Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Riel Nason's Selvage Quilt Book


This stunning selvage quilt is the creation of author/quilter Riel Nason of Canada. Her book is Modern Selvage Quilting, published by C&T Publishing. 
All of her work is truly extraordinary! 

Elizabeth Park Block-of-the-Month



Visit The Quilt BOM to see the free pattern for this Elizabeth Park quilt block.
Each month there will be a new block that we are using at the Hearthside Quilters guild in Harwinton, CT. If any of these ideas inspire you, help yourself. 


Thursday, September 26, 2019

Trumpet Vine Quilt Pattern


Just finished this quilt and pattern. It's fun to make and there are so many very different ways to use this block! I'm working on a series now. Scrap quilts are the best, aren't they? Take a look at the pattern here: Trumpet Vine Quilt Pattern. If you buy the pattern and don't love it, let me know and I'll issue a refund.  Intended as a wall quilt (47" x 54") but this bear looks pretty comfy there!



Friday, September 20, 2019

My New Portrait, You Can Get One Too!


Yes, that's me. I just had my portrait done. By Alexjob on Fiverr.com for $10. 
This just cracks me up. He's very talented and can put your headshot (or that of your pet) on a vintage oil painting image. You can have multiple people too. Great gift idea.



Friday, August 9, 2019

Brookside Quiltworks Exhibits my Quilts!


Brookside Quiltworks in South Egremont, Massachusetts is exhibiting 25 of my quilts until the end of August. There are downloadable patterns available for many of the quilts. Many quilts are available for sale too. This quilt shop offers 2,800 bolts of gorgeous fabric, plus tools, books, patterns, longarm quilting services, and lessons...That must be why they call it "Quiltworks," they have the works!


 L to R: Fandango, Blue Lagoon, and a Gee's Bend-style Retro Christmas quilt.


Winding Trails (center), and my sister Eileen Lovett's green Hummingbird quilt (draped on the table) which was the featured quilt for March in Curated Quilts' 2019 Calendar.


This Bourgoing Surrounded quilt made from silk dupioni, includes buttons, beads and hand embroidery.


Little Dolls quilt and Puzzle quilt. Owners Catherine and Bill Kane do a nice job arranging the exhibit. Their whole shop is a delight to visit. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

ONLINE Block-of-the-Month Program!


Visit The Quilt BOM for free Block-of-the-Month projects starting (now) September 2019-June 2020.

I'm designing the blocks to be fast and fun to make (nothing fussy), blocks that will make a nice quilt, and can surely be made from existing stash.

My guild, Hearthside Quilters, will be using this site for our BOM. Your guild is invited to use it too and hold the drawings at your meetings. See The Quilt BOM for details.

See some layout ideas below for this block. Click HERE to see more quilt patterns.










Monday, August 5, 2019

Giveaway Winner!



The winner of the sea urchin pincushion (see previous post below) is Wendy Caton Reed of Maine!
Thank you to everyone who helped promote my son's new Etsy shop: GriskaHandmade.
A tree recently fell on his workshop so he's not making any new products while repairs are underway. I'm glad to say that he wasn't in his workshop when the tree hit! 



Saturday, July 27, 2019

Giveaway! Win a Sea Urchin Pincushion! And See My Sons



Win this colorful Sea Urchin Pincushion! 

I will choose a winner at random next Sunday August 4, 2019 from the Comments below.

To enter, go to www.etsy.com/shop/griskahandmade, or just click here. Take a look at my son Brian's brand new Etsy shop. He makes amazing knives and pipes by hand. Do some "favoriting," then come back here and leave a comment (enter the drawing). He's such a good guy, I'd like his shop to get some Internet love. 



Since many of us are moms, I'll share a pic of my sons when they were little. Brian's on the left, David's on the right. Cute, right? Now they're both 6'4" and have beards! Still cute tho.


P.S. I'll ship the pincushion anywhere. 

Monday, June 3, 2019

Irish Wedding Quilt


We are attending the wedding of Colin and Colleen this weekend. Colin is my "almost nephew." I've been friends with his Mom since she was born. She's only three years younger than me, but I have a good memory. And she had red hair which I had never seen before, so there's that. 

I just finished this quilt for them today. It measures 72" square. A classic string quilt design, it has lots of hidden treasures such as peanuts, goldfish, a sock monkey, an owl, and lots more. Over the years maybe family members will have fun searching for little surprises in this quilt top.
This quilt was machine pieced and machine quilted (free motion stippling, and a curly vine in the white sashing). The backing is white with a tiny green design. The batting is Warm and White.

