Quilt Life

Step one: Admit you have a problem …

Step one: Admit you have a problem …

Last weekend I packed up just about every quilting and sewing-related object in my house and loaded it up into a U-haul and the back of my mini van to get ready for the move to my new studio/quilt shop. If you missed that fun announcement, make sure to check out Episode 24 of Sit […]

So it turns out you can have too much fabric …

Earlier this week I wrote that it looked like a quilt shop threw up in my living room. I received comments like, “And that’s a bad thing?” and “Heaven.” Then, the next day even MORE fabric arrived. Yes, I currently have about 1,000 yards of the beautiful Majestic Batiks that needs to be cut and […]

7 quilting notions you should try from Quilt Festival

7 quilting notions you should try from Quilt Festival

There’s nothing more fun for a quilter than the vendor section of a quilt show. Especially when it is a large one like International Quilt Festival Chicago. There were vendors from all over the world at the show last weekend and I visited every booth to bring you the top seven notions you should try. […]

2015 finishes

2015 finishes

I was fortunate enough to complete quite a few projects in 2015, baby dresses, chalk paint projects and, of course, quilts. The later is what I will share with you in today’s look back at 2015 finishes. The first finish of the year was the Block of the Month 2014, one of the two versions […]

Feeling the Christmas crunch

Feeling the Christmas crunch

I started my career as a journalist, which means I like a good deadline. It also means I’m a procrastinator, a bad habit that bites me in the rear every holiday season. The gifts are bought, most of them are even wrapped, my cards have been mailed, but I haven’t even begun the handmade presents. […]

My favorite (quilting) things

My favorite (quilting) things

It’s the biggest shopping weekend of the year, so I put together a list of my favorite (quilting) things. These are products that make my quilting life easier and I use them all the time. If you don’t already have them in your quilting supplies, I absolutely recommend adding them to your Christmas list. What […]

Quilt Retreat progress report

Quilt Retreat progress report

Life has been a little nuts since I returned from quilt retreat two weeks ago. I’ve barely touched my sewing machine, which is why I love going to it twice a year for three days of completely uninterrupted sewing time. I had a pretty hefty to-do list when I left, and I’m happy to say […]

Quilt show in the bunk room

Quilt show in the bunk room

One’s choice of bedding at quilt retreat is a very important choice. I’m sure there are posh quilt retreats where everyone has their own room in hotel-like fashion. But at my Guild’s retreat, we all share bunk rooms and the quilts that adorn them are on display for everyone to see. It is like a mini […]

Quilt retreat to-do list

Quilt retreat to-do list

If you ask my grandma, she thinks I sew all day long. Unfortunately that isn’t the case. The business end of running a quilting blog tends eat up more time than sewing and you’re usually more likely to find me in front of a computer than the sewing machine. But that is going to change […]

You might have a quilting addiction if …

You might have a quilting addiction if …

A sign you may have a quilting addiction: You successfully hide your sewing activities from family and friends. Example: At the end of a long day spent with family over Labor Day weekend, my dad said, “I’m proud of you.” “Why?” I replied. “You didn’t do any sewing today.” No, I just spent three hours […]