Episode 148: Mosaic

23 10 2014

So I just took the mosaic quilt outside to take a picture and guess what? I used two different whites! One is snow white and the other is more vanilla. My first thought upon seeing the two whites was, ‘Why has some of this white fabric aged?” Oi vey, I am not bright. Anyway, a picture:

mosaic on the lineYou can see the different whites, can’t you? But when I brought it back inside, I couldn’t see them. I guess I need more light to quilt by!


Fun links!

Want to read old quilt journals filled with interesting articles? Go here:



Here’s a 1998 article about quilts and murder mysteries:



An excerpt from Pat Ferraro’s 1981 film, “Quilts in Women’s Lives”:



Good blogpost about making more quilting time:



See you next week!



Episode 147: Requilted and Done!

15 10 2014

The Nova quilt is officially finished!


finished nova 2


Here’s a close-up of the quilting:

finished nova quiltingI don’t know if you can really tell anything from it or not.

And here’s the near-finished mosaic top:

mosaic top1

Congrats to Michelle, who won the podcastiversary giveaway! She has a blog over here at Renewing Mrs. Sew and Sew, if you want to check it out. Thanks for listening, Michelle, and to everyone else, too!

I’m getting hooked on the BBC-4 daily soap, The Archers. Do you know it? I’ve only listened to four or five episodes, but I’m already getting familiar with the characters. You can subscribe to it on iTunes; just search for BBC 4 The Archers in the iTunes store.

I mention the Netflix series “Happy Valley” in this ep, though I think I say I watched it on Amazon.com prime. Anyway, the actress is Sarah Lancashire, and she is fab!

Finished Liane Moriarty’s latest, Big Little Lies and really enjoyed it. It’s a little darker than her previous books, but still a worthy read.

Please send book and podcast recommendations!

Episode 146: The Requilting

30 09 2014

Okay, I haven’t actually started requilting yet, but I hope to today.

Today’s the last day to enter the giveaway. Leave a comment! What are you waiting for?

Guess what? I’m writing this post on my new treadmill desk!


tread1Pretty, huh? Here’s another picture:

tread2Watch out, Terje–here I come!

In this episode I mention a field trip I took on Saturday, to Stagville Plantation here in Durham. Here are a couple of pictures.

The owners’ house:

stagbighouseSlave cabin:

stagcabinInteresting stuff!

New quilting podcast: Quilting Bits and Pieces: http://quiltingbitsandpieces.com/


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!


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