Friday, January 3, 2020

Fifty-Nine Empty Spools in 2019!


I save my emptied thread spools and count them at year end. This year clocked 59 spools, compared to the usual 20! Increased machine quilting is the main reason. It was all Coats & Clarks Dual Duty, the least expensive choice. I've been thinking of trying fancier threads. Do you have a preference? 

I know how unscientific this measurement is. But it's kinda fun anyway. 

Wishing you all a very happy new year!!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

African Wax Print Quilt



This quilt is the first in a series made from African wax prints. I love the African vibe that comes from using these bold colorful prints with solid black. The triangles are pieced, but the prints provide most of the design punch. I like that eye-catching sunflower in the middle.

This quilt is available for purchase on Etsy. Four are listed now, and more coming soon.

African wax prints are available online from Africa and the US. Etsy is a good place to start collecting wax prints. Most of these fabrics are offered for sale in 1 yard and 6 yard pieces. Scraps and precuts are also available. 




Thursday, November 7, 2019

Madeline's Ferris Wheel Quilt





This beautiful Ferris Wheel quilt top is the creation of Madeline Reese of  Rio Rancho, New Mexico. She's enjoying the casual approach to making these fans "by eye." Nice job, Madeline!

Click to see my pattern for Ferris Wheel. This is the fun, no-fuss way to make fan blocks. No paper piecing, no foundation. There are so many ways to use fans, including as corner blocks in borders. 




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.