Between work, home, and mom-to-an-on-the-move-toddler duties, time for reading tends to be a luxury for me these days.

And while most of any time I can manage for reading is devoted to books, I refuse to let a Real Simple magazine arrive in the mail without reading it front to back. I find the magazine to be a nearly perfect balance of practical advice and inspiring ideas. And I love that each issue begins with a well-chosen quote that ties into that month’s overall “theme.”

Since the January issue was devoted to finding balance in the new year, the selected quote from Albert Einstein seemed right on target:

“People are like bicycles. They can keep their balance only as long as they keep moving,” from a letter to his son Eduard on February 5, 1930.

Well, I wouldn’t want to argue any part of theoretical physics with the genius who was Einstein, and I’ve read many of his writings that have, in fact, resonated with me. But this time, I have to respectfully disagree.

Certainly, there’s a case to be made for the importance of staying active and moving forward. And in all fairness, Einstein was likely referring to the significance of motivation (a necessary thing, of course). But as important as it is to keep moving, I’m also a big believer in the idea of sitting still. For a moment, at least.

And I think that many quilters would agree with me. Because it is, after all, in those moments that you can allow yourself to do something completely indulgent—something that you simply enjoy. Something like reading. Or quilting.


International Quilt Festival/Chicago

June 19-21, 2014

Classes begin June 19

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Rosemont, Illinois, USA


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August 14-16, 2014

Classes begin August 14

Oregon Convention Center

Portland, Oregon, USA


International Quilt Festival/Houston

October 30-November 2, 2014

Preview Night October 29
Classes begin October 27

George R. Brown Convention Center

Houston, Texas, USA

Besides, you never know when the things you enjoy in those small, quiet moments will transition into something big, or even life-altering.

In this edition of Friends@Festival, you’ll read about two people for whom quilting has been just that—one (Paty Silva) who used quilting as a means to emotional and physical recovery after a long period of physical ailment, and the other (Ami Simms) who used her skills and name as a well-known quilter to establish an initiative that recently surpassed the $1-million mark in raising funds for Alzheimer’s research.

They’re just the kind of heart-warming stories we could all use during this cold and, often, bleak time of year. And for good measure, we’ve also included several winter soup recipes sure to warm your kitchen and your body.

And when all else fails, never underestimate the power of a quiet moment under a warm quilt.

Happy reading!

Rhianna Griffin


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