Thursday, November 26, 2009


While I may not be blogging about my quilting life, that doesn't mean it is non-existent. I am working nearly every spare minute I have on some very exciting things, including patterns for Patchplay and other places (soon to be revealed!). I am crossing things off a very long list and making great progress, and I know one of the things helping me is that I often listen to quilting podcasts while I quilt. Lately I have been catching up on the Sew, Stitch, Create podcasts by Brye Lynn. She always has a specific quilting topic to talk about, which I enjoy, and she does a lot of research to make sure she's conversant with said topic. I highly recommend her podcasts, so if you haven't listened yet, give them a try.

By the way, do you ever say to yourself, What did we do before we had the Internet? I love it for keeping in touch with people and for learning new things. It's one of the great things about living in the 21st Century. Thanks, all you podcasters, for all you do to keep us informed and entertained!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Come Join the Block Party!

For those of you still thinking (maybe erroneously) that you have more free time yet to spend, you might consider joining the Block Party.

Every quarter Alissa and Kristen, the hosts of the Block Party Quiltalong, will post a tutorial on how to make a specific style of quilt block. They will show you the options for the different ways to make the block. Then you make the block, put your own spin on it, and post pictures of your project on their Flickr site.

Alissa and Kristen are in the process of writing a book for C&T Publishing about the online modern quilting community, and how virtual quilting bees are promoting a sense of community online and enabling quilters worldwide to be part of a circle of quilters, much like early quilters experienced in their church groups or communities.

Check it out, and if you like what you see, then join the group. They are also hoping this group spawns its own spin-off quilting bees, which you can choose to join as well. I say anything that helps us connect with fellow quilters is a very good thing!