Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Westminster Abbey

Quote from Michele Carolla: "The recently restored pavement before the high altar at Britain’s Westminster Abbey, where by tradition coronations are staged. Done in the reign of Henry III in the 13th century, the design follows an elaborate, enticingly complex set of geometric patterns."

Read more at The Reader. Btw, I'm not making a quilt based on this pattern!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Huge Scale Knitting

Huge scale knitting by Jacqueline Fink from Sydney, Australia of Little Dandelion
Read Jacqueline's story here. More great photos too.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


This print was posted on moth speaker on Tumbler. Hand prints, maybe with signatures, might make an interesting quilt. You'd need fabric paint, but JoAnn stores have it in every color. How about adding beads, embroidery, buttons and charms for a crazy quilt look? Or a clean black and white format is nice too. I'm starting to feel a new quilt coming on!
Have you made a quilt featuring hands? Email a photo and I'll share it here.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Teresa's Binding

Teresa from Nashville, Tennessee (blog: A Quilt and a Prayer) shows how to make this elegant binding with a tiny inner border in the photo below. So simple once you see the photo!

Once again proving that a picture is worth a thousand words. Thanks, Teresa!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Joan's Memory Shirt Quilt

Joan Jordan made this beautiful quilt for her mother using shirts that belonged to her step-father. The planes on the back are in recognition of his service in the Army Air Corps. 
Her mom keeps this quilt on her bed. Aw, sweet.

Joan added the green fabric for a subtle punch. Nice job, Joan! Thanks for sharing the photos.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Duck at Rest

"Runner Duck at Rest" by Ruth B. McDowell. Ruth is truly a quilting rock star. 
Read about Ruth. See all her books

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Shirting Quilt

This quilt is from Quilter's Pastiche on Tumbler. It looks like it was made from a collection of shirts. The buttons go well with the shirts. It looks like lots of cuffs. She varied the direction of the stripes. This would make a nice memorial quilt. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Interesting Pincushions

Isn't this an interesting mini cart vintage pincushion? It's from RubyLane.com, but must have been sold since it's not shown there anymore.

Embroidered pincushion by Susan O'Connor of Australia featured on Needle and Thread.

Vintage Victorian Pincushion sold on eBay.

I'm not making pincushions any more, but I still like looking for interesting ones online.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pretty Moda Selvages

This new fabric called "Rejoice"from Moda features little birds as color windows. Both selvages have shaggy edges which add some nice texture in a selvage quilt. I like how the new fabrics have such interesting selvages. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Jenny Bowker's Shimmering Triangles

This stunning quilt was made by Jenny Bowker a textile artist and quilting teacher who lived in the Middle East for many years. She offers a variety of classes including one for the quilt shown above: Shimmering Triangles

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sewing Machine Quilt at Fresh Figs

This mini quilt featuring sewing machines and fancy spools of thread was made by Joanna Figueroa at the Fresh Figs blog. She will be making a pattern for this quilt soon. So clever! I especially like the blue floral machine. 

P.S. Ellyn says the pattern is available. If I find it I'll post the link.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

June Calender's Poet Selvage Quilt!

June Calender of Cape Cod, Massachusetts and the Calender Pages blog made this selvage quilt that features 12 women poet's pictures and some of their poetry. There are another 24 poets included in the borders. These photos show the quilt on exhibit at the Bayberry Quilters annual quilt show in August. Not surprisingly, the quilt won a Viewer's Choice ribbon. June was making a statement about women poets being marginalized by critics and academics, hence the selvages. Very creative, June! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Wilma Al-Uqdah's Selvage Quilt is a Winner!

"Selvages with Attitude" by Wilma Al-Uqdah of Texas won First Prize and Viewer's Choice at her guild's quilt show this past weekend. It measures 67" x 85." Look at how the turquoise makes the selvages pop. And the border fabric is a brilliant choice too. She still has a big collection of selvages and I suspect she has more selvage quilts in mind. Nice job, Wilma!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Today is Net Neutrality Day

As I understand it, the FCC is considering a bill that would give preference to big companies on the Internet, and move smaller users, like Etsy sellers, into the slow lane. 

Quote from Chad Dickerson, CEO of Etsy:
"...the FCC has proposed an end to the open Internet. This proposal has alarmed the Etsy community and employees. One seller, Beth in Oregon, said “If internet users find it too difficult to load our websites and see our products, it will be impossible for us to grow or succeed.” The FCC proposal threatens any business that relies on the Internet to reach consumers, stream video, process payments, advertise services or products, speak their minds, or do just about anything else. It therefore demands my time, as it should yours."

Spoon image (above) from Milk & Honey

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ellen Hart's Selvage Quilt Needs a Name

This amazing selvage quilt is the work of Ellen Hart of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
It measures 53" x 73." Isn't it a beauty? I like all the color. And the narrow black sashing.
Ellen hasn't named this quilt yet. Do you have any suggestions for her?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Labor Day: The Official Start of Quilting Season

I saw this on Bonnie Hunter's blog: Quiltville's Quips & Snips. Haha. Quilting season starts on Labor Day and runs until the end of August, right? 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Tablet Holder from The Netherlands

Mien Boerekamp of The Netherlands is making tablet holders using selvages from her Vlisco fabrics. The fabric company is located in the nearby city of Helmond. They are her favorite fabrics and she's made several quilts with them. These tablet holders are so pretty everyone's asking her to make them one. 
You can see Vlisco fabrics on Etsy. Nice work, Mien!