Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Q is for Quilting for the Rest of Us

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Quilting for the Rest of Us is another of my favourite podcasts. Sandy is a wonderful podcaster, another of the friendly chatty ones. She doesn't interview other people but instead talks about her own quilting adventures. As she says in her introduction she hasn't published patterns or written books. She's a regular quilter.
headshotsm.jpg Currently Sandy is study for her Doctor of(in?) Ministry as well as working full time so her available time for quilting let alone podcasting is pretty restricted. She hasn't posted one for a while but she will come back to it as soon as time allows, hopefully in the summer. (the American summer - yes another podcaster from the US) Sandy is from New York state so no southern drawl on this podcast.

Each January Sandy has challenge her listeners to take part in Quilty Resolutions where, instead of making resolutions such as I'm going to loose weight or go to the gym more she encourages people to make realistic resolutions within their quilting life that will help them realise dreams and desires. She usually chooses some sort of theme around which we are encouraged to frame our resoltuions. I've found it really helpful. I have chosen 3 each year (the last 2 or is it 3 years) and have incorporated them into my monthly goals that I have set myself. She also has a quilty word for the year. My word has been the same for 2 years. Its Do. It comes from Yoda "Do or do not. There is no try."

Another place that Sandy has inspired me has been in a non quilting field. She promotes Kiva, 

Kiva Microfunds is a 501 non-profit organization that allows people to lend money via the Internet to low-income entrepreneurs and students in over 80 countries. Kiva's mission is “to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.”

The Quilting for the Rest of us group on Kiva has 23 members who between them have made 256 loans worth $7775

Sandy's podcast is available from her website and on iTunes.


  1. ENJOYING your A to Z posts .... especially the podcasting blogs ... looking forward to the rest of the alphabet.


  2. thanks for coming by and commenting. I am enjoying the A to Z challenge as well and have been dipping into other people's blogs as well. I try to comment on each one I visit but to be honest that can be challenging if the blog is about something totally outside my interest or understanding

  3. Sandy has continued to inspire me to do. I was in the early stages of dealing with the death of my mother when I found her podcast and did as many new listeners do.... Went back to start at the beginning. Sandy shared so much... And as she talks through decisions about her mum's stash and partly finished projects... I healed too... Thanks for bringing this back to my mind... God bless you both.. Pip and Sandy