The past few weeks have had a few online quilt shops announce that they are closing down – from selling fabric – and moving in new directions. One of my very favorite shops – Pink Chalk Fabrics – is one of those that will no longer sell fabric. I love this shop, I was a member of a few of the fabric clubs they offered over the years and loved getting that package each month. I think it’s exciting to hear what others are moving toward in their business, and Abby Glassenberg’s While She Naps podcast episode 32 has a talk with Kathy, the owner of Pink Chalk, and Kristi, the owner of Sew Mama Sew, which also stopped selling fabric online.
We are living in the city for the first time ever. I remember when I was in college (go Pokes!) I wondered who lived above the bars and stores on the main street. I was never interested in living above one, I lived close to campus, well close enough that I could walk once in a while but I wondered who would pick to live above what seemed like a noisy place. I do miss an outside space, but we go to the park, and I miss grilling (which I’ll just have to keep missing for a bit longer). I like the experience of living in the city and I’m glad to have at least the older kids be able to experience this so they will remember it. Check out my friend Sharon’s City Living Guide, she has a podcast coming soon too, if you would like more on just what it’s like to live in the city.
This is an epic tutorial about how to make a scrappy star quilt – I mean lone star quilt. She uses scraps and figured out what size the resulting block would be and was able to piece together strips before cutting her strips. She has a lot of math in the tutorial too, so that is a big help if you want to make this same kind of quilt.
Free Halloween Quilt pattern over at the Fab Shop Hop website.
I am a big fan of block of the month programs. I also love getting mail, so the lack of access to our mail here is sometimes not the most fun. The Intrepid Thread (another of my favorite online shops!) is having a BOM for Patchwork City, a new book by Elizabeth Hartman.