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!
When experimenting with website templates and designs for Thread & Pen a few months ago, I knew I wanted a certain look. Something clean and simple so photos and projects popped off the page, but not so clean and simple that the site felt sterile. I eventually chose the template I did because I liked… Continue reading Gather Round Place Mats by Sharon Holland
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
Have you ever had cutter's remorse? Perhaps after holding onto a pretty fabric bundle for years, just waiting for the right project to come along, and finally making that first irreversible slice? I was a bit worried I'd experience such a feeling this week, when I finally—finally!—cut into a layer cake I'd bought forever ago.… Continue reading Pillow Pop & La Fete de Noel—Finally!
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
...is like sunshine and rain. So said Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock in their 1988 hit—and those young rappers were onto something! Because sometimes, the emotions just go together. Like peas and carrots. PB&J. Or fabric and my wallet. I most recently experienced this emotional pairing last Saturday. After a very busy two weeks… Continue reading “Joy” and Pain…
Many years ago, my family rented a small cabin on Lake Kanasatka in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. We packed our cars, ditched Long Island's crazy summer crowds, and headed north for some low-key, high-quality R&R together. We so loved everything about the trip, from hiking and exploring to cooking out and lounging lakeside in our PJs,… Continue reading New England Quilt Shop Tour, Part 2: Keepsake Quilting