Quilter’s Books!

I feel like I’m living in a library… I have so many books on the shelves and have read most of them all… it’s time they visited someone else’s house!  These books are all in GREAT condition…

If you are interested in any of these, please send an email to HandQuiltingSupplies@gmail.com and let me know which ones you want. I will let you know total cost including shipping and give you PayPal instructions.  Will ship to U.S.A. only.When you email me, please include your name and mailing address.

Books by Jennifer Chiaverini:

  • The Master Quilter (paper back) was $14.00 new, yours for $5.00 + S&H
  • Circle of Quilters (paper back) was $14.00 new, yours for $5.00 + S&H
  • The Quilter’s Homecoming  (paper back) was $14.00 new, yours for $5.00 + S&H
  • The Sugar Camp Quilt (paper back) was $14.00 new, yours for $5.00 + S&H
  • The Cross-Country Quilters (paper back) was $14.00 new, yours for $5.00 + S&H
  • The Christmas Quilt (paper back) was $7.99 new, yours for $3.00 + S&H
  • Sonoma Rose (hard back) was $25.95 new, yours for $10.00 + S&H
  • The Runaway Quilt (paper back) was $14.00 new, yours for $5.00 + S&H
  • The Quilter’s Apprentice (paper back) was $14.00 new, yours for $5.00 + S&H
  • The Quilter’s Legacy (paper back) was $13.00 new, yours for $4.50 + S&H
  • Round Robin (paper back) was $14.00 new, yours for $5.00 + S&H

Books by Marie Bostwick:

  • A Thread so Thin (paper back) was $15.00 new, yours for $5.50 + S&H
  • A Thread of Truth (paper back) was $15.00 new, yours for $5.00 + S&H
  • A Single Thread (paper back) was $14.00 new, yours for $5.00 + S&H


Amazing Color Usage by Heather Wood-Salomon


From time to time I come across a quilt and/or a quilter that amazes me.  I’d like to share one that came to my attention via the Facebook Celebrate Hand Quilting group.

Heather Wood-Salomon  was born in St. Joseph, Trinadad, and lived in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan until she was about 30.  She now lives in Windsor, Ontario. Heather said she has been quilting for five years, and came to quilting only because a log cabin quilt she purchased at a big box store fell apart when she washed it.  She decided from there to  take a class at Quilting Confections in Windsor so she could make a quilt that didn’t fall apart, and has been hooked ever since.

I asked Heather to tell us a little bit about her gorgeous quiltHeather called  “Technicolor Galaxy.”

“I saw a picture of the Technicolorgalaxy quilt in the Modern Quilting Facebook group last November and fell in love with it.  I enrolled as a 60th birthday present to myself.  The quilt was designed by Alyssa Lichner of Pileoffabric as a Block of the Month for 2015.


This quilt looked very challenging with many different techniques.  The colour wheel is top stitched
The star points, piano keys, scattered geese, and the outside sides are foundation paper pieced. The orange peels were machine appliquéd, and half moons were hand appliquéd.  The flower hexies were English paper pieced and hand-sewed on. The four corners were improvised.

Each section was quilted first and joined using the quilt-as-you-go technique.  Then the colour wheel was attached as the last step. I used low-volume, pieced binding to finish it off.”IMG_1355

I used pearl #5 on the star points and pearl #8 on the outside sections.

If you think this is gorgeous, you should see her brightly colored “apple core” quilt that is now in her hoop being hand quilted (big stitch).  Oh my goodness!  This gal knows how to use color!

Snowflakes in Hawaii?

Does it snow in Hawaii?  I never would have thought so, but here is proof that it does.

Yesterday we talked about making snowflakes Snowflakeand how some quilters turn them into quilts. Hawaiian quilts are designed in much the same way.  The Poakalani & Co. website is a great place to visit to see some beautiful Hawaiian quilts. Not only can you see some beautiful quilts, but you can also purchase patterns for many of them!

