Frogging (Rip-it, Rip-it, Rip-it)

This post was originally sent out as a newsletter on August 26, 2019


Last winter, a woman who is a fabulous knitter took one of my beginning quilting classes at the Hill Institute. She was ripping out piecing stitches and I said, "Oh, I'm sorry you have to do that." She told me that through knitting she has learned that un-stitching is just part of the process of creating. Since that day, every time I need to reverse-stitch I remember those wise words. Last week I unpicked all of the appliqué stitches I had put in the day before. I knew I would be happier with the results if I fixed my mistake...and after is part of the process.

Catherine H. posted on my Facebook page that rubbing a silicone or rubber spatula over the surface of the quilt helps clean up the loose threads from ripping. I tried it, and it works! I am going to buy a small spatula to keep in the studio just for this task.

I listen to loads of podcasts and audiobooks while I sew. One of my new favorites is Without Fail, an interview podcast that talks to successful people about their career failures and triumphs. The most recent episode "How a Stay-At-Home Mom Started an Empire" did not excite me by title alone but it turns out the guest was Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company. She is fun to listen to and this is the first business podcast that I've heard a discussion about longarms, which I was excited about.

School starts this week around here. I think everyone in our house is ready to get back to a regular routine, including our newly-minted high schooler. This also means that Sit-and Stitch is back! We meet the second Thursday of the month from 6-8pm at the Gaylord Memorial Library in South Hadley, MA. Bring a handwork project and spend some time hanging out with other stitchers.

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This mini quilt is headed to Houston to be part of the IQA silent auction at the International Quilt Festival. If you are at the show in October, you can bid on her and take her home with you. She's tiny - less than 9" square, but was fun to make. I was inspired to make her after finding one lone Little Person in a box of random toys that my parents had in their attic.

Please send along your podcast recommendations, I'm always looking for new ones!