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:


Episode 158: The Leaf Motif Episode

10 02 2015

From the More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same files:

homearts1Cover of Home Arts Needcraft, 1939

And its bottom headline:


Antique yo-yo quilt found in Waxhaw, NC:


Interesting blog posts on Quilt Economics:



Oral History–a 2002 interview with quilt artist Carolyn Mazloomi


Read about the Heritage Quilters in this issue of the N.C. Folklore Society Journal (the article begins on page 36):


Profiles of some of the Heritage Quilters (Warrenton, NC)

Wallace Evans: http://ncfolk.org/hvw/artists/wallace-evans/

Portia Hawes: http://ncfolk.org/hvw/artists/portia-hawes/


Have a great week!

Episode 157: The Not Much, You? episode

28 01 2015

I just realized I don’t have any pictures to show you. Well, there’s always Travis … before his most recent grooming …


and after:


Did you know that in 1992 quilters nationwide threatened to march on Washington if the Smithsonian continued to sell reproduction American quilts made in China? Here’s an article: http://articles.courant.com/1992-11-16/news/0000109829_1_quilt-licensing-smithsonian-institution

Quilts, quiltmakers and value–An interesting letter from a quiltmaker to the the band the Decemberists: http://huntersdesignstudio.com/2015/01/22/an-open-letter-to-the-decemberists-quilts-and-their-makers-have-value/

Fun Facebook Group to Join: Quilting Bee. Lots of great pix–you’ll be inspired daily!

Turns out men quilt, too.http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-male-quilters-cafam-manmade-20150125-story.html#page=1


Have a great week!

Episode 156: We’re Famous!

23 01 2015

Let’s start with some Mosaic pix!

The front, so far:



And the back, which is looking sort of busy …


Okay, stuff I’ve picked up around the interwebs this week:

Article on quilter Joe Cunningham in American Craft


The article begins,

“When Joe Cunningham saw Robert Rauschenberg’s 1955 Bed at the Museum of Modern Art last year, the piece irked him. Rauschenberg had taken an old pillow, sheet, and log cabin quilt, affixed them to wood as if they were a canvas, and splashed paint on them. The accompanying label explained that Rauschenberg was combining abstract painting with everyday found objects. “The quilt being treated as just a humble domestic object bothered me,” Cunningham recalls. “The quilt is a work of art. It burns my ass that something useful can’t be ‘art.’”

In response, Cunningham began cutting up paintings and sewing them into a quilt.”

You can see a video about Robert Rauschenberg’s sculpture, “Bed” here:


 Also from American Craft, an interview with Denyse Schmidt:


More on Joe Cunningham–here is a recent and very interesting post from his blog worth pondering:


Interesting article on why we love beautiful things:


 The Gee’s Bend documentary:


Interested in cool documentaries in general? I recommend you sign up for Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/

Episode 155: The Very Long Episode

14 01 2015

mosaicquilting1I’ve finished quilting the mosaic blocks! Now only the white blocks remain.

mosaicquilting2Another view. And one of the back …

mosaicback1And another one, which for some reasons is a totally different color …

mosaicback2And now on to the negative space!

BTW, I think I say that Annie Smith thing about practicing for your next quilt three or four times over the course of the quilt diaries. Sorry. I mean, it’s true, but you don’t need to hear it three or four times.

Books I got for Christmas:

Some Luck by Jane Smiley

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

Making History: Quilts and Fabrics from 1890-1970 by Barbara Brackman

Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

(Kiracofe is also the author of The American Quilt: A History of Cloth and Comfort)

Thanks to Barbara A. for sending me this link about sewists (a word I’m not crazy about, but this post from Barbara Brackman makes a good point):


Episode 154: The Ho-Ho-Ho (belated) Episode

29 12 2014

I recorded this before Christmas, but never got around to posting it. Hope you had a great holiday–and are, for that matter, still having a great holiday.

Finished the Christmas Tree quilt–before Christmas!


And here’s the back (for some reason I can’t get the image to flip, so please turn your screen on its side):


That’s it for now. More soon!



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