Episode 204: The “First World Problems” Episode

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So I’m working on some wonky stars right now. I used a filter with this photo, just to make my design wall less bland.


This is the abstract house quilt I’m working on. Very preliminary. Who knows what it will end up like?


Hey, I was on Pat Sloan’s podcast this week! Listen here.

New post up at the Quiltfiction site–go take a look at Patricia Polacco’s for real Keeping Quilt!

Here’s the tutorial I used for the wonky stars I’m making: http://thesillyboodilly.blogspot.com/2009/02/wonky-star-tutorial.html

Just signed up for a new quilty newsletter–are you familiar with Elm Street Quilts? Turns out Kathy is in my local MQG, and I’m really enjoying her blog. Check it out!

I mention A Chef’s Life; are you familiar with it? Big fun! http://www.pbs.org/food/shows/a-chefs-life/  On the podcast I refer to Vivian Howard’s restaurant as the Chef and the Table, but it’s actually The Farmer and the Table.

That’s it for now. See you next time!

12 Replies to “Episode 204: The “First World Problems” Episode”

  1. Take a look at ANGELA WALTER’S MIDNIGHT QUILT VIDEO …. the first video is a VARIABLE STAR QUILT and is suppose to be easy … I am thinking of doing it …. My curiosity wonders how long it would take…. Angela says one night …. WE WILL SEE.

    Taking a nap … you will be playing while I sleep but I promise to listen and pay attention when I wake


  2. Possible book recommendation- I say possible because I haven’t actually read it yet. Rhys Bowen’s new novel In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II. It was in the Kindle First picks for Prime members. If you don’t know what that is and you have Amazon Prime, they have a selection of new books on the 1st of the months and you get to pick one to read free.

  3. Enjoyed the podcast and your Pat Sloan interview. I like your wonky stars. Some years I keep an intentional creativity journal or scrap book, and I am doing it again this year – cutting news stories, pictures, images, headlines that are positive – it keeps me looking for positive or beautiful moments in daily life amidst the chaos. I am a long time British literature fan of the classics – Austen, Trollope, Dickens, and especially mid-twentieth century novels that tend to be character driven more than plot driven. I have enjoyed Angela Thirkell – the first novel in her series set in Trollope’s Barsetshire is called High Rising, and features a woman novelist and some other writers at it’s center. I have also recently read God on the Rocks by Jane Gardam, and some books by Muriel Sparks. I can’t remember if you read a A Man Called Ove, but that is another funny/dark novel with a positive ending that I have read recently. I am relistening to it for my book group, and I like it even better the second time around. Good Luck with your attic ! I have been cleaning my closets since my baby went to kindergarten and she is now a sophomore in college – I do make progress, but there is always another shelf!

  4. Ok, I’m listening while I’m stitching down an appliqué. That Patricia Polacco story is taught in 3rd grade here (my grade level) and it’s one of my favorite stories! My first third grade class (many many years ago now) made a paper quilt and I still have it. It’s one of my most treasured things from my years of teaching. I should share it with our listeners. Hearing you mention it totally brought that memory back.

  5. Enjoyed your interview with Pat.
    Going to have to do some research on the Whole 30. Unfortunately, sugar is my drug of choice.

  6. Thanks for your faithful podcasting, I enjoy them so much.
    You mentioned finishing My Brilliant Friend, one of my recent favorites. I would highly recommend the whole quadrilogy (I had to ask my phone what to call a series of 4 books!). I was lucky enough to spend a month on a quiet beach in Hawaii this winter and read all 4. Are you aware of the recent outing of the anonymous author?
    Some other good reads are:
    The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett
    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
    The Miniatures by Jessie Burton
    I joined in on the #sbsi today and posted a pic of my thready Kona block. I got all by blocks sewn into rows today and won’t clean up the threads until the top is finished (or I won’t have any seam allowances left).
    Enjoy your Sunday.
    Best regards from
    Gail in Snowy Washington State (it never snows here)

  7. Francis, I’ve been listening to your podcasts for a while now and really enjoy them. I just took a driving trip down to Florida for vacation and listened to a bunch of podcast including about 4 or 5 of yours. I wanted to comment on a few things that hit me. Like I totally agreed with your comment of feeling like taking a break from facebook because of all the political stuff but I probably won’t because I enjoy so much other stuff like cute cat videos.
    I heard your interview with Pat Sloan and I thought you did a very nice job. I listen to her on a regular basis so I know how her interviews usually flow and you were articulate and entertaining. Well done.

  8. Oh, my goodness!!! You had me laughing all the way through your podcast when sharing your “angst” over your QuiltCon quilts! Too funny! I really enjoy your podcasts! I live in East Tennessee, so you aren’t too far from me. I recognized several locations in “Birds in the Air”!

  9. Hi Frances,
    After commenting in my head for a while I used my voice recording on my phone (DWL = driving while listening) so I can remember what I wanted to say.
    I totally had the same thoughts about facebook just the day before I heard you talking about it. I so wish there was a different facebook where you could just see group postings, life would be so much brighter. I haven’t been on FB a lot in the past few years, and now I’m there even less. Just can’t deal with all the crap that’s going on there. There is also some on Twitter, but not nearly as much.
    I agree with you of being tired of the world. I wish we could move to an island where we could support ourselves and don’t have to deal with anything of anybody we don’t want to. There, I said it.
    I heard your lovely interview, although I have to say I would have not recognized your voice if I didn’t know it was you. And I loved your book, can’t wait to see what happens next in Emma’s book!

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