Hi, and welcome. In case you haven't yet noticed, this blog is called "The Bitchy Stitcher." It is a blog about (mostly) sewing, and it is a blog in which, occasionally, words that you can't say on network TV are used. It amuses me to no end that this is something I need to warn people about, but consider yourself warned. If the occasional f-bomb gives you the howling fantods, turn back now!
I began blogging in 2008. I was a stay-at-home mom, just coming off a bad year of post-partum depression, with 50 extra pounds, two small kids, and a desperate need for something to occupy my hands and my brain. Initially, I wanted to learn to sew to be able to make clothes for myself, since nothing except circus tents seemed to fit anymore, but when that didn't go so well, I decided to try my hand at quilting. My mom was a quilter, as well as my older sister, and though I didn't really have a conscious desire to emulate them, once I tried it I understood what they loved about it so much.
I always wanted to be a writer, and my heart's desire was always to write things that would make people laugh. But I had myself convinced for most of my life that humor writing wasn't worth pursuing, that if I was going to write I ought to be focusing on more "serious" topics. But when I began blogging, I decided that I didn't have to worry about that, because no one was gonna read this anyway. So I wrote what I wanted, and it made people laugh, and it turns out that bringing that kind of smile to somebody's face is the greatest high since that awesome hashish that I did NOT smoke in 2002.
In 2009, I sent one of my quilty humor posts to Quilter's Home magazine, on the suggestion of one of my readers. That turned into a regular column, which I now write for Generation Q magazine. I was also the creative director at GenQ for its first two years. In 2013, I gathered my columns and published them all in a book, Quilting Isn't Funny.
I am also the creator of the little project known as the Quilter's Shirtless Man and Spicy Burrito Calendar, aka the QSMASBC. It is dedicated to the memory of my brother, who passed away from brain cancer in early 2013.
When I'm not writing humor columns, or creating beefcake calendars, I am working on other design projects, including t-shirts, quilts, and quilt patterns. This year, I opened my online shop, Clever Notions, where you can find my books and patterns and other items that I have written or designed. Every once in a while manage to find time for my wonderful husband and two precocious daughters, but they often don't remember who I am and it gets all awkward.
In this blog, you will find that I make fun of myself a lot, I exaggerate for comic effect, I periodically say outrageous things, and sometimes I just come here when I need to work out some personal issues. Oh, and on occasion, it will actually be about quilting.