Episode 148: Mosaic

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So I just took the mosaic quilt outside to take a picture and guess what? I used two different whites! One is snow white and the other is more vanilla. My first thought upon seeing the two whites was, ‘Why has some of this white fabric aged?” Oi vey, I am not bright. Anyway, a picture:

mosaic on the lineYou can see the different whites, can’t you? But when I brought it back inside, I couldn’t see them. I guess I need more light to quilt by!


Fun links!

Want to read old quilt journals filled with interesting articles? Go here:



Here’s a 1998 article about quilts and murder mysteries:



An excerpt from Pat Ferraro’s 1981 film, “Quilts in Women’s Lives”:



Good blogpost about making more quilting time:



See you next week!



15 Replies to “Episode 148: Mosaic”

  1. The mosaic quilt looks great. The different whites give it character.
    I have the same rule about tired quilting. I have made too many mistakes when I am tired so it ends up taking more time than it would have if I’d waited until I was rested. I have a soft rule not to do commissions. I am willing to make exceptions but in general, no commissions.

  2. Oops! I guess you will have to confine the use of it to low light situations!!

    I love my new machine partly because it has stadium lighting. Tami in Denver

    Sent from Tami Knox (aka Nana) iPhone


  3. My neighbor did the same thing, but no one noticed but her (and me after she pointed it out). In five years, it probably won’t bother you a bit. BTW, your quilt looks great!

  4. I bet no one notices your different background fabrics. The balance between the two seems even enough that it will read as intentional. What an awesome q hilt, made even better by the long months you sewed on it and the fabric donations from around the country.

  5. The mosaic quilt looks great! I like to use different whites/neutrals in my scrappy projects. I sent you a few blue strips way back when, so congratulations on being nearly done!

    My main shopping rule is that I only buy from the remnant rack, where small cuts are marked down an additional 50%. I often find a quarter or third yard for less than a fat quarter. I enhance my scrap stash while feeling like I had a little splurge. I am a scrap quilter, and this is an almost invisble way to build my stash.

    I am also a slow quilter, finishing only a few projects a year, so I also occasionally rip out if something really doesn’t look right.

  6. Accidently mixing up the whites is exactly something I would do. Sometimes the harder I try to get things right, the more mistakes I make. I just read a famous quilter book & the author said she always spray starches and steam presses pre-cut charms before starting her project. This will take care of any shrinking up front. Well, it does, but they don’t all shrink and they don’t all shrink the same. I lost a quarter inch on some and it’s making my project much more difficult. And of course, this is the project that had to be totally perfect because it’s for my first step-grandson. I have a baby panel in the wings in case the first quilt just won’t get it.

    Anyway, enjoyed the podcast! My only rule used to be not to pay full price for any fabric. I’ve gotten a little lax about that. Oh, and silly things like getting your home chores done before you can work on a quilt. Ha! ha! ha!

  7. I haven’t finished listening to this episode yet – you got this one up fast! – but finished the last one yesterday. Thank you for answering the bumper sticker question. I was shouting “Bumper sticker! BUMPER STICKER!” at my phone and looking completely crazy to the guy in the car next to me.

    Also, I’m still laughing every time you mention Annie Smith. You know, your friend Annie.

    The quilt looks great. I think the different whites are a good thing.

    1. I laugh every time too. I think she needs to meet another famous quilter so we can hear a different name for a while!

  8. Love the quilt!
    I was thinking the same thing, what is a frozen pumpkin. Then I caught on later as she talked. Hahaha.
    My rule is if it’s not fun forget it. Quilting is my hobby and you do a hobby because it is fun. (in my opinion)

  9. OK I am responding with a comment because you have such a great podcast and you like comments! Love the Mosaic blowing in the wind. Have decided I will listen to the Archers on your recommendation! Now I can bug you again to watch Bomb Girls on Netflix! It wouldn’t win an Emmy but it’s a little soapy and I think you’d like it! Give it a try!

  10. Yes, Frances, it is about time I made a comment. No, wait, there’s one from me right down there. I compose comments in my mind all the time. They just don’t always make it to your website.
    As a quilter, I have some rules similar to yours. Another one I have is to enjoy admiring other people’s quilts. I don’t have to make them all and I don’t have to feel jealous that I don’t have the quilters’ skills. I just enjoy being impressed and admire the quilters’ accomplishment. Tami in Denver

  11. I’m catching up on episodes. I rarely listen to one podcast before the next is published, so I rarely comment because it would not be timely. (At least that’s my excuse.)
    The mosaic quilt looks great. I like the HST border, too. You may want another solid border before binding just to give your eye another place to rest at the edge of the quilt.
    I’ve got a few self-imposed rules that are focused on getting UFOs further along and completed. I limit myself to 2 (OK, maybe 4) active projects – usually one by hand and one on the machine. Currently I am working on some hand applique that I do in the evening in front of the TV. I just completed a top on the machine which I have put aside while I decide on the border. The next machine project will be quilting and completing another top. I can be easily distracted by projects that others do and rather than running off and starting something else, I need this to focus on what I WANT to do. I want to get a few other projects completed or closer to completing before I start Scrapitude in January.

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