Monday, June 11, 2018

Florabunda Baby Quilt
41" x 41"
I had so much fun making this little baby quilt with Melanie Testa's new fabric line Florabunda!  And, I am delighted to be part of the blog hop (see below) to showcase her new line!

I started making quilts many, many years ago.  My first quilt was a log cabin quilt.  After making a few traditional quilts, I was drawn into the world of art quilting.  The learning curve was quite steep as I had no real art background or training, but I knew that's where I wanted to go!  However, there are also times when my brain needs a rest, and I am drawn back to working with quilting blocks and commercial fabrics.  This was one of those instances, and it didn't disappoint.  I loved touching this fabric.  It was soft and the colors and patterns were so appealing to me.
I had an idea to use some triangles for this quilt, and started coloring on graph paper, and this is what evolved.  When the fabric arrived, I was ready to go!  The entire quilt went together in just a few days.
I added some hand quilting with Superior's heavy weight Sew Sassy thread, which looks perfect with the aesthetics of this quilt.
Here it is, photographed in the wild.  I would have put a baby on it, if I had one!  :)

Now for the blog hop info!

Twelve artists have joined with RJR Fabrics, Quilty Box and Melanie Testa to host an Instagram Florabunda introduction and fabric GIVEAWAY!  You are invited to join the Blog Hop each day, June 7 through June 16.  Please, visit and like all Florabunda Blog Hoppers on Instagram, including @RJRFabrics, @QuiltyBox,  and @MellyTesta to increase your chances to win! RJR Fabrics will post chances to win Florabunda Swag daily (June 11 through 16). Don't forget to check out Melanie Testa’s blog each day too. You will get highlights and interesting info about each participant!

Tiffany Hayes June 7
Deborah Boschert June 8
Kathy York   June 11
Teri Lucas June 11
Susan Brusker Knapp June 12
Leslie Tucker Jenison              June 12
Tiffany Hayes June 13
Jamie Fingal            June 13
Debby Brown                June 14
Heidi Kelly June 14
David Gilleland                June 15
Melanie Testa June 15

Saturday, March 24, 2018


I thought it might be fun to have a little on-line exhibit of my quilts while I am working on my secret projects that I can't post about yet!  Blue is a predominant color in many of my quilts, so here is a collection of ten of them!
Synchronized Swimming  51" x 51"

Synchronized Swimming, detail

Floating in a Sea of Symbols 40" x 40"

Floating in a Sea of Symbols, detail
Double Bind

Double Bind, detail

Reflections 24" x 60"

Reflections, detail

Just Around the Corner 24" x 24" x 6"

Just Around the Corner, detail

Blue Towers 36" x 48"
Fifty, Female, and Fearless 36" x 48"

Blue Cross 95" x 95"

Blue Corner 87" x 87"

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Quilts on Exhibit

I just thought it would be fun to give you a glimpse of what is currently showing and what is coming soon!

Currently I have the following pieces exhibiting:
The Long Necked Cats and the Long Necked Bird

Wild Fabrications, SAQA, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI, Dec 17, 2017 - Feb 25, 2018

The Women's March

Threads of Resistance, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, Dec 9, 2017 - Feb 18, 2018

Coming Soon:

Wedding Rings and Crossroads
QuiltCon 2018: Pasadena, CA: Feb 22-25, 2018


Concrete and Grasslands, SAQA, The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, London, UK: March 1- 4, 2018

the Deep End
Tranquility, SAQA, Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC), Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne, Australia: Apr 5 - 8, 2018 

Floating in a Sea of Symbols
Personal Iconographies, Dinner@Eight, International Quilt Festival, Chicago, IL: Apr 12 - 14, 2018

i Quilt
Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century, MQG, The Dairy Barn, Athens, OH, Apr 29 - Jun 17, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

Modern Quilts
the book!
see page 86!

I have finally received my copy of Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century by Riane Menardi, Alissa Haight Carlton, and Heather Grant.  The book is fantastic! And, I'm not just saying that because my quilt is in it!

It is a delightful visual feast full of incredible modern quilts.  Eye candy for the image junky! I love this book, and please don't laugh at the reason why, it doesn't have too many words.  I do love to read, but for quilts, I like looking at the pictures.  And this is one of those books that is full of fabulous pictures. I have been pouring over the pages, and adding new quilt artists to follow on Instagram, and then repeating.  Plus, all proceeds from the sales go towards helping the Modern Quilt Guild.  The authors did a wonderful job of curating images for this very special collection!  Kudos!

As for my quilt? I am incredibly honored and humbled to be included in this collection of talented artists.  You can read more about i Quilt here (when it won best in show)

or here, when I blogged about how it was made.

Mostly, I am just so excited to be part of the Modern Quilt movement.  The book discusses how the Modern Quilt Guild got started, which somehow escaped my radar.  I remember when I heard about the Austin Modern Quilt Guild and started attending meetings.  But the biggest impetus for me was when QuiltCon began in Austin.  Since I live here, it was easy to attend, and I did. I loved, loved, loved the quilts.  And, because I am old and slow, it took one of the younger generation to tell me about Instagram.  (Thank you so much for that, Heather Grant!!!).  Instagram was where I learned about hashtags and helped me connect in a much more efficient and daily way with other modern quilters.  It changed my world.

