What a wonderful inspiration.
I had such a great time at the show that I have to publish another gallery of more favorite quilts from Chicago International Quilt Festival 2015. There were so many sections at the show that I probably even missed a few quilts. The twelve here are from the Art Quilts of the Midwest, In the... Read more »

Getting to Know Our Readers - Seventh in a series

I love this series of glimpses into the lives of other quilters around the world. This week’s Getting to Know our Readers is no exception as we get to know Cheri Hage. Hi Cheri! Our new buddy was born and raised in Southern California, a regular beach gal! But once she married, “home” was where... Read more »
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