A homemade bag for use on dog walks lets me use up fabric scraps and show off my favorites colors.
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 →
I've made things with my hands for my whole life. I've been knitting for 25 years and making quilts for 20. And over the years, I've struggled to understand just what my creations are. According to the powers that be, some of my quilts are art and most of my knitting is not. But where... Continue Reading →
If I waited for inspiration, I wouldn't write anything at all. And yet this is exactly how I approach other art forms, like spinning or drawing. I expect to be able to just make things, wonderful things, as a result of a compelling vision or urgent promptings from my muse. Sometimes it works that way.... Continue Reading →