“I just want more of her.” A wonderful piece on the late lamented food writer, Laurie Colwin.

I Am The Rose of Sharon Quilt

I Am The Rose of Sharon Quilt

Dear Ann, Welcome home from your eastward travels. It must be painful to look upon the place where Venus rightfully stood. Although it’s a lovely thing to see when in Paris. In addition to lots of unblogged knitting, I’ve got unblogged quilting. Quilts are such a process; once you’ve made one, you understand why there are so many orphaned blocks and unquilted tops for sale on Etsy and eBay. Even compared to knitting, there...

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Jump Back In

Jump Back In

Dear Ann, We hate posts that start with a litany of reasons why the blogger ain’t been bloggin’. So I won’t do that. Life has been chock full o’ distractions. But many of the distractions have been of a crafty nature. Help me, Ann–I’ve come over all multi-craftual! For months now, I’ve been deep into all things Alabama Chanin. This is a long-percolating love. I had pored over each of Natalie...

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Quilting Eff Oh

Quilting Eff Oh

Dear Ann, The Etsy quilt, she is finished. Let’s review. 1. Purchased “vintage feedsack quilt top” on Etsy.com, intending to send to machine quilter for insta-quilt. 2. When it arrived, discovered that it was actual vintage feedsacks, lovingly pieced by hand. Tiny running stitches. Some squares pieced from smaller bits. (That killed me a little.) 3. After consultation with a purist of pristine taste (you), decided to...

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Important Information

Important Information

Dear Ann, A couple of vital infos I must share. For those in and around New York City: the Bust Holiday Craftacular is tomorrow (Sunday, December 12). Goody bags for early birds. (More lovely photos over at The Purl Bee.) For those with obsessive tendencies, or those who simply are curious about the overpowering yens of others: these blanket kits from Purl have been occupying my every waking thought. I think it’s the combination of...

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“Sit Down and Shut Up”

Dear Ann, Just had to share this award-winning short film (15 minutes or so) from 1981, Quilts in Women’s Lives. This is a short trailer: Here’s the whole film, which is worth the 15 minutes if you like to think about why we make stuff by hand. (Ann and I both had those big round glasses back then, so be kind, young’uns!) I found this film via our excellent friends over at The Sister Project, (And by the way, The Sister...

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Send It Out

Send It Out

Dear Ann, There is a genteel school of crafting that I associate almost exclusively with needlepoint. A nice lady, leaning on a velvet-backed cushion and wearing half-glasses, spends pleasant hours filling up a canvas with pretty wool stitches in a delightful design. When it’s time for the tedious business of making it into a velvet-backed cushion with a zipper, she blithely “sends it out.” I know someone who does this...

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Dogography

Dogography

Dear Ann, I’m learning a lot about dog photography. It goes slower than knitting photography. You never have to wait for knitting to stop licking itself. If you’re trying to photograph a dog in a naturalistic setting of quilts or handknits, it’s good if the dog sleeps a lot and likes textiles. My dog really likes textiles, especially my personal pillow. Apparently my pillow is just THE BEST. If you had told me a year ago...

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I can haz japonies linen?

I can haz japonies linen?

Dear Ann, While piecing this little quilt-let, taping it to the ping pong table, sandwiching it, and basting it, I thought of many practical purposes, the preservation of upholstery, etc. But the fact is: I’m making my dog a quilt. There. And if you don’t pity me yet, here’s another thing: I’m handquilting it. Kind readers have inquired about Olive. Olive is doing just fine. (Left to right: Olive, Yankee Fan...

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Liberty Glory

Liberty Glory

Dear Ann, I was sewing the binding down on this little quilt while talking to you on the phone just now. Today seemed like a good day to finish it. This mini-quilt was inspired by Janey Forgone’s stunning “Liberty Jack” quilt, an international prize winner. (A picture and more details about the Liberty Jack quilt are at the end of this post.) All the fabrics in my wee translation are from Liberty of London, except for a...

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Favorite Crafting Tips, Continued

Favorite Crafting Tips, Continued

Dear Ann, How the heck are you? Have you been slicing and dicing any ancestral table linens lately? Highly recommended! Favorite fabrics featured: Kaffe and Amy….. The responses to my question about how to finish the raw edges on the back of my surgically enhanced French tablecloths were exactly why I love convening these basement blog meetings and polling whoever shows up. I gave deep, prayerful consideration to all of the clever...

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