Quilt Life

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 that I finished most of it. The biggest accomplishment was finally finishing the last eight

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 show in the bunk room. It is an opportunity to show off, display your

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 this weekend. I’m headed to my quilt guild’s semi-annual quilt retreat Thursday night for a

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 at an Amish quilt auction, bought quilting supplies at the Amish grocery store, along with

Don’t use those scissors!

Tomorrow my husband and I will celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary. We’ve been together for nearly eight years when you include our dating and engagement, and I’ve been a quilter for the majority of that time. Which means for the better part of a decade, he has been receiving proper scissor usage education. I really got serious about quilting within a few months of our marriage. I joined my local

Sewing, a family affair

Last month my family went on our annual vacation. It’s one week in Wisconsin with eight adults, three children 2 and under, three dogs in two cabins on a lake. It is always a lot of fun, and a good break from the day-to-day. But this year, I was still working … kinda. I helped my mom and sister with two sewing projects they’re working on. My sister, whose fiber

Netflix, hand quilting and an unfinished wedding quilt

Every August I pull out my wedding quilt with the intention of finishing by my anniversary at the end of the month, put in a few hand quilting stitches, miss my deadline and put it back away again until next year. Last year was my fifth anniversary. I had promised my husband I would finish it by that milestone. But with a three-month old in the house, I failed miserably

Bella and the batting

Years ago a very good friend of mine and I were both working at our local newspaper. In addition to our reporting duties, she wrote a mommy blog and I wrote a dog blog. Whenever either of us had a story to tell that involved poop, it was wickedly popular. Here’s your warning. If you don’t like poop stories, stop reading now. If you find them hilarious, keep on. So

5 sewing room organization hacks

I just ordered the final piece of furniture for my new sewing studio/office. Its a bookshelf for holding my quilt kits before they’re sold and some of my fabric stash. There’s no way all of it would fit in there. So in celebration of being almost done with my newly organized space, I decided to share some of the best sewing room organization tips I could find on the interwebs.

$10 antique store find

It’s official. At 13-months-old Angela has her first sewing machine. One of my favorite rainy day activities while on vacation in Shawano, Wisconsin, is visiting antique shops. Usually it is the same stuff year after year. Beer steins, tchotchkes, spoons, more junk than treasures. But occasionally I find something good. This trip it was a toy sewing machine for just $10. It’s not a fancy metal one that is worthy