The Middle Road

You're searching, Joe, for things that don't exist; I mean beginnings. Ends and beginnings -- there are no such things. There are only middles.
-Robert Frost
Ole Robert Frost was practically talking to me there, wasn't he? It's a New Year, so the question of Resolutions (with a capital R) is upon us. Constantly resolving to do something differently/better myself, I've decided that I am immune to the order of New Year's Day. I stick my tongue out at that particular tradition. So there! .
Beginning or no, 2009 is off to a great start. Dylan and I are pleased to be featured in this month's issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. It's our very first in-print article and they did a lovely job of it. It features 3 of our dollies and 3 of our Cheater Quilts. Plus, simple patterns and a semi-abbreviated tutorial for the quilts, including this one. . .
. . .and this one. . .

and this one.

As is often the case, one thing leads to another and now we're working on our very first line of patterns. The first of the first is currently in the works, but should be ready any time now.

It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all. -Edward De Bono

May all your new years be full of the stuff that comes between Beginnings and Ends.


  1. Lovely as always! My favorite is #3 though!

    Have a wonderful 2009!

  2. Oh my! So beautiful!

  3. Beautiful! I love the moon cheater quilt. I didn't see it online before at Cloth Paper Scissors. Congratulations on your first pattern. how exciting! 2009 is going to be a great year for The Cart Before the Horse team!
    I also love your sentiment of enjoying the middles that 2009 has to offer. Thanks!

  4. I was standing in line at JoAnn's today and picked up the magazine. I was going through it (not thinking it was mine yet) and I recognized your work immediately, so I had to buy it! I am so thrilled for you. I am lucky enough to own three of your pieces. I think it is wonderful you are sharing your ideas and techniques with others. Congrats!

  5. Hey.........I love you guys, ever since I first saw you on eBay.......but I could never get enough info on you. How great you now have a blog! I just bought the current copy of Cloth Paper and Scissors...and....without reading your name I recognized your work. Congratulations..........you have earned all the success that has come your way..and will come your way. You have done it in the most honorable way.....you earned it with all the passion you have for what you do. and your dedication to hard work. Well Done.........I predict the brightest future for you both. Trust me.....this is my first visit.........but not my last!

  6. Congratulations on your article and your new pattern to be released!!! Miss you on EHAG but understand how busy you are!!!
    All my best to both of you in 2009.

  7. I love your art and I love the thinking as well. :-)


  8. Congratulations to both! I just saw the article, your stuff is great as always!
    Happy New Year by the way!

  9. Anonymous1/05/2009

    so happy for you both - knew it was you before I read it - cool about the patterns! Congras!

  10. Congratulations on Cloth Paper Scissors! My mom and I were looking at a past issue and I was trying to describe your art quilts to her, now she'll see them in the issue!

  11. Wow, Jo and D! So glad to find you over at Tascha's. Beautiful inspiring stuff. I'm a follower!
    I'll be checking back.
    Ronnie-in a small town in Georgia

  12. Congrats on the Cloth Paper Scissors feature!! I can't wait to see your new line of patterns unveiled.


  13. Oh Joee! Congratulations on the article and the new pattern! You too Dyan! I'm so happy and proud of you both!

    The Moon quilt just made me weak in the knees! (You know me and moons!) And the others are absolutely fabulous! As always!


  14. Anonymous1/06/2009

    Great quotes! Congrats on your article...that's wonderful. Wishing you much success in 2009.

  15. Anonymous1/07/2009

    Congratulations on you article. I love your work and quilt number two really makes my heart sing! Well done! I hope you'll have every bit of success on all days between january 1st and December 31st

  16. ooooh congrats! Cant't wait to read the article:) Beautiful, beautiful work!!! xox...jenn

  17. oh my!!! i MUST hook that moon-man...you guys are just SO FANCY! i am so, so, thrilled for you....

    "ah, i knew her when..."

  18. Congratulations! I've admired you guys on Ebay for awhile. I love to see what you'll come up with next. You works stand out and are instantly recognizable-Love it!

    Happy New Year!



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