Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Goodnight, Sweet Maisy

I love you, MaiMai. You'll always be a part of me.

May 9, 2000 - December 19, 2017

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Lazin' on a Sunday afternoon

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Laid Out and Hung Up

My quilt guild just wrapped up QuiltFest 2013 last weekend. About a year's worth of planning goes into an event like this, not to mention the individual work on all those quilts.

I was in charge of layout AND hanging. Not my first time either.

I know.

You are saying, "What kind of crazy is that?"

At take down, one of my faithful crew members asked why quilts aren't hung in numerical order. The more I explained, the more I realized that layout is quite a complex task. But I'm a bit crazy that way anyway.

To get started, you need a few things.

 dimensions of Oak Mountain Middle School gym

a calculator

lots of colored pens and a pencil...and an eraser

You also need to review previous year layouts hoping that you will remember how this process happens and will be able to make it happen again.

To insure the utmost concentration, you cannot begin this project until the clock strikes at least 10:00 pm. Before then, you are distracted with mundane things like fixing dinner, walking the dog, and perhaps vacuuming the living room. You must also find your local public radio station and hope that they are playing some light background music. If not, you can proceed in silence.

Next are required the category lists. One is sorted by length, the other by width. Both are used equally as much. It is best to color code them and number the pages so you don't get them mixed up. That would be tragic.

Also required are copious amounts of Dr. Pepper. Sugar and caffeine are essential tools to keep your mind sharp and keep the project moving forward. 

Then comes the tediousness. Category by category you match quilts by length and width for placement. It's best to write every measurement on the page so you don't lose track. It also pays to count after you have placed a category to make sure you haven't left a quilt out. This does not always work when you have to make changes. Be prepared to shift on the fly on hanging day.

One might also have to call in the elves for a bit of a binge. This assists the Dr. Pepper in its job.

After many days of late nights, the layout is complete. All 290 quilts and a special exhibit have each been given a place of honor in the show.

Individual row layouts look something like this and are distributed to the quilt display chairman and the capable ladder captains and map readers to interpret for their crew members.

The show went up in about four hours and was a sight to behold. Lovely quilts in all directions and nice wide aisles from which to view them. Two days later it all came down in 55 minutes.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Word-less Wednesday

Why so sad, sweater?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

In which I review an ebook about quilting

Today I give you my very first book review. The good folks at Fons and Porter contacted me to see if I would be interested in sharing my thoughts about their free ebook “Build Your Best Log Cabin.”

I said, “Sure!”

First of all, this book is 24 pages of nothing but the good stuff. No filler here. Lots of great pictures and clear instructions. Starting off with a bit of history, they move into basic construction techniques for three popular types of log cabin blocks: traditional, courthouse steps, and chevron.

I’m all about a good chart, and this book has no shortage. Charts for how wide to cut strips for different size blocks give the reader options. Cutting charts for the various patterns help eliminate the stress of wondering if you have what you need.

But that’s not all! Included are four great patterns from quilters you know like Ricky Tims and Marti Michel. They even throw in instructions for trapunto work and binding with piping.

And just when you thought that’s all there was, when you download this free ebook, you also get:
  • A free e-newsletter highlighting the latest quilting news, including trends and styles
  • Insider details on upcoming features in Love of Quilting, Easy Quilts, Quilting Celebrations, and more
  • Special Deal of the Week offers just for e-newsletter subscribers
So, I highly recommended that you run, not walk, to your nearest computer and hit this link to get this most informative book. 

Did I mention that it’s free?!

Saturday, November 17, 2012


So, I have to tell you about my lunch today

Two blocks from my house, the Desert Island Supply Company (DISCO) is having their big grand opening event for their offices in Woodlawn. Here’s more about them and what they do. 

Part of the celebration includes an all-day read-a-thon of The Hobbit. People take 5 minute time slots and read aloud to whoever happens to wander in. When I arrived, a young lady was already in the middle of her reading. Then a grade school lad picked up where she left off. He did a fine job, even pushing through a tough word like “appreciatively.” After him, a gentleman with a wonderfully rich voice took over. He didn’t even need the microphone. I regret now not taking a slot when it was offered.

But I spent my time watching a young man from the local high school drawing the most amazing portraits with a Pigma pen. Such a talent. And he was quick, too!

Then it was outside to spend some time visiting with guild friend Lillis and her group of Inglenook sewing ladies. I bought some tickets for their donation quilt and promised to work up a pattern for my diminutive over-the-shoulder purse that they admired. They are now holding their meetings at the DISCO offices. I think I’ll look into a way to spend a little time with them.

To cap it all off, I ordered an amazing burger from the Shindigs food truck and brought it home to enjoy.

How cool is that!?