Joyce Livingston (Author) & Friends

Friday, June 30, 2006

Quilt Block #27 and more Tatouage

Yes, this is Tatouage. Sorry the pic didn't come out as large or clear as I'd like. This is actually about a 7' tree. Of course you put it up in sections, but what a great addition to a plain wall. And the nice part? You don't have to dust it or clean it like a silk tree. Get tired of it? Paint over it and you'll never know it was there.

Today's old quilt block is KANSAS DUGOUT. A little more difficult to piece but not really that hard, especially if you've learned the newer techniques crafty quilters have come up with. Short cuts, if you will. Great color combination, don't you agree?

I hope you're enjoying the old quilt blocks and the pics of Tatouage I've placed here.

Stop back tomorrow for more additions!

Joyce Livingston, author
Latest book, THE WIDOWS' CLUB in stores now.

Thursday, June 29, 2006


This old quilt block is called - - can you guess? JOY! Wouldn't this be great in a Christmas Quilt? There are patterns available where you can spell out just about any name you want by piecing pieces together such as the quilt maker did here. Great block? Don't you agree?

This Tatouage pattern is one of my favorites, although I haven't used it on my walls yet. It has several companion pieces, such as corners and straight borders. Of course, you can cut any pattern up and place it in whatever pattern sequence you choose, which gives you the option of being creative. On the arch (you may have seen several days earlier on this blog) you will note that I had cut the roses, leaves, and stems in many different ways to make them look more realistic.

Another quilt block and more Tatouage tomorrow!

Joyce Livingston, author

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Tatouage and another Quilt Block

Today's old quilt block is called *Hovering Hawks*. Great name for it. With a little imagination, you can almost see those hawks!

Since so many expressed interest in the pics of Tatouage I'd done in my own home, I decided to add another pic each day for several days.

These new ones are NOT pictures taken from my home, but other Tatouage possibilities from patterns that are available.

And, NO, I am not selling anything! I have just enjoyed doing Tatouage and like to share a good thing when I see it.

Thanks for stopping by. Tomorrow, I'll post another quilt block and nother Tatouage pattern.

Joyce Livingston, author
My latest book, THE WIDOWS' CLUB, is in stores and available on the Internet now.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Another Quilt BLOCK & another TATOUAGE

This is HONEYBEE! Good name for it, don't you think? And I love the color combination....could it be because there is a touch of black in it? This wouldn't be a hard block for beginnners, if they look at it as a simple 9-patch with simple rectangles and squares added as a border, then the *petals* appliqued onto the finished block. Note the blanket stitching used to anchor the petals. Neat, huh? Gives it that *made long ago* touch.

Now for the Tatouage I promised I'd add today. I've inserted the picture, then added a brief instruction paragraph for you. It's quite simple to do...just a bit time consuming, and it truly looks like you have painted it yourself. You can even see the brush strokes. But it actually takes very little time when you consider the results. Of course, smaller pieces don't take nearly as long to complete. I seem to gravitate toward the larger ones. Actually, this vase/flower wall isn't completed yet. I plan to add an actual fancy white wood frame around to create a border, to make it look like a real framed painting, then continue the burgandy paint color up to the edge of the frame. That will be the icing on the cake! Then when the small lamp beneath is lit, it will shine up onto the Tataouge.

Okay, here are the instructions:
What is Tatouage?
Tatouage designs are highly detailed dry-rub transfers that can be applied to almost any hard surface. Tatouage can give your décor the look hand-painted borders, murals or trompe d’oeil effects. Carefully place your Tatouage transfer, remove the protective backing and rub on the entire design, using the supplied Tatouage tool. As you rub, you can peel back the paper and watch while the Tatouage design transfers. There is no paint, glue, water or fumes involved with the Tatouage transfer process.

See how simple this is? But the results are fabulous! Whatcha think of it?

Joyce Livingston, author
My latest book, THE WIDOWS' CLUB, a woman's fiction novel is in stores now.

Monday, June 26, 2006


Here's the block. It is called Greek Cross.

Okay, I had promised I would put a picture of my latest TATOUAGE project on my blog, for those who have no idea what TATOUAGE is! This is it! And I did it myself! Amazing, huh?

I had used Tatouage in our cabin and loved it. So did everyone who saw it. It looks like you have painted it yourself, or had someone in to do it for you. So - - when I moved into my condo - - I could hardly wait to paint the walls with fresh paint so I could a add this arch. I love Victorian-type things, as you'd see if I showed you the rest of my house. Or at least the part I have redecorated since moving in about 5 months ago. Of course, there is more to come but for now, it's back to writing!

