Second Theory: Season’s In a Quilter’s Life

Let me remind you that my theories are in progress and usually borne in the dark of the night…..

I am not as well read as I use to be…. I remember a Shakespearean sonnet about the Seasons in a man’s life … infant to child, to school boy, to young Lothario, to the final old man at the end of his life, but for the life of me I could not find that sonnet when I looked it up. If you know of a link or even the name please contact me with the information.

Along that same vein I have been thinking about the LIFE OF A QUILTER (non professional) … maybe this is just my life in quilting but then again I have seen the same scenario in the life of other quilters. Here is my second theory, it is still evolving……

Birth: Discovery of the craft……

You go to a quilt show or take a class at the behest of a friend or someone is getting married, or a baby is being welcomed into the family. What ever the initial exposure the bug bites. You make your first quilt, it is not a masterpiece but you fall in love with the process. YOU discover there is a hidden artist in you. The fabric, the patterns, the society of other quilters spur you to make more quilts. The more you learn the less you know and the more you want to know. YOU immerse your self in the reading of magazines and books about quilt techniques, quilt history, anything to do with fabric and quilting. Quilts and quilting devour all your spare times. You abandon other crafts you had participated because none are as fascinating or as creative as quilting. ( At least not in your eyes and mind.)

School Time: Learning Mastery……
Whether self taught or taking every class within a 50 mile radius of your home, the drive is to learn everything you can and develop the mastery of the quilting techniques.

You can barely get a moment to yourself to breath…. So you have to grab a moment to quilt / craft whenever you can…. Mostly when THEY are asleep. Projects take FOREVER ! ! !


THE NEST is empty and you look to fill your time and find your own peer group…. Quilting fever takes hold… YOU take classes, go on retreats, go into a frenzy of quilting for the newly wedded children and the grand-kids that come along.

Maturity: YEARN TO GIVE……

Either the quilter have made so many quilts that everyone in the family and their cousins have multiple or you find a person or organization that has nothing and needs a lot.

Seniority strikes:
The muse strikes, you quilt your MASTERPIECE (s), working on it for months, and you feel you can never achieve such perfection again… so you stop working on such big projects and make wall-hangings, purses, gee-gaws instead. You dabble but no longer wish to struggle with the big “ones.” Besides it has become exhausting to wrestle with those really big quilts.

You go to the guilds and bees for the socialization, but every bed has several quilts… your kids have said NO MORE QUILTS. Your hubby says NO MORE STASH (It fills the basement), just when you decide you hate your stash and do not want to work with it.

YOU, now go into a frenzy of de-stashing….. Give to family and friends, try to encourage new young quilters. Sew/ give to charity quilters, open your own quilt shop, have a garage sale. Heaven to bid you let your family give/ sell / deal with your stuff after you have gone to the big quilt retreat in heaven. (REMEMBER TO WRITE A WILL TELLING YOUR FAMILY WHO IS AND WHO IS NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE YOUR STASH; AND WHAT TO DO WITH THE REST OF IT.)

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Episode 24: Dear Jane is posted…. My journey with Jane

I had been working on a DEAR JANE podcast for a couple of weeks. Then Susan, the HISTORY QUILTER posted her podcast about Dear Jane. I contacted her and told her my predicament as I did not want to step on her toes, or copy her podcast. ( This can be a problem with such a tight community of pod-casters.) She gave me her blessing to continue and post my podcast. So here is my adventure with Dear Jane. I may have touched upon this information in the past as this quilt was an integral part of my life for a long time and I feel guilty having abandon her.

I am including links for the Dear Jane . COM and the various mailing lists that I belong to over the years. Just copy and paste them into your address bar on your browser if you want to check them out. You will have to sign up for the groups, but they are most welcoming.


Dear Jane . COM the web page for Dear Jane

To subscribe to the list, visit: The Dear Jane Mailing List Web-site

This is Brenda Papadakis’s own mailing list and she wants it revolve around the Dear Jane, and the sister quilts, Dear Hannah and Susanna Culp quilts. You can also buy her books and Dear Jane fabrics here. Brenda is on her second release of the fabrics.

Other Mailing List for DEAR JANE:
These groups are moderated by ex members who wanted to run their own forum with looser rules, other quilts. They often meet at one of the larger quilt shows.




My favorite of the DJ off-shoot mailing list.

TILDE, one of the first Janiacs, moderates this group. Her motto is, A NEEDLE A DAY BRINGS PROGRESS. She feels if we just work on a project a little each day, your project will get finished. I try to practice her motto….. BUT IT IS SO HARD!

