Monday, July 1, 2019


Do you crave a simple way to 

organize your projects and UFOs?

While listening to a "Just Wanna Quilt" podcast with Stephanie Palmer, I was reminded of searching a long time ago for some quilt planner templates that would be quick and easy to use.  Since I have no idea where those copies are, I started researching again.  If this interests you, browse the links provided.  You will find many different templates to ignite your desire to organize your projects.


Stephanie Palmer talks about why and how she created her "Quilter's Planner".  This is a commercial planner.  This is great if you are not a DIY person.   If you like doing it your way, keep reading!


      A simple "Quick Project Planner" for 4 projects is
      provided   Hello Melly Designs. It provides a simple  
      checklist of your progress.

The Quilt Progress Tracker by Lovelea Designs  is also a simple checklist for 6 projects that is fast and concise to use.

                                                              At this Bluprint link learn how to use
                                    storage with visual clues and a project at a glance method to get more done

Ideas such as those suggested on these sites can help you stay on top of your multitude of projects.

Have you found or created an efficient method?   Share them with others in the Comments!                   

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Discovering Podcasts

Have you discovered podcasts?  If you enjoy having company while quilting but get distracted by TV, then exploring the world of podcasts can be like opening up a treasure chest.

A podcast is a recording/interview someone produced  for your listening enjoyment or for educational purposes. One of the most common ways to listen is on iTunes but there are many other sources.  After you sync to your favorite device, you are ready to enjoy hearing from well known media or just folks from home.  Anyone can make a podcast.


Let Ira and Mary from give you clear instructions.

HOW TO LISTEN TO A PODCAST with Ira and Mary  

 Here are three sites to get you started:

Director, Dr. Elizabeth Townsend-Gard, Copyright Research Lab @ Tulane Law School
Dr. Elizabeth Townsend-Gard interviews guests from  her home.
has created a growing number of Quilting Army troops who follow and contribute to this research project that began as a study of copyright in the quilting world.  Follow this link to see what it has become and how you can become one of the troops.

Leah Day, left, interviews Stephanie Socha for Podcast 108

Leah Day produces these fun podcasts every Wednesday. Tune in for names you will recognize and topics that are relatable to your quilting world.

Stephanie Kendron chats from her studio with another artist for a new podcast.

Stephanie Kendron hosts the Modern Sewciety podcast where you can gain inspiration from interviews with creative sewing artists.

Podcasts are easy and fun to enjoy when your hands are busy sewing. 

                                                                                                          What's your favorite podcast?

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Getting to Know You

The Quilters' Guild Acadienne Silver Thimble Award is presented annually to a guild member who has exhibited the following characteristics during his/her involvement with the guild:

gave willingly of his/her time;
contributed to the sustained growth, expansion and success of the guild;
motivated member enthusiasm;
enhanced his/her fellow guild members' enjoyment of the guild. 

Judy Garber is the tenth QGA member to join this elite group.  Over the years, she has served as president, treasurer, auction committee chair and lotto block committee chair.  She is currently serving on the Board as 1st Vice President, Chair of Program. 

Can you identify this pattern?

Judy's quilting story began when she inherited a quilt made by her maternal grandmother.  Future plans are to replicate her grandmother’s quilt pattern using more modern fabrics.

Although Judy has done paper piecing, applique and tried modern quilting, she definitely loves traditional blocks learned in her first class 14 years ago.  Judy has quilted a few quilts on her domestic machine, but readily admits that she prefers  "quilting by check". 

The muted colors of 1800's fabric calls to Judy. The Rocky Mountain Quilting Museum in Golden, Colorado has an impressive amount of 18th and 19th century antique quilts that span approximately 120 years, and encompass a large variety of styles and fabrics.  An example is this  Nine Patch Windmill Sampler with the format of a Center Medallion quilt pattern which originated in England. Most of the fabric is from the 1840's.  The creator of this quilt was most likely from an affluent family because the fabric would have been expensive to purchase.

                                                18th and 19th Century Quilts

Center Medallion Quilt c. 1845

Judy gets inspiration from fabrics to design her smaller children's quilts. Her larger quilts are inspired by themes, as in a lap quilt for her husband with fabrics representing all his many interests. She has designed a Saints quilt and a masculine fleur de lis.

A Tennessee girl, Judy is making a Tennessee Waltz quilt from an Eleanor Burns pattern. Can't you just hear her playing the Tennessee Waltz on the piano?