If you are interested in TATOUAGE and leave a comment or email me telling me you are, I'll post a second picture tomorrow of the other project I've done with Tatouage. It's a gorgeous bouquet of colorful flowers in a cobalt blue vase - - one of my favorite Tatouage pieces and fairly large. And believe me - if I can do this - anyone can! VBG!

Now about the quilt block. I know - - I missed adding one Sunday, but Sunday was a very busy day, like I'm sure it was for all of you, however, I did manage to put the final touches on that Tatouage arch late Sunday afternoon, so I was all finished! What a feeling to see it finally up on my wall.

Joyce Livingston, author

Friday, June 23, 2006

QUILT BLOCK # 22 Grandma's Favorite

Well, one of yesterday's blocks was Grandmother's Fan . . . today, this one is Grandma's Favorite. Makes me wonder whose Grandma?

I love this simple block. In fact, I have a piece of the fabric in my fabric stash right now. I didn't notice until this minute, this block is upside down! See the letter C? Each block in that fabric has a different letter. But I'm working against a deadline for a book so don't have time to go into my paint program and flip it! Sorry! Needless to say, the J and the L are cut out of my fabric. I've already used those! I do love the idea of fabric with letters in them that you can incorporate into your quilts to personalize them. What a great idea . . . wonder why more manufacturers don't do it. Of course your remaining fabric looks like a piece of Swiss cheese once you've cut out the ones that fit you or your family. Could be that's the reason why?

Speaking of stashs . . . I seem to harbour way more than fabric. I know computers were supposed to save paper and keep clutter from your office area and home . . . but I seem to keep files on my computer AND print things out. My file cabinets are full! I'll bet I could throw away 90% of that stuff and never miss it. My house is always clean and uncluttered but don't look in my file cabinets or desk drawers. I also hate to throw away depleted ballpoint pens. So many have my author friend's names on them. But what use am I ever going to get from a *spent* pen?

Am I the only one like this? I'll betcha I'm not. I'll bet you're that way too! What do you hoard away that is absolutely useless?

Joyce Livingston, author

Thursday, June 22, 2006

QUILT BLOCKS #20 & 21 Goose in the Pond and Grandma's Fan

HOW ABOUT A DOUBLE WHAMMY TODAY? Two blocks, since I had to miss posting yesterday? For some reason, I lost my Internet connection, and since I was so busy writing, I didn't take the time to call the tech and set it up again. Goose in the pond is a great block but, of the two, I have to admit Grandma's fan is my fav! Several years ago I made a really gorgeous quilt using shades of cream, powder blue and peach together with the powder blue sashes and bindings. I even appliqued a huge powder blue bow on the pillow area. Someday, if I have a chance to get it out and photograph it, I'll post it here. Great blocks, aren't they?

A little off the subject but, in my scripture reading today, I read how Jesus was rejected twice in his early ministry by those in his hometown - thus the scripture (and the words quoted so often by so many) a prophet has no honor in his own country. As an author, I immediately thought about the letters of rejection we often receive, and how we have to suck it up and keep on keeping on, or we'll never reach success.

How about the rejections in your life? How do you handle them? Do they come from your family and close friends? Which rejections hurt you the most? Food for thought.

Joyce Livingston, author

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

QUILT BLOCK #19 Friendship Star

Wow! Are these colors ever subtle! Pale, but nice, right? Friendship Star. What a neat name for a block, especially since so many of the early quilts were made by friends - for one another. I've never had a friend like that, have you? If you have, you are indeed blessed. Making a quilt, though enjoyable, is a lot of work. To make it for a friend - well, it's amazing that someone would put that kind of work into something and then give it away. Why? Because friendships can disolve overnight. I think we've all seen incidences of that. And - there goes your precious quilt. BUT, some friendships last a lifetime, so what a tribute to make out of honor for that friendship. Like we so often hear - you can pick your friends, but you can't pick your relatives! So - the moral of this story is - choose your friends wisely so they'll be there for you year after year after year - and you for them!

Have a blessed day and write or email a friend you haven't seen for a long time.

Joyce Livingston, author

Monday, June 19, 2006

QUILT BLOCK #18 Exquisite!

