Book Tour: Quilting Isn’t Funny by Megan Dougherty


Have you heard of The Bitchy Stitcher?  No, I’m not name-calling, I’m referring to Megan Dougherty.  She’s a quilter, comedienne and all around kick-a** lady. Oh, and her quilts are pretty darn amazing.  Anyone who designed these pins is pretty dang cool in my book:


Megan writes humorous and brutally honest essays for Quilter’s Home and Generation Q and she has collected her essays into a self-published book. So grab your mug rug and latte, snuggle up under your favorite quilt, and have a good laugh.   Her essay on “Quilting With Kids” was like a sticky finger-marked mirror into my life.

I am so glad that Megan asked me to be part of this tour because I haven’t been taking enough time for myself and work has been somewhat overwhelming. I really needed to be reminded of the humor in quilting right now.


Because I am terrible at summarizing, here is the description from Megan’s site:

Quick! There’s a horde of brain-eating zombies headed your way: you only have an acrylic ruler, some safety pins, and a bias tape machine. What do you do?

And, hey, zombies aren’t the only scary things quilters have to deal with. What happens when your teenager discovers your stash? What are your rights when you get arrested by the Quilt Police? Do you know how to tell which urban legends of quilting are based in fact? What should a quilter’s insurance policy actually cover? And what did the Buddha have to say about all this?

Quilting Isn’t Funny is a collection of hysterical essays by the inimitable creator of the Bitchy Stitcher blog, Megan Dougherty. This is quilting humor with a sharp edge, pieced together from wit, snark, and a little bit of satire. Turns out, quilting is funny. No, make that freakin’ hilarious.


You can purchase the book (paperback or PDF) on Megan’s website  (you will definitely want extras to gift to all your quilting friends) and Megan has generously offered a signed copy to one of my lucky readers.   All you need to do is a leave a comment.  If you are so inspired, tell me what quilting term you think is funny, or annoying.

Giveaway will be open until Sunday January 12th, 11:59am EST and I will announce the winner on Monday.

Also, take a moment to visit the other blogs on the tour!

Dec. 2 – Maddie Kertay  – Bad Ass Quilter’s Society
Dec. 3 – Sam Hunter – Hunter’s Design Studio
Dec. 4 – Carla Crim – Scientific Seamstress
Dec. 5 – Scarlett Burroughs – Craft Gossip
Dec. 6 – Jill Dorsey – Made With Moxie
Dec. 9 – Victoria Findlay Wolfe – Bumble Beans Inc
Dec. 10 – Lynn Harris – Little Red Hen
Dec. 11 – Teresa Coates – Crinkle Dreams
Dec. 12 – Joshua Helms – Molli Sparkles
Dec 13 – Liz Kettle – Stitch Journeys
Dec. 14 – Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting Project
Dec 16 – Lisa Sipes – That Crazy Quilty Girl
Dec. 17 – Charlotte Newland – Displacement Activity
Dec. 18 – Teri Lucas – TerifiCreations
Dec. 19 – Cheryl Sleboda –
Dec. 20 – Kelly Biscopink – Stitchy Quilt Stuff
Jan. 6 – Generation Q
Jan. 8 – Rose Hughes – Rose Hughes – Quilt Artist
Jan. 9 – Janice Ryan – Better Off Thread
Jan. 10 – Flaun Cline – I Plead Quilty
Jan. 13 – Heather Jones – Olive and Ollie
Jan. 14 – Meg  – Without A Stitch On
Jan. 15 – Laura Lochore – Quokka Quilts
Jan. 16 – Elaine Wong Haselhuhn – Dashasel Sews
Jan. 17 – Kim Lapacek – Persimon Dreams

33 Responses to Book Tour: Quilting Isn’t Funny by Megan Dougherty

  1. I can’t seem to think of a funny quilting term. But, Id love to win a copy of this book! Thanks.

  2. “Quilt as desired” – who ever gets the quilting to turn out as desired? (I guess this could apply to both funny and annoying! do I win?!)

