• August 31, 2011

    Quilting with a Baby, Take Two

    So baby #2 has arrived (a little boy–Josiah), and I decided to introduce him to the quilting world as early as possible. Two and a half years ago, I brought baby #1 (Thomas) into my sewing studio less than a week after he was born, figuring I’d get him used to it early.

  • August 30, 2011

    Fall is coming!

    As we move from Summer (which has FINALLY ARRIVED in NW Montana) into Fall, Jery & I continue to work on our new cabin. Actually, we’re IN it — though still working on exterior finishing. It’s designed to host small retreats of quilters…

  • August 24, 2011

    In the Closet

    Are you in the quilting closet? Or are any of your friends? When I first started quilting, I was 23. I was a year out of college, living on my own, and needed a hobby to fill all the time I used to spend doing homework…

  • August 17, 2011

    To Quilt Shows We Will Go…

    I love going to quilt shows—the exhibit areas are wonderful for inspiration. The quilts on display motivate me to start a new project, learn a new technique, just play with fabric. And the shopping area of a quilt show—well, it’s pretty obvious why I like it, isn’t it?

  • August 11, 2011

    Handmade vs. Store Bought

    At what point does being a quilter/sewer drive you over the edge of handmade craziness? Back before my son was born two and a half years ago, I really wanted a Vera Bradley diaper bag but ultimately decided to make my own version since the VB bags were so pricey. Of course, I ended up spending at least half as much as the bag cost on fabric, and then there’s the time involved. But it was fun, and I loved being able to choose my own fabrics, so it was worth it!

  • August 3, 2011

    Confessions of a Lazy Quilter

    If I’d been born in the days of template-only and scissors-only quilting (not to mention quilting by hand only!), I might not be a quilter. I love my rotary cutter, rulers, sewing machine and other modern timesavers. I have great appreciation for antique quilts and their makers, as well as incredibly detailed quilts made today, [...]

  • July 27, 2011

    When Color Surprises You

    How much time do you spend auditioning fabrics for your quilt? When I buy fabric for a project, I usually have a pretty good idea of which prints/colors are going where in a pattern. But sometimes if I’m not sure, I’ll try it out…

  • July 20, 2011

    Maximizing Your Quilt Shop Visit

    Ah, bliss…I went fabric shopping the other night for the first time since early spring. My stash is so large that I have a hard time justifying buying fabric, but a new nephew merited the purchase of some cute little boy fabric!

  • July 19, 2011

    Vision and True Reality

    I read Lisa’s latest blog about vision not becoming reality and I had to laugh. Not at Lisa, mind you. No, she is talented and creative, and definitely not the object of my amusement. Nope – that would be me….

  • July 13, 2011

    When Vision Doesn’t Become Reality

    I’m the first to admit that often my finished projects don’t quite measure up to the original idea I saw in my mind. I was reminded of this last week while working on the burp cloths and bibs I showed in my last blog entry. (Go ahead, click back to last week’s blog picture and [...]

  • July 6, 2011

    Whales & Snails

    One of the (many!) fun things about being a quilt magazine editor is getting a sneak peek at upcoming projects. Lately, it’s been projects for the fall issue of Simple Quilts & Sewing…so many great, fun ideas!

  • July 4, 2011

    July 4th Escape!

    Just the thought of getting to bake in the sun, uninterrupted, for a few days is enough to get me through weeks of 14 hour days, endless stacks of papers to grade, and (of course) bathrooms to clean, clothes to wash and meals to cook (urgh – I think all sewing machines should come equipped with a personal chef – just saying……)

  • July 3, 2011

    It’s a GRAND ‘OLE FLAG….

    It’s a GRAND ‘OLE FLAG — and even more important – to remember those who have fought for our freedoms. My 3-D flag, “Long May She Wave” is proudly hanging right now.

  • July 3, 2011

    Paper Piecing Fun!

    One of my most favorite ways to piece a quilt is to paper piece. I first got hooked on it when I took a class years ago from paper piecing maven, Carol Doak. Loved to learn the technique from her and she is just full of energy. Now I love to sometimes draft my own…

  • June 30, 2011

    And then there’s a time machine…

    How do you carve more time out of a packed day? The most obvious answer is give up sleep, but I’m not willing to do that! Here are some alternatives that I’m putting into practice…

  • June 27, 2011

    Inspired at Home

    Spring Market ended only a month ago, though it seems longer. Amazing. We had a great show – with new patterns inspired by the North Woods where we’re building a cabin…

  • June 22, 2011

    The Most Unusual Place…

    Tuesday night was Stitch N’ Pitch at the Milwaukee Brewers game in Miller Park. I’d heard just a little bit about this event before…you can buy tickets for a special section at the stadium and knit during the game with fellow yarn lovers….