Various & Sundry #11 – mid October 2014

Have you taken a look at the tutorials page lately? There are a lot of great step-by-step directions on various quiltmaking techniques and I have made some updates lately.

Exhibits, Websites and Blogs

I have a quilt in an exhibit at the San Francisco Public Library. The exhibit, Primal Green 2, started on October 11 and will end in April 2015. This is a kind of follow up to our Primal Green exhibit from a few years ago. Read all about it in a recent newsletter.

Modern Quilts Illustrated will no longer have subscriptions. Read all about it on the Craft Nectar website.

Marie Bostwick has new shop on CafePress! This is something she has been working on “for some time. The shop features unique Cobbled Court themed merchandise including t-shirt, tote bags, coffee mugs and more, souvenirs of your armchair travels to the fictional village of New Bern, home of the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop.”

100% of profits from purchases will be donated to charity! Proceeds will be shared equally among The National Down Syndrome Society, Quilts for Kids, The Freedom Service Dogs Foundation, and The National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Banned Books Week passed and Tanesha and Sandy did their excellent work encouraging art quilts again using BBW as the theme. Tanesha has a comprehensive list of BBW links on her blog, Crafty Garden Mom. Take a look at the Flickr group for all of the entries, including past entries. I saw a post on a blog by a woman whose mother tried to alter school district reading list because of the content of the books. One thing that I notice when I read a book that someone somewhere has tried to ban is that the books seem really tame to us, especially those that are older. I also saw a post that discusses the 10 more popular reasons for banning books and gives examples of books that were banned. A great reading list, if you ask me.

Antonia left a comment on the Triangle Technique post and left her URL. I went to take a look and found a quilting search engine, Quilting Hub. I didn’t have a lot of time to explore, but there was a pretty comprehensive list of quilt related stores, guilds and other organizations when I put in my zip code.

I really like Jackie’s blog and I thought her recent Week in Review post was particularly good. I am amazed at how much she gets done in a week and I read her post wanting more info about all of her projects. I love the photos in her post as well.

Jill, over at the Quilt Rat pointed me to the Janome blog where I saw a great tutorial on installing a concealed zipper. The post is about using one of the Janome feet, so you get 2-for-1.

TFQ sent me a link to a site that shows how to make a Pineapple block with no paper piecing and no special rulers. I really think this is similar to the way the Possibilities ladies show how to make a Pineapple Block. I don’t know how I feel about it since I just bought the special Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Ruler.

Fabric, Tools, Books & Supplies

I saw a whole bunch of posts for the new Konas. finally I got to see them all on Pinterest. I am probably late to the party. My favorites are Jamaica and Heliotrope. What are yours?

Modern Stitch Holidays is available for purchase at the Interweave site. I haven’t been to any stores to see if it is available elsewhere. I love the colors and the pillow design is luscious. You know I am a sucker for turquoise! Still, I probably won’t buy this magazine as I rarely, if ever, make holiday projects. $14.99 is too pricey for eye candy right now.

Are you afraid you are a fabri-holic even though nobody is being injured or going hungry because of your fabric ‘habit’? Do you go on regular fabric diets? Read this post and give up those nasty habits. Enjoy your fabric!

Party Favor
Party Favor

Peggy gave these fabrics out as party favors when we did the Charity Sew Day. They are a little different for me, but I like them and it was fun to get a gift as a small thank you.


Aneela Hoey has a great post about foldover pouches. There are a couple of different styles and they look like they would be great gifts for friends. The larger pouch is about $9 and the smaller is about $7, both are for patterns only. While I was there I saw her book pouch as well. That is also a fun project.

I do believe that story quiltmakers tell about the ugly fabric making the fabulous fabric look even more fabulous. Ugly fabric is ugly and I am not using it. You can’t make me. 😉 Then I saw Jackie’s Ugly Quilt. The Jacob’s Ladder one. I really like it. I don’t want it, but I really like the way it came out. Jacob’s Ladder is a fabulous pattern regardless, but this quilt is not what I would consider ugly. There is a lot of interest, the eye moves around the piece and it is interesting. Good work, Jackie.

I made a bag for all of my cables and cords for traveling. I like it, but it is big. I have a lot of cords, so it has to be. I saw another version and like it very much. Free PDF pattern download.

The colors and yardage requirements for Bonnie Hunter’s Winter mystery quilt are posted (Posts will be retired on June 1, 2015, so print now). Is it that time of year already? No, I am probably not doing it, but I really like the colors. I have been thinking about color stories lately and Bonnie’s explanation of her choice of colors is a great story, though I am not a fan of her actual fabric choices- mauvey in the pink realm for me. You know I like BRIGHT and to each her own. I saw an article in House Beautiful with great colors. Since I am thinking of color stories there may be a blog post about it.


The Smithsonian is out of beta for their transcription project. They are crowdsourcing the transcription of hand written diaries that have been digitized. The examples aren’t really enticing for me, because they are famous people everyone knows a lot about already. I will be more interested when they start transcribing diaries of normal women who had ‘normal’ or ‘everyday’ lives – people like you and me who went to work, picked the kids up from school and made quilts. If you want to help, take a look at the instructions.

Road Show

Marie Bostwick is on the road again signing books. She had an event on September 26 and the subsequent dates are:

  • October 20 York County Quilters Guild, Rock Hill, SC
  • October 21 Greater Columbia Quilters, Columbia, SC
  • October 23 Florida Writer’s Foundation, Lake Mary, FL
  • October 29-31 Houston International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
    *Marie will be signing at The Craftsman’s Touch booth in the vendor mall on Wednesday during Preview, Thursday all day, and Friday morning.

*Marie will be teaching a day-long workshop for aspiring writers, “Conception to Completion: A Bestselling Author’s Guide to Writing.” See her website for more information. Visit her online calendar for more details or go to her website.

Last But Not Least

And one last thought….

Author: Jaye

Quiltmaker who enjoys writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

6 thoughts on “Various & Sundry #11 – mid October 2014”

  1. Various and Sundry is my favorite of your posts. I always spend time on each of the items you mention. Happy do be retired and able spend as much time as I care to on quilt/fabric/tutorial links.

    Loved the post about fabric stashes… I love mine but often feel guilty… NOW I will just love them. They make me happy.
    Best is the last… Start Somewhere…… THAT is what I need to do. Mostly I lurk and buy fabric and think about starting…


    1. But you did that great leaders and enders quilt without even trying and it was fantastic. Do another one! Just start sewing scraps together. Do something! After you read my blog, of course. 😉

  2. So good to read your blog and get so many great ideas. The links are really helpful. Now I will get off the computer and get sewing. I am in a rut of non-sewing!

  3. Love these posts and you provide so much information! Thanks also for the shout-out- twice no less! Your comments (and encouragement) made me take a second and third look at my “ugly” quilt.

    I really hope you use your pineapple ruler soon and post thoughts. I really want to make a pineapple quilt and I’m debating on getting the ruler.

    Finally, I love your closing thoughts. I am going to post it at my desk at work and home.

    Thanks Jaye

  4. Thanks for the BBW shout out and great info. I always enjoy these posts from you. I’ve noticed more people joining Cafe Press, been thinking of putting a few of my own book-related doodles/sketches on there. Will need to research how it differs from Zazzle……

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