No offense to the late Carrie Fisher, but Princess Leia needed some makeup. It was 1980. I was nine years old, and it was summertime. My sister and I were spending our days with my Aunt Laura while my mom worked. My cousin John – more brother than cousin – was our boon companion, our… Continue reading To Aunt Laura, With Love
Last October I wrote a blog post called Batty Bindings, which had tips for making quilt binding. In the nine months that have passed since then, I have learned a LOT more about binding – in particular, binding by machine. In fact, I've learned enough to know that my previous post was wrong in one… Continue reading Bindings, Revisited
Last week, I struggled mightily with my longarm sewing machine. I don’t know what the problem was. All I know is that the thread tension was bad, and it was impossible to fix. I was so upset, I even dreamed about it! It was the weirdest dream. First, I was a wigwam, then a teepee,… Continue reading Wigwams & Teepees
Many years ago, I discovered the secret to a happy life. Always be tired. At first glance, that doesn’t seem like a secret. And it doesn’t seem like something that would make you happy. In fact, it used to make me very, very, sad. I was confused. No one had told me that being an… Continue reading Fresh Squeezed
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
"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
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!