Yep, that's the name shown for this old block - EXQUISITE - and I'm inclined to agree. I like it! I think it has zing. What a simple block to make. Perfect for beginners, and a great way to use up those tiny odd scraps. Look at the very center of the block and you'll see a lopsided star. See it? Isn't that neat? Look at it by tilting your head to the left and you'll see tiny bow ties. The imagery is what makes so many blocks special.

Speaking of imagery (how's that for a lead-in?), I visited another church last night for their Sunday evening service. The speaker, Diane Bishop's son (the Diane Bishop who does the SISTERS program on inspirational channels on TV and had spoken there herself the night before) talked about imagery using a scripture from Ezekiel. What a powerful message...made me do some real soul-searching. It wasn't exactly a Father's Day message but could certainly apply to fathers as well as the rest of us. He used humor to illustrate his points which really made them memorable.

Did you have a good service at your church yesterday? I love the praise music in the Sunday services. Really reves me up and prepares me for whatever will be *laid* on me the following week. So - bring it on...I'm ready! Isn't the Lord good?

Joyce Livingston, author

Sunday, June 18, 2006

QUILT BLOCK #17 Dresden Plate, and Father's Day

Ah, ha! I think most of us know this old familiar block's name - - Dresden Plate. You can tell the fabrics are old in this one - - maybe made from old dresses or shirts. Even the patterns look *old*. None of my relatives ever pieced or quilted quilts. I'm the first one, and of course I went overboard, like I do with everything I tackle. Whole hog - - that's me! Can you imagine what it must have been like during the depression days, when both money and fabric was hard to come by. I can just see mothers who had no money to spend, cutting up dresses and shirts to make something pretty, as well as useful, for their homes. Many of those old quilts are still around - - and priceless. Ever try to buy on of them at an auction? Amazing how much they go for. Nothing is as *comfort-ing* (pun, intended!) as a quilt.

Well, today is Father's Day. We had a wonderful service for Fathers in both my Sunday school class and the morning worship service. But I admit I shed a few tears as I gazed at the empty place beside me on the pew, where my dear husband should have been. He was the perfect father, because he was a godly father who wanted to do what God wanted him to - as a father. Our children were truly blessed to be able to call him Dad. We miss him so much - on Father's Day - and every other day of the year. How I long to be able to kiss his sweet face and say, "Happy Father's Day, sweetheart."

Joyce Livingston, author

Saturday, June 17, 2006

QUILT BLOCK #16 Double T

Okay, I really like the block but the blandness of the colors turn me off. Is it just me? Or do you like the colors?

Actually, I'm not too keen on anything bland - from eggs to someone who is personalityless (is that word?). I love color! It makes my heart sing to see it.

What color (if any) makes your heart sing? Are you a colorful person? In both your likes and your personality?

Tomorrow is Father's Day. My father passed away well over 20 years ago, so I no longer have him with me. My precious husband passed away 20 months ago, so my children no longer have their father to tell I love you. Father's Day is really hard for me. My husband Don was a wonderful father. A perfect example of what I always thought a father should be. I really, really, really miss him! Sorry for waxing nostalgic but holidays always bring that side of me out - now that he is no longer with me.

Kiss and hug your father (and husband) if he is with you, or at least call him on the phone. If your family doesn't normally tell one another you love them....try it! It'll make you both feel better!

Joyce Livingston, author

Friday, June 16, 2006

QUILT BLOCK #16 Diamond Lily

Though this block in titled Diamond Lily, I have also seen it as Carolina Lily. I've used this same block in several of my quilts and love it. Its appearance changes so much with each color change, and it is a fairly simple block to construct. Picture it in shades of blue. Ah, that would be so pretty, with maybe a soft grey or white background. Just the thought makes me wish I had time to do quilting like I used to have - - BEFORE I became a published author. But, even if I made a new quilt, where would I store it? My closet shelves are already crammed with the 18 bedsized (mostly king!) quilts I've already made and hand-quilted! But there is nothing like sitting in your easy chair, listening to music or watching TV while your fingers work away rythmically at hand-quilting.

I hope your day is going well. Mine is - - so far. This week, I have actually written 23 new pages of manuscript on my second book in the Widows' series - - this one is THE INVASION OF THE WIDOWS' CLUB. I'm having a blast writing it. I adore these characters - - and I should put the emphasis on the word Characters - - for they have their own quirkiness - - which leads to lots of drama, fun, and adventure. Well - - speaking of my characters - - they are calling my name, shouting for me to come and finish the book! S0....I gotta go!

Thanks for looking in. More quilt blocks yet to come!

