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
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
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
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 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
I was a kid in the late 1970s when I first saw Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It was fascinating to me, the idea of UFOs visiting the Earth. It became a small obsession. Anytime I was out past dark, I was scanning the night skies for signs of weirdness – flashing lights, lighted… Continue reading Save the UFOs!
The church fellowship hall was crowded that night. Near the kitchen, the long tables full of snacks were picked clean. Ladies of all sorts were gathered, talking the good talk of quilting. Thread, patterns, needles, fabric. Once in a while you could hear the ooohs and aaahs of someone admiring a quilt in person, or… Continue reading Show and Tell