Every quilter has made a table runner. I admit it. I have too. In fact, I’ll even admit I have no less than six that are done and just need binding. It is the ubiquitous quilting gift – fast, easy, good use for leftover blocks. But what is it? Have you ever heard somebody say, … Continue reading What the hell is a table runner for anyway?
I’ve been attending the first day of school either as a student or a teacher for well over half of my life (at 41 that’s a lot of first days of school), yet I still get nightmares about them. They always follow the same sort of pattern: I enter my classroom completely unprepared without a … Continue reading First Day of School Nightmares
Last weekend, a friend and I got inspired to clean out our closets and garages and hold a yard sale. We set up some tables on the driveway, loaded them up, priced all our goodies with little round neon stickers and were ready to go. The morning was a study in people watching, not quite … Continue reading Want to people watch? Hold a yard sale.
This summer, I got together with my quilt buddies to make scrap fabric blocks. The blocks are wonderful. No rules, no measuring, no guidelines and no restrictions, just creative fabric play. We also thought we’d get rid of some of our scraps which somehow accumulate exponentially over the years. I can never throw away fabric … Continue reading Scrap Stashes – Ziploc Girl or Tote from Hell?
I am leaving shortly to take my baby to the DMV to take his driver’s test. He will walk away with his first official ID, and the ability to take a vehicle, a large moving projectile, on the road all by himself without me stomping on the highly effective passenger side brake. I’m scared to … Continue reading I’m worried, and it sucks.
This past weekend, I traveled to Portland, Oregon and attended the Willamette Writer’s Conference. I learned enough to fill twenty blog posts, so I decided to try to condense the experience into a single list of major lessons. 1) I learned that you can pitch an incomplete novel. No agent will buy it, but they’ll … Continue reading What I Learned at my First Writing Conference
I despise putting on quilt borders. Note the quilt in this blog's banner - no border! It seems like the border should be the easiest part of creating a quilt and technically speaking, it is. They are easy to measure, cut, and sew. I despise them for no other reason than they are BORING! There … Continue reading Ugly Quilt Border Fabric = Cool Quilt Backing