Archive for July 2013

Best quilt tweets are @QuiltingMuriel

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Apartments in NY are selling for $80 million. Probably still have to wait for the elevator.</p>&mdash; Muriel B (@QuiltingMuriel) <a href="">June 5, 2013</a></blockquote> <script  src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><br><br>This is a great tweet, no?  The ending is unexpected and we laugh also thinking that yeah, rich guys still waiting for the elevator just like anyone else.  Everyone likes to laugh at rich guys, well, except rich guys.
The very first day I joined Facebook, I instantly loved it and  haven’t looked back.  I have a personal page, a page for my book club, a page for my French and Spanish posts and a page for my blog. Phew, that’s a lot of pages.  Like I said, I love it!  Twitter was another... Read more »

Summer is a great time to sew

When I taught I got to spend lots of time with my girls in the summer, it was my favorite season no questions asked.  Now that I don’t work full time any more I’ve come to the conclusion that while there are terrific things about summer, it’s not my favorite season.  I really prefer Spring... Read more »

T-shirts are the story of our lives

I'm a blogger for ChicagoNow and even though I don't play softball (the whole team is grateful) they let me get a shirt.
Hats are useful and fun, I like them when I am in the sun. They are not as common as they used to be so the expressions we use about changing hats seem outmoded to me.  Let me put on my Mom hat, meh, is that really even meaningful?  I think we all own more... Read more »

Glad I went to BlogHer'13

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when a fellow blogger/quilter talked me into signing up for BlogHer’13.  At first I said no automatically but then I remembered my resolve to say YES to as many things as possible after I retired.  Other bloggers I knew were not so enthused about this conference but I... Read more »

DIY Tablet Sleeve tutorial

When I bought this great fabric at Crimson Tate,  I also got a pattern because I said I didn't want to reinvent the wheel.  Or I apparently did want to do exactly that as I ended up measuring my tablet and going from there.  But the pattern picture gave me a place to start, an inspiration.
I think when you go to something new and different, you suddenly feel the need for something special to mark this event.  Back in elementary school didn’t you get new shoes, underwear and supplies for the first day of school?  I still yearn for those items when school ads start appearing. I love new outfits... Read more »

Summer sewing projects for the home

Summertime and the living is easy, catchy song title and fun way to live.  You know what I love about summer? Yep, you guessed it, summer sewing projects for the home.  What good is it to sew if you can’t create snazzy items to make the house sunny! I have two places where I always... Read more »

10 Lessons learned from blogging

I’ve been blogging for nearly two years.  The first year was pretty much writing to myself, not that I am not a fun reader!  Once I switched to ChicagoNow things got much more interesting, I even created a Facebook fan page for the blog. Change is good! To keep things cooking, this weekend I am... Read more »

Why I don't camp - quilter confession

I have a confession to make so I hope you are ready.  I lack the camping gene.  That’s right, this quilter here doesn’t like to camp at all.   I know that you camping fans are booing and throwing things at your computer.  I’m not proud of it but let me explain why I don’t camp.... Read more »

Hudson Car museum and quilts in Shipshewana

When I entered the venue I noticed this door.
My husband Cliff is my biggest fan and supporter.  He will take me almost anywhere to see quilts or buy fabrics.  I am not so sure he always enjoys himself but when we went to the Shipshewana Quilt Festival he was in for a treat.  We discovered that there is a Hudson Car Museum and... Read more »

Quilt Gardens in Indiana Amish Country

Cross in a Cross garden was fun because we met a fun couple from California who were also taking pictures.
Quilts make me giddy with happiness.  I love quilts themselves, fabrics to make quilts, quilts on barns and people who quilt.  Imagine my reaction when I read about the Quilt Gardens of northern Indiana.  Now I know we were just there for a Quilt festival, but hey, these are Quilt Gardens in Indiana Amish Country.... Read more »
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