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
Hi there! As I write this, wearing my thickest, coziest socks and huddled under a fat down blanket, the East Coast snow bomb cyclone swirls outside. The forecast predicts up to 14" in our area by the time all's said and done (which should be in about another eight hours), and if the view from… Continue reading Snow Day in the Garden District
There's a lot to think about when writing a novel. Main characters. Secondary characters. Setting. Plot. Theme. Structure. For children's literature, which has been my focus, readership age—and how that affects everything else. And, of course, the climax and conclusion. When drafting, I usually have a few of these elements in place, but not all… Continue reading Pretty Little Bookmarks
Hi there! My apologies for the recent radio silence. This has been an unexpectedly eventful week filled with family medical issues and related activities, and I haven't had much time to sit let alone sew and write. I hope to dive back into those creative pools soon, but for now, I thought I'd share a… Continue reading Friday Five
When we were little, my mother promised my sister and me that we'd be best friends one day. I thought Mom walked on water and normally believed every word she said, but on that particular topic I found her to be severely misinformed. For one thing, Kristin was six years younger than I was. For… Continue reading Norway by Thimble Blossoms
I'm just going to cut to the chase: blanket scarves are the best fashion invention ever. Hats, gloves, ear muffs, boots, heels, ballet flats, belts, watches, jewelry, etc.—they can all dress up an outfit, and some even serve functional purposes. But nothing compares to blanket scarves. I mean, they're literally portable blankets disguised as attire.… Continue reading Bundle-Up Blanket Scarf
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!