Writing and Quilting – a Big THANK YOU!

I like to write.  You may have discovered that already.  I’ve written two quilting books, a number of magazine articles, and lots of blog posts.  I am a quilter.  A HAND QUILTER.  I do most of my quilting by hand, as I find it relaxing.  A few years ago, I started a Facebook group called “Celebrate Hand Quilting” so that other hand quilters could connect and share with each other, regardless of where they live, what their background is, and how much experience they have.   https://www.facebook.com/groups/handquilting/

I received an email the other day from a gentleman offering “help.”

I thought I’d share it with my regular readers.  Here’s what it said:  “Hi,  My name is Ryan, I’m a freelance writer and I’m a long time reader of your blog. I’m writing to you because I’d love to contribute a guest post for your website. What do you think about it? I’d be happy to know your opinion about guest blogging opportunities. Look forward to hearing from you.


Well, Ryan, That’s an awesome offer!  Since you’re a long time reader of my blog, I have some questions for you!  Would you please respond to them by leaving your responses to the questions below in the comments area so that others may read them as well?

  1. What is your favorite kind of hand quilting thread?

  2. Do you double thread your needle all the time?

  3. How do you feel about pre-washing batting before you hand quilt?

  4. Batik fabrics are lovely in quilts, aren’t they? Do you find them harder or easier to hand quilt?  Why?

  5. Ryan, do you prefer a long-arm or a short-arm machine for hand quilting?

  6. Would you please share the link to your own blog with my readers? We’d like to know what you are currently working on.   A picture or two of your work would also be appreciated!

  7. The Celebrate Hand Quilting group on Facebook welcomes male quilters. We would be happy to include you in the group.  Please don’t hesitate to join by clicking on the link above.

  8. Since you are an avid quilter, I am assuming that your offer to be a guest writer on my blog means that you will be willing to contribute free articles on my blog on a regular basis. On behalf of my quilting friends, I’d like to share a hearty Thank you!  

5 thoughts on “Writing and Quilting – a Big THANK YOU!

  1. Wasn’t there a children’s show that had a song that went, “Some kind of help is the kind of help that helping’s all about. And some kind of help is the kind of help we all can do without”. I’m not thinking you need a lot of help in that area … and I’ll go with a free arm machine for quilting … two free arms, each with a hand at the end!


    • Julie, the line you quoted (“Some kind of help . . . “) is from a Shel Silverstein poem titled “Helping.” Silverstein’s poems, while presumably written for children, have much to say to adults. I often use his wisdom in my Sunday School class (adult women) because he states truth so precisely. And now that you have called my attention to Mr. Silverstein’s poems, I may well use the rest of the morning perusing them! Thanks for the reminder to while away a bit of the day doing something probably more constructive than sweeping!

      Caron, you are certainly a sharp cookie, and you tongue-in-cheek reply to the offer of help was spot-on!


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