Joyce Livingston, author
Latest book, THE WIDOWS' CLUB, a women's fiction novel in stores now.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

QUILT BLOCK #15 Devil's Claw

Love this block - but I am not so sure about the name. Devil's Claw? Surely the maker could have thought of a more charming name for this charming block. Um...let's see...what else could we call it? Got any suggestions? How about Pointed Cross? Or Sandburr? Or - - - my creative mind is coming up blank. Let me hear your suggestions.

I did a strange thing this morning. Read through Chronicles in the Bible - yep - all those geneologies! But it was amazing! I can't believe how interesting it was. I'd only intended to read a chapter - but ended up reading the entire thing! How much do you know about your background? How far back can you trace it? Isn't it astounding that someone would take all that time to record generation after generation after generation? But, by knowing that, we can see the linage of Christ, and how important is was that the bloodline was preserved and recorded. I don't know if you mark your Bible up, but I sure do mine. Each time I read it through, I try to use a different color pen to make my markings. It's always surprising to see what things jump out at me one year that I'd not even noted the year before. Yeah for those who took the time to write and record History for us!

Joyce Livingston, Author

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Do you know what today is? It's not a holiday, but it is an important day in U.S. history.

It's National Flag Day. On this day back in 1777, the U.S. flag was adopted by the Second Continental Congress. Flag Day was declared in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson.

Today's block isn't of the traditional red, white, and blue colors I would have liked to use on Flag Day, but it is close. I don't have its name but I like the way the paisley fabric has been used with the plaid and the marbelized background. What fun it is to pull scraps together into something as beautiful as a quilt block.

Enjoy FLAG DAY! Isn't it great to be an American?

Joyce Livingston, author

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

QUILT BLOCK #13 Bradford's Beauty

Bradford's Beauty? I like that name. Sounds like a good title for a romance novel, doesn't it? And - I truly love this block. The shape, the form, and the colors! Do you like it?

As women, many of us love to do needlework and craft type things. But many of us also like to do other things that do not fall into those lines. I've become a real tool nut! No not the needles, pins, hoops type tools, but the tool-tools. Hammers, pliers, snippers, levels, stud-finders, saw horses, cordless drill - that type of tools. Where my precious husband (who is now at home with the Lord) used to do all the handyman type things and had his set of tools, I now find I am the *handywoman* and those jobs are now mine. That - or I can spend my savings having someone else do them. My sons and daughters are great about doing things for me - but I find I enjoy doing them myself. I even treated myself recently to the purchase of an electric mitresaw with laser! And a cordless nailer that will shoot 2" nails! I haven't used either of them yet (just got them) but plan to soon. I also plan to build my own workbench in my garage and add a wall of pegboard so I can organize my tools (you know-make them look pretty hanging on the wall!) Sorry, can't help it - I'm still a girly-girl at heart, even if I love power tools and what I can do with them.

Do you like power tools? Come on - tell me I'm not the only one! VBG!

Joyce Livingston, author (who should be writing right now!)

Monday, June 12, 2006

QUILT BLOCK BONUS DAY!!!!! got in the way and prevented me from blogging for the past several days! Sorry about that! To make up for it, I've added 4 quilt blocks to this blog. Enjoy them!

I had asked about doing articles and info on my blog about House Flipping, but since I got only a few responses saying they were interested, I've decided not to do it. Takes too much time if so few are interested. Just wanted those of you to know who were kind enough to express your interest. If you enter: House Flipping in the blog search area at the top of this page - you will be shown several sites. I can't say I was too impressed by them, but they do have a small bit of correct information you might find useful.

Have a great day! In addition to painting the interior of my home this past week and this week, I may not be able to blog regularly. Besides painting....I have a writing deadline to meet so I need to plant my seat in my chair and write! Praise God for contracts and writing deadlines!

Joyce Livingston. author

Thursday, June 08, 2006

QUILT BLOCK #8 Arrowroot

Another great old block! This one is Arrowroot. Don't you love the appliqued leaves and the embrodiered stems? And that blast of yellow in the center - really gives this block the *WOW* factor.

The *WOW* factor. When is the last time you've had a *WOW* factor in your life? Like a quilt block, life is kinda what we make it. If we come to a new day with zest, a smile, an anticipation of what that day may hold, it'll probably be a good day - even if trouble comes your way. It's kind of like taking an early morning walk to get your juices flowing, a chance to let your creative mind work.

Or - do y0u have to drag yourself out of bed, ho-humming your way through the day, expecting the worst to happen.

