All The Fixings

Poverty is what made Alicia Avila an expert quilter. Avila grew up in a family of migrant workers who traveled regularly between Texas and Wisconsin and couldn’t afford new bed coverings. So Avila’s grandmother would save and sew remnants of cloth to make quilts, and Avila would mimic her, starting first by piecing scraps of paper together and then graduating to real stitches in time. Today, she carries on that tradition as an artist who has created and exhibited quilts, conducted classes and judged exhibitions. Her proudest moment was a recent quilt exhibition she had in the south Texas town…

Great Cheap Stuff

If it were so easy, would it be as exciting? Take, for instance, the line of (mostly) women waiting outside The Lang Companies warehouse in Delafield on a chilly fall morning, the air thick with anticipation for the sale beginning at 9 a.m. If you’re like me, you like a good deal. You like to know you got something super for a price no one will believe. The satisfaction is heightened when the compliments pour in. Do you keep it to yourself or tell everyone you meet what an incredible steal it was? Searching for a great deal seems to…