How a design class for quilters taught me an important lesson regarding advice-giving.
Back in 1999, I took a quilting class with Ruth B. McDowell to learn how to design pictorial pieced quilts. At the time, I was struggling to find a way to make representational quilts without using applique. While I learned what I hoped to in her class, making the quilt I designed taught me some... Continue Reading →
This morning, I came across a note to myself that says: "Maybe I should give up quilting." This was a scary thought for me. I've been quilting for over two decades. I have a studio full of fabric, thread, batts, and unfinished quilts. It's not uncommon for me to think I need to cut back... Continue Reading →
I sometimes think the "F" in UFO* stands for "Forever." As in, "this thing may be finished one day, but it will feel like it took forever." This is the downside to be a quilter (and a novel writer, for that matter). I love big, complex, time-consuming projects. They are engrossing and challenging. The intricate,... Continue Reading →
I've taken my share of quilting and art-related workshops over the years. Most of the time, I sign up to learn a new construction method or how to work with a medium I haven't handled before. But I don't always go to a workshop to learn. I have two other very good reasons for attending... Continue Reading →