Every Quilt Tells a Story: A Quilter's Stash of Wit and Wisdom

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Voyageur Press, 2003 - House & Home - 224 pages
Every quilt tells a story. There is a universality in those stories as well as in the quilts themselves and the threads that hold them together. In the tradition of Erma Bombeck, Helen Kelley shares her tales of quilts and quiltmaking with trademark charm and wit. This gifted storyteller gathers the snippings, threads, and scraps of everyday life and effortlessly stitches them together to create a narrative to which every quilter can relate. Each piece--from the humorous to the heartwarming--touches your soul and makes you smile, reminding you of your own passion for quilts and the stories they tell. Helen Kelley is an author, instructor, and lecturer, but she is, first and foremost, a quiltmaker. For twenty years, this "Erma Bombeck" of the quilting world has parlayed her passion for all things quilt into her enormously popular "Loose Threads" column in "Quilter s Newsletter Magazine."
 

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Contents

Threads of Wisdom
17
Kelleys Laws for Quitters
18
My Mama bone Tol Me
20
Lesson Learned from a Munchkin
23
Golden Quilt
27
Thats the Way the Cookie Crumbles
32
Recycle
35
Feathering My Nest
38
A Stitch in Time
125
Time Flies When Youve Having Fun
126
Twinkle Twinkle Feathered Star
132
Happy Days
136
New and Improved
140
Just Keep A Roll Wagon Wheels
143
Thats About the Size of It
146
And I Will Make Thee Beds of Roses
149

Abracadabra
42
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
45
Gaming a New Dimension
48
Eating Humble Pie
50
Life Is a Sandwich
53
Keeping Us in Stitches
57
A Matter of Policy
58
Ok Say Can You See?
60
All My Problems A Soap Opera
62
Curses Foiled Again
65
Consider the Lilies
68
Bow Wow
71
Seams Like Old Times
74
The Night That Time Stood Still
77
One Potato Two Potato
79
A Monumental Mess
82
Vocabulary Lesson
85
The Quilt Connection
89
Delightful Delovely
90
The Fateful Finger
94
Tripping Was Quite Fantastic
96
HairSpray Today Clean Tomorrow
100
Its Jungle Out There
102
How You Play the Game
105
Special Delivery
108
The Heiress
111
A Message from Mother Goose
115
A Workshop Is a Trying Experience
118
TellTales
121
Beautiful but Dumb
152
Stitchosaurus
155
Our State Fair Is a Great State Fair
157
Chapters THE TIES THAT BIND
161
Kissm Kin
162
Up by the Hair on His ChinnyChinChin
164
Im a Calculating Woman
167
OverTaxed
169
Celestial Navigation
172
Snips and Snails and Puppy bog Tails
176
Ode to Joy
178
To bye Perchance to bream
181
Time and Tide
184
Oh Chute
186
Leftovers
189
For The Love of Quilting
193
10 Things to Do with a Blizzard
194
The Unkindest Cut of All
196
IQ Test
198
Drawn and Quartered
201
Creature Comforts
206
You Are Coordially Invited to a Fashion Show
209
Yield Not to Temptation
211
For the Mature Audience
215
Physical Fitness
218
Starting from Square One
221
About the Author
224
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Page 8 - I am a quiltmaker, purely and simply put. There is no need to explain that to another quilter. To a non-quiltmaker, however, the compulsion to "cut fabric into little pieces and sew them back together again" (as the non-quilt world puts it) is a puzzlement.

About the author (2003)

Helen Kelley's Loose Threads column has been a favorite of readers of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine since 1983. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband. Her previous books include "Scarlet Ribbons: An Indian Technique for Today's Quilters," "Dating Quilts, From 1600 to the Present," and two self-published books of flower patterns. In 1992, she was featured in Oxmoor House's book, "Quilt With the Best." Her by-line has appeared in a variety of quilting publications and her prize-winning quilts have been the subject of numerous photo essays. Degrees: AA, Stephens College, Columbia, MO, BSS, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Occupation: Quilt maker, teacher, lecturer, historian. Prof. designations/awards received: Artist of Distinction, Minnesota Fiber/Metal Arts 10th Anniversary show, 1995; First "Quilter of the Year," Minnesota Quilters, 1998; Renaissance Quilt chosen one of the 100 Best of the 20th Century at the International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX 1999; Spun Gold Award, Minnesota Textile Center, 2000.

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