Family Cookbook

There is a small bookshelf that lives by our back door, filled with my very favorite irreplaceable books.  (My thought is that if we ever had to evacuate with a wildfire approaching, I… Continue reading

Panel Play Mats

Two weeks ago I hit 24 quilt shops in an hour and a half!  How did I manage that?  Because someone had the genius idea to have the small scattered quilt shops of… Continue reading

I Can’t Do This, Until I Do That!

As I go through my air-conditioned August, my goal is to finish up some of those odds and ends of projects in the effort to have a beautiful streamlined studio (like Melanie’s).  I… Continue reading

Punch Looks at Photographers

Since we have been looking at old cabinet cards in the last two posts, I thought it would be a good time to look at some illustrations of photographers from the 1862 Punch… Continue reading

If I Lived 130 Years Ago

My mental image of myself would be something like this: Or this: Or at the very least this: I would admire women dressed to the nines like this: But in reality, I would… Continue reading

August in the Archives

I live in Texas, and even though I usually spend a lot of time outdoors, in August, the heat gets to even me.  So I set aside this month to stay indoors and… Continue reading

Even More Sail History

Source: Sailcloth – National Maritime Museum Ahoy, maties!  After 3 years and 3 months, I have finally found an example of real sail cloth to share with you!  This is from the National… Continue reading

Following up on Viking Sails

 Back in 2013, I visited the Maritime Museum in San Diego, California, and aboard one of the historic ships I saw a huge storage area set aside for extra rigging and sails, and… Continue reading

Trying Some FMQ Options

Thank you to everyone for input on ways to put the string quilt blocks together.  In the comments, Choice 3, a straight grid of sashing was the clear winner, but in the voting,… Continue reading

Greek Costume Stamps

In 2007, I got to go to Athens (the real one in Greece — we have one in Texas too but it’s not quite as famous) on very short notice.  Usually when I… Continue reading