Meanwhile, I thought it might entertain you to see some never before shots of the i Quilt.  :)
i Quilt with my favorite Marimekko mug, and green IKEA couch

i Quilt, flying on the beach

i Quilt, posing on a lovely bay front cupola
Today is my day for the blog hop to promote Modern Quilts.  If you are interested in buying a copy you can get one here. You can also find a LOT of images from the book on Instagram, #modernquilts
If you are interested in seeing some of the other artists participating in the blog hop, please see below.

12/13/2017Amber Corcoran
12/14/2017Heidi Parkes
12/15/2017Melissa Cory
12/16/2017Penny Gold
12/18/2017Shruti Dandekar
12/19/2017Amy Friend
12/20/2017Paige Alexander
12/21/2017Angela Bowman
12/22/2017Lysa Flower
12/27/2017Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill
12/28/2017Jacquie Gering
12/29/2017Christa Watson
12/30/2017Heather Black
1/2/2018Kristin Shields
1/3/2018Krista Hennebury
1/4/2018Cinzia Allocca
1/5/2018Suzanne Paquette
1/6/2018Yvonne Fuchs
1/9/2018Ben Darby
1/10/2018Nicole Daksiewicz
1/11/2018Kristi Schroeder
1/12/2018Kathy York
1/13/2018Marla Varner
1/15/2018Brigette Heitland
1/16/2018Stacey Sharman
1/17/2018Stacey O'Malley
1/18/2018Kim Soper
1/19/2018Steph Skardal
1/20/2018Cheryl Brickey
1/22/2018Shea Henderson
1/23/2018Katie Larson
1/24/2018Katie Pedersen

Monday, January 01, 2018

Preparing a Quilt for Shipping

Since it is almost time to ship quilts to California for QuiltCon2018, I thought I would write a post today about how to prepare a quilt for shipping.  It is important to follow the instructions sent from the organization.  This will generally include things like a hanging sleeve and a label.  It may also tell you to cover your label for judging, so that the judges only see your entry number and not your name. Next comes the part about actually putting your quilt in a box.  The quilt shown here is my i Quilt.  It is not going to QuiltCon, because, well, it has already been (in 2015).  But it was happy to volunteer for the purpose of this demonstration!  :)

Step one, find a clean place to lay out your quilt.  Put the back side up.
The next step is very important.  Get a tape roller and carefully look over the back.  Remove any stray threads or pet hair.
To minimize wrinkles in your quilt, scrunch up a bunch of long tissue paper into rolls.  Use one of these tissue rolls each time you fold your quilt.  It does not matter HOW you fold it.  You can fold it in half and in half again, or in thirds, but each time you fold it, support the fold line with a roll of tissue paper.
This is the first fold.
Bigger quilts require more folds.  Use your long arms to smooth the scrunch tissue paper as close to the inside of the fold as you can.  Now you can see half of the front side of your quilt.  Get the tape roller out, and check for loose thread again!
This is the second fold.
Each time I fold the quilt, and more of the front shows, I use the tape roller to clean it.
This is the third fold.
Check again for loose threads. Notice above, the tissue roll does not go all the way across the fold.  That is because there is already tissue rolls near the edges from the previous folds.  This is the first crosswise fold, and I use a smaller chunk of scrunched tissue. Be sure to rotate and flip and carefully check to make sure that any loose threads are removed.
The last fold.
Now, the quilt is folded to it's final shipping size. Place it in a plastic bag, along with any required forms.  Always include the shipping address and a return address inside the bag.
I always like to use a clear plastic bag, so that my quilt will not be accidentally mistaken for trash at it's arrival destination.  And, it is a good idea to close the plastic bag with tape, but do not over-tape it.  If you make it super difficult to unwrap, and a volunteer has to use scissors to open it, well, you are asking for trouble! This is a situation that is easy to avoid. 

Find a box for your very precious package.  If it doesn't fit into your box, do not squish and stuff it.  Either, find a bigger box, or refold your quilt. I like to have some room all the way around my folded quilt.  If there is extra room, be sure to stuff the empty space with more tissue paper.  Do not use packing peanuts for quilts.  Ever.  It irritates the stuffing out the receiver! Close up your box and then you can use a LOT of tape. 

Other notes:
*Packages are sometimes damaged in shipping.  Shipping tubes are worse than boxes as a general rule.  Also, don't leave any loose tape or torn edges on your box.  These can easy get caught up in the machinery used to transport packages and rip your package open.  Make sure the outside of your box is clean and smooth! I always cover the shipping address in packing tape.  I don't know if that's necessary or not, but it seems like a good idea. 

*YES, insure the value of your quilt while shipping. And consider requesting a signature for delivery.

*And, it is well advised not to write the word "quilt" on the outside of your box. 

And, may the odds be ever in your favor!