3.6 The Scientific Quilter’s Origin Story

January 13, 2010

Later today, I should be expecting to have a guest blogger post on Quilting Gallery.  I contacted Michelle Foster from Quilting Gallery about two weeks ago to let her know about the podcasts I listen to.  The next day she sent out the call for guest blogger posts, and then graciously asked if I would want to have a guest blogger spot.  I am very flattered and honored to be asked to do this, and hope you all like it.

In it, I write the “origin story” of the Scientific Quilter which is mostly a tribute to the quilting podcasts I listen to.  This is an attempt to expose some more of the quilting world to podcasting from my perspective.  The post is rather long, but shares my experiences and why I like each podcast, how I came into quilting, and how I started blogging.

A small excerpt from the blog post below.  Go to Quilter’s Gallery blog for the entire post.

My name is Darla and I am one of the new bloggers out there.  I am a beginner quilter with a lot of quilting and blogging ambitions, and a unique perspective. 

Rather than spending a lot of time talking about my blog Scientific Quilter, I wanted to share a (long) story of my experiences of the past year that lead me to be a quilting blogger. 

I started quilting when I received a free sewing machine from work in February of 2009 and somehow in my head I had thought you had to have a sewing machine to be a quilter.  I’ve wanted to be a quilter for several years, but kept putting off that idea because I kept putting off the idea of buying all the supplies.  A year earlier I had purchased a book on quilting – Your First Quilt Book by Carol Doak and it sat in my car for most of that year while the quilting idea kept bubbling up.  Once I got the sewing machine, the book was opened and read cover to cover.   …

To find the comprehensive list of quilting podcasts and TV spots go to Quilting Gallery, click Quilter’s Fun tab, then click on the Quilter’s TV/Video and Podcasts under the Quilter’s Resources section.  

Or just click on the direct link to the TV Videos and Podcasts.


  1. It’s nice to find other quilt bloggers who are more interested in science. While I dont’ work in the field, I’m a huge fan of science fiction – preferably the hard stuff. 🙂

    I would love to actually see a shuttle launch someday!

    • Yeah a shuttle launch would be really cool. I think it would be a cool art quilt as well – a series of art quilts on the shuttle. Oh boy do I love thinking about space. I do also enjoy a little of science fiction, but I can completely say I don’t go into the hard stuff. It’s really nice to meet you Peggi!

  2. I found your blog via Quilting Gallery and enjoyed what I read. Will be back to read more. Though not a scientist in the least, I love to learn about science. I like how quilting is very geometric and uses optical allusions to achieve many effects. Any way I can’t wait to see more.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you Kathy. I hope you found a few other quilting podcasts through my post in Quilting Gallery. I wouldn’t necessarily count yourself out as a scientist, just because many people don’t work in a lab, that doesn’t mean that people can’t think and act in scientific ways.

      I also love the geometric designs with optical illusions! One day I should try to do an M.C. Escher quilt.

      Take care Kathy and thanks for commenting!

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