Blanket or Quilt?

I overheard this conversation at an antique shop recently. “That’s a really old blanket”, she exclaimed.  A quilting friend who also heard the conversation bit her lip. “It isn’t a blanket, she replied, a quilt is more than that.” “Well, I’ve never been a fan of quilts,” she responded. Not a fan? How is that possible? Although it has occurred on more than one occasion, I am always surprised when I hear people state that they never really liked quilts.  I […]

What is the Measurement of a _____ Size Quilt?

I had someone ask me the size of a typical queen size quilt. I wasn’t sure because I make them various sizes depending on how long the customer wants the quilt to hang over the side of the mattress. I decided to search for it. If you have never searched for the size of a quilt, don’t. It is an exercise in insanity as you are directed to an infinite number of companies that sell bedspreads and/or links to more […]

She’s Here!

I counted the sleeps starting at 20 days before she arrived. I pictured myself waking up in the night, sneaking into her room just to make sure that it wasn’t a dream. I rearranged the furniture more than once, and sat pondering her arrival in the chair facing the long wall where she would rest. October 27, 12:49 p.m. she arrived. I still haven’t come up with a name, but am welcome to suggestions. Isn’t she adorable? follow and like […]

A Gift of Peace

When you think of Sugarplum, visions of Christmas may dance in your head. Maybe a mystical, enchanting forest comes to mind? For me, it is the memory of a very special brother whom we lost too soon. In the ” About Me” intro, I briefly mentioned the story of my brother, Lawry and my Sugarplum nickname. If you would like to know a bit more, keep a tissue on hand. I wrote this story A Gift of Peace in my late […]

Heartbeat of the Artists

You know those moments when you wonder if your quilting or piecing is “good enough”? Maybe you had a little squiggle that only you can see, but is seems as blaring as your baby crying during a cermony? As I quilted this piece yesterday (you will see the line straight across the center feather frond), I was suddenly reminded of a statement from a friend years ago that finds its way to the front of my memory drawer now and […]

Funny Traditions

Thanksgiving. 1970 something. Growing up in a family of nine children and two very creative parents, we used just about everything we could get our hands on to create art. On this special occasion, we collected a variety of bottles, newspaper, starch, paint and a few embellishments. I fondly remember my mom blowing out innards of countless chicken eggs we used for the head of each character. We laughed, gafawwed and had an occasional, “Dad!” as our artistic father created […]

Ruler Convert

I admit it. I can be a bit giddy about creating my own designs. I enjoy free-motion quilting without sketching the design on the quilt while letting the fabric tell me what it wants to me to create. I recently fell in love with rulers, however, while attending Jamie Wallen’s three-day class on feathers, rulers and grids. Quilters Apothecary http://quiltersapothecary.com/quilting-rulers/ is my new favorite site and their orders are shipped quickly. That is, unless you forget to change your mailing address […]

Mr. Cellophane

I love the movie Chicago. It is one of my favorites. No wonder I started humming the song, Mr. Cellophane, on my way home from the fabric store after purchasing one of the coolest longarm tools I have seen lately; cellophane. Have you tried this stuff? You lay the cellophane on your quilt or other surface of choice. Be sure to put something like scrap batting on each side of the cellophane if using this directly on your quilt. I […]

What’s in a Name?

When you think of Sugarplum, visions of Christmas may dance in your head. Maybe a mystical, enchanting forest comes to mind? For me, it is the memory of a very special brother whom we lost too soon. In the ABOUT ME intro, I briefly mentioned the story of my brother, Lawry and my Sugarplum nickname. If you would like to know a bit more, keep a tissue on hand. I wrote A Gift of Peace in my teen years a few […]

Firsts

His name was Wayne. It was the first date ever in my young life. I ordered spaghetti and wore a white dress. That was the last time we dated. Firsts can be tough, exciting and /or worrisome. I completed my first official customer quilt recently as the Sugarplum Quilts owner. Edge-to-edge, circular design. Basic stuff. Lovely piecing. Although I have quilted for years, you would have thought it was my first.quilt.ever. I practically measured the distance between each pin on […]

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