A few months ago I put a call out via Instagram stories that I was opening up time in my schedule every Tuesday morning to chat with you. Quilting, business, hair styling, dogs – anything you wanted to talk about, I was going to set it up.
If you had uncensored access to my diary, you would find a long, emotional entry about the day fusible batting tape entered my life and changed it forever. Oh, you think I’m being dramatic? Like some sort of lovestruck middle-schooler? Like the type of person who actually has a diary WITH a lock on the outside?
Before jumping into the book, Southwest Modern (which is AMAZING), and before passing out a few paper piecing tips (less revolutionary, but hopefully helpful), I have a preface: Quilty friends, I may be adventurous when it comes to food, spelling errors and nicknames for my loved ones, but when it's time to learn a new sewing technique, I'm a major a scaredy cat.
Learning how to tie a quilt, but with a modern twist is a great example of what we 21-century quilters are all about – honoring the past through imitation and transformation. Sometimes I dress Scrappy up as a pioneer dog by placing bonnets and adorable chihuahua-sized aprons on her.
Here’s the kind of stuff I think about when I’m laying in bed at night: What will I do when Scrappy goes off to college? What is that thing stuck to the ceiling? Oh, and WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHAMBRAY AND DENIM??
My fellow quiltsplorers (that's supposed to be a mashup of "quilters" and "explorers." Did it work?), I bring to you today an adventure! Well, not just an adventure, an experience. My friends at Experience Park Tours have asked me to let you in on a fun trip they have planned.
Last week we journeyed into the wonderful history of polka dots. (FYI, there is an aaaaamazing video that you shouldn't miss.) Now that you are total polka buffs, we're moving onto...paisley! We all know what paisley is, right? It’s that iconic fabric pattern featuring the teardrop shape.
Snuggle up, readers. I'm about to tell you a beautiful and passion-filled story about the history of polka dots. You think you're not interested?? Oh you are. Or at least, you should be.
Once upon a time, I was having a conversation with my friend Myra while also trying to write a blog about sewing a cute clutch. I was typing "polka dot" when I rudely interrupted Myra, who was probably telling a great story, in order to ask her, "How do you pronounce polka dot?"
After a short and confused silence she said, “Poka dot.” Yes, that sounds normal.
Let me preface this standing desk / sewing studio post with this: sit, stand, squat, kneel – work however feels right to you and don’t feel bad about it. I hate when self-help bloggers tell me how to live my life and that’s the last thing I want to do here.