Which kind of person do you want to be? What would be the *WOW* factor in your life that would turn you on? I have a suggestion. Start the day with scripture reading, even if it is only one small chapter. It'll do wonders for you. Could be that *WOW* factor you've been searching for.

Joyce Livingston, Author
My newest book, THE WIDOWS' CLUB, a women's fiction novel is in stores now.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


Wow! Does this block have color or what? I like the mix - it reminds me of a stained glass window. Though it looks hard to make, I'll bet you could make it really simply by doing the 4-patch center block first, then just start on one side and keep adding patches all around the edge until you get it a bit larger than the size you want - then trim it to the exact size. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? Like a puzzle! What a great way to use up all those small scraps you have been saving. As the title above says, this block is known as CRAZY SAMPLER. Don't know who gave it that name, but it fits. Doesn't it?

Also, don't you like the chainstitch handle on the basket? Those small touches really make this block shine.

Kinda like life, huh? Basically routine - but it is those little unexpected happy things God adds to embellish our daily routine - that make life worth while - and make it shine.

Any good things like that happen to you lately?

Joyce Livingston, author

Tuesday, June 06, 2006


Hey! Hello again!

Today's quilt block is Annie's Choice. I don't know who gave it that name, but that's the way I received it. Now these colors I like. No--I love them. But I'm a fan of red, pink, rose, burgundy - you get the idea!
If you were doing it, what colors would you choose?

I never see a quilt block but what I think about its creator. How old were they? How long had they been sewing? Was this their very first quilt block. Did they hand piece it because they couldn't afford a sewing maching? Or because they simply love to handpiece? Was it the only block they ever made? Was it intended to be placed in a quilt but the person never had the time, or was unable to complete an entire quilt? Was it handed down to them by a relative? So many questions fill my mind when I am fortunate enough to find one at a flea market, garage sale, GoodWill, etc.

Do you have any precious single quilt blocks in your posession? Did you make them? Did your mother? An aunt?

On one of the quilts I made - a large one to hang over our sofa - I decided to try a new process (new when I made it, that is) of printing scriptures directly onto the fabric in large, bold print that you could see from a distance across the room. It worked out beautifully, and everyone who sees it comments on it. What a way to have the scriptures before your eyes every day!

I've had several write me and say they are interested in hearing more about *flipping houses*. I'd like to hear from more bloggers about this - so if you're interested - let me know! I don't want to post if there isn't enough interest in it - so - if you want to hear about *flippping* - be sure and leave a comment!

Joyce Livingston, author

Monday, June 05, 2006


I love anything with hearts! Could that be because I am such a romantic at heart? VBG!

I don't know the name of this block, but it is apparent that it has been pieced and then hand-appliqued. Though I wouldn't necessarily have chosen the background colors, I really like them. Just goes to show - you never know something until you try it

Which reminds me....a friend of ours lived in Texas for awhile. One of the radio stations there, KIX, ran a contest asking, "What would you do for KIX (get it? Kicks?). She was one of the finalist. I think her answer was that she would stand on top of their building all day, shouting the same question to the passersby. I don't remember what her prize was, but I've so often thought of that question. So - - I am posing it to you. 'WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR KICKS?"

So often, people do things that harm them for *kicks*. Others, though not harmful to the body, can get them in real trouble. Think *toiletpapering* someone's trees and yard! We learned at our church service yesterday, a group of teenaged vandals did a truly unpatriotic act over the Memorial Day weekend. Our church proudly flies 100 LARGE American flags across the front of the church property every holiday. Well, that weekend, in the dead of the night, they destroyed 21 of those flags and the flag poles. It's going to cost over $1000 to replace them. Fortunately, the people who lived across the street from the church, woke up and heard the noise, went outside to check on it, saw what they were doing, and recognized them as some of their neighbor's children. So - at least we know who did it! But think of the trouble those kids are in, not to mention all the cost and work to repair the damage!

Amazing, what some folks will do for kicks, isn't it?

Joyce Livingston, author

Sunday, June 04, 2006

QUILT BLOCK #4 Amish Diamond

Most of the time, I have received these blocks without name, however, this one is called Amish Diamond. Of course, I like anything red, so I like this block. But try to imagine what it would look like done exclusively in blue. Or maybe blue and black. That's part of the beauty of being a quilter. You can make your quilt any color you want. Oh, the satisfaction when you can step back, take a look at it, and say with pride, "I did that! I actually made a quilt!"

