One of my very first Thread & Pen posts was about Quiltfolk, a stunning coffee-table quarterly devoted to the craft's people and culture. Hubby discovered the magazine in Barnes & Noble last spring, and I was an instant fan. I loved the photography. The stories. The intimate insight into pockets of the community I hadn't… Continue reading Quiltfolk Road Trip
Last weekend, when it looked like I'd be finishing my very first Christmas quilt (the one that started with a trip to the ER!), I told hubby to get ready for a quilty little road trip. I'm constantly blown away by the stunning pictures quilters post online, those that feature their works of art before… Continue reading Quilt Photo Ops—and Flops!
Those who know me well know how much I love fabric and all things sewing. Those who know me really well know how often I check out fabric and other sewing-related goodies online. (Like, multiple times a day, every day.) And while all those people appreciate my appreciation, they don't necessarily share it. They'll listen… Continue reading Friday Five
And just like that, the holiday season's upon us! Trick-or-treaters have come and gone, seasonal shopping promotions have started, and, as I discovered yesterday, Christmas carolers are crooning away on SiriusXM. (And yes, despite the calendar and thermometer—it was 73 degrees!—I may have sung along to a few merry tunes. Because who can resist "It's… Continue reading Turkey Day Delights
I consider myself a fairly low-maintenance girl. As such, I'm easy to please and derive happiness from many things in many ways, each and every day. This being the case, I thought it'd be fun to share a few of the little things that made me smile recently, in hopes that one or some of… Continue reading Little Things
Last week, I made a life-changing, sewing-related purchase. It's hard to tell from a photo, but this little bowl has magic powers. Wherever stray pins might be—sprinkled across the cutting table, strewn across the sewing desk, embedded in the carpet—this gravity-defying device finds and yanks them into its shiny belly. Some may say its power… Continue reading Beyond the Needle: Tools of the Trade
Just a quick post today to introduce you to Murphy, a.k.a. Murph, Murphster, Little Prince, Short Stack, and Tipsy McGee, among other affectionate monikers. He's a senior shih tzu, our first-born child—and my constant sewing-room companion! Without fail, if I'm playing with fabric, Murph's keeping me company. Nearly 13 years old and big into naps,… Continue reading Sewing Sidekick