You can find directions on making a Hawaiian quilt at http://makezine.com/projects/hawaiian-quilt/  but I think the best way to learn how to design is to start with making snowflakes, as we discussed yesterday.  Play around with folding paper.  I would start by folding a square into four equal quadrHawaiianants, drawing on a design, and then cutting it out.  See what you can do with four sections. When you’ve played around with that, try folding paper as if you are creating a paper snowflake.  I find it easier to use a large sheet of tissue paper.  It is easier to fold and cut, but you do have to be careful as it is thinner than printer paper.  Martha Stewart’s website shows how to fold snowflakes.  Click here to check it out!

Your Hawaiian design does not have to look like a snowflake!  It can look like anything you’d like it to!  Simple shapes may be found in children’s coloring books.  Trace them onto your paper!  Or do a Google search for floral and fauna shapes and include those!  There is no limit to the possibilities!

I have sPinterest logoeveral Hawaiian quilts saved on Pinterest.  You might enjoy checking them out for inspiration!   When you get tired of playing around with paper, you might like to relax and read The Aloha Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts) by Jennifer Chiaverini.

Are You a Trend Follower?

What is a “trend follower?” Jonah Berger is a marketing professor of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and he studies trends.  In the MarketPlace post, “Why we follow trends (even bad ones)”, the reasons people pass on information and, thereby, induce trends, are numerous. For some, it is about keeping up with the Joneses — people want to appear to be “in the know rather than behind the times,” said Berger.

We follow trends in language.  Think about how slang comes to be a regular part of our speech.  “Ohhhh, SNAP!”  “I love the bling she’s wearing!”  “Oops, my bad!” These are all examples of slang that has become trendy.  

We follow trends in fashion.  Fashion trends come and go, and most of us can remember back to our younger days and see those styles which are back on the racks today.  The maxi skirt?  Yes, I own one.  Ok, make that two.  Boots with dresses.  Scarfs worn with everything.  Wide ties.  Narrow ties.  Stripes, pants with cuffs. Big purses and so much more.

Trends in quilts!  Oh yes, we do follow them!  Fabric lines, shapes, blocks, methods used to sew and quilt… all trends that many of us are guilty of.  And to entice us to follow quilt trends, there are patterns for so many quilts and oh yes, we just have to make that!   Oh, and that one!   Wait… this other one has to be the one I do next!

I love this quote by Mike Shell:  “The successful will do on a daily basis what the average won’t consider doing even once.”  Ponder that!

When it comes to quilting, are you a trend follower or an independent thinker?  How creative are you?  Here are a few articles to read that speak to improving your over-all creative abilities.  They are worth checking out!

SnowflakeI love how my friend Tim Latimer (fabulous, creative quilter) has a blast every year around this time making paper snowflakes.  if you haven’t seen them, please visit his recent blog post    http://timquilts.com/2015/11/12/snowflake-season/     and then give it a try yourself. Let go – take a chance – experiment.  If one snowflake doesn’t work, it’s only a sheet of paper! Grab a new one and give it another try.  It’s so much fun!

When was the last time you just played with paper?

I’m Not Talking: Requesting to Join a Facebook Group

Many of my readers know that several years ago, I started the Facebook Group called “Celebrate Hand Quilting.”  This group now has over 1Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 7.58.38 AM1,000 members.  Each day, we get requests from people to join our wonderful members who share the love of quilting. It saddens me to have to turn people away who may be great quilters… or brand new quilters… or people who want to learn to quilt but, for some reason, have not begun. Unfortunately, every day, we receive several requests from people that we (the Admins for the group) find suspect.  Here is what I sent by private message to four people this morning:  “I would love to add you to the group, but I can’t see any photos or anything on your own Facebook page that shows you to be a quilter. We are very careful when accepting new members and do everything we can to ensure that they are not spammers, which is why I’ve been looking around your own site.”

The only way an Admin has to learn anything about someone who wants to join a group is to visit their personal Facebook page.  Checking profiles is time-consuming, but necessary.  Unfortunately, many people are fearful of Facebook and other social media and have their Facebook profile locked so tightly that nobody can see a thing.  This actually does them more harm than good.

not_talkingWhen he was little (elementary school), one of my boys used to put on a pouty face and in a funny voice say, “I’m not talking.” It was the funniest thing to watch.  That image comes to mind as I write this post. Does your Facebook page tell the world that you are “not talking?”

