Episode 240: October Love!

Here’s the back I’m working on. No guarantees that the finished product will look anything like this–in fact, I’m not sure if I like this or not!

Here’s the front:


Info on Josef and Annie Albers (Josef’s work on the left, Annie on the right)

What I’m reading:

Chances Are by Richard Russo

A Pilgrimage to Eternity by Timothy Egan


What I’m listening to:

Milk Street (food podcast)

Simple. Handmade. Everyday. (crafting/cozy home podcast)

The Argument (politics podcast)

Old Time Fiddle Tunes playlist on Spotify (perfect for this time of year!)


See you next time!



Episode 239: Just Playing Around


Kate’s quilt–the back, so far:


I think I ended up posting this picture of Kate’s quilt top last time, but here we go again:


Messing around with fabric:


Podcast Love!

Listen to Vicki here:


Listen to Stephanie here:


Listen to Stephanie interview Heidi Parkes here:


Another podcast, which I think I’ve mentioned more than once, though not in this ep:

Simple Handmade Everyday

The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger

I’ve got a new book coming out on Tuesday, October 8!


Episode 237: The Quilt in Progress Won’t Progress episode



Minimal show notes:

Can’t make this quilt work out!

This isn’t right …


And this isn’t right …

Maybe this, with one more little star? I don’t know.

Mostly I’m just ready to be done.


Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

See you next time!

Episode 236: I’ve Missed You! (Have You Missed Me?)

Here are the quilts I talked about in this episode:


Riley Blake Challenge Quilt


Dorothy’s Pinwheel Quilt

A close-up on the quilting, while the quilting was still in progress:


The back of the quilt, which is my favorite part:


The quilt I’m making for my friend. Can’t figure out quite what I’m doing, but I’m interested …


Books I mentioned (with a mangling of titles and authors):

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert MacFarlane

Join the Quiltfiction Club!

See you soon!

Special Ep: QuiltCon 2019, Part 2


Okay, here are some pix of the quilts I talk about:

Best in Show: “Smile” by By Leanne Chahley, Stephanie Ruyle, Felicity Ronaghan, Kari Vojtechovsky, Melissa Ritchie, Diane Stanley, Marci Debetaz, Debbie Jeske, Karen Foster, Hillary Goodwin


“Double-Edged Love” by Victoria Findlay Wolfe


“My Brother’s Jeans” by Melissa Averinos


“Going Up” by Stephanie Skardal


“Separated” by Val Lubereck


“Carolinas” by Terry Peart


“Passage #3” by Carson Converse




“Line After Line: by Michelle Settle


“Briar Rose” by Patty Dudek


“Weave” by Susan Slusser Clay


“Random Hexagons by the Block” by Catherine Redford



“But, Was that Me?” by Heidi Parkes

Episode 235: Southern Quilts, Modern Quilts, My Quilts

Sorry for the clicking noises in this episode–for some reason I kept tapping on my recorder. Don’t know why, but I know that it’s irritating.

Stuff I’m working on:

Handquilting the Pinwheel quilt:

“Springtime in the Rockies (Detail):

The picture that inspired me, from Southern Quilts:

Kate’s batik:

Pictures from Glencoe Mill and Village:

Mill building

Alamance Plaid


Mill houses

Joe Cunningham video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pglzj6i57y4

Southern Quilts by Mary Kerr

Unconventional and Unexpected: American Quilts Under the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Wild by Design: Two Hundred Years of Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts by Janet Catherine Berlo and Patricia Cox Crews.

Talk to you next time!

Episode 234: QuiltCon!

Quilts I discuss in this episode:

Best in Show Quilt: “Smile” by By Leanne Chahley Lethbridge MQG
Also pieced by Stephanie Ruyle, Felicity Ronaghan, Kari Vojtechovsky, Melissa Ritchie, Diane Stanley, Marci Debetaz, Debbie Jeske, Karen Foster, Hillary Goodwin
Love the quilting on this one!
This quilt by Brittany is one of 14 quilts in the show made by members of my guild!
This Sam Hunter quilt is just one of many message quilts that were in the show.
I love this handstitched quilt by Heidi Parkes.
Circles and curves were everywhere!
One of my very favorite quilts in the show!

For pictures of the show winners, go here: https://www.quiltcon.com/2019-winners

Episode 233: Post-January/Pre-QuiltCon

The Chinese Coin Quilt:

Christa Watson’s Fandangle Line–So Cute

Hand-pieced Quilt Along blocks:

Interview with Michelle Wilkie on improv quilting: https://www.jenbroemel.com/the-art-of-improv/2018/9/6/the-art-of-improv-with-patricia-ryan-madson-guest-1-ayejw-f5chm-w434a-gw2kb-lnkxa-leapj

I mention Samin Nasrit in this episode–totally mangled her name, btw! But she’s great, and here’s her roasted chicken recipe: https://www.saltfatacidheat.com/buttermilkmarinated-roast-chicken/

Episode 232: The Happy New Year, Merry Christmas, How Was Your Thanksgiving (in other words it’s been awhile) Episode


I finished a quilt top in December–a fun pinwheel that was simple, straightforward, and won’t take years and years to quilt. That’s my kind of quilt.

Good news! “Sit-In” is going to QuiltCon in February!

Books: My friend Barbara recommended a book I thoroughly enjoyed: Meet You at the Museum by Anne Youngson. It’s charming, funny, sometimes sad, and well worth reading. Favorite Christmas novel: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. Best book I’ve read in ages!

If you’re looking for a good time, join the Quiltfiction Club over on Facebook. It’s Quiltfiction’s closed group, and we’re having fun telling stories, sharing quilts and recipes, and making friends.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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!