Special Episode: An Interview with Marie Bostwick and Deb Tucker

What? Two Off-Kilter Quilt podcasts in less than a week? Well, this one is a repeat of an episode I posted over on Quiltfiction, but just in case you didn’t hear there, you can hear it here!

So here’s the deal:

A week or so ago I had the opportunity to talk to Marie about the upcoming Hallmark Hall of Fame movie based on her book, The Second Sister. The movie is called “Christmas Everlasting” and it airs November 24 at 8 p.m. Joining us in our conversation is renowned quilting teacher and tool designer Deb Tucker, who designed a quilt to commemorate the big event. Such fun to talk to these amazing women!

To celebrate the premiere of “Christmas Everlasting,” I’m doing an extra special giveaway. See below for details about how you can win copies of The Second SisterBirds in the Air, and Margaret Goes Modern!

RSVP to Marie’s Watch Party here! You’ll receive some fun recipes and Deb’s quilt pattern when you do.

The party will be held on Marie’s author page on Facebook.

Check out the Hallmark Hall of Fame page for “Christmas Everlasting” here.

Visit Deb Tucker at Studio 180 Design!

If your LQS is interested in hosting a Marie Bostwick experience, contact the good folks at Island Batik fabrics. Check out this blog post about the “Just in Time” blog hop they did in October.

And now … a giveaway!

To celebrate the premiere of “Christmas Everlasting” we’re giving away three bundles of three books in a drawing on November 24th at 8 p.m (Eastern). Three people will get paperback copies of Marie Bostwick’s The Second Sister, as well as Birds in the Air and Margaret Goes Modern, by me, Frances O’Roark Dowell. If you win and already have the books (thanks!), just let us know and we’ll send your books to a friend of your choosing (in North America!).

To enter, go to Quiltfiction’s Giveaway Page!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy my interview with Marie and Deb. See you at the party on Saturday!



Episode 231: The Long Quilting


Will I ever finish quilting Crown of Thorns? I keep thinking that I’m done, but I’m not. Sigh.

The quilting could not be any simpler than it is:

An interesting article on quilts and copyright:


My eco-dyed fabric:

Travis got a haircut!


My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley (finished–liked it!)

Impossible Owls by Brian Phillips (reading it now–essays–amazing!)

Episode 230: Everybody Quilt!

My block for the Triangle MQG’s charity quilt:




Wall basting with Christa Watson! https://christaquilts.com/2017/12/07/wall-basting-tutorial-using-spray-adhesive/

If you haven’t heard enough from me here, head over to the Just Wanna Quilt website and download my interview with the fantastic Elizabeth Townsend Gard, 4-star General in the Quilt Army. https://www.justwannaquilt.com/podcast

Are you listening to the Quiltfiction podcast? It’s big fun: www.quiltfiction.com

Vicki’s always doing something interesting over at My Creative Corner 3. Her latest project is an online zine,

called Our Creative Soul.


Books I’m Reading and/or Have Read Recently

Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Matters by Amy Boyd Rioux

The Lido by Libby Page

Fewer, Better Things by Glenn Adamson


If you’re looking for a good monthly quilt newsletter, I recommend Quilt Journalist Tells All by Meg Cox. Sign up via her website: http://megcox.com/

See you next time! xo


Episode 229: Ready for Fall!

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The quilt I’m playing around with:


Crown of Thorns on the Floor!

My pillowcase from the Latifah Saafir class:


Travis Before and After




Just Wanna Quilt podcast:


Lots of great interviews here! The one I mention is Mary Fons and Tula Pink, but Pam of Hip to Be a Square and The Stitch Show is also a featured guest!


Books I’ve read (or re-read) recently:

The Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

What Alice Forgot by Luanne Moriarity


Are you listening to “Friendship Album, 1933” on the Quiltfiction podcast? Give it a try!

See you next time!




Episode 228: And We’re Back!

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In spite of a weird summer, I’m happy to say I’ve finished a couple of quilting projects. Above: “Melon Patch” is done!

My latest quilt is a 1930’s inspired numbed called “Double Windmill.” For a free pattern, go here.

Are you listening to the Quiltfiction podcast? We’re up to Episode 9 of Friendship Album, 1933.

I didn’t intend to take a break from podcasting, but Travis got sick this summer and much of July was dedicated to his care and feeding. He had a herniated disc which seems well on its way to healing, though he’s not back to 100% yet. We’re looking forward to getting him groomed as soon as the vet gives the thumbs up. Right now he’s pretty fuzzy:

See you soon!

Episode 227: The Ocracoke Edition

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The view from our porch on Ocracoke Island. As I write this, the ghost tour is taking place across the street. I’m doing my best to eavesdrop on the story the guide is telling about the empty lot where a house once stood … Wait a minute: I think she’s telling a story about our house! Should have paid to go on the tour. Maybe next year …

Don’t forget to comment by 6-18-18 to win the Podcastiversary Giveaway!

Have you listened to the Quiltfiction Podcast yet? Whatcha waitin for?


