Archive for April 2013 dating story for Martha Stewart

I had been single about a year when I decided I would like to try dating.
Martha Stewart is considering using, read about it here.  I understand her motivation, after my divorce, I decided to try my hand at dating also. I decided to write my dating story for Martha Stewart to give her some encouragement.  You can not only read about my exciting dating history but see pictures... Read more »

Stay at home Mom at 59 - sortof

My life is wonderful and yet very different lately.  I watch my granddaughter five days a week like many stay at home Moms. This is a first for me,  I had never been at home with an infant in the winter for this amount of time and you know what?  Winter is long! As both... Read more »

New York City Fabric project

I was born in New York City but moved away when I was only three months old so my memories are pretty limited.  As an adult, I have been lucky enough to visit there with some regularity.  I was able to visit the famous fabric store The City Quilter on one trip and bought some... Read more »

Quilters and divorce

Quilters and divorce seem an odd pairing of words.  This is not about anything current in my life, I am happily married to the love of my life.  I am very lucky but life was not always so fortunate for me. Years ago, I divorced my first husband.  At the time, I read several books... Read more »

University of Illinois Quilt - stroller edition updated

Oh yes, the University of Illinois Quilt for Zara’s stroller is all done!  Did you miss the blog entry where I showed how I made it?  You can check it out here.  I loaded it on the longarm and let it sit for a day while I thought about how I wanted to quilt it... Read more »

Quick baby boy quilt - the sequel

I am in love with babies lately and when I love something, I incorporate it into my sewing life.  Remember the easy peasy baby boy quilt I made earlier?  (If you don’t, you can check out the beginning here, middle here or the ending here.)   I can’t get enough of baby quilts!  So I am... Read more »

Considerations for a Longarm purchase

As I prepared to retire in 2010, I decided to go ahead and buy a Longarm quilting machine and I pretty much just plunged right in.  I tried a few, selected one and bought it.  It was delivered to my house a couple of months later and much to my surprise I didn’t immediately jump... Read more »

Blackhawk Love Quilt - my 100th quilt

Remember the heart quilt?  Now it is the Blackhawk Love Quilt.  And remember how it was for me? Now it is my husband’s.  But I am getting ahead of myself, I often do when writing about quilts, I just get pretty darn excited.  I have written about the heart quilt three times, check out the... Read more »

How to Make an American Quilt - a movie review

“How to Make an American Quilt” is the only major movie I could think of which featured quilts in the title and the action.  I decided this would be the perfect choice to review for ChicagoNow’s tribute to Roger Ebert’s annual movie festival held in Champaign this week.  Quilt + movie = perfect, yes?  Sadly... Read more »

Sewing can empower women's lives - Marketplace Handwork of India

I sew for a variety of reasons, I love creating things with my own hands.  I adore having an idea in my head and then seeing it come to be.  I also sew because it makes me feel good about myself, reduces stress and quite simply makes me happy.  But sewing can empower women’s lives... Read more »