Longer ago than I would admit, when I got my first job for which travel was required — the job I was working when I met my husband — my dad made me this beautiful, hand-tooled leather briefcase. There was … Continue reading →
Here’s the flip side of the stained glass coin from yesterday’s post. Quite different — but just as lovely in its own way. I’ve posted about this quilt before — but I just can’t stop looking at it. Pieced before … Continue reading →
I’m fascinated with the way a quilt looks from the under side of the frame. This simple modified four-patch quilt, made scrappily from worn out clothing and leftovers from the construction of garments, curtains, and perhaps other quilts looks like … Continue reading →
I spent about a year and a half writing my first novel, about a year and a half editing it, and about 30 years thinking, “Oh no! What if I can’t really do it?” I can tell you, that 30 years was a big waste of time! What are you hesitating to do? If it’s longarm quilting — quit wasting time! At Seldom Seen Quilting it’s affordable and painless to learn — and I promise you will be able to do it!
An old quilt is always good for a game of “I spy.” Are all the striped pieces “going” the same way? Is there any piece of fabric that is only there once? Which piece of fabric is represented the most times? Are there any mistakes or anomalies in the pattern? Two pieces of the same fabric side by side anywhere? This is what we were doing this afternoon with a quilt top made by my husband’s great-grandmother. I’m ready to repair it and put it on the frame.
If a little good is what you can do — do it! If you can bring excitement back to a widow’s life, do that. If you can praise a co-worker, do that. If you can make a child smile, do that. Every little bit of good is important in the world. And I’ve discovered that there are many opportunities for small pieces of good at Seldom Seen Quilting! What a joy!
This quilt is almost finished, and I had the chance to see the family members today. They said, “It looks just like Dad.” Then they recalled for me how he always used to tell their mother all he needed was … Continue reading →
I think this rootin’, tootin’ vintage cowboy is a real All-American symbol, and a great piece to work on in the studio on the 4th of July! Also did some really cute Sunbonnet Sue blocks in the hoop. All in … Continue reading →
Isn’t this a beautiful design? A traditional pattern, crafted in today’s beautifully-blended fabrics. We quilted it in a maroon thread that all but disappeared, leaving the piecing to shine. This one was pieced by Laura Nichols at Common Threads Quilting … Continue reading →
I thought I could trace a design onto this quilt block all by myself, using my industrial light table — but Ben the female cat felt differently. She stepped up, though, and gave me all the help she could. Of … Continue reading →