I understand why people are fearful of allowing strangers access to personal information.  It’s a way to protect yourself and your computer from bad people and electronic harm.  At Celebrate Hand Quilting, we want to protect all our members from stalkers, spammers and other dangerous types; our members are all precious and we don’t want anything to happen to them. Do we want new members? Sure! Just not scary ones!

If you are new to Facebook, you can adjust your privacy settings quite easily.  You can set your posts so that only your friends can read them.  You can set your photos so that only certain people can see them.  Your friend list can also be tweaked to suit your needs.

One thing that I do if someone’s profile is tightly locked down is look to see if Facebook tells me that any of that person’s friends are also members of my Facebook group.  If you have friends in the group, I might take a risk and accept your request to join the group.

If you don’t want to share your friend list, you can put a few photos on your profile that don’t show you or family, but DO show what your interests are.  Let’s say you are trying to join a group about horses.  You could post a few photos of some horses on your page and make only those photos public.  Perhaps you love cooking.  Post a photo of your favorite dish or cooking equipment online.  Make that photo accessible to the whole world.  Do SOMETHING to let the world know SOMETHING about you.  By not doing anything, you’re really telling the world that you’re not interested in communicating with anyone, and that you really don’t want to share anything about yourself.  If that is how you feel, then social media is really not your thing.

Think about it… let’s pretend you are in a coffee shop and I sit down at the table next to you.  I take  a few sips of my coffee, and you try to strike a conversation with me.  “What are your hobbies?”  “Do you have children?”  “What do you do for a living?”  I ignore you, keep drinking my coffee, and make no eye contact. You would probably assume that I want nothing to do with you or anyone else, and a relationship has never been started. “I’m not talking.”

cropped-77787-delphi_sampler004.jpgNow, pretend I sit down and open a quilt magazine to look at.  You spot the magazine and think to yourself, “wow, she likes quilts!”  So you lean a little closer and ask, “Are you a quilter?  What kind of quilts do you like to make?  I enjoy making applique quilts!”  I look up from my magazine and ask, “Machine applique’ or hand applique’?”  BiNGO.  We have something in common, and a conversation has begun, thanks to a non-scary quilt magazine you were able to spot on my table.

Your Facebook profile does not need to be a picture of you, though that is nice.  But a profile picture of a hobby that is a big part of your life tells a little something about you.  It’s an innocent way to smile at the world and give them a non-threatening glimpse at who you are.

Some of you who read this post might think that it’s a little rude or discriminating to let some people into a group and not others.  Today’s world is different than it used to be, and being a Community Moderator (also referred to as a Social Media Manager) is actually an occupation that can actually pay a salary.  It is a necessary task to keep groups functioning properly. There are companies that train people how to monitor groups, and what we are doing at Celebrate Hand Quilting actually follows best practices for monitoring social media.  And, I believe it is a big reason why our group is as successful as it is.  

So we at Celebrate Hand Quilt will keep on doing what we’ve been doing and will enjoy the wonderful new members that come our way.

The Red Cup Experiment

There has been so much said over the last week about the new Starbucks cup, so I figured since I had the time, I’d check it out for y’all.  It was a sacrifice, but somebody had to do it, so I took one for the team.

Here is what I ordered:  My usual Grande’, half-caff, skinny caramel latte.  I figured since I opted to try the new cup out for you as an experiment, I should have one constant, that being the half-caff, skinny caramel latte. 

Now, I went to the drive inIMG_6741 window and gave my order at the microphone.  The girl repeated it back to me as Grande’, half-caff, skinny vanilla latte.   HEAVY SIGH on my part.  No brownie points for her there.  I also ordered a slice of banana bread since it was lunch time and my tummy was yelling at me.  Note:  The banana bread was not figured into the experiment; it was my treat for performing this task for you.  Since the vanilla gal at the window asked if I wanted the banana bread warm, AND delivered the same to me in a warm little bag, I gave her her brownie points back.  

