a peek

April is the cruelest month at RealJob and this year it is the cap on the top of a very challenging time. There has been no time this year. No time.

You see, I try to do my job—every part of my job—and do it well. So that means making sacrifices, finding my limitations, and (in the best of circumstances) growing to expand my limits. Within this, it is important to find every possible little bit of time to challenge myself to be creative. This used to take the form of producing finished artwork, but the bits of time are brief and irregular this year. So it has taken the form of a zillion doodles.

Working it

Doodles are satisfying in their own way, but my heart needs a BIG finish now despite knowing that it will take a LONG time to finish BIG when working in drips of time and the insanely smallest of pieces. But I’m doing it. And every time I settle in to add a tiny bit to this, many worries are evicted from my mind, and the fissures in my spirit begin to heal.

I haven’t decided what will become of this when it’s done, so this is likely the only photo I’ll show until it is done and dusted and secure somewhere. Cryptic, I know. But it’s all part of a plan…

Have a great weekend!

wordless wednesday: the one with a doodle

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Giveaway winner!

The giveaway of Quilting with a Modern Slant is over and we have a winner!

But first, I want to thank you for the list of quilters you love. I’ve had great fun learning about more folks who do this thing we do. Thanks!

And second, I want to show you one more page…

Whip-Up Kathreen in Quilting With a Modern Slant

It’s been strange to be without Kathreen for a year and it’s wonderful to see her memory kept alive.
Okay, random number generator…


And a winner!


a book review and a giveaway…

So, a long while ago I got an email from some person, Rachel, out of nowhere asking to talk about quilts. I’m not one to shy away from chatting about cotton, fabric, quilting, quilters, and stuff, so it was an easy “yes!”

And then I found out just how interesting and lovely Rachel May is. A simple googling turned up an award-winning creative writer who combined her words with textiles from time to time. Go ahead, click on through to her site to see her lovely work. You won’t regret the experience.

We had a long and winding conversation about the ethics and practices of marketing fabrics these days and the choices one can make to buy differently. She’d just been to Quilt Market and entertained me with tales of her experience there. [I've still never been to one.] Oh, and I droned on and on about why I make quilts and stuff. In the end, it turned out that I had had my first conversation about quilting in which I didn’t feel admonished or ridiculed for my choices.

Through the usual channels I heard that several other quilters I know and respect, but who (like me) are not the usual suspects, had also been interviewed by her. Hmm… Months of pleasant editorial exchanges about photos and words ensued and Rachel just turned out to be more and more amazing throughout that process. And now there’s a really great new book about quilters and quilting out there.

Quilting With a Modern Slant

Her book Quilting with a Modern Slant is, in one word, a feast. There are many interesting quilts that step outside of the usual one sees today. And there are impeccable versions of the usual too. I skip over patterns usually, but noticed that these are also not the ordinary. The profiles of quilters are smartly written and the variety, again, is impressive.

Rachel reaches back to the quilters who inspired us long before we learned to sew, like Anna Williams.


And asks us to take a moment to consider quilts made from different materials (such as Tyvek) by sculptors like Andrew Mowbray.


There’s something for everyone—quilter or appreciator—in this book. I recommend it to those who would like a broad view of this genre of art and design as it is practiced by a wide range of folks today.

Yes, I’m in the book and I got a copy for free. Yet I bought a second copy at full price to give away here. The book is that good. Just leave a comment on this post mentioning your favorite quilter or a quilter who you think I ought to know. I’ll choose a commenter at random for the book on Monday, March 24 at 11:59pm.

Giveaway is closed.