Monday, August 7, 2017


Various quilty things spotted in July ... don't we quilters see our worlds through a quilter's lens?

Happiness is.... seeing that my young married daughter brought a quilt on vacation... this is "Steps to the Altar" which I made in 2014 for her wedding.  I blogged about it here on my old blog (no idea now why I felt the need to start over in blogging, ergh)

FUN... to find a couple of quilt store gems while on vacation in Utah:

Amusing... to find a crazy-quilt of a door to a great Mexican restaurant, The Red Iguana in SLC.  YES, worth the wait!

Gratifying.... to see a Faith Ringgold gem at the BYU Museum of Art:


That is my son way in the background.  I love sharing art museum visits with my kids!

And lastly.... check out this charming piece... hanging in the house we are moving to ... soon!  I don't think the current owners are leaving it behind... too bad;).

Monday, July 31, 2017

Baskets! A Study of Nineteenth-Century Basket Quilts

Baskets! A Study of Nineteenth-Century Basket Quilts is now available at Amazon.   It is simply terrific - fifty small quilts inspired by old quilts -

Mine is on page 74... and I blogged about it here.  It was a labor of love for sure.   (If you order a copy, and I hope you will, because you won't be disappointed, you can use Amazon Smile at so that AQSG will get a percentage of the sale!). 

I am thoroughly enjoying all the quilts, and all the essays!  I hope to meet many of my fellow Study Group quilters at the AQSG Seminar in October!

Meanwhile.... the purging and packing continues.  Most of my quilting and sewing stuff still really does "spark joy" - my new sewing room will be quite small, but that's OK.  I'm good with small kitchens and small sewing rooms - ;)


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Maple leaves with sashiko

I'm looking forward to the American Quilt Study Group Seminar in Manchester NH in October.  Hard to imagine, but true, that by then I will be a resident of New Hampshire;).

Volunteers were asked to make 16-inch table toppers, any "maple leaf" design with a fall feel.

I love pulling scraps for a little project:

Careful placement with the flying geese, and assembled like a nine-patch:

I always enjoy adding some sashiko stitching to my projects. This pattern is a variation of nowaki - a traditional pattern denoting that blast of wind in autumn - or the fall grasses blowing in that cold wind.

The second topper is made with Japanese dark "taupe" scraps and this nice soft woven orange.  I improvised the sashiko, marking the curves with some found round object.   I guess we could call it a variation on shippo (seven treasures) if we want to get fancy.

It might seem like I'm wishing summer away, with these fall posts.  You might be right!  Summer has been almost lost to sorting, donating, pitching, deciding... mourning, crying, stress, indecision, quick decisions (in the house hunting realm)...  PACKING.... I'm happy to say we have found our downsizer house and it's about 40 minutes' drive north, in New Hampshire.  Simplifying...  it is happening!  Kon Mari on a pretty large scale!


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