Locker Hooking Tutorial: Make a Rug From Recycled Men’s Shirts

This tutorial is for quilters---who have sewing machines, thread, hand scissors, and rotary cutting tools---and know how to use them. Most of the photographs can be clicked to enlarge them. Back arrow to return to the text. Step 1:  Fabric Procurement & Preparation Head for your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, Purple Heart, second hand, resale … Continue reading Locker Hooking Tutorial: Make a Rug From Recycled Men’s Shirts

Old Dogs, New Tricks

I'm developing a new workshop called Beautiful Basic Binding for Beginners. I know; that's a lot of B's. Apparently I'm into alliteration. In preparation for my "guinea pig" class this spring I needed samples. I had originally thought of putting some really nice bindings on pre-quilted muslin squares (ick) but I just couldn't bear to … Continue reading Old Dogs, New Tricks

Baby Watch

Grandmotherhood awaits! As a quilter, I think it's appropriate that I'm "on pins and needles," don't you? At this moment, we are Due Date Minus THREE Days. We're having a baby! No idea if it's a boy or a girl, we're just praying for healthy with the full complement of fingers and toes. Sweet anticipation. … Continue reading Baby Watch

Scooter’s Close Call & The Turkey That Got Away

Hi! Scooter here. I know you've missed me and I have important news. So last week Mom and Dad went to see Maizie in Ann Arbor. She is my niece dog. (I am Uncle Scooter.) I had to stay home. Anyway, I'm not sure when or how I did this, but I flipped or scrunched, … Continue reading Scooter’s Close Call & The Turkey That Got Away

5 Things Will Help You Become A Better Quilter

January is always a good time to reflect, take stock, set goals, and look forward. So is October, in case you're reading this in a month that isn't January. For traveling quilt teachers, however, January is the beginning of the new teaching season, so I'm taking advantage of the rollover to 2014 to think about … Continue reading 5 Things Will Help You Become A Better Quilter

7 Great iPhone Tricks

I'm a fan. I love my iPhone. I text, check email, take pictures, edit movies, use it to MapQuest from point A to point B, and, oh yeah, I make calls on it too.  Here are my favorite tricks: 1. Flashing Light You probably know how to assign ringtones and get your phone to vibrate, … Continue reading 7 Great iPhone Tricks

As Luck Would Have It

I love when the universe conspires to make me happy. First I discovered my new favorite chocolate. It was part of a goodie bag prepared for me by the Program Chair at the East Cobb Quilting Guild in Marietta, GA two weeks ago. Hotel Snackage. It was so delicious I took a picture of the wrapper, the … Continue reading As Luck Would Have It

Rocks and Podcasts

PUTTING TWO & TWO TOGETHER (MAYBE) On the way home from Ann Arbor where our daughter lives, we pass a small open area just after an overpass and before the train station. It's on the right hand side of the road. There's really nothing there except some busted up concrete and a bench. It may … Continue reading Rocks and Podcasts

More Pentagons, More Balls, & Life Inside a Snow Globe

MORE PENTAGONS! I found another pentagon! Next time you enjoy a handful of blueberries, see how many pentagons you can find. Hint: they're hidden in the five-pointed star. They're not all this perfectly formed. I kind of feel badly that I ate it. Thank you for the wonderful comments after my last post.  So many … Continue reading More Pentagons, More Balls, & Life Inside a Snow Globe

Clothesline, Baskets, and a Scooter Video

I've been dyeing clothesline again and totally having a blast. While I'm working to accumulate enough of a selection of "line" for my June 24 Fabric BOWLing workshop with the Lighthouse Quilters in Racine, WI, I do have some extras if you're interested in stitching up some fabric bowls yourself.  Supplies are limited, so don't … Continue reading Clothesline, Baskets, and a Scooter Video