Episode 113: The Better Late than Never Episode

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And I don’t even have any pix. But at least I’ve got an episode posted. Yay! Hope you enjoy!

Books I’ve read recently:

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. Fantastic! Highly recommend.

How It All Began by Penelope Lively, also quite good.

In the middle of: The Bride’s House by Sandra Dallas and really enjoying it.

Have a great week!

0 Replies to “Episode 113: The Better Late than Never Episode”

  1. Good for you! I had a near miss at having an episode posted tonight too but had technical difficulties of my own. Trying again tomorrow after work. Meanwhile I’ll get to listen to your episode on my way to the gym tomorrow morning!

  2. Hi Frances,
    I just listened to your most recent two podcasts and was mulling over your comments about spray basting. I don’t use it, and haven’t tried it, so keep that in mind with my comments. My concerns are:
    1. My backyard is wet most of the time (fog in summer), so I don’t really have a good outdoor space to spray it.
    2. Don’t want to breathe it. I have enough allergies and sensitivities without breathing in glue.
    3. I share your concerns about spraying into the environment.
    4. Don’t want to glue my floors, cabinets, etc (see #1)

    I also think that batting is pretty sticky and if you are careful, you can get a nice flat quilt. I am sure the spray baste works really well, but I think I can do just as well with pins.


  3. Regarding the cost of fabric…I am so glad I can shop my stash!!! I cringe at getting quiltshop quality fabric when it is half price at $5/yd or more!!! Over the past ten years I have gotten a lot of fabric and I got most of it in yardages rather than fat quarters, so I am sitting pretty good!

    I suppose, if I had to buy a lot more fabric, I could do it the old fashioned way and buy cotton shirts at the thrift stores to cut up and use. 🙂

  4. I think the muggles on this coast think making quilts is easy. I have been asked casually if I would make a quilt for this or that and I know they have no idea of the cost or time. I think your sons’ teacher will treasure your gift and that it isn’t “too much.” I would hate to not support my LQS but I, too, hope the cost of fabric doesn’t keep rising. Maria Wolf at Full Moon Fiber Arts make quilts, pillows, and potholders only using re-cycled fabric and they are lovely and different.

  5. I love the idea of having a Family through your school years. I think that giving a Family member a quilt is a good thing. If she realizes how involved it is to make one, then she will be touched. If not, then she won’t see it as being too much anyway.

    Am planning to be in your area in April for my college reunion and May for Katie’s graduation. Hope we can get together.

    All the best.

  6. I think that you should make the quilt for the lady at the school. Gifts that take time and talent are always appreciated and I don’t think it is over the top for what she has contributed to your son’s well-being at school.

  7. One other thought on the subject of the mosaic quilt. Leaders and enders may work for this for you to get multiple projects moving forward at once. Or, perhaps, you could invite listeners/readers to join you in doing a collaboration quilt, and make a block or two to send to you. I know that it would not be all yours any longer if that were to happen, and since this seems like a project dear to you, this may not be appealing. I just wanted to throw that out there.

  8. Gotta say, go with the gut!
    Don’t talk yourself out of an impulse to give.
    Chances are your son’s school family leader needs the boost and validation a heartfelt gift would provide her. Do education professionals ever get as many kudos as they deserve?!
    Side note, in my head she looks just like Prof McGonagal…”While you are at Hogwarts, your House will be like your family…”

  9. I am starting to cringe at the cost of fabric, too. I just bought at a sale and was pleased to see the $6.95 prices for Martha Negley fabric. Of course, I didn’t get first pick of all the choicest tidbits, but I satisfied some unwarranted needs.

    I agree with Sherri that I am glad to be able to shop in my stash. I have to look at more for sales.

    I also agree with Shelly. I think you already decided to give the quilt. One of the best things I ever did was give a small lap quilt to the new principal of the school from which the Young Man was graduating. I didn’t know her very well, but she had taken a leap of faith and provided some great support to a program he was in even though she wasn’t 100% convinced the program was needed. She was so appreciative and now she is really gung-ho for the program, sees its value. I didn’t give her the quilt to make her feel that way about the program; it was an added benefit. I think the key is to write a heartfelt card and include (not that I would ever tell you what to write!) “consider this a small token of my appreciation for all you have done for my son, for the school and for me, because no gift could ever cover all the gifts you have given our family over the past X years of working with you at the school”. Sappy, but it gets people every time.

    Thanks for a great podcast! Jaye

  10. PS Napkins are a great way to use novelty fabric that we couldn’t otherwise justify buying. I get LOTS of exclamations of surprise at the cloth napkins we use. JL

  11. PPS If the practice quilting class quilt is really bugging you, make a new one. I would consider it a learning experience and donate it to a good cause once you are done with it, but you also have to be happy. If the quilt is bugging you so much that you can’t focus on the class, then you need to make a new one. Are you using your color wheel when you go to the fabric store? JL

  12. Hi Frances,I’m in the process of listening to your podcast and want to comment before i forgot what I want to say. You were wondering if it would be too much to make a quilt for Will’s teacher, and on the other hand you said you’re making one for the school director (Carolyn?). Are you close to Carolyn? If you’re not closer to her than you’re to Will’s teacher (can’t remember her name) than I think you should make her one, too. The other subject I wanted to comment on was the practice quilt you don’t like. I have a double wedding ring nap mat I just finished recently which was a practice piece, I even used not-so-much-liked fabrics and a flat sheet for the background. (right!) I went to quilting it with practice in mind and pretty pleased the way it turned out. If you’d like check out the photos to give you a boost you can go to this link: http://katisquilting.blogspot.com/2013/02/double-wedding-ring-mat-finished.html
    Hope you can find whatever you’re looking for to finish that practice piece and you can go to your double Irish chain with more confidence!

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