Episode 145: The Unquilting

19 09 2014

quilted medallionAbove, the quilted medallion. It doesn’t add anything to the quilt, I fear.

unquilted medallionThe unquilted/dequilted version is kinda cool–I prefer it to the quilted version. We’ll see what happens when I steam and wash.

Sorry as always for the cruddy pix.

I can’t remember if I referred to any books in the quilt diaries. I’m not reading anything exciting now. Are you?

Don’t forget to enter the podcastiversary give-away by leaving a comment between now and September 30th. Good luck!

Episode 144: Don’t forget to win!

3 09 2014

quilt sampleHaving all sorts of quilting adventures lately. Above is the original (tho partial–the outer design should go all the way around) quilting design for the Nova blocks, but that’s not what I ended up with. However, getting a decent picture of what I did end up with (not that I’m done quilting) has proven elusive.

nova quilting

Books I’m reading and/or that I mentioned in this week’s episode:

Listen to Your Quilt by Barbara Persing

Quilts in Community: Ohio Traditions by Ricky Clark

All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

What I didn’t mention (but meant to) is that I’m going to be taking an free online course through Missouri State University in late September called Laura Ingalls Wilder: Exploring Her Work & Writing Life. For more info, check out this article:


Have a great week! Don’t forget to comment to be entered in the podcastiversary give away!

Episode 143: Me & My New Friend, Annie (that’s Annie Smith to you)

24 08 2014

me and annie smithMe and my new friend, the fabulous Annie Smith. Visit Annie here:  http://simplearts.com/blogs/

Nova top finished!

nova finished top

A close-up of one of the corners:

nova corner

Have you visited the International Quilt Study Center yet? Here’s a link to the site: http://www.quiltstudy.org/

You can watch IQSC vidcasts on iTunes. The vidcast on Nebraska quilt history is episode 15.

Recent Books I’ve Read:

Tara Road by Maeve Binchy

Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy

The Very Late Podcastiversary Give-away! I’ve been podcasting for four years, and it’s time to celebrate! Leave a comment between now and September 30th and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop! Every comment you make counts as an entry, so comment early and often! (You can comment on forthcoming episodes as well.)


Episode 142: At Summer’s End …

15 08 2014

Nova top finished! Well, except for the borders …

nova final topWhat I’ve been reading:

The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Mcfarlane

The Wild Places by Robert Mcfarlane

A Book of Silence by Sara Maitland

Between Heaven and Texas by Marie Bostwick

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

Have a great week!

Episode 141: Making Progress

27 07 2014

nova blockNova block! Actually four blocks united into one super-block. Wish it were a better picture, but I promise to get the Man to do some quality photos later.

funny tomatoThis tomato from our garden cracks me up!




Episode 140: Me, again.

3 07 2014

I’m back. Hope you are, too.

Episode 139: In Which I Actually Discuss Quilting!

11 05 2014

I don’t have any recent pictures, so may I walk you down memory lane?


One of my first quilts, from Barbara Brackman’s Fabric and Fabrications. I’d wager I made this in 2008 or 2009:

IMG_2512You see how modern it looks? It looks that way on accident.


I think this next top was my second quilt I ever made. I used templates I cut out of cereal boxes.



And because it’s about time to celebrate my podcastiversary, here’s one of my first quilt tops I ever talked about:


I’ve gotten better since then.




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