Did y'all have a good weekend? Did you celebrate #WorldQuiltingDay? Dear Hubster gave me lots of sewing time this weekend, so I'm almost done quilting the first #OperationSmiley quilt (just need to do the borders), and I got a good chunk of En Provence up on the design wall. I'm using very fresh colors, and I simplified the sashing a bit, and I love it! Seeing so much of it laid out is giving me good motivation to get the top pieced so that I can quilt is as part of the Machine Quilting Blog Hop (there are pictures already on Instagram, and they'll also show up for WIP Wednesday).
(Above: Frances, me, and Quiltin' Jenny last fall and then again at QuiltCon. Frances claimed the role of the brunette on Instagram last week, so I guess that makes me the red head. WIN!)
Speaking of which, I'm still spending a lot of time with The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting, so I thought I'd share some quilty fiction with y'all today. You may recognize the name Frances O'Roark Dowell because she's one of my BQFs or because I interviewed her for FriYAY Friends last fall or because she is the author of Birds in the Air or because she's the lovely hostess of The Off-Kilter Quilt Podcast.
What you may not know, is that Frances has launched a fabulous website called QuiltFiction.com where she blogs about stories that feature quilts and writes her own as well. It's lovely! In fact, maybe the "About Page" says it best:
"Quiltfiction.com is the place for quilters who love to read, and especially love quilt stories. Whether you’re in the mood for a short story or making a list for your next library trip, you’ll find everything you need right here: original fiction, book lists and interviews with your favorite authors. Have your own story to tell? We’ll keep you posted on upcoming writing contests. Stay current by signing up for our newsletter!"
If you somehow haven't read Birds in the Air yet, go buy a copy immediately. It's charming, well written, and will make an excellent gift for your quilting friends.
Now, go pour a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy some QuiltFiction.