In church this morning, the pastor was talking about Moses and the time of his birth. How his mother fashioned a basket for him, no doubt lining it with something that would be comfortable for a 3 month old baby. Ah ha! As a quilter, I began to wonder what she might have used. Do you suppose it was a baby quilt? One she made herself. Or maybe Moses' sister helped make. I're going to say....probably not. But who knows? Food for thought.

Joyce Livingston, author
My latest book, THE WIDOWS' CLUB, in stores now.

Saturday, June 03, 2006


How do you like this old block? I love the block but I would prefer different colors. But - someone liked it. Maybe it's in your colors. Funny how we each have our personal likes and dislikes that can be so different from one another - yet each is just right for that person.

Well, it's Saturday and I am sorry I am so late in posting this. I was helping my youngest daughter with a project and the time just whizzed by. But how fun it was to work side by side with her. We were cleaning up a mess! I bought a condo to clean up and sell, but it ends up my daughter wants to buy it from me to rent out as income. OH _ _ _ the grunge! This single man had lived it it for less than 2 years and I doubt he had ever cleaned the sinks in either the kitchen or the bathroom. The tub! I can't even describe it! YUK!!!!! I don't know if he even owned a sweeper. The carpet was new when he moved it....but not now!!!! And the windows? NEVER ever washed them or the mirrors. Fortunately, since he didn't want to clean it up himself, he paid my daughter to do it for him. Which worked out great. She'll (with my help) do a much better job than he ever could. BUT - - I am not complaining - - that was one of the reasons I was able to purchase it at an amazingly low price. We're far from through cleaning but she put a *for rent* sign in the window anyway, and in less than an hour, she got a call on it. A call that sounds quite promising.

I purchased it as an investment - a gret one, I think! Once we have it rented, my daughter is going to buy it from me and I'll be off looking for the next one. This will be the second little condo I have flipped in the past 8 weeks. I'm really into this *flipping* thing. I think it's going to be a great way to make a little extra money. I'd like to flip at least 2 little condos a year.

In case you're interested in *flipping*, I'll be covering it in more detail next week!
Have a great LORD'S day tomorrow.

Joyce Livingston, author

Friday, June 02, 2006

QUILT BLOCK #2 - - -


You can tell this one has been hand-pieced and, by the fabric, it looks like it could be years old. Someone put a lot of work into this block. Makes you wonder if the full quilt was ever made.

How many *unfinished* projects to you have stashed away, waiting for the *time* to complete them? No hands raised, please! We all have those, from tiny rips in a seam we intend to sew up to, perhaps, a whole house that needs painting. It sure is easy to put things off, isn't it?

Um - - what's that old saying we hear so often these days? God's not finished with me yet. Looks like even God has unfinished projects! Are you one of them? I sure am!!!! VBG!

Joyce Livingston, author
My newest book, THE WIDOWS' CLUB, is in stores now.
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Thursday, June 01, 2006


Don't you love old quilt blocks? This one is a real oldie! I love the way the person's name is embroidered across it, don't you?

For a number of years, I traveled the country, lecturing on quilting, doing programs, and teaching the art of quilting through workshops and classes. What an experience. There are no finer, more caring people than quilters.

Before I began lecturing (over about a six year period), I made and handquilted 18 quilts, most of them kingsized, and dozens of wallhangings. After that, I began to design, construct, and quilt clothing, mostly jackets. Those were my most popular classes and programs. I made 137 jackets! Yep, that's right. I became known as the jacket lady! The 137 jackets were divided into 2 separate programs that ran a little over an hour each, as I took ladies from the audience and had them model my jackets as I talked about the special features and techniques I'd used in making the jackets. I actually produced and sold a line of jacket patterns! What a great time we had. I quit doing that when my first Christian novel was published! But - - I still have all those quilts, and all those jackets, and may do it again sometime. Who knows?

Actually, quilting was the way I got into novel writing. I was asked to do an article for a magazine about quilting. After that, I sold many other magazine articles on a variety of subjects. Those published articles not only gave me some publishing credits, they also gave me to courage to try to sell my fiction work. So - - praise the Lord for quilting!

I'll be featuring a new quilt block on my blog each day. Come back and check them out daily!

Are you a quilter? Have you ever tried quilting? Is there a treasured quilt somewhere in your past? Let's hear about it. Leave a comment!

Joyce Livingston, author
My newest book, THE WIDOWS' CLUB, is in bookstores now.