Category: Quack Up Insights

The Brain of a Creative Person

For generations, many have felt that the brain of an creative person was better (memory, creativity, communication skills, etc.) than a non-creative person.  You have probably seen this artwork before, but I wanted to share it today, as well as get us all thinking about our creative brains.

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I’ve personally witnessed designers design and I’m convinced they have fireworks going off in their brain when they create.  I’m convinced that Creative Souls, not just musicians, have amazing brains (far better than mine).  So when I came across this Youtube video about the brain of a musician, I knew I wanted to share it with you today.

What do you think?  Would we  get similar results if such a study was performed on creative individuals, who might be quilters, embroidering enthusiasts, sewing enthusiasts, jewelry designers, painters, or any form of #CreativeGoodness?  Watch it and let me know what you think.

CNN also shared an interesting article “This is your brain on crafting” that shows evidence that creative activities may protect against aging, be a natural anti-depressant, and offer similar effects as meditation.

Personally, I’m convinced your brain is firing on my pistons than the non-creative brain.   I hope you’ll consider leaving a comment to share insights about your creative brain.  Maybe ideas for how you fuel it, re-energize it, or even your observations on others with creative brains.   Of course, I also want to encouraging sharing of ideas for how we inspire future generations with creative brains.  So please share your thoughts on this topic.

Vintage Sewing Video

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This video just quacked me up and I wanted to share it with you.  It was created to teach basic sewing and sewing machine use. “This is a very early Centron film… Produced Under the Technical Supervision of Thelma Weddel, Home Economist.” 

If you are having problems viewing this embedded video click this link to view it directly in Youtube:


Quack Me Ups – Whimsical Quilts

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There are a lot of quilty quilts, events, and experiences that quack me up.  I’m always on the lookout, as I think we can all use some fun humor.  While I’d love to hear about your quack ups, today, I thought I’d share quilts that caught my attention for “quack ups”.



{above} “A Night At The Zoo”, was created  by Debra Crine.  She was inspired by artwork from Phil Lewis when she created this beautiful quilt that definitely caught my attention, while attending the Road to California Conference and Quilt Show, this past January.  It is a beautiful quilt that also quacked me up!


I hope you find something that brings you a chuckle today and every day.  Of course, I also hope you find time to enjoy and create too!  


Happy Father’s Day – A Quack Me Up Story

First, I want to wish all the Dad’s, Uncle’s and Men who help to raise kids a Happy Father’s Day.  I’m also wanting to bring a smile today, to all. even though this story has nothing to do with quilting, sewing, or embroidery.
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And, I want to share a story with you that quacks me up, but also inspires me.  While a young couple came up with a GREAT business idea, I also hope this idea spreads worldwide quickly, I’m also wondering how many variations of it could happen.

Here is a video that I hope will quack you up too:

If you have problems watching this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: 

NBC News San Diego also has a great article about the young family that started this business.  I hope they francise quickly, as I do think this could spread WW quickly.

Again, I hope you have a Happy Father’s Day.  Even better, get out there and do some boogie dancing to celebrate!

Visionary Thinking – A Solution For Rising Shipping Costs

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Shipping fees around the world have been skyrocketing, creating challenges for those in the business as well as those of us that enjoy ordering products online, hosting giveaways where we need to ship prizes, as well as shipping gifts to family and friends.

But, Superior Threads came up with an Visionary idea of using drones to ship packages and SewCalGal wanted to share their video with you today:

SewCalGal is definitely looking forward to being able to order from Superior Threads using their drone delivery service.  And, I hope this service will rapidly expand for other businesses as well as personal deliveries of gifts and other items.

This definitely quacked me up, but I sure hope it will one day be reality.

You can find Superior Threads at:

Making Crowns for Quilters and Others Too!

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You may have noticed in a recent post, that Daniela Stout was crowned the “Queen of Quilting” to recognize all her beautiful Cozy Quilt Designs and books that are appearing in quilt shops and online stores, around the world.

Many have asked where did I “buy” the “Queen of Quilting” crown?  Buy it ? Why I made it, and it is so easy I know you can too!  Thus, today I want to share insights with you on how I’m using the MyMemories Suite software to have fun creating images for my blogs, bookmarks, greeting cards, scrapbooking and, of course, crowns!

