Quilting Isn’t Funny, but I sure am laughing

Bias: The irrational inclination to believe that holding down a job or cooking some food for once is a more productive use of time than quilting.

QuiltingIsn'tFunny

Are you familiar with The Bitchy Stitcher? Megan Dougherty is the mastermind behind the blog that takes the idea of a stitch-n-bitch to a whole new level and she cracks me up.

I’ve been enjoying her sarcastic little rants for some time now, but now that I’ve read her new book, Quilting Isn’t Funny, I realized I’d missed out on some real gems.

Like everyone else on this book’s blog tour, I’ve snickered and snorted my way through it, publicly embarrassing myself and left unable to explain why it’s funny. You have to be a quilter to understand why I choked on my mocha when I read:

…But like all things of this world, fabric and tools and machines are impermanent and imperfect, and let’s face it, the only person who is going to bitch about my seams not aligning is that snotty lady from the quilt guild, and she can suck it.

This is what I love about Quilting Isn’t Funny. You’re just reading along, nodding “impermanent and imperfect” yeah, totally;  “that snotty lady from the quilt guild” haha, I know exactly who she could be talking about  and then bam, Megan hits you with her snark. “She can suck it” and I bust out an exhale of laughter.

And can I explain to my daughter why that’s funny… the imperfection, the snotty lady, the quilt police and the pointed dismissal of all criticism? No. I’m left laughing to myself in the kitchen while my daughter does homework and throws awkward glances at me.

Thanks for that, Megan.

Quilting Isn’t Funny is available now in softback on ebook versions. Whatever suits your fancy. Personally, I loved the electronic version, tucked neatly into the Kindle app on my phone,  but you (or the loved ones you buy it for) may very well love the paper version.

Megan also offers up some fabulous pins with her witty little phrases that you should probably check out, too. My favorite is “Don’t make me cut you.” And that’s because of Miss Bon Qui Qui:


I could watch that another fifty times and still LMAO every single time.

And I’m pretty sure the same can be said for Quilting Isn’t Funny. It’s just good stuff. Buy yourself a copy and pick up an extra for your quilting pals.

Want to win a signed copy? Leave a comment and tell me something funny. Anything goes, but if it’s quilting/sewing/fabric related, I’ll throw in an extra entry for you.

It’s Giveaway Day-Week!

Twice each year, Sew,Mama,Sew! does this awesome thing called Giveaway Day. I haven’t been able to participate in a while with life being a bit crazy, then forgetting, and thinking I’ll do it the next time, then not.

But this year I am doing it! And what am I giving away you ask. How about a little four-pack of fat-sixteenths! Sew,Mama,Sew! Giveaway from Crinkle Dreams

I love these itty-bitty bits of fabric. They’re the perfect size for all sorts of crafts and scrappy quilting and little bits of fun on anything. These four packs include fabrics from Suzy Ultman, Carolyn Friedlander, Lizzy House and Laurie Wisbrun for a total of 16 fat sixteenths.

To win the fabric quartet, comment and tell me about your favorite scrappy project (finished or on your to-make list). Feel free to include a link–I’d love to see YOUR work, too.

Follow me at facebook.com/crinkledreams or Instagram and check out my shop on Etsy for more fabric scraps, kits and finished samples.

If you’re interested in participating in my Sew Em Be sewing drive, let me know in the comments as well.

Know Thy Machine

Thanks to Shruti for putting on this little blog tour of sewing machines. It’s been quite fun following along to see all the variety of machines and, especially for me, what makes them special for the owner. Thanks to Shruti for inviting me and thank YOU for coming along!

Now to the questions…

What machine(s) do you have? Brand and Model.
I sew on a lovely old machine: a 1954 Pfaff 130. I have one at home and one in the sewing studio. I also own one of the little IKEA machines and I dream of having a new Bernina like the ones I have used at Modern Domestic.

20121109-103349.jpgWhen and where did you buy it? 

I bought the first Pfaff 130 about 10 years ago at a Montavilla Sewing Center. Or rather my mom bought it for me to help me with the little apron business I had. The fellow at the shop said it would outlast me and he may be right. I’ve sewn for hundreds of hours and haven’t yet had to make any repairs.

What was its approximate cost?
It was $700. I bought another for $400 and spend $70 on the IKEA machine.

What do you like about your machine?
I love that it’s a little speed demon and never breaks down. It’s a semi-industrial, so there are no bells or whistles. Just straight and zig-zag stitching. I don’t mind because I can sew a straight seam faster than anyone I know on that machine. 🙂

Have you named it?
I don’t name things. I’m terrible at coming up with nicknames and machines never really “look like a <name>” to me.

Have you made a cover for it?
I didn’t make a cover for my home machine, but Kate at SewPo made a cute hexie cover using Kate Spain fabrics (who just happens to be one of my faves!)

Does your machine give you any problems? Could you tell us a few?
Besides the fact that buttonholes are a real pain in the arse with it? Nope, not a single problem.

What do you sew on it mainly?
I sew a little bit of everything–coats, quilts, bags, dresses, pillows and potholders. If if can be sewn, I’ll do it.

How much time do you spend sewing on it?
Not enough! With a full-time job and a teenage daughter, I don’t have nearly the time I’d like to sit in front of my machine. It makes me happy in my core to sew, so I really do wish I could do it more. But I fit it in when I can.

What are the features of the machine that help you improve your work?
Speed! Otherwise, it’s really the feet that I adore. I finally got a walking foot, which I love! I also use 1/4″ foot, walking foot, rolled hem foot and zipper foot a lot and they make a lot of tasks easier.

What advice would you give others when deciding about which machine to buy?
Really consider what you’ll be sewing on your machine. I like sewing bags and coats that require a bit more oomph in the machine to get through all those layers and I don’t care if I can make fancy stitches, so my machine is great for me. But if you’re going to be doing a lot of little girl dresses, you might want those fancy stitches. If you’re new to sewing, buy the best machine you can afford. A lousy machine that jams or breaks threads or whatever makes it difficult to enjoy the act of sewing. Nothing will end your foray into sewing and quilting like a frustrating machine.

Will you share with us a special memory associated with your machine?
There’s nothing in particular, but that machine is near and dear to my heart. It’s been through a dozen moves with me and hundreds of projects and just keeps on going.

If you had unlimited resources in the world, which machine would you choose to buy and why?
I would love to get one of the Bernina machines because I’ve sewn on them and liked some of the features (the up/down needle thing, the exact stitch length, all those feet!), but I haven’t yet got into looking too closely at which model. When I win the lottery, I’ll put some time into researching which one is best for me!

Until then you can find me seated at one of my machines, stitching the weekend away.

xo! t