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Bindings, Revisited

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

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Wigwams & Teepees

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

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Death of a laptop

It’s funny how interconnected the habits of my life are. Case in point: my laptop. It died, rather unceremoniously, just before Thanksgiving. My computer fix-it guy said the motherboard was fried. Being a mother, in the middle of the holiday season, I could sympathize. When Mr. Fix-It told me how much it would be to… Continue reading Death of a laptop

Longarm Quilting, New Quilters, Quilting

Wonky Stars

Christmas, the season of stars, is now behind us. But I still find myself thinking about them. Stars, that is. Especially that star. The star. The one that led shepherds and wise men to a manger in Bethlehem. The one that Jesus slept beneath on his birth day. A perfect star, a perfect light, a… Continue reading Wonky Stars

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NASA and the Minky Way

Hands down, the best vacation I ever took was our 2011 trip to Florida, when we visited the Kennedy Space Center. It was the summer of the last space shuttle launch. We visited the center just a few days before (and good for us, because the traffic is terrific when there’s a launch). The focus… Continue reading NASA and the Minky Way

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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

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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