Episode 165: Are You Ready to Dresden?

20 05 2015

Making some progress on those Dresden Plates …


Want to quilt along? Check out Sherri D’s blog for more info:


My 1930s fabrics:

30s fabric

The Modern Dresden Block:


Interesting article on the limits of local economies:


Fun video from Angela Walters:


Episode 164: The What do I do now? episode

1 05 2015

Big Star! Big finish! (Click for a better look at the quilting)

big star--finished!

Basket block!


Basket Block tutorial courtesey of Jaye, the Artquiltmaker:



Half-square triangles tutorial courtesy of Jaye, the Artquiltmaker:


A great interview with Mary Fons:


Check out Hip to Be a Square Pam in this great video:


Episode 163: The Stitch Twerker Episode

23 04 2015

bigstarbindBig Star–almost done, but I still have some binding to sew on. Please note threads, tape showing where I need to repair some stitches, etc.

bigstarb&wMoody, black and white Big Star.


This week’s links:

The 5 Most Wrong Things People Believe about Quilts:


UNC-TV ran a piece on NC Folk, where I volunteer, Wednesday. It starts around 9:55 :


An interesting piece on altered quilts from Barbara Brackman’s blog:


Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

This week’s Save our Story from the Quilt Alliance:


Ep162: More Big Star

13 04 2015

Where I am in the quilting process … click on the pic for a better view:




An interesting doctoral thesis about quilts on display, if you have a few hours (or days):


This week’s Save Our Stories story from the Quilt Alliance:


Barbara Brackman’s Civil War Quilts site–worth it for the photographs alone:


Have a great week!

Episode 161: Big Star

3 04 2015

Some views of the Big Star quilt:

1. The border:




2. Quilting-in-progress shot number 1:


3. Q-i-P shot number 2:


Below: The signature on the quilt Dawn inherited from her MIL:


Random Cool Stuff:

Want to learn about Southern Culture? UNC’s preeminent scholar of Folklore, Bill Ferris, has a free online course via coursera. This link is to a section on quilting: https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-south/lecture/2Axuw/quilting

Tutorial on machine binding (back and front)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w_byQ8c-Ak

Quilt Alliances “Not Fade Away” conference that I’ll be attending in July: http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/support/NotFadeAway2015.php

Some very cool antique “modern” quilts: http://quiltaddictsanonymous.com/2015/03/national-quilt-museum-open-new-exhibits-featuring-modern-antique-nine-patch-quilts/



Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe

Bettyville by George Hodgman



Episode 160: The Onto the Next Thing Episode

21 03 2015

inthegarden1 Above: The In the Garden quilt–a BOM quilt I started several years ago. Two more blocks to go! Ideas about sashing? Btw, the blocks are not arranged in any particular way yet, so don’t worry if you think it looks sort of awful the way the blocks are now.

Below: The first draft of the quilt I’m making for my friend Sarah (who I think is mad at me, but maybe the quilt will make everything okay):

sarahstop1 I thought the quilt looked kind of boring, so I made two very cool strips of half-square triangles alternated with gray squares, one for the top, one for the bottom, each one about three inches in, if that makes sense. You’ll see when I show you the finished quilt.

Books I’ve read or am reading:

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. Maybe not her best, but still pretty good. As my friend Barbara says, check it out from the library, don’t buy it.

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy. I highly recommend this (I checked it out, but you won’t feel ripped off if you buy it).

The Essential Ellen Willis. This is a collection of essays by the rock critic Ellen Willis, who died in 2011. Some of the essays are about music, others are about feminism, art, culture, etc. Very smart and enjoyable.

Need help piecing batting together? I liked this:


See you soon!

Episode 159: The Finished Mosaic (if you can believe it) episode

1 03 2015

At last, the Mosaic quilt, finished! Enjoy the views!

(Updated to add: The Man made a Mosaic Quilt video–you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/9o_cghu2lp8








Other points of interest:

Barbara Brackman’s fabric line, The Morris Jewels, based on the designs of William Morris:



An interesting article about whether or not decluttering makes a difference in our lives:



The Craftsy class I took about bindings: Finishing School: Edges and Bindings with Mimi Dietrich

The book I read for my book group and highly recommend: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

August Wilson on American Masters:



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