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10 Signs You're Addicted to Quilting

Think you might be addicted to quilting?  Here's a quick test to find out!

1. You doodle potential quilting designs during meetings.

2. You look for quilts in the background while watching TV.

3. You've given each of your quilts a name while working on them--and your family all know exactly which one you're talking about.
4. You find inspiration in unusual places.

5. Your list of celebrities you'd like to meet include Jenny Doan, Paula Nadelstern, Mary Ann Fons, and Eleanor Burns.
6. For New Year's, you try to give up fabric shopping until you've used up some of your stash.  Then you hear about the New Year sale on January 2.

7. Your photo albums are filled with pictures of quilts you've made.

8. You catch yourself thinking how someone's dress has great fussy cutting potential.

9. For your birthday, everyone just gets you gift certificates for the local quilt shop.

10. Your first thought in the morning is "how soon can I get back to quilting today?…

And So It Begins...

I've done it.  I finally started a La Passacaglia quilt.  (If you want to see what a La Pass quilt looks like, here are some that have been posted on Pinterest.)

I've had the supplies for quite awhile, but I was still wrapping up both a Lucy Boston/Patchwork of the Crosses quilt and the New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt. Two English paper piecing projects at one time is enough, so La Pass had to wait.

Then on Tuesday, I got some great news.  My Millie quilt won a first place ribbon in the fiber category at a local art show, advancing it to the city-wide contest.

I'm so excited.  So much so that I decided I needed to start another EPP project.   I'd been wanting to for awhile, but I just never could seem to get organized.  But now I'm motivated.  I missed doing EPP and the calming effect it has on me. Then I remembered I already had everything I needed to get started.  So yesterday, I started La Passacaglia. 

Granted, I only got two centers done.  But as they say, "…

A Quilter's Legacy

Do you ever wonder what will happen to the quilts you've made after you're gone?  I was reading one of the Elm Creek Quilters books the other day (The Runaway Quilt), and it got me thinking about the history of quilts and how they are passed down through generations.

Every quilt has a story to tell: about the quilter, the world, and the time in which they're made.  And if we're fortunate, our quilts will continue to tell our stories long after we're gone.

I went to the MQX Quilt Festival yesterday.  There were vendors of all kinds, but believe it or not, I didn't spend a dime.  I was there to look at the quilts.  I love a good quilt show and the opportunity they present to be inspired or learn a new technique.  One thing I liked about this show was the detailed descriptions each quilt had with it.  One quilt in particular caught my eye.

I was captivated by the stunning pattern, so I took a moment to stop and read the description.  

It moved me, and for a moment …

Fold'n Stitch Wreath Shortcut Tutorial

DISCLAIMER: Please note that these instructions are predicated on the assumption that you have purchased the Fold'n Stitch Wreath Pattern from Poor House Quilt Designs.  I believe in supporting the designers who bring us these amazing patterns to work from.

Now, for the fun part!!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I volunteered to make eight centerpieces for the quilt guild's Christmas party.  I'd been eyeing this pattern for quite a while, so this was the perfect opportunity to try it out. Time wasn't a concern as they don't take that long to make.  My concern was in the cost.  I made one of these for me before volunteering to make the eight, and all of the materials probably cost me about $30 dollars with all of the fabric, foam, and stabilizer called for in the pattern.  But making them in volume meant I had to figure out a more cost-effective way to make these.  Turns out, the shortcut also saves some time.

Materials needed in the modified pattern:

1/3 yd f…

Crazy Quilting Ambitions

I do it to myself every year.  I plan too many projects with a totally insane deadline.  Is it the holidays that give me that crazy urge to take on more than I should?  I don't even like deadlines...I certainly don't embrace them.  Why, oh why, do I do this to myself every single year?  Apparently I like to make myself crazy.

First up on the must finish list: eight Stitch'n Fold Wreaths.  I volunteered to make the centerpieces for the guild Christmas party.  Fortunately, I picked something pretty easy to do.  Unfortunately, I picked a project so popular that distributors are back-ordering the foam needed to complete the projects. (Facebook to the rescue.  I was able to find a substitution thanks to the suggestions of my fellow Facebookers.)

Luckily, the other day I figured out a shortcut that uses a third of the fabric and eliminates several steps.  It ends up being a significant cost savings and time saver.  Already, I've got all of the cutting done.  With any luck,…

"Piece" of Mind

English paper piecing is somewhat of a lost art, though it's seeing a resurgence thanks to quilters like Linda Franz, Sue Daley, and Katja Marek.  While I love nearly all aspects of quilting (except basting layers--UGH!), English paper piecing has a very special place in my heart.

I think one of the first things that attracted me was the portability.  I don't mind sitting at my sewing machine, but quilting can be a somewhat lonely endeavor, unless you belong to a guild, bee, or are lucky enough to have quilty friends or family.  But if you don't, extended periods at your machine might sometimes feel like a brand of solitary confinement.  (Perhaps for some of you, that holds its own particular appeal.)  In my case, I have a very solitary job, where most of my contact with people is through email or texts.  The last thing I want to do when I get home most days is go off and sit in a room by myself.  That's why EPP is so great.  It goes wherever you go.

Another reason I l…

ROAD TRIP! Quilter's Edition

I just got back from a three-day, solo quilt trip to Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I left from Springfield, Illinois on Thursday morning.  The weather was a little weird, having a hard time deciding between rain, overcast, and just plain gloomy. Fortunately, I don't mind clouds and rain, so I just put on some music and plugged in the GPS destination and drove along. There were some pretty sights along the way.  The leaves haven't quite started changing yet, but as I approached the Illinois/Missouri border, I did take time to appreciate the beautiful trees and high cliffs that are notable in that area.  It also marked the approximate halfway point of my journey.

While I drove, I had a lot of quiet time, something I don't always get at home with a rowdy husband and two energetic boys.  Along the drive, I pondered my quilting life, where my love of hand-made projects came from (my mother), the quilts I've made and plan to make in the future, and even how to make my mom&#…

The Inspired Quilter's Bucket List

I'm betting pretty much everyone knows what a bucket list is ... that personal list of things you wish to accomplish before you kick the proverbial bucket.  In my case, my list does not consist of things like bungee jumping or a trip to Scotland (though if a free trip just happened to fall into my lap, I certainly wouldn't say no).  
No, my list is more of a quilter's bucket list: a list of the projects I'd like to finish before I'm no longer able to quilt.  The list gets longer on a daily basis.  It doesn't help that Pinterest, Facebook, and Missouri Star Quilt Company are always tempting me with new, amazing quilt projects I can try.  
My quilting bucket list follows, in no particular order (because let's face it, I have the attention span of a toddler most days). 
Missouri Star Quilt Company has a couple of really cool tutorials that caught my eye.  First is Quartered Stripes.  I'm actually working on this one now.  (I just had to finish a few other …