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Quilting and Running: A Perfect Match

I thrive on routine sprinkled with the unknown. I’m drawn to activities that make sense to me – they have a purpose – but also those that challenge and inspire me. That’s why I’m a modern quilter. It’s also why I’m a runner.

I’m not sure exactly why it surprises me, but I’m always pleased when I come across a quilter and a runner in real life or online. It’s validation that a person can be inspired by a variety of activities that may or may not make sense when put together. But to me, quilting and running are the perfect match.

Quilting has an order. There’s a standard process you typically go through. You select your pattern. You cut your fabric. You sew it all back together. There’s a standard process you typically go through to train for a race too. You select your distance. You follow your training plan. You run your race. See, routine!

I’ve been running a bit longer than quilting, although I didn’t start either until I was an adult. I’ve run 18 half marathons, countless 10ks, 5ks…

Craft Room Pegboard

How many rulers can one person own? The answer, if you’re a quilter, is a LOT. There’s a ruler for
everything these days and as a good steward of the quilting industry, I make sure to purchase my fair share (ha!). Recently, my husband and I completed a simple pegboard project for my craft room. Here’s how we constructed it. I’m sure there are fancier and much nicer options and instructions out there – but I love what we made!

Supplies:
• 2’ x 4’ sheet of pegboard
• 1” x 2” poplar wood 12 feet
• 2½” screws for frame
• Can of flat white spray paint
• 20-30 #10 x ¾” pan head screws
• Frame hangers
• Monkey hooks
• Pegboard hooks

We cut the poplar to size to make a frame for the pegboard we purchased. Then we used a drill
to screw the frame to the pegboard (the pan head screws we bought fit perfectly in holes of the pegboard). We spray painted the board and it required the entire can. Then we added two frame hangers to the upper corners on the back. Now, because we wanted it flush again…

Gifting a Quilt

I’ve been fortunate to gift many quilts for many special occasions – birthdays, weddings, babies, just because. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of seeing someone run their hands along the stitches and watching their eyes light up while they investigate all the details of the quilt.

I wanted to share a couple of my most memorable quilt-giving experiences.

1. Blocks Quilt 

One of the first quilts I made was for one of my nephews. My nephew is a big fan of that building blocks brand everyone knows (*wink*). I thought it would be pretty easy to design a quilt that looks like blocks. Designing and piecing the quilt was easy. The custom long-arm work was not. It took me several trips to get it done, but I was so pleased with the final result. My nephew was amazed and excited when I gave him this quilt!

2. School-Spirit Quilt 

When a good friend got married, I knew I needed to make a quilt to commemorate this special time. She and her husband are big fans of a well-known Iowa university…