You CAN teach an old dog new tricks

Last night at Modern Quilt Guild, I was working on this scarf, which was twisting as usual.  My friend was watching me and said casually, you know if you alternate the way you turn your work, your scarf won’t twist.  Okay, I’ve been knitting since I was ten and kind of scoffed at my changing a life-long habit, but after a few rows, it was easy and voila, the scarf no longer twisted.  So, if you’re knitting a long, skinny project, turn your work to the left after one row and to the right after the next and so on.  You’ll figure it out!  I finished this scarf for my daughter, made from leftovers from her fingerless gloves (I still have leftovers).  I alternated changing yarns on the left and right and knotted the ends as a side fringe–no weaving in all those ends.  I’ll get a photo of her modeling them soon.  She has more expression than this dummie, er hat form.  I’ll talk more about where I found my inspiration for a pattern for fingerless gloves in a future post–I need to make a set for me now so you can follow along–to the yarn stash.  Maybe I’ll figure out how to attach the pattern–it’ll be FREE.


I only had time to dig out some ribbon and flowers to finish those pincushions I mentioned in a previous post.  I need to clear off my work space so I can get out the glue gun and get busy tomorrow.  So far I haven’t had to buy anything new.  Looks to be a bit of wintry mix in the weather so it will be a great day to stay home and play in the studio.


I have been stewing about what to do with all these little doilies that didn’t sell years ago.  When Walmart and the craft stores started carrying foreign-made doilies, I kind of went out of business.  I saw a couple of table runners on Pinterest (a blessing–inspiration, and a curse–time suck) made by sewing doilies together.  So soon I’ll head to the linen closet where I have bigger ones stored and play with this in-between projects.


That’s it for today.  Stay warm (or cool) until next time.  Surely you have something better to do than to sit here and read my ramblings.  Bye for now.  Oh, I can’t use that–I think that belongs to Nancy Zieman.  Ta ta.


Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at and here (previously but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

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