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.