I drove away with my caramel latte and warm banana bread, quite pleased with how it looked.  I pulled into a parking spot a short distance away so as to examine my lot.  I must say, the banana bread was perfect, and very yummy.  I nibbled a little here and there over the course of an hour or so.  The latte was equally yummy, though I do admit that I spent several sips wondering if she actually gave me the caramel or the vanilla which she seemed to prefer.  After several sips I assumed it was the caramel, so I was satisfied.

As for the cup (which has been a matter of discussion for over a week now), I must admit I fail to see the reason for the turmoil. It’s a cup.  It holds hot coffee nicely.  I imagine it would also hold hot tea (or cold tea, for that matter), but for our purposes, I chose coffee. 

It’s a basic red cup, folks.  NothIMG_0012ing fancy here.  It is my hope that Starbucks did NOT hire a design firm for the creation of said cup. If they did, they wasted their money.  This is a plain red cup, no frills.  There is a green Starbucks logo on one side of the cup, which is their standard logo, no frills or design added.  There is no wording on the outside of the cup warning me that it’s hot (Thanks, McDonalds, I think we all knew that without you telling us!)  It’s a plain cup.  It’s Starbucks logo.  No big deal.

I have red plastic cups in my cupboard at home that my grandchildren use when having a picnic-style lunch.  I assume that one of the children could draw something similar to the Starbucks logo on these cups with a sharpie pen, thus producing a reasonable facsimile.  Who knows.  

Back to the experiment.  I sat in my car and thought to myself, what is the fuss?  I am a practicing, faithful Christian.  I attend church “most” Sundays.  I pray.  I believe in God.  John 3:16 was engraved on my brain long before that adorable Keith Urban came out with the song “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.”  I saw nothing offensive on the Starbucks cup, so I wondered what I was missing.  I asked myself, “What would Jesus do” with a Starbucks cup? Did he drink coffee? Would He touch this cup?

Well, here’s the thing. Most likely not, since the first evidence of coffee drinking is in the middle of the fifteenth century, in the Sufi monasteries around Mokha in Yemen, some 1400 years after the death of Jesus.  (I’m not a brainiac, I did a Google search to locate that information, and you know Google can never be wrong.)  I do know that  most churches use a cup (chalice) of wine for communion.  If he were really into coffee, I think there might be coffee served rather than wine.  I don’t know.

It is my personal opinion that this simple, red cup without a logo would be acceptable to almost everyone I know.  I have friends of many different religions and races, so it’s not just a Methodist thing.  My Catholic, Baptist, Southern Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran and other various denominational friends probably have had beverages from red cups before.  I have friends from various parts of the world who drink coffee on a regular basis.  I know people in the Netherlands, Italy, Australia, Japan and other locations who wouldn’t be offended by the red cup.  I know it doesn’t offend me!

loaves-and-fishesBack to Jesus and what He would do.  Would He drink my Grande’, half-caff, skinny caramel latte?  Probably not.  But I don’t think it is the cup that would be the deciding factor.  It’s the price.  See, I know He wants us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, etc.  For the price of a Grande’, half-caff, skinny caramel latte, Jesus could do so much more.  Think of the loaves and fishes.  They fed a LOT of people in His day! 

So, I guess I really should not be spending my loose change on such pleasures as a half-caff, skinny caramel latte’, but you know what?  I do so sparingly.  It’s not like I’m there knocking on Starbucks’ door every single day.  That would be insane and expensive.  And if they choose to make their cups purple with pink polka dots, or orange with blue squiggles, or just plain boring white, that’s their choice.  I’m not going to make a fuss over what color cup they have unless it is truly obnoxious or offensive.  I will most likely order another drink, and enjoy the wonderful caramel taste coming from the cup unless SOMEONE messes up and gives me a vanilla latte’!

How to Follow a Blog and the Proper Way to Leave Comments

If you find a blog that you really enjoy and would love to read more articles (posts) from the author, it’s good to know that most blogs have a built-in method to help you do so.

Feedly_LogoOn blogs created by WordPress, such as this blog, you will often find an area on the blog that says, “Follow Blog via Email.”  By simply clicking on the button that says “FOLLOW,” you will automatically receive a message each time a new article (post) is created.  Many Blogger blogs will include a “Join this site” button which functions much the same way.  

