Various & Sundry #10 2013

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Plot Twist
Plot Twist

The above photo has been making its way around social media. For good reason, I think. it is a great way to think about a lot of things in life. In quiltmaking, we could yell DESIGN TWIST and move on.

This blog post explains another way of thinking about fabric for projects: no stash. Huh?

Adrianne at Little Bluebell has made a version of Sparkle Punch, an Oh Fransson design.

As you know, I often listen to audiobooks while I sew. As an aside, I have, lately been devouring print and eBooks as well as audiobooks. Thus I pay attention when I hear about deals that involve downloading a free audiobook from Audible. You often have to use a certain URL. You may have heard about such offers on podcasts such as The History Chicks. Openculture has a list of free audiobooks including those from Audible.

Quilt in Print: I went to visit TFQ last week and borrowed one of her books, Henry’s Sisters by Cathy Lamb. Isabelle mentions quilters in passing on page 85, “The card playing ladies came in on Tuesday night and the quilters came in on Thursday.” I started a page (find it under About, in the navigation bar above) with quotes and references to quilts and quiltmaking in fiction.

I also read, in eBook form, Whispers Under Ground, the newest book by Ben Aronovitch. I checked this book out from the Library and was able to easily download it. I was actually amazed at how easy it was to download it. I am in the process of reading The School of Essential Ingredients.

Quiltmakers in the News
Mary Ellen Hopkins died recently. She was the author of It’s Okay If You Sit on My Quilt.  and many other titles. Most of her books were slim volumes. I loved her personal style and always wanted to take a class from her, but never did. I attended at least two of her lectures and they were a hoot! There is a tribute on the AQS site.

A memorial service is being planned for later this summer with the time and place to be announced. Thoughts and sympathy cards for Mary Ellen Hopkins can be sent to her son at this address:

David Hopkins
946 Woodgrove Drive
Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007

Jeffrey Gutcheon died as well. He was big news when I started quilting, because he and his wife owned a fabric company, designed fabric and wrote books. I believe they were some of the first fabric designers to put their name on the selvedge. They had a very public divorce that involved important, at the time, quilt properties/brands. I remember hearing others talking about “the scandal” in my first quilt class.

You can see both of their obituaries on the QN blog.

Libby Update: From the TQS Blog “Libby is progressing slowly. She still sleeps most of the time. Recently they played a TQS DVD of a show with her good friend Katie Pasquini. Libby watch carefully and even laughed at the right time when Alex and Katie messed up.”

Ways to help:

  • Caring Bridge – Follow Libby’s progress and donate at
  • Send a check: Please make checks, money orders, and cashier’s checks in US Dollars payable to “Libby Lehman Medical Fund” and send them directly to Libby’s sister: Cathy Arnold, 2220 Stanmore, Houston, TX 77019
  • Bank Account: A bank account has been set up at JPMorgan Chase Bank. The name of the account is the “Libby Lehman Medical Fund.” Checks, money orders, or cashier’s checks (U.S. dollars only) should be made out to “Libby Lehman Medical Fund” and mailed to her sister, Cathy Arnold, 2220 Stanmore, Houston, TX 77019.  Please include your name and address if it is not on the check. If you wish to use an online secure transfer method from any bank (called Chase Quick Pay), please email Cathy’s husband, Bill Arnold, at, and he will provide you with proper instructions.
  • PayPal-Libby’s family has set up a PayPal account for Libby’s Medical Fund. If you would like to contribute directly via PayPal, click on the HELP LIBBY tab below and follow the steps outlined there. One hundred percent of your contribution goes to the Libby Lehman Medical Fund.
    1. Visit
    2. Login or set up a new account.
    3. Select the “Send Money” tab.
    4. In the “send to” field, put:
    5. Select the total you wish to contribute, it will be billed to your credit card and foreign currency is converted to US dollars on the receiving end.
  • Donate for chances to win a quilt – There is a Help Libby tab on the TQS website. go there to enter the quilt giveaway
  • Send cards and letters to: Libby Lehman c/o Cathy Arnold, 2220 Stanmore, Houston, TX 77019 – If you cannot afford a donation, a card or letter to Libby is very welcome. They cannot respond to all letters.

Remember that even $5 helps.

Nota bene: has no direct affiliation with Libby Lehman. I am just a satisfied student.


Sarah Ann Smith, thread queen, came to town and Julie and I got to have dinner with her and her family.

Road Show
Marie Bostwick will be on the road this summer! If you are near, you can see her at the following locations:

July 12
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Festival
4pm (Reading & Signing) Paulina Spring Bookstore
Sisters, OR

July 13
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Festival
Various hours (Signing only)
Paulina Springs Bookstore
Sisters, OR

July 17
RWA “Literacy for Life” Autographing
Marriot Marquis, Atrium Ballroom
Atlanta, GA

July 27
12pm “A Literary Luncheon” Seward Civic Center
$10 ticket includes lunch, purchase in advance at the Seward Library
Seward, NE

July 27
Quilt Nebraska 2013
6pm Banquet Speaker Concordia University
Seward, NE

August 4
Denver Library Quilt Show Opening Reception
2pm Speech and signing Central Library
Denver, CO

August 28
Milford Valley Quilters
7pm Speech and signing Delaware Valley Middle School
Milford, PA

You can find more calendar dates on the Appearances page of the website. If you are able to attend, tell Marie hi for me and send me a nice long email recounting the adventure.

Shows and other News

SAQA has a calendar of events that you can find at their site under Art News. The Kaleidoscope of Quilts XVI Show and Competition will take place July 19-20 in Sylvania, Ohio.  This well-respected regional quilt show will feature bed quilts, wall hangings, art quilts, and quilted garments.  A variety of classes and lectures will be offered over a five day period, by local and nationally recognized instructors, beginning on Tuesday, July 16th.  Enjoy special displays, quilting challenges, and vendors with the latest in quilting supplies and machines.  For more information go to