This couple will live in Boston. Thier wedding invitation had an Irish vibe so I went with the same idea with green prints and shamrocks. I hope they use it up and wear it out. :)




Saturday, May 11, 2019

A Quilter's Pin Dish




                            

This pretty pressed glass dish may have started out in life as a candy, nut or pickle dish, 
but now it's a quilter's pin dish! I use mine for straight pins and basting pins. It adds an elegant touch to my quilt studio. I enjoy the way it sparkles in the sunlight. 
These make terrific gifts because quilting time is "me time."
See the new gifts category in my Etsy shop.



Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Thumbs-Up at Brookside Quiltwork's Selvage Quilt Exhibit!


A visitor from Cornwall Bridge, CT gives a thumbs-up at Brookside Quiltworks in South Egremont, MA. She is viewing the "Red Zinger" selvage quilt made by Karen Griska.

There are twenty selvage quilts on exhibit until the end of May (this month!). Be sure to enter the free drawing for a selvage wall quilt from the exhibit. Take a look at the selvage lamp (I know, right?) and see all the little selvage pincushions! The quilts are for sale, or pick up a pattern and make one. ;)

Of course you'll want to see the owner Catherine's great selection of fabrics. Who can resist?

Friday, March 15, 2019

Selvage Quilt Exhibit at Brookside Quiltworks


Twenty of my selvage quilts are on exhibit at Brookside Quiltworks in S. Egremont, MA from now until the end of May. You can enter a free drawing to win the Monkey Wrench quilt. There are selvage pincushions with beaded pinsies available for purchase as well as patterns for many of the  quilts in the exhibit. 


And the gorgeous selection fabrics in this shop will inspire you too. I have my eye on her new shipment of Aboriginal prints. Next time.


This is my mom, Mary. We visited the exhibit yesterday, chatted with Catherine Kane the owner of Brookside Quiltworks, and then had a delicious lunch at Patisserie Lenox in nearby Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 



"Red Zinger" (above) is a popular favorite. Click here to see Zinger variations.


I love the optical illusion in "Glass Tumbling Blocks" above.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The First All-Selvage Quilt Exhibit!


Twenty of my selvage quilts are now on exhibit at Brookside Quiltworks in South Egremont, Massachusetts starting today and running until the end of May. Printed patterns for many of the quilts are available, and most of the quilts are available for purchase too. 

Catherine's shop is full of the most wonderful fabrics and quilt goodies! Lots of treasures and inspiration for any quilt project. 

Combine this with a nice lunch in nearby Great Barrington, MA and you have a fun outing!

Brookside Quiltworks is open Tuesday-Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-3.




Monday, March 4, 2019

Do You Know What's Coming Here Tomorrow?


Brookside Quiltworks is a wonderful fabric shop and quilt gallery in S. Egremont, Massachusetts. Come back tomorrow and see what's up!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Moonlight, a Strip Quilt and Pattern



 "Moonlight" is my most recent quilt finish. The (Kona Ash Gray) sashing color gives a moonlight look to this quilt. And I love the piano keys. Using only two strips rather than four, and placing them asymmetrically adds a little modern whimsy. I used the same striped fabric for backing and binding. You can see the striped binding in the photo above. And here are some detail photos below. Pattern coming soon on Etsy. I'll keep you posted.







Saturday, February 2, 2019

Interweave Quilt Pattern



Are you sewing your stash in 2019? (see over 3,000 pics at #sewingmystash on Instagram) Here's an interesting scrap pattern to consider: Interweave. Fun to make. I'm listing this finished quilt in my Etsy shop as well. 

I hope you are all staying warm, especially in the Midwest USA. Polar vortex, go away!




Saturday, January 26, 2019

Movie Recommendation: Green Book





I highly recommend this movie: Green Book. The characters are engaging and the dialogue is spot on. It's funny and moving. The music is great. It has a nice ending. What's not to love? Go see it.
(Not for little kids because of language and brief scenes.)




Thursday, January 10, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Gnome/Pixy Hats from Amber Studios on Etsy



Amber Studios is known for fabulous storybook style sweater coats, and now her latest offering is gnome/pixie hats! Click here to see more pics of this hat. Or visit Amber Studios to see other handmade upcycled beauties. What a feast for the eyes! 
Nice work, Barbara!


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Record-Breaking Thread Useage in 2018





Yup, 38 spools of thread were emptied in my quilt studio in 2018! Usually I average about 20 spools per year, so despite the flimsiness of this measurement, it's a milestone.

Happy quilting!