Archive for June 2017

Don't panic when you run out of fabric for a quilt you're sewing

King sized quilts use up a lot of fabric. I know, I know, in other news, water is wet. Who doesn’t know that a king sized quilt will use up a ton of fabric. Apparently, I did not. On Saturday I had a moment of panic. I was about to run out of fabric for a... Read more »

Mocking older people really makes me angry

I am old, I freely and confidently admit it. I am just about to be 64 and I am darn lucky. So many people don’t get to grow old. World wide, the average life expectancy is 71, which means half die before then. If you don’t die young, you are lucky and will get old.... Read more »

Do you like quilt quizzes? Here is one to get started and links to others

When I was doing research for my Folk art post I stumbled upon a quilt quiz. I went and took it but more about that later. That started me down the rabbit hole of online quilting quizzes. I am not sure about any of the results but the ones that are immediately graded are my... Read more »

7 fantastic Facts about Folk Art Quilts with examples from the International Quilt Festival Chicago

There were many fascinating collections at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago this year. One which I very much enjoyed was the group of quilts in the Primitive/Folk Art Quilt section. They appealed to me, probably because we had copies of Grandma Moses’ paintings in our home growing up. The style was familiar but I... Read more »

How Hobbies can boost your mental wellness and make you a healthier, happier person

How Hobbies can boost your mental wellness and make you a healthier, happier person
I have another wonderful guest poster today. Her name is Maria Cannon and she is a hobby enthusiast. I think that after you read her post how hobbies can boost your mental wellness, you will be also! I cede the blog to her today. (Wild applause) People who challenge themselves with hobbies are happier, healthier... Read more »

8 Exciting steps for planning a trip to Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

We will be leaving for Oregon in a month, can you believe it? On my Facebook page I have posted a couple of times about how I would love to go to Sisters. Last year after I accomplished my goal of attending Quilt week in Paducah I decided to work on a new dream, going... Read more »

What sewing would you complete if a tornado was looming?

I love reading goofy news stories on the internet, they make me laugh, gasp or yelp in surprise. One such story was the recent narrative about a man who continued to mow his lawn as a tornado was bearing down on his house. It was, after all, on his to do list. I am not... Read more »

Play list for sewing mishaps

How about when you break a needle that is basically brand new? Let's see if we can't find a song for your mood.
Have you ever made a mistake while sewing? Me too, all the time. Sometimes I have to walk away. Sometimes I just breathe and every once in a while I may say a bad word or two. I need a new response and for that reason I created a play list for sewing mishaps. Flip... Read more »
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