May 29, 2017
I can’t believe it was a week ago today that I was standing in my booth at quilt market on the last day! And it was over a week ago that my mom and Sean and I piled into a minivan and drove to St. Louis. What a great weekend! This past market was the first I had exhibited at in a few years, and I am pleased to say that it was so much fun to be back. There is something so energizing about being in a convention center that is filled entirely with quilty people. It’s not only inspiring, but validating as well.
May 15, 2017
Whenever I make a quilt for someone, I try to use fabrics that I think they will like, of course. I also try to use fabrics that will be meaningful to them in some way. I recently finished the In and Out sample I mentioned in my last post. I wasn’t planning on giving this quilt to my daughter Elizabeth (although most of the quilts in our house are fair game to both of my daughters!) when I started it. But when I spread it out on the floor to cut it down for the binding, she jumped on it and said “Oh mama! I LOVE this whale fabric! Is this quilt for me??”
April 11, 2017
My first pattern for Blue Underground Studios is/was called In and Out. This year, that pattern is eleven years old. Eleven. I have to say it multiple times to even believe it. Things have changed so much since I published the first copy of this pattern! I had two children. I went from having one nephew to having nine nieces and nephews with three on the way. I went back to teaching history. I started teaching art. I quit teaching history and kept teaching art. We’re on our third president since then, and the Cubs won the World Series!
April 4, 2017
Thanks to my husband, I am lucky enough to have a beautiful sewing studio in our basement, where I spend most days sewing, writing, and wreaking all sorts of creative havoc with my two daughters. I love my sewing studio. It is a place where I can retreat to alone, or have a group of friends over to keep me company while I sew. Sometimes, however, I need some inspiration that I can’t find in my fabric bins. One of my favorite things to do in this case is to take a trip downtown.
March 28, 2017
“Color is a universal gift of beauty”
-Patti Mollica. Color Theory, 2013, Walter Foster books.
This past Saturday, I had the privilege of teaching a lovely group of ladies at The Quilter’s Trunk in Chicago. What a great day we had! We spent the better part of the day not sewing, but talking about and working with COLOR. I know I am in good company when I say that color is one of my absolute favorite things about quilting. Besides the tactile element and patterns of the fabrics, the colors are the next best thing (or possibly even THE best thing!). I love teaching this class partially because we don’t sew. There are no machines or rotary cutters – just the students and the class supplies.