Episode 218: Home for the Holidays

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Hard at work on “Sweep Exit”–so many threads to bury!

The quilted center:

If you want to hear the Crafty Planner interview with Mark Lipinski, go here:


The quilting book I referred to (incorrectly) about quilts from the 1950s and 1960s: Unconventional and Unexpected: American Quilts 1950-2000 by Roderick Kirocoff.


The latest Quilts, Inc., survey: http://quilts.com/assets/qia-2017-results.pdf?mc_cid=2d42d560b6&mc_eid=8f4fe123f6


What I’m reading:

The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club by Gil McNeil

The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks


What I’m watching:

Alias Grace (Netflix)–lots o’ quilts!

My So-Called Life (Hulu)


See you next time!

6 Replies to “Episode 218: Home for the Holidays”

  1. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving. I am in a transition time. Our children are adults and this is my first holiday where neither of them are able to come home. I will see one the day after for a visit so its ok. Makes dinner much easier. I actually renewed my membership and submitted a qulit to Quilt Con. I don’t think it will make it in but I felt that it stood the best chance. I must not be a modern quilter because I got into other shows before… never this one. lol. Its all about luck and timing really.

    I purposely didn’t listen to the interview with Mark. I was a HUGE fan back in the day and loved his energy and enthusiasm.I thought the magazine was cutting edge. I know he has not been well and I hate to hear people talk when ill and past their time in the limelight. Sometimes they say things they wouldn’t have when well , and judgement may be cloudy. I am sure as I age I will be a grouch and shake my fist telling the younger generation to “get off my lawn” metaphorically. I agree we should not be bashing those things we do not understand or are not from our “prime time.” Back when I started quilting I used templates and scissors but I would not think that makes me any better or “holier than thou.” I use every modern tool available to me like EQ, paper piecing and machine quilting. There is nothing new under the sun and it is all how people connect and present anyways. All those words to say, I just want to remember him as the cool dude of back in the day.

  2. Hi Frances, I watched your Veterans Day presentation via YouTube, (while exercycling! Extra credit) and I thought your presentation was polished, humorous in places, serious in places, well done! i did read the book Shoot the Moon a few years ago, and so had context for the material.

    I just listened to the Happier in Hollywood podcast (Gretchen Rubin’s sister does this), a recent episode with an interview with Pam from THe Office – she is a smart, funny, kind person – you might enjoy hearing it.

    Sweep Exit is looking great!

  3. Just now listening to the podcast and someone in one of my fb quilt groups mentioned the quilts in “Alias Grace”. Oh. My. Goodness. The quilts were GORGEOUS! And I enjoyed the show (because I kinda binge watched) but not the ending. I won’t spoil for you or anyone who hasn’t seen. But just not where I would have gone with the story. HA! Like I’m a writer and know anything about writing a novel! Enjoyed the podcast. Happy Thanksgiving! ????

  4. I normally comment in my head, but your review of Mark Lipinski’s interview hit on something I’ve been thinking about. I’m specifically reacting to his comments about current designers using computer programs to create quilts. Last summer, I purchased a device to cut multiple layers of fabric and also began using my embroidery machine to appliqué and quilt. Initially, i couldn’t shake the feeling that using these machines was somehow “cheating.” Then I had an epiphany in which I realized that if my grandmother had had this technology available to her she probably would have used it. I would still treasure my grandmother’s quilt if it had made from a computer-generated pattern and machine quilted rather than hand-sewn with pieces cut from cardboard templates. So, I think perhaps we need to focus more on whether the end result is aesthetically pleasing and/or useful instead of how it was produced.

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