Category: Fabrics

Fabrics and quilts on the way to Alabama

For the second year in a row, we traveled to Orange Beach to enjoy a week in warm sunshine. Our daughter’s family came with us so we got to spend 24/7 with our grandchildren. It was great but the drive is not. To break up the drive we find fabrics and quilts on the way... Read more »

15 Delightful Facts about Denim and Jeans

I used to teach French (fabulous job to have, by the way) and so I always heard that denim was connected with France. I just read a terrific blog post about the origin of “being under the weather” so I decided it was high time I researched the origin of the word denim. Here are... Read more »

11 Glorious Facts about Gingham

My very first sewing project on my own was created from gingham. It has a fond place in my heart that was awakened recently while watching The Wizard of Oz with my grandchildren. It was their first time and they were fascinated. I was having a ball watching them and I impulsively mentioned to Zara... Read more »
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12 Capricious Facts about Corduroy

I miss corduroy, I really do. I was reminded of it when I heard from a colleague who would wear a corduroy suit long after it was in style. I remembered various projects I had made from it and I realized I didn’t know much about it. Now we are all going to learn some... Read more »

12 beguiling Facts about Batiks

Recently I visited Michigan State’s Museum and since it is an intimate space I was able to visit every exhibit there. Nearly all of it was fascinating but of course my eye caught a display about batik fabrics. I use batiks in my quilts but don’t really know that much about them. After reading just... Read more »

How to add some quilt to any Vacation

We just came back from a 10 day beach vacation with our oldest daughter, her husband and their two children. We stayed in a 4 bedroom condo together at Turquoise Place on Orange Beach. It was such a fun and relaxing time of sun, sand, pools and ocean views. Shockingly, this was a trip not... Read more »
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12 smooth Facts about Velvet

Velvet is a rich sounding word and it conjures up the softness of the fabric. I have not sewn a lot with velvet myself. I can remember making one skirt in High School and having to be very careful with the nap and the fabric in general. I was thinking about making a velvet dress for... Read more »

Donate your fabric scraps to reduce your stash

I love fabric. I like the touch and feel of it. I like collecting it, organizing it and owning it. I started buying fabric in 1967 and inherited my mom’s scraps as well. That’s a lot of fabric. Quite frankly, my stash is not all pieces of quality fabric. I have made costumes, lined drapes... Read more »

Fabulous quilt shop in Sedona, Arizona

This week I was lucky enough to visit the state of Arizona. It was a fun trip, we were gone 5 days and two of those were for travel. During this short and sweet vacay I was lucky enough to visit a fabulous quilt shop in Sedona, Arizona. Let me tell you all about it,... Read more »
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Will buying their fabric jinx the Cubs winning the World Series?

Chicago has two baseball teams and the one I prefer has not won a World Series since 1908. My parents were not big baseball fans so games were not a tradition for me. Once I started teaching at Rich East HS, I had a French club and to encourage membership we took all kinds of... Read more »