fidget quilts, Longarm Quilting, Quilting

Helpful Distractions: Fabulous Fidget Quilts

Homeschooling. Parenting. Cooking. Cleaning. Caretaking. Volunteering. Quilting. Blogging. Exercising? Maybe. Shopping. Yoga. Church. Helping. Laundry, laundry, laundry…. Next week, repeat. And again, again, again. Welcome to Holley-style living. It is a good life. No - a GREAT life. But on some days, it’s a little…overwhelming. I had one of those days earlier this week, and… Continue reading Helpful Distractions: Fabulous Fidget Quilts

Longarm Quilting, Quilting, table toppers

Mincing and Piecing

"Sensory," says Grace, reaching for her purple toothbrush. "Century," I say. "Sure, yeah." I have no idea what she's talking about. It is early morning, early meaning "no caffeine yet." I hand her the toothpaste. Grace sighs. It is the sigh of an old soul, weary of putting up with the limited intellect of humans.… Continue reading Mincing and Piecing

Longarm Quilting, Quilting, T-shirt Quilt

Wearable Memories. Hug a Tee!

The best thing about writing a quilt focused blog is the ability to use the quilt as a metaphor. It works astoundingly well on all levels. Life is, after all, just a human-scale patchwork of experiences. Any life story works. Seriously. Try it. Passionate love story? Ah, the fevered search for the perfect fabric to… Continue reading Wearable Memories. Hug a Tee!

Longarm Machine Quilting Services, Longarm Quilting

Your Lucky Day

I’ve been thinking a lot about quilt math lately – particularly the “How much will it cost me to get this thing quilted?” question. This question halts many a good quilter. Quilts aren't cheap to make. On top of the expense, longarm quilting rates are confusing and frankly, annoying. If you quilt, you probably know… Continue reading Your Lucky Day

feathers, Longarm Quilting, Quilting, wrinkles

Feathery

Dinner conversation at my house, about a week ago: “You’re pretty, mom,” said Emma. “Thanks, baby,” I said. “You’re sweet.” “It’s neat that you don’t have all those crinkles under your eyes like other parents do.” It’s so nice to be appreciated, I thought, smiling, feeling a little smug. I guess I am aging pretty… Continue reading Feathery

Christianity, Dante, Lent, Quilting

Ombré

Do you have any ombré fabric, like the one in the picture? If you work with fabric, or are a beautician, the word ombré is probably familiar to you. If not, here is the definition (emphasis added): Ombré: having colors or tones that shade into each other – used especially of fabrics in which the… Continue reading Ombré

Quilting, Uncategorized

Tough Choices

Picture it: a crisp fall morning, 1982. An 11-year-old girl wakes up in her lemon-yellow bedroom. As she stretches herself awake, she realizes with dread that she forgot to do her spelling homework - she left the book at school. Worse yet! She remembers there is also a spelling test first thing this morning. She… Continue reading Tough Choices