Synopses & Reviews
“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.
“Helen Kelley's death on September 1, 2008 marked an enormous loss for the quilting community. Loose Threads becomes a poignant reminder of all that we loved about her and her words of wit and wisdom. These essays will inspire and entertain you no matter where you are in your quilting journey.”—Quiltmaker, Winter 2008
“One of the country's best-loved quilters, and columnist in Quilters Newsletter since 1983, shares her observations on the whys, wherefores, and wonders of applying needle to fabric and creating a world in this collection of amusing, moving and invariably wise essays gathered in book form for the first time. These pieces form a lovely patchwork that will certainly keep.”—Decorating Digest/Craft and Home, December 2008
“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.
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.
A collection of amusing, moving, and invariably wise essays from Helen Kelleys beloved "Loose Threads" column (a favorite of readers of Quilters Newsletter since 1983), this treasury comes together much like the exquisite quilts Kelley creates: painstakingly pieced and stitched to convey not just a moment and its meaning, but the care and craft of quilting that lasts longer than thread holds out. Gathered in book form for the first time, these pieces form a lovely patchwork that will certainly keep.
About the Author
Helen Kelley, of Minneapolis, MN, is America’s most popular quilting columnist and has written for Quilter’s Newsletter for over twenty years. She is a master quilter and has taught and lectured across the country. Helen’s “Renaissance Quilt” was chosen as one of the 100 Best Quilts of the Twentieth Century. She is the author of Every Quilt Tells a Story and Helen Kelley’s Joy of Quilting and is the 2008 inductee into the prestigious Quilter's Hall of Fame.