Episode 197: Another Imperfect Episode 12


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I’m in the process of quilting the Modern Birds in the Air quilt. Some of the lines aren’t on the straight and narrow, but I sort of like the waviness! We’ll see if I decide to requilt. (ETA: I did.)

BIRDS IN THE AIR is available for pre-order on Amazon.com! For the paperback, go here. For the Kindle edition, go here.

If you’ll be in the metro Atlanta area on September 24th, the following info is for you!

The Chattahoochee Evening Stars Quilt Guild proudly announces a very special guest at our 2016 Stars N Stitches Quilt Show. Award winning children’s book author Frances O’Roark Dowell (Dovey Coe, Shooting the Moon, Where I’d Like to Be) and the host of the Off Kilter Quilt podcast and blog, will release her first novel for adults, Birds in the Air, this fall. Frances will kick off her book tour at the Stars ‘N’ Stitches show on Saturday, September 24, 2016, with a reading, book signing, and trunk show of her own quilts.

For more info, go here: http://cesquiltguild.com/stars-n-stitches-2014-quilt-show

New quilty podcast! Yay! Go listen to Vicki here: http://mycreativecorner3.podbean.com/

Thanks for listening!


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12 thoughts on “Episode 197: Another Imperfect Episode

  • Debbie Kidd

    Haven’t listened yet, but I did pop over and pre-order my Birds In The Air book. I love ther cover by the way. Thanks for all you do. Can’t wait to read your book.

  • Amy Laura

    I am so terribly sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. Death is just such a hard thing to deal with. So many emotions! I hope that you and your family are finding a way through the sadness and will eventually land in happy memories.

    I enjoyed your discussion of imperfect quilting. Perfect is boring, a little imperfection adds a lot of character. It lets people know that the item was made by a human, not a machine!

    I’ve already pre-ordered the book! Can’t wait. AND, I have a crazy high first grade reader this year, so I’m thinking I might be buying more of your kid books, too.

  • KellyV

    Aw Frances. I am sorry to hear about your mom in laws passing. Just very sorry. Hunker down with your family. It is hard.

    And regarding Birds in the Air – how exciting it would be to see you in Pasadena for a book signing. Just saying!

  • HollyAnne Knight

    Listening a second time with my laptop handy so I can comment!

    1) I’m so sorry about your mother-in-law. I know that is hard for all of you!

    2) Becoming a Twilter has been more fun than I dared hope. I love getting to know everyone– especially since I can’t really join a “real” (meaning in person) guild right now with babies at home and everything. I love having a Tribe!

    3) I am SO EXCITED to see all your birds in the air quilts in person. If I had one giant takeaway from QuiltWeek the other day, it’s that pictures really can’t do quilts justice!

    4) I took your words about perfection with me to QuiltWeek on Wednesday, because they rang true, but the results surprised me– I found the hand quilted quilts much more attractive than I expected. I’ve been really fascinated with gorgeous, zentangle-like long arm quilting, but the skill of the hand quilting drew my heart on Wednesday, and that’s been rolling around in my head ever since.

    5) “The goal of education is to not be stupid.” Bless you. If only more people believed this!! I’m amazed at how many people can be very scholarly but very stupid. Or who goof off through school and graduate still stupid. Please, dear parents, encourage your kids to “study so they won’t be stupid.” “It makes life more interesting”– I love your philosophy!

    6) Oh! And if you’re game, I’d love for the String and Story blog to get added to your bookmark list! —>
    Stringandstory.com/blog

    See you in…a week???? Woohoo!

  • Vivian

    Congrats on the book! Pre-order done! And glad to know you’ll be elbow to elbow in my Kindle next to Marie Bostwick and Jennifer Chiaverini. Oh, and looked again at a quilt I did last year with concentric circles — yep, definitely remembered it with “loving eyes” (seemed perfect at the time). Definitely not perfect but definitely is DONE and as per Angela Walters (Christ’s recent co-author) that’s better than perfect!

  • Heather in BC

    So sorry to hear about your mother in law. Take great care of each other.

    I’m only part way through the podcast but your words about imperfection are so right-on. I think we should strive to do our best and to improve, but that perfect really doesn’t have a lot of value except maybe in the Olympics or other judged event (some quilt shows). I try to choose which sword to die upon – and there is really very little that is all that important in the greater scheme of things.

    As for kids and universities – I’ve always told my kids they should go to “post-secondary” school. I don’t care which one. Plumbers make more money than teachers without going to university at all. I’m a public school teacher and I believe all children need to be educated so they aren’t stupid about things happening around them, and so they can appreciate the wonder of the world. But (pardon me if you are a Harvard or Yale graduate) I don’t think you need to be educated in an elite school. My children have both attended our small local university. They have class sizes of about 30 compared to my class sizes of 200+ for first year courses. I know that they are getting a better education than I did if only because their prof knows who the heck they are, and they can interact in a meaningful way.

    Thanks for inspiring me to comment yet again. You always get me thinking.

    And I am going to get the book right now,

  • Claire Graham-Smith

    So excited to be savouring your book- just got it this week. About perfection on a recent podcast – I like to think I aim for excellence, acknowledging perfection is unattainable. I’m sure Annied Smith said something like this once. I this all the time in the quilt world when people can’t let themselves be free of the notion of making mistakes. I also like you analogy of making ‘drafts’ of quilts in order to get it right or better. As a former painter my landscapes were generally better at the ends of the day. But I could have made that last painting first. Working smaller and Working in a series are my motos. Now I just have to face procrastination! Love your podcasts.