Stitching with friends…

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.

Passing it along…

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!

Women through the ages…

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.