Choose Gratitude, Thanksgiving

Empty Shoes

As this Thanksgiving week draws to a close, I find myself thinking about my Grandma Muriel – well, Grandma Mearl or Murl, really. No one who knew her pronounced it proper. Blame for that goes to her five brothers, the youngest of whom couldn’t pronounce it as a toddler. Grandma was a tough cookie, but… Continue reading Empty Shoes

Cheery-O Quilt, New Quilters, Quilting

Kitchen Table Quilting

When I started quilting, I always brought my sewing machine to my kitchen table. It was the best place to spread everything out, and get some work done while still being in touch with my family on the weekends. Eventually, I bought a little sewing machine table and set up shop in my extra bedroom,… Continue reading Kitchen Table Quilting

New Quilters, Quilting

Almost Heaven

Although I have traveled a respectable amount – at least, within the United States - I have never called anyplace “home” that wasn’t in my native state of West Virginia. Say what you will about this state, but you’ll will never find a more peaceful place to settle. The earth here is just special somehow.… Continue reading Almost Heaven

New Quilters, Quilting

Work In Progress

When I was in high school, we read the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding. It’s one of those books that’s a classic for good reason. It sticks with you. One of the major themes of the book is the nature of man: good or evil? I remember my high school English teacher… Continue reading Work In Progress

the little shop

The Little Shop

“Oh look down there! You’ve got a little shop. I love a little shop.” – Doctor Who* I love a little shop, too! So...I recently opened a little Etsy Shop to sell a few of the things I’ve made. I love wall quilts with personality, so those are my first listings. I also do custom… Continue reading The Little Shop

New Quilters, Quilting

Batty Bindings

The quilt shop door jingle-jangled as I pushed it open with my back and rolled through, clutching a big bag of fabric to my chest. A small lady, heading the opposite direction, started to squeeze by me, then backed off. I was taking up the whole doorway. I smiled, apologized, and held the door open… Continue reading Batty Bindings

family, funny, Quilting, retreat

A Hasty Retreat

Last week, I attended my first ever quilt retreat. Before I left, I was trying to squeeze in some time to write my usual Friday blog post. It didn’t happen. Why? Because hasty writing = writer’s block. My first thoughts about the word “retreat” were of the phrase “hasty retreat.” This fit my thoughts about… Continue reading A Hasty Retreat