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I listened to Annie Smith’s podcast 209 about being a quilt judge and what she looks for in quilting, whens she judges. Even if you never enter a judge show this is important information as it is an explanation of good workmanship and it will help you make better quilts.

Annie Smith’s Episode 209

FIRST OF TWO THEORIES: in progress, currently evolving.

THEORY ONE: Why commentators do not comment:

If you listen on an i-pod while doing other things…… you mean to comment but do not get on the computer till a later time and by that time you have forgotten what your WITTY, INSIGHTFUL COMMENT WAS … so you skip commenting altogether.

You are driving in your car listening …carrying on a conversation with the podcast. When it comes time you can comment you have had your say, won the argument and are willing to leave bygones be bygones and go on to something else.

If YOU are listening on your computer while you quilt… the quilt takes a turn for the worst when you are listening to the podcast and requires your full attention.

You are listening to the podcast in the darkness of the night (Isn’t insomnia a wonderful thing!) and after you comment you read what you wrote and it makes no sense so you erase it and go back to sleep.

A new podcast is released so you think you have lost the moment and decide you will post on the new podcast instead. Then you do not get around to it for all the above reasons…. and it all starts over again.


Surfing the web and just want to share what I have found:

I spent sometime surfing the web and just want to share the following links:

Leah Day’s Free Motion Quilting Project

What I specifically want to share is the result of the challenge… some really cute quilts. This challenge will have more information coming as they go to the next step. What I really liked was reading each quilter’s design notation on the blog. They talked about how they came up with the design, picking the fabrics, making the quilt, and most of all the free motion quilting design.

Challenge Finalist

I hope some of these little quilts get sent to Ami Simms for her Alzheimer Quilt Initiative, as they are the ideal size for Ami’s project. Speaking of the Alzheimer Project, Ami has put a shout out for more of the priority quilts for her to take to HUSTON MARKET THIS FALL. SO make time to make and send her a quilt. I heard rumors for one of her volunteers ( Ami lives here in MI.)that the number of priority quilts have fallen off while the demands have risen. Information on her link, read it for yourself.

Please take the time to make a priority quilt, I am.


I plan to post more links to interesting blogs in the future, with the hope of getting the word out.

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TRADITIONAL, MODERN, MODERN, TRADITIONAL QUILTS…. I LOVE THEM ALL. I can not decide which ones I like better and want to make…. so my decision is to do them all. Here are some blogs that post quilts on an almost daily basis. I just had to share.


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We had our CHARITY Sew-In last Saturday, initially I was disappointed at the small turn out. But the ladies who showed up were efficient and hard working full of wonderful ideas to make our projects easier and better. Jean H and her sister Doreen who is visiting from Alaska each knocked out a quilt and then went on to make part of a second quilt that only need borders. ( I did the math, that is why they came out undersize…. My MATH SKILLS… SUCK!) GOOD THING I found the perfect border fabric for this undersize quilt in my stash.

I guess I am DECLUTTERING ala QUILTING IN THE REST OF US…. But in my own way. Here are pictures of the quilts tops and where they are in the process. I will be posting more pictures of what is completed, soon.

InterNet Blocks 54 x 83 - gender non specific

This quilt came out slightly undersized as it it 53 inches wide and we wanted the quilt top to be between 6o to 66 inches wide. This gives me the oppurtunity to apply the cutest stripe fabric border fabric, this quilt will be adorable.

Boy - sports-Internet blocks 60 x 84

We thought this quilt with the sports/ boy theme blocks would work best for a younger boy. We used the black to pop the bright blocks and we figured it would hide dirt better. …

J.D - bom blocks- 60 x 82

J.D. donated blocks from the B.O.M. the group hosted three or four years ago. She made all the blocks but never put them in a quilt. I designed the layout for this quilt after laying it out on my grandson’s bed. The big center panel is a great place for some quilting. I was trying to keep the sewing simple so I made the center panel bigger then I normally would. If I was sewing it for my home I would probably have put a center and two side borders of four inches. I do like this one the way it is when I put it on a bed.

There were only 4 kits left to make at the end of the sewing sessions and some of the ladies took those kits home to work on and return to us in the future. I also have a kit out with a lady who could not make it to the sewing session. All in all I will have six completed quilt tops done by the end of his week, with several more in progress. We also have two of the WONKY NINE PATCH quilt tops having borders added and then they will be ready for the long armer.


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