Another way to follow your favorite blogs is to use a blog reader.  I really like to use FEEDLY, and use that almost exclusively for reading blogs I follow.  If you go to http://feedly.com/ and create an account, you can add all of the blogs you enjoy into a list with categories that work for you.

Below is a quick screenshot of a slice of my Feedly list.

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As a regular reader of a blog, one of the things I enjoy is the ability to communicate with the person who has written the blog.  I have made many friends around the world just by leaving regular comments on their articles (posts). If you look at any blog, there is usually a place for the reader to leave a comment on any post.  It affords the reader an opportunity to respond favorably to what has been shared, or to express their own opinions and ideas about what was said.

Blog authors will often share their posts with others through social media, such as Facebook.  I know I do that myself quite frequently.  When you see a link to someone’s blog post and click through to read the article, ALWAYS leave any comments on the blog article itself, NOT on Facebook. By leaving your comments on the article itself (on the blog), you are helping that author expand their readership to areas outside of the Facebook group.

Take a few minutes to explore Feedly and see it it works for you.  Try leaving a comment on some of the blogs you enjoy.

Who knows, your new best friend may just be out there waiting for you!


Where Do You Go for Inspiration?

If you are a dedicated quilter, then you’ll know what I’m talking about.  If you’re new to quilting, these are also great ideas for you!

You work on a quilt for months, and after awhile, you feel a need for a change.  Perhaps you’re tired of the colors, the fabric, the shapes in the quilt, the repetitive stitching… and on and on.

You need a change, but you’re not sure what you want to do.  You need some inspiration!

Here are some steps you can take to get your creative juices flowing again.

  • Get out your quilt books and magazines, pour your favorite beverage, put on some good music, and flip through the lot.
  • Visit your nearest quilt shop and look around.  I find it most inspirational if I plan to NOT buy fabric when I’m in a funk.  By not committing myself to new fabric, I keep my options open for future quilting.  And then there’s that guild factor if you DO purchase fabric… let’s stay clear of that right now.
  • Visit a quilt shop that is NEW to you!  This is an exploration trip.  Find a list of quilt shops in your state or within a 50 mile radius, pick one, hop in the car and away you go!
  • Go to your local library and hit the quilt book shelf.  There’s bound to be one!  You may have some of the same books, but chances are that there are books there you have not seen before.  Grab them, find a good spot to read, and get to it.
  • While you are at the library, look at books in the art and drawing section.  There are often many great patterns and ideas there!
  • Visit a good bookstore and find the Adult Coloring book area.  Coloring books for adults is becoming all the rage now, and you wouldn’t believe the great designs you will find!
  • Need to stay home?  Get out some paper (not graph paper, but typing (printer) paper, plain white.  Get a few good pencils out, a ruler, a compass, and just start sketching and doodling.  Let your mind wander.  Try shapes, geometric patterns, trees, flowers, etc.
  • Visit a quilt show that has a variety of quilts entered.  Take a small notebook with you.  Try to hang out and explore quilts that are in styles you normally would not be interested in.  Look at the design, the color, the stitching.  Ask yourself why you wouldn’t make something like that.  What would prevent you from making an attempt?  Jot down your thoughts.  Here, you are expanding your options.
  • Sit down at your computer and find some great websites for editing photography.  Play with them!  One site I like is http://www.picmonkey.com/ . Use photos of your quilting (you DO take photos of your quilts, don’t you?) and play with them online.  Here’s one I did awhile ago.  I love it!  It uses my Ocean Waves quilt in a different way.


You don’t have to stay in a funk.  There are lots of things you can do to expand your horizons and feed your creativity.

Go for it!

Do you have other ideas?  Share them with others by leaving a comment!

Quilt Workshops and Lectures in and around Michigan

This is the time of year when many quilting guilds or groups are looking for a quilt lecture or workshop/retreat in or around the State of Michigan. If your group is one of those,  I’d love to come and spend some time with you!  At the top of this page you will see a red tab.  Click on “About Caron” to learn a little bit more about me.

Then visit the link below

Caron’s Workshops and Lectures

for more specific information that might interest your group.

Floral Star of Bethlehem by Caron Mosey

Floral Star of Bethlehem     by Caron Mosey