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Loose Threads: Stories to Keep Quilters in Stitchesby Helen Kelley
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“I remember the incident very clearly. I was hunched over the copy machine in the office supplies store, concentrating, playing with designs for a twelve-inch friendship quilt block. I enlarged shapes, cut them out, and rearranged them. Suddenly, I was aware of a hand moving softly across my back. The hand wandered. It stroked; it plucked. I spun around to face the woman standing behind me.
‘What are you doing?’ I asked, bewildered.
She was embarrassed.
‘Oh,’ she said, ‘I was just picking the loose threads off of the back of your shirt.’
Later, thinking about those loose threads, I realized how much a part of me they are. . . . I am a hand-quilter and in the hours I spend at my quilt frame, I work quietly, stitching inch by inch. While I am stitching, my mind looks back over the moments of each day, wandering and wondering. These mental meanderings are my loose threads. . . . Because I am lucky enough to love this quilting that I do, these loose threads fill my thoughts with joy and curiosity and laughter. . . .”
In Loose Threads: Stories to Keep Quilters in Stitches, you are invited to share in this joy and laughter. Read along with Helen and discover why piecing a quilt after midnight is never a good idea, how to know it’s time to clean out your fabric stash, why quilting is better than an X-rated movie, and why you’ll never find a better friend than a quilter.
Helen Kelley’s “Loose Threads” column has been a favorite of readers of Quilters Newsletter for twenty-five years. She is the author of Every Quilt Tells a Story and Helen Kelley’s Joy of Quilting. Helen’s “Renaissance Quilt” was chosen as one of the 100 Best Quilts of the Twentieth Century, and she is the 2008 inductee into the prestigious Quilters Hall of Fame.
Book News Annotation:
A recent inductee into the Quilters Hall of Fame collects amusing and inspirational anecdotes from her "Loose Threads" column in Quilters Newsletter, popular since 1983. The Minneapolis- based author shares observations that belie stereotypes of quilting as a hobby of old-fashioned, little old ladies. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
One of the country’s best-loved quilters shares her observations on the whys, wherefores, and wonders of applying needle to fabric and creating a world.
One of the countrys best-loved quilters shares her observations on the whys, wherefores, and wonders of applying needle to fabric and creating a world.
“Reading Helen Kelley is like having coffee with a good friend. In sharing details from her quilting life, she touches us with insights that are both personal and universal, simple and monumental.”
—Jean Ray Laury, internationally known quiltmaker, instructor, and author
Blurb from Lisa Iverson to come this week
—Lisa Iverson, Executive Director, Quilters Hall of Fame
Blurb from Jan Magee to come this week
—Jan Magee, Executive Editor, Quilters Newsletter
With signature wit and wisdom, Helen Kelley weaves the “loose threads” of life into charming stories that every quilter can appreciate. Her warm humor and poignant insights about the quilting life are sure to make you laugh, as you recognize yourself in tales of family, friendship, and a passion for quilts.
Helen Kelley is a celebrated quiltmaker, instructor, lecturer, and author. For twenty-five years, this Erma Bombeck of the quilting world has parlayed her passion for all things quilt into her enormously popular “Loose Threads” column in Quilters Newsletter. A master quilter, Helen’s “Renaissance Quilt” was chosen as one of the 100 Best Quilts of the Twentieth Century, and she is the 2008 inductee into the prestigious Quilters Hall of Fame.
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