My first sewing project in ages led to mistakes that I am grateful for.
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 →
One of the many unfinished quilts I found when I took stock of the projects in my studio in 2014 was The Fish Quilt*. Inspired by a luscious fish print fabric, I selected fabrics to co-ordinate with its colors and made blocks using the traditional pattern Ocean Waves. I love the complex interplay of shape... 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 →
When I make something (whether I'm writing, sewing, knitting, or drawing), it's easy to get caught up in what others will think. I see the flaws — the awkward wording, the mismatched points, the uneven decreases, the distorted proportions — and assume everyone else will see the same things and hate the finished product because... Continue Reading →