  3. Trapunto. That’s a silly word.

  4. Anything labeled easy. even if it should be easy to make or sew, it usually isn’t.

  5. I would have to say “Quilt as desired”, also. If I didn’t tell myself how funny/absurd that phrase is I would be writing nasty-grams to the publishers every time I came across it!!! I would LOVE that book!!!!! Awesome post and thanks for the opportunity to……win???? Hugs………….

  6. My heart drops when I read ‘Quilt as desired’

  7. “Scant quarter inch” always makes me shudder! What, I might be a thread or two too wide??!!
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  8. The terms BOM, WIP, are some of the ones I like.

  9. “Quilt in a Day”. Really? Plan, cut, measure, recut, sew, rip, sew, and press. Then, get down on the floor and baste. Then go downstairs and put a heating pad on my back for awhile. Then quilt. All in one day? I don’t think so.

  10. As a child of the 70’s, the word STASH gives me the giggles. I keep thinking I should pry up a floorboard and hide my fabric under the rug in the livingroom. Maybe then my hubby wouldn’t find it and roll his eyes…

  11. QAL’s thats a silly one..

  12. I would have to say UFO, WIP and PHD are the ones that crack me up. Better get those WIPS all whipped into shape. lol Would love to win this book. Could really use some light reading.:)

  13. I agree with the others that I hate to read Quilt as Desired. Really? How about some suggestions or ideas. To me the phrase Quilt Police is annoying. You really only need to please yourself- unless you are into the show circuit, then I guess you need to please the judges too but hey- I wouldn’t know anything about that.

  14. I am sure this is quite a funny book and would love the inspiration! Thanks

  15. Like others, ‘quilt as desired’ will never happen on my quilt… unless I win the lottery and have a professional do it for me.

  16. UFO. I keep expecting a spaceship to hover over my craft room.

  17. BOM always catches me off guard as it is also used in my work meaning ‘bill of material’

  18. Quilting Tangent

    Quilt as desired – You follow all the directions, get your preety top, then they leave you hanging. No clue what design to quilt, no suggestions, nothing.

  19. STASH has got to be the word that makes me laugh everytime. I had a friend come over and I said let me show you my “stash”… She looked real surprised and then of course I busted out laughing and said “Fabric Stash”….

  20. Megan is hilarious. Hope to win a copy of her book. Thanks Cindy

  21. Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures

    Quiltzilla…one in every quilt guild and annoying as hell!

  22. Sounds like a great book!

  23. Sounds like such a fun book! My funny quilting term is from Eleanor Burns. Her “Still Stripping” books just crack me up. Did no one in the editing process have a dirty mind or realize what that would sound like?!

  24. I used to get the terms “presser foot” and “foot pedal” confused.

  25. The punny use of the word “sew”. I’m sew excited. That’s sew funny. Ugh. I’d love to read this book!!

  26. For some reason Fussy Cut rubs me the wrong way, lol. No real reason, it just sounds unpleasant.

  27. It’s gotta be STASH for me, being a 60’s flower child and a 70’s back-to-the-lander!!

  28. “Basting.” Every time I hear it, I think turkey.

  29. I think lots of quilting terms are funny, hst, qal, flying geese, sashing but I think my favorite is stippling?!? isn’t that something to do with paint? thanks

  30. At my LQS yesterday we came up with a new one. Someone was discussing PHDs ie Projects Half Done and then we talked about where we store our projects in waiting. One other lady and I use ziploc bags so we came up with PIZs ie Projects in Ziplocs.

  31. Scant quarter inch is one of the frustrating terms for me. Scant is slight, limited, negligble, little, scarce, inadequate, insufficient, meager or measly which make it sound like something bad. As another 60’s flower child, I think I will go to my sewing room and play with my stash and hope that the quilting police won’t find me.
    P.S. I would love to win this book, she’s my kind of people.

  32. I think fussy cut is a funny word.

  33. “Press to the Dark side” (with appropriate mwahahah inflection) always cracks me up! Thanks for the chance, Dianne

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