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Dot to Dot Quilting~A How-To

First off, I hope that everyone has a great holiday today. We are having a big ol family get together, but we will also be remembering Grandpa, a …

It's just a (machine quilting) phase!

Oh, hello! I didn’t think anyone would still be here after my unplanned 2-week break from blogging. At any given time, I might be working on a book, …

What I've been working on

I've been working on a few different projects and quilt blocks and it's finally time to blog about them.<p>These are the (late) May blocks for my do …

How to sew an easy mitred corner

As I mentioned in Monday's Make : Grow : Thrift, I was making cushion slips to match the quilt I'd made. As the four squares weren't quite big enough …

Why You Should Consider Vacationing At A Vineyard

Bacchus, Dionysus to the Greeks, was the god of wine, the symbol of intoxication and sensuality. Some of the most beautiful Italian landscapes are dedicated to him, with gentle hills cultivated geometrically as well as charming villages, castles and charming hotels where you can wake up surrounded …

World of Design: 11 Book Lovers and Where They Like to Read


How mindfulness plays havoc with memory

The practice can disrupt the brain’s ability to tell the difference between real and false memories, scientists find<p>Mindfulness, the form of meditation embraced by business leaders, celebrities and the NHS, might not be so beneficial for the mind after all, according to research.<p>The practice, which …


10 travel destinations trending this summer

The results are based on the most-searched places, with major music events, art festivals, and sporting competitions driving demand.<p>From Reykjavik, Iceland, to Hyderabad, India, here's where everyone wants to travel this summer.


Another #zentangle in my sketchbook. Peacock feather inspired. #zia

Petals and pearls #Christmas #crafts #art #ornaments #drawing #zentangle

zendoodles, zentangles, doodles

Flubber-tangle pattern

Botanicals: My First


Today's efforts, thought I'd try something a bit different. #doodle #doodles #drawing #art #zentangle #zentangles #instaart #sketchbook #pen #ink


Why I love the world: Mario Batali

The award-winning chef and TV host dishes on his favourite places to wander – and how travelling changed him.<p>Mario Batali is best known for his award-winning restaurants, his popular US food show The Chew and his trademark, can’t-miss footwear: bright orange Crocs. But the 54-year-old chef is also …

Please Welcome Maryn McKenna to Phenomena!

Today, Phenomena gains a phenomenal new member: Maryn McKenna. If you’ve read her books such as <i>Superbug</i> or kept up with her blog of the same name, you know that nobody does a better job of analyzing the threats we face from infectious diseases. To celebrate the launch of “Germination,” her blog …

Microwave Bowl Pot Holder

<i>Before you begin this project, please read THIS update. (Added 2/27/2014)</i><p>How many times have you burned your hands lifting a bowl from the microwave? …

Machine Binding Tutorial

There are lots and lots of binding tutorials. <i>Lots</i>. So I’m going to skim over binding basics fairly quickly in order to share with you how I machine …

Perfect Points and the Positioning Pin

As a woman and a quilter, my favorite words, not necessarily in this order, are:<br>I love you!<br>You've lost weight!<br>Look at those points!<p>This <b>Perfect Points</b> …


Tuesday Tutorial–Twisted Rope

Welcome Quilters! Did you know that there are nearly 200 countries in the world? I’m happy to report that <b>quilters from 122</b> <b>different countries have</b> …


January 2015 Bee Blocks

The Fallacy of 'Giving Up'

The importance of talking with a doctor about values and priorities in life—at any age<p>At 30 years old, a person's brain weighs about three pounds. In its capaciousness it wears the skull like a well-tailored suit. So notes Harvard professor and surgeon Atul Gawande in his most recent book <i>Being</i> …

Color Plus......Quilting

Today’s quilt is a fun, fun quilt! It’s the Color Plus quilt designed by Alison Glass.<p>Photo by Alison Glass<p>Alison and I met at Quilt market two years …