Posts From Stephanie Soebbing

National Quilt Museum director gets her wish with new exhibit

Ever since Judy Schwinder joined the National Quilt Museum as its curator, she has wanted to group the critter quilts together. She is finally getting her with with “Into the Wild: Quilted Creatures,” which opened yesterday. The new exhibit features some of the best and most memorable animal quilts in the museum’s collection. One of Schwinder’s favorites is Javanese Jungle by Audree Sells. Designed in deep teals, orange and gold, it

Sleeping babies, the IRS and creative time

  The good news … at nine-months-old Angela has started to go to sleep and stay asleep at the same time every night. And her bedtime is a full three hours before my bedtime, which means plenty of time to do whatever I want. The bad news … I’ve been spending the majority of that time doing the books for the blog. In 2014, after years and years of blogging,

Use found objects, kitchen materials to make your own fabric

You don’t need fancy equipment, expensive resists and printmaking stencils to create your own beautiful fabrics at home. That’s the lesson of “Fabric Printing at Home” by Julie Booth, an artist and experience fabric designer. In the 127-page full-color book filled with photo illustrations of the steps and techniques, Booth teaches readers how to create one-of-a-kind fabric prints using tools like fabric paint, upholstery foam, corn cobs and macaroni. She also

Sewing room to nursery: Decor

It’s been a long time since I wrote a sewing room to nursery post. Progress pretty much stopped once I had Angela because I was too busy caring for her to keep going on the transformation. She had a crib, a changing table and all the clothes and diapers she could ever need, so that was OK. But now that she is almost 10 months old she is consistently sleeping

Giveaway! Enter to win a copy of ‘Quilting with Doilies’

Time for another giveaway! Schiffer Publishing is giving away a copy of its latest release, “Quilting with Doilies: Inspiration, Techniques, & Projects” by Barbara Polston. It would be perfect for anyone who collects antique doilies or has several passed down through the family and are trying to find something to do with them. Here’s the book description from Schiffer Publishing: Quilting with Doilies: Inspiration, Techniques, & Projects By Barbara Polston Beautiful

Q&A with Jennifer Chiaverini on ‘Mrs. Grant and Madam Jule’

Full disclosure … while I have interviewed Jennifer Chiaverini before, she was unavailable for the release of her latest novel, “Mrs. Grant and Madam Jule” due out on March 3. This Q&A is from her publisher and the content is unique to Quilt Addicts Anonymous. So have fun reading about Chiaverini’s fourth stand-alone novel since the Elm Creek Quilts series. Mrs. Grant and Madam Jule chronicles the fascinating, complicated relationship

Quilt Retreat!

In just under four weeks I will spend four days at my guild’s quilt retreat! I’ll be going with my aunt, who you can see here with me in a photo taken about three years ago at the last retreat we went to together. It has been so long since I’ve had uninterrupted sewing time, that I just can’t wait for the opportunity. I used to go without fail for

Inspira Studio furniture designed by sewers for sewers

The world’s largest sewing machine company and ClosetMaid have teamed up to create a furniture collection designed just for sewers. SVP Worldwide, the makers of Singer, Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff sewing machines, created Inspira Studio to solve the frustrations of sewers making furniture work that was designed for general storage, not craft and sewing rooms, said Tammy Graham Nixon, global product manager for SVP Worldwide. “One of the key things

Nickolai’s Noel makes for one steamy quilt novel

One of the fabric companies needs to come out with a line of solids that features 50 shades of gray to go with “Nikolai’s Noel,” by Alicia Hunter Pace. While it is missing the S&M of the popular trilogy, it is not often you find a black lace bustier in a quilting novel. And the steamy scenes, while at times uncomfortably long, are quite sexy. The holiday-themed romance begins with a

Sewing room mood board

This room may not look like much now except a place to store junk. But very soon it will be transformed into my sewing studio/office. A year ago we had a major storm come through. A tree branch went through the window of our sunroom, the wind whipped through and pushed the wall out. Since the entire room needed to be torn down and rebuilt and the insurance company was