Archive for May 2014

Quilt shop banter

Don’t you just love Quilt stores? I have even waxed poetic about the smell of a quilt store. But face it, we go there to BUY fabric, not smell it. And we go there to talk and listen. We quilters love to talk. Over the years, I’ve noted some funny quilt shop banter. I am... Read more »

Maya Angelou and Quilters

Maya Angelou died on Wednesday, May 28 at the age of 86. She was truly a national treasure known for her books, poems, teaching and politics. Maya Angelou and quilters share a bond as well because she also was an actress and performed  in the movie How to Make an American Quilt. Because of this... Read more »

What we've got here is failure to communicate - Paul Newman and me

It is the 4th Thursday of May which means it is Blogapalooza time again. Here is tonight’s challenge. “Write about a person, or persons, you never met whose death had an impact on you. Can be a writer, a celebrity, a politician, a regular person in an extraordinary situation, an event or even somebody who... Read more »

Low Volume Fabrics and Quilts

I am a huge fan of Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice collaborations. Often something will happen in life and it will remind me of one of their songs, they provide a kind of sound track to my days. Such is the case now and the song I have playing is “What’s the Buzz, tell... Read more »

DIY Plastic Bag Holder Tutorial

We subscribe to the Chicago Tribune which comes in a protective plastic bag.  Those bags collect and some of them we recycle while others we use. In fact, they will be my new shoe bags thanks to suggestions on my Facebook page. In the meantime, I have to keep them somewhere. We used to have... Read more »

Advice to New Graduates: Be Careful choosing your Child's other parent

Here at ChicagoNow many of us are publishing a blog post of advice to new graduates throughout the month of May. I’ve gone on record as being skeptical of free advice. But you know I’m going to give some, right? You’ll make some terrific choices, probably because of our blog posts. I loved being a... Read more »

What you need to Know before visiting Cuba Legally

We recently visited Cuba legally, on a People to People trip. Before we went I was scouring the web looking for a post that would give me the scoop on what I needed to know. I never found exactly what I was looking for so I thought I would write it instead.  Some of my... Read more »

Moms Demand Action Quilting Bee at St. Sabina Church in Chicago

There were volunteers to help with the sewing. Besides Wayne the main sewing helpers were  Alice Hutchinson, Kate Klein, Lana Geselbracht, Celine Woznica, Sami Flanagan, Amy Settich, and Deanna Pacelli. Great job by one and all.
Quilts are many things in life and sometimes they are a call to action. Such is the case with the recent Moms Demand Action Quilting Bee at St. Sabina Church in Chicago. I did not attend the bee but I received a lovely email from Wayne Rhodes asking me if I would write a post... Read more »

Everyone needs a hobby right now - How to fit one in

We went to a dinner party last weekend with a man who retired at age 46 to enjoy his 4 young children. He is now 63 and wants to go back to work. Why? Empty nest, no grandchildren and no hobbies. He said that he was going to work because he didn’t have any hobbies.... Read more »

Quilt Style Humblebrags

Ever read any humble brags on Facebook or Twitter? I have and they make me laugh every time. Here’s a link to some pretty funny humble brags on Twitter. Here’s the definition from Urban Dictionary humblebrag Subtly letting others now about how fantastic your life is while undercutting it with a bit of self-effacing humor... Read more »
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