How I was introduced to quilting…

| July 11, 2009

Recently Michele at QuiltingGallery.com was kind enough to allow me to be a guest blogger and since I’ve often been asked how I got into quilting I thought that might be a good subject. Below is the article. Visit all the guest bloggers on Quilting Gallery for fun and interesting info.

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An epiphany happened to me about twenty years ago. There was a void in my life and I didn’t even know it was happening.

I think an inspiration is like a flash of light in your psyche just waiting for action, and I needed one.

On the wall in a fabric store hung a stunning Oregon Trail Jacket. I bought the pattern and soon realized, even though I had no quilting experience, it had to be very similar to making a quilt. There was piecing, thin batting, matching seams and so on. Whatever it was called, I was hooked. (more…)

Ruby, don’t wear it — read it!

| June 14, 2009

150x150rubygraphic-copyHave you heard about Ruby the new magazine for women? It got me to thinking of early magazines for women and how the new and the old compared to one another. Well, the new one hasn’t made the debut quite yet (it’s premiere issue is due out July 1) but I do know a little of its contents.

According to Wikipedia, magazines for women began as early as 1827! I had no idea. Sarah Hale, the author of Mary Had a Little Lamb, was the first woman editor of one such magazine from 1837 until 1877. During that time frame the subscribers jumped from 10,000 to over 150,000. The magazine included articles by influential authors such as Edgar Alan Poe, illustrations, patterns, and poetry. They avoided political and controversial topics, but stuck to information to help the average woman. Hmmm…that sounds very much like the new ezine, Ruby. (more…)

A quilters introduction to country life

| February 3, 2009

Ok, call me old fashioned, but I don’t see a need to have a kitchen in my home. It only stays clean for a little while and then, time to cook and make a mess. If the kitchen was in a different building, overheating wouldn’t exist, odors wouldn’t permeate every room and, best of all, the dirty dishes couldn’t be seen. oldkitchenThat made perfect sense to me, and we set out to build a separate building for the kitchen and dining room. I’m wondering if that’s what the early settlers had in mind. My rationale was if it was good enough for Thomas Jefferson it was good enough for me. And so it was.

Having one’s kitchen and dining room about sixty feet from the primary residence isn’t as daunting as one might suppose. Well, it was a bit surprising when going to the kitchen for a midnight snack my husband encountered a skunk with the same idea. (more…)

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