Links to stuff mentioned in this episode …


Books Mentioned (or read, but not mentioned)

Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion

Calypso by David Sedaris

Coming to My Senses by Alice Waters

Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler

See you soon!

Special Announcement: The Quiltfiction Podcast Has Dropped!

It’s here, it’s fun, and I want you to listen to it ASAP and let me know what you think! Here’s a few words about on the Off-Kilter Quilt podcast:

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Click this link to go the iTunes page. Please don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes and leave a review!


For background about the story, go here:



Episode 226: Podcastiversary!

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Above: Melon Patch–almost done!

So we’re celebrating eight years of podcasting, and that means a giveaway! Leave a comment for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to either Fat Quarter Shop or your fave local independent quilt shop! In the episode I say the deadline is June 9th, but because I’m getting this out so late, I’m going to change that deadline to June 18th.

My Broken Star blocks … with a word!

Books I mention on the ‘cast:

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wollitzer

You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

Educated by Tara Westover

See you next time!

Episode 225: Done, Almost Done, Just Beginning

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Challenge block–Modernizing a Traditional Block (in this case, Fox and Geese):

The back:


Dignity Quilts:

With dignity: Quilts help usher those who pass with dignified draping

From Jenny Beyer’s book, The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork:

Transparency grid sheets, hiding in plain sight:

The Broken Star block, under the grid:


Charity Quilt top:

Check out textile artist, Amy Meissner:


Check out the International Quilt Study Center and Museum. Who wants to take a field trip?

Video on Ken Burns’ quilt collection at IQSC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiMeCgaVF3o

More about 100 Wishes Quilt: http://100goodwishesquilts.blogspot.com/2012/09/origins-of-one-hundred-good-wishes.html

Marti Michelle batting tape: https://www.amazon.com/Marti-Michell-Non-Woven-Fusible-Batting/dp/B00D5D5W98/ref=sr_1_1?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1524078483&sr=1-1&keywords=marti+michell+batting+tape

Just finished reading Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. My bookclub was split on it, but I thought it was great. https://www.amazon.com/Manhattan-Beach-Novel-Jennifer-Egan/dp/1476716730/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1523554354&sr=1-3&keywords=manhattan+beach

Also recently finished: The Driest Season by Meghan Kenney.

For you quilt history buffs out there, you can listen to the audiobook of Marie Webster’s Quilts: Their Story and How to Make Them, courtesy of Librivox. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3-I8e98gOk

See you next time!

Episode 224: O Spring, Where Art Thou?


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This picture is apropos of nothing in Episode 224; I just needed a picture. It’s the back of a quilt I made several years ago. I hope for next episode’s show notes, I will have all sorts of finished quilts to show you! Or at least one!


I’ve been asked to join the Board of the Quilt Alliance! To watch a few of my favorite Quilt Alliance “Go Tell It “quilt videos, go here, here and here:

To see Emily Bode’s clothes made from quilts, go here:

See you next time!

Episode 223: Little Thread Spiders Everywhere!

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Finished Sweep Exit–well,almost (still have sew the facing to the back):

Melon Patch Top!


New Quilty Podcast! https://kristinesser.com/2018/03/06/simple-handmade-everyday-podcast-episode-3-show-notes/

Interesting post on quilt consumer trends:


Episode 222: Block Party!

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Block work

Here’s the block I made for my local MQG challenge:


And here’s the first block from the Patches of Blue Quilt Along that my mom and I are doing together (please note how blunted most of my points are–arrggghh!):

For more info on the quilt along, go here: https://www.laundrybasketquilts.com/blog/

Big news about a new project: I’m doing an interview web show with the Quilt Alliance, and my first interview–with the fab Victoria Findlay Wolfe!–and it’s available to watch for free. We’ve got more interviews planned, but to view those, you’ll have to become a member of the QA (a worthy cause indeed!). Check out me and V here:

Congrats to Margaret and Carmit, winners of the Margaret Goes Modern giveaway!

Episode 221: Get Back on the Quilt Pony!

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I’m doing my best, honest I am!

BTW: In the opening I refer to this episode as 121. I am incorrect. It’s Episode 221.

Almost done quilting Sweep Exit. Here’s the backside view:

Melon Patch blocks!


My mom and I are doing this BOM with Edyta Sitar:


My new/old furniture:


Charity Block!


The Quilt Alliance gals came to visit my guild two weeks ago and put on a great show! Learn more about this great organization, go here: http://quiltalliance.org/

Follow my girl Charlotte on Instagram–her handle is madquiltlady. And here’s her blog: http://theslightlymadquiltlady.blogspot.com/

Until next time–remember, life’s short, quilt first!

Episode 220: Happy New Year, Margaret!

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Margaret Goes Modern is ready to read! You can check it out here: http://francesdowell.com/books/margaret-goes-modern

Want to win a copy? Leave a comment! I’ve got two available to give away.

Warning: This is a rambly episode.

My QuiltCon rejects:


The book that changed my life: Liberated Quiltmaking by Gwen Marston

I got The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg for Christmas, and as I hoped, it was absolutely charming!