Tomorrow is a class at Seldom Seen Quilting Studio — which means a room FULL of other quilters with heads full of ideas, tips, tricks, enthusiasm, and experience. The class is called “the art of free motion quilting” and will be taught by Karen Kelley. Beautiful quilts have been provided by Laura Nichols of Common Threads Quilting, so the students are all sure to be inspired!
“Working” at Seldom Seen Quilting Studio is pure indulgence — which is something I’ve never been really good at doing for myself! I feel like I’m playing hooky from real life, while I sit stitching, designing, visiting with other quilters, and embroidering. And writing — writing is my other passion, and it’s what got me hooked on quilting in the first place! What a life!
Quilting is a constant source of that deep sense of accomplishment that comes of having something to show for your work at the end of the day. Like this box full of strips, squares, and triangles at will become a … Continue reading
Today was my mother and dad’s wedding day, many years ago. 1956, I think. Weren’t they a beautiful couple? And in 1987, the day was graced by additional joy — the birth of my sister’s number-three daughter, Robyn Elizabeth. Today, … Continue reading
It’s a blessing to be a blessing to someone else. I have a wonderful project, making a memory quilt to recognize a departed loved one. Going to use disappearing four-patch pattern to make these jeans and plaid shirts stand out, plus embellish with pockets and pearl-snap plackets.
This is a “current” version of Sunbonnet Sue, one that I did on my embroidery machine from a purchased design. It’s nice. But it doesn’t quite evoke the same feeling as the vintage blocks I have. I think it’s because … Continue reading
The Bible says God’s ways are as far above our ways as the stars are above the earth. So far, in fact, that it cannot be comprehended by the mind of man or woman. Why would the answer to one prayer be yes and the answer to another be no? Why would there be a flood, a drought, a tornado? There is no understanding it. But by faith, we can trust that He does know, does care for us, does listen to our prayers, and does hold us in His hand, turning everything to His purpose, which ultimately is that we become more and more like Jesus.
I have decided it is impossible to visit with another quilter for more than five minutes without learning something! How much fun is that? Yesterday, for instance, I learned there is a book by Leah Day with 365 different free-motion quilting patterns, you can use a carpenter’s tape measure to make a snap closure for a quilted handbag, and practicing a pattern on the longarm in “silent” (not sewing) mode helps you relax!
Another grandmother, another quilt, another happy, well-loved child. I sure do love to be part of these moments! What will you make when you come to Seldom Seen Quilting Studio?
Thursday, June 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. — come on out and stitch with us inside My Father’s House Antiques! If you’ve thought about learning to quilt on the longarm, here’s a free chance to try your hand at it! We’ll be quilting a donation piece for Children’s Hospital. There’s also plenty of room for you to work on a project of your own, design wall, several sewing machines, ironing and cutting stations. As an added bonus, light refreshments will be provided by the Rogers Street Bistro! The store will remain open for us as well. No reservations necessary. No fee. See you there!