Thursday, September 29, 2011

Check It Out

Books about quilting from my personal
collection and the local library

Reading is a gift to yourself 

The only thing I like to promote more than an appreciation for quilting is a love of reading. I will stop whatever I am doing to read to a child. Teaching a child to read and helping them develop a love for reading is one of the most important investments you can make in their future. 

A child is never to young to be read to. Read to them before they're born, even when they are asleep they can still hear you. For those with young children in their lives read to them, take them to the local library for story time. Even if they are too young to read a book themselves let them pick their own book, get them their own library card. The library has a great selection of books for all ages. Just having and being around books can help build an interest. If a child asks you to read to them, do it. Nothing could be more important than the five minutes you spend reading to them. You'll never know the impact a single moment could have on someone's life.  Read aloud with the elementary aged child, read the same book along with the upper elementary child in your life. Have your own book club with the pre-teens and teens in your life. It only takes two to get started. Adults, if you are interested in a subject and don't know if you really want to dive into it head first, check out  a young adult or children's book on the subject. They hit the highlights and then you'll know if you want more detailed information. 

You can impress upon others the importance of reading by reading yourself. Volunteer to read at a school library during National Library Week (usually in April) or anytime. Support your local library. Reading is knowledge and knowledge is the only thing that is truly yours that no one can take away.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

What Makes a Quilt a Quilt

Hand quilting on a no-baste quilt frame

A quilt is an artistic expression of love

I've always held firm that a quilt isn't a quilt unless it is hand quilted. As I have embraced quilting as a full time en devour, I am finding this thought needs to be reconsidered. I have so many ideas in my head that hand quilting will not possible afford me the time to get them all created. I have so many quilts on my list for family members and friends, many I want to do for charity, and also ones for the art and fun of it. I have a dilemma. If I continue to hand quilt I will surely never get all the designs and ideas out of my head and into creation. However, if I don't hand quilt them will I be short-changing someone of what I truly believe a quilt to be?

Friday, September 16, 2011

My Earliest Quilt Memory

Me--The Early Days

It’s amazing what a child’s mind holds onto 
that creates the person they become.

It was mainly red fabric with little yellow and white flowers with black stems. I don’t know who made it, or how I came to have it but I do remember it, my first quilt. I was no more than five or six years old when I received it. I loved my quilt. Then my quilt went away.

I remember the last time I saw my quilt. My little sister, my cousin and I accompanied my parents as they helped my aunt move. The last of her things in the car, we drive off, I saw a man standing there with my quilt in his hands. Why did he have my quilt? I would never see my quilt again.

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Sampler

The Chili Pepper Sampler

I love color, the bolder, the brighter, the better.

After my experience with the quilt guild I decided I needed to get some instruction in the how-to of quilting. I had been printing instructions from the internet for years. So much information is out there it became overwhelming. I’d scan articles quickly and print them out to read thoroughly later and never got around to the reading part. I had accumulated a huge binder full of internet instruction.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Friendship Starfish

Friendship Starfish Totes

I have a confession to make, I LOVE FAT QUARTERS!

I like to live dangerously in the quilting world. I don’t like to follow patterns for quilts. I’m a rebel! I see a block I like and I get busy making it. I don’t know where I will end up. I just grab a bunch of fabrics from my ever growing fat quarter stash and get sewing. I make as many blocks as I can from what I have selected. When I run out of fabric I take a step back and assess the situation.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

How Do I...

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