While I use a variety of software packages, the MyMemories Digital Scrapbooking software is truly my go to software for ease of use and creativity.  The software is reasonably priced, can be downloaded and easily installed on your computer.  There are also great video tutorials and a blog that is available to help teach and inspire.

They currently have a sale on several different crown sets,  but even when they are not on sale they are reasonably priced and fun to create with.  Just click on the image to go check these sets out at the MyMemories online store.  They are very easy to download and install within your MyMemories software.

They are cute as is, or you can edit to further embellish (e.g. add clipart that comes with the software, that you can buy, or that you may already have).  You might want to decorate yours with buttons, flowers, jewelry, photos…..the possibilities are endless.
It is also very easy to add text or WordArt to any of your MyMemories projects, including this easy to make crown.

Of course you might wonder what a quilter would do with a crown, now that the “Queen of Quilting” title has been granted to Daniela Stout, of Cozy Quilt Shop/Cozy Quilt Designs.  Well, let me share some other things that I created with this fun design set.

Quilting Diva’

Speedy Quilter 

Queen of Soccer

Birthday Girl

Queen of Quilting

These crowns print out on regular home printers.  For this project I printed the front of the crown with the text and the back of the crown without text, each on a photo sheet of 8×11 paper, then did a quick trip to the shape of the crown and taped the two pieces together.  And, a beautiful crown was quickly created.

So, what type of crowns would you create for sharing with your quilting friends, family, or non-quilting friends?  Possibilities are endless.  And, you’ll certainly generate smiles when you give someone such a crown!

I’m truly amazed that MyMemories software is so reasonably priced at $39.97. They have also offered readers of SewCalGal a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the My Memories store – $20 value!

Just copy and paste the code STMMMS74482 and enter it during checkout to receive your discount!

MyMemories is also on Facebook and gives away a digital freebie every Friday.  And, this week they are celebrating reaching 18,000+ Fans on Facebook with oodles of digital giveways too!

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Quilt Games

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Do you like to play quilt games at guild meetings or sew-cials?

I’ve played Name the Quilt Block, Word Jumble, and Quilt Trivia Challenge, among many others.  HP has created a template that you can print these quilt games out and use for free.

Here is a link to more quilt games too, compliments of

Do you have a favorite quilt game?

Quack Up Insights: #TALKNT and The Fat Quarter Shop

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Are you familiar with #TALKNT?

For those that are not familiar with #TALKNT, it is a fun event where quilters connect on Twitter every Tuesday.  #TALKNT is hosted by Cara of and their are fun chats that cover all things sewing, quilting & fabric. Each chat has a sponsor and participants can win prizes too!

All you have to do is have a twitter account is add the hastag  “#talknt” to the end of your tweets and follow this hastag to be involved.  But, it is easier to see all the chatting by clicking this link to participate in these Tuesday chats:

The weekly chat starts

  • 9pm, Eastern
  • 8pm, Central
  • 6pm, Pacific

And, the first Tuesday every month is sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop.

For those participating in Talkin’ Tuesdays, Cara also has a post where participants can sign up.

This last week, I won 3 yards of Children at Play by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics.  To clarify, this was 3 yards of my choice of fabrics from this beautiful collection.   There were so many to choose from I felt like a kid in a candy store.  I ended up selecting  Children at Play Cream Pinwheels and Children at Play Berry Wallpaper Flowers . And, I’ve already recevied these beautiful fabrics too!

Yes, #Talknt was late Tuesday and this is Saturday.  Talk about fast service!  Kimberly at The Fat Quarter Shop is amazing!

Thank you Cara and The Fat Quarter Shop.  I have a design in mind that I can’t wait to use this fabric and am looking forward to quilting with it!

I wanted to share this to formally say thank you, but to also encourage others to participate in #Talknt.

Lastly, I’ve also heard that Cara is working on a big project to make several different styles of memory quilts and is hoping to get some donations.  She’d like to get any clothing/fabric items that might be something one would use to memorialize in a quilt.  And, she is hoping that these items cover a lifespan, so anything from baby clothes, tshirts, ties, wedding/prom dresses, old linens/bedding, etc.  If you are interested in donating something to help Cara make such memory quilts you can contact her on Twitter, or  via her site Cara Quilts.

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