Monday, June 30, 2014


I can post it, I can post it! This is my quilt for the Beatles Challenge. A group of 150 quilts were submitted, and will be displayed at several venues over the next year, beginning with the Houston International Quilt Show. This resulted in a book which will come out in September, entitled "Inspired by the Beatles" by Donna DeSoto. I am so excited!

My quilt illustrates the title "Only a Northern Song" , a little known song from the Yellow Submarine album. As soon as I saw the title, I knew the northern lights would somehow have to be there, and that led me naturally enough to a Norwegian fjord with a burning longship. Well, sort of naturally, anyway! I can hardly wait for the book to come has a much better picture!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Serging and Sewing and Software, Oh My!

Bernie Griffith of Bertina Studio came to The Quilters Studio and Friday was devoted to learning to use the serger to its fullest extent, and today was sewing and embroidering on the wonderful new Elna machines. Tomorrow will be the Artistic software class.


We held the embroidery class out in the main part of the store, and generated lots of interest. The Elnas are very quiet, and stitched beautifully.

Bernie not only does education, but digitizes fabulous embroidery patterns....the bugs and cats are cute, but the blackwork is to die for if you are an historical costumer like I am.

I have to say, I am loving this job!


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Newest quilt!

The colors are much brighter, the center squares are lime green.

And every center diamond has a different safari animal. This is a terrific pattern!

I also learned how to

A) reverse entry and exit sites for the quilt patterns,

B) resizing designs

C) combining designs to wrap around things.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snow! There is Snow!

It is pretty.... though it was alot prettier at 0700 before I started to shovel it.  And before the sleet started to beat it down from light and fluffy to soggy heavy mushy snow.  But, still and all, I do like snow.  Really I do. 

It does mean Quilt Club is cancelled though, and I don't like that.  I did finally finish Sunbonnet Sue and her adventures, so, am disappointed not to be sharing that with my fellow quilter peeps.  The only photo I have isn't very good, so I will wait til I get a better one to share it. 

Stay safe and warm out there everyone!  Hot tea and cookies, that's the ticket!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

One Block Wonder That Couldn't Be Done


A teacher I know said the fabric I wanted to use wouldn't be able to be used for this pattern. While I will admit it was difficult, sometimes to the point of banging my head on the table, I really like the way it turned out.


The only rules I accept in quilting are safety rules. I don't want to lose a finger, but I don't like it when someone says "you can't do that". That is simply a challenge.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Cool Stuff

This is the Sunbonnet Sue Through the Ages I have been doing all year. My manager really wanted to do a Sue quilt as the year's project, but there really wasn't much interest. I have to admit, I wasn't too thrilled myself, but I committed to doing it. The first row is Norse, the second is Celt, the third is High Gothic, and the fourth is the Six Wives of Henry VIII. I couldn't figure a way to have Anne and Catherine to carry their heads....they just looked like big pillows. But it is done, and I had fun despite myself.... I can't wait to see what others have done.

This is the result of a challenge my general manager set to use a relatively small amount of fabric and make something cool to sell this Ralph Lauren plaid. I thought a bog coat would be perfect, and I think it turned out pretty well. A yard and three quarters, and some terrific closures... And a warm coat later!


Thursday, January 2, 2014

After Christmas Showing


This is the quilt I made my son this Christmas. I started with the scenic panels you see, designed the quilt around them (actually one panel cut apart)pieced it, then had an exciting time quilting it myself on a long arm Handiquilter. I actually got it trimmed and bound before Christmas Eve!

Meg enjoyed wearing my fur to the Marine Ball so much, I made her this faux chinchilla shrug, and she likes it even better!

Having my kids home for Christmas was my very favorite present!