Judy says, "Joining QGA was one of the best things I ever did.  I gradually got better at all the basics and thanks to Nadine Cain, learned a lot about color while fabric shopping for auction quilts with her.  Just like my piano playing, I hope to quilt until I can’t any more!!"

Thanks to her grandmother's legacy quilt, a passionate quilter was born. Judy makes important contributions in our quilting community through her volunteerism and is a valued member of our guild. A heartfelt thank you, Judy, for everything you do for the guild and for  individual members.


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Have Your Fallen Off Your Sewing Wagon?

 You know what I mean?  If from time to time you have that  "Can't Get Going",
"Just Don't Wanna Sew" attitude and just can't find your motivation, this post is for you.

You may also have a friend who is going through this. Check out this video to get some help.

"Get Back on Your Sewing Wagon"

Maybe you just need to connect with some creative people outside of your sewing room.

Kathy Mathews suggests letting social media be our best friend.  Be inspired by quilting blogs, Instagram, Pinterest and of course, Facebook. Take classes offered by your guild and at local fabric shops.

                        Kathy also encourages quilters to Repeat Sewing Projects.

                                        CREATIVE BUG
Check out Creative Bug's new subscription club. So many new classes to explore and much more for anyone in a creative slump. (Low cost subscription and downloadable classes.)

Get back into quilting mode with free videos on

Follow Creative Bug's Facebook Page  for no cost inspiration and education about new projects.

Now it's your turn to share how you "Get Back on Your Sewing Wagon"!  Please post comments about this topic and also make suggestions for future topics.

 I'm new at this and welcome any constructive feedback.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Do You Re-Purpose?

Re-purpose those plastic and wooden spools ~  Here's how Aurifil Designer and Award-Winning Textile Artist Sheena Norquay is doing just Aurifil blog post with how and why Sheena does that found here.

How ingenious.....the base of a plastic spool used as a decorative pull tab on this wonderful little go-anywhere bag. 

Let's get busy making!  Empty those spools and re-purpose. 

Friday, April 12, 2019

Easy ~ Perfect! Binding Closure Tutorial

How did you do that?  How did you complete that perfect binding closure so easily?  And no puckers!!!   Thank you  The Next Stitch for your blog post -  great pictures and explanations.  I think I can. 

Sew ~ Measure ~ Cut ~ Sew.....that's how we do it. 

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Do You Webinar?

Do you webinar?  If so, you are taking advantage of an invaluable resource and are learning from some fantastic pros!  Such as The Sulky Thread Company....who produces some fantastic webinars that can be signed into for free.  I'm excited about the one upcoming - Visible Mending (repair it and wear it) with Jenny Wilding Cardon.

Or the one just published,  Wild Motion Quilting with MJ Kinman.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Intrigued by Indigo ~

Fresh inspiration on how to use all that indigo on your shelf......whether purchased or dyed by your own hands in a fabulous indigo dyeing workshop.

This patchwork leaf  is very simply an all over same-size one-patch.  It appears the fabric is cut into same size squares, then randomly sewn together.   What a statement this quilt makes in its simplicity that showcases the beauty of the indigo fabric.

Photo found on Pinterest...
quilt obviously hanging on exhibit 
where, when or quilt maker undetermined

What a turned-edge patchwork delight by Sri Threads .....oh,my!

Indigo changing room curtain,  Nudie Jeans, London....picture found at WeHeart
Need more inspiration ~  When in London,  go by Nudie Jeans in Soho (as found here at WeHeart)  and view these changing room drapes.  I can see a shower curtain in my own home!  There are also Nudie Jean repair shops in Sweden, Munich, Barcelona, Australia New York and more. 

Oh, and my very own - blogged
about here at Marty's Fiber Musings

Let there be no excuse - view and enjoy indigo.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Don't Pinch Me....I'm Green~

Just pinch me - for the luck of the day in finding this delightfully green Luck-of-the-Irish scrap happy shamrock table runner at Bernina's We All Sew.  Joan gives us all the how-to instructions along with the templates to complete our St. Paddy's Day decor. 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Let there be light ~

Courtesy of Art Gallery Fabrics, here's a free pattern, Luminance, featuring decostitch and icon elements Art Gallery Fabric collections. 

Luminance ~ Free Pattern