I had so much fun quilting this hand-embroidered baby quilt, featuring a happy little pink piglet engaged in everyday activities. I loved the fact that he (or she) is such a well-rounded individual. He spends part of his time engaged … Continue reading →
I enjoyed quilting this patriotic quilt on Saturday at Seldom Seen Quilting Studio. Some red-white-and-blue variegated thread worked very well with these fabrics — the blue disappeared on the blue squares, the red disappeared on the border and all three … Continue reading →
It’s an age-old tradition, but it still works! There are few things more enjoyable that getting together with other quilters (or embroiderers, or garment makers, etc.) to practice our craft while discussing everything from our philosophy of life to mitered corners to skipping salad in favor of the dessert. Honestly — I have the BEST job in the whole world. If you haven’t been to the Seldom Seen Quilting Studio, you need to come. Located in the mezzanine at My Father’s House Antiques in downtown Waxahachie. I’ll see you there.
Organization is not one of my natural talents, but I have been taught well by many wonderful people in my life — first among them, my mother. So as I am getting ready to make a beautiful “Wedding Star” quilt … Continue reading →
With the help of a friend, I was able to surprise a good friend with this embroidered representation of her sweet little dog, Daisy. I later stitched it out in reverse, and she plans to make throw pillows. In the … Continue reading →
Quite literally, I have the best job in the world! What a wonderful day we had at Seldom Seen Quilting! Eleanor V. quilted THREE challenge quilts (that were awesome, btw); Deborah F. shared her progress on what I think is … Continue reading →
Last time we got together to “stand and stitch” we did two panels of these cute cats — six cats to a panel — for Children’s Hospital. Tomorrow evening, we will be at Seldom Seen Quilting Studio from 5 to … Continue reading →
I had an awesome day at the Seldom Seen Quilting Studio, passing along my love for sewing to a 16-year-old girl. She was a never-say-die, just-try-and-tell-me-I-can’t-do-it trooper, too. We tackled a dress pattern that was labeled “It’s Sew Easy” but sported a full lining, a button-and-loop closure, a princess waistline, AND A ZIPPER! We stuck it out, though, and didn’t pack it in until we ran out of bobbin thread and couldn’t get another one wound. She went home tired — but happy… and I bet she’s at home sewing right now!
I had a chance to talk to a wonderful group of women yesterday — the Bluebonnet Patches in Ennis, Texas. I was there to talk about my novel, Betsey Anne, but since it’s a quilting group, we naturally focused on quilts. Such an interesting form of women’s art down through history. Which came first — the necessity or the beauty? Isn’t it fascinating how women can create beauty from the smallest scraps of what’s left over from the making of a garment, or what remains when a garment has completed its useful life. Beauty and warmth, both. Necessity fulfilled in artful grace.