• Something to Crow About

    OK gentle readers, the proverbial ‘cat’ is out of the bag. I am proud to announce that I have now joined the ranks of fabric designers with a new line of fabrics produced by Northcott to be featured at Fall Market in Houston at the end of this month.

    Northcott approached me this past spring about using some of my quilt designs to produce printed panels with some coordinating textures and supporting fabrics by Linda Ludovico to create the line we are calling Maplewood inspired by one of my Garden Window quilts. Those of you who know me well have been aware of this but for my general followers, I have had to keep a bit mum about this until Northcott was ready to present the new line on their website, this has been a bit hard to do as I’ve been so excited about it. You can view the collection at Norhtcott’s Maplewood page along with some stunning quilt patterns made by their pattern designers utilizing the fabric line.

    Several of the local quilt shops where I teach are already planning to pick up some of the fabric and have even asked if I might come do an autographing the fabric panel event, I will keep you posted if we do that.

    The Garden Windows quilt that has been reproduced for this is my latest one ‘Clothed in Crimson’ and  I’m posting a picture of it here; if you visit Norcott’s page you can see the lovely reproduction they have created of it, I am truly amazed how well it has turned out. Meanwhile, I have self published a pattern for the quilt, which is available at a couple of the local quilt shops – A Common Thread and Pioneer Quilts, these are also shops where you should be able to find my fabric very soon.

    'Clothed in Crimson' my quilt that has been reproduced as a printed panel by Northcott Fabrics.
    ‘Clothed in Crimson’ my quilt that has been reproduced as a printed panel by Northcott Fabrics.

  • Treasures in the Attic

    The Yamhill Historical Society presents: Treasures in the Attic

    This will be their 6th annual Quilt Show and will be held on Saturday September 16th from 10am – 5pm at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center. Admission – $5 (kids 6 and under – free) and free parking.

    Address: 11275 SW Durham Ln, McMinnville, OR 97128
    There will be over 100 quilts on display and I am to be their Featured Quilter and will have several of my quilts on display as well. As featured quilter, I will be giving a brief 20 minute or so talk about creativity, artistry and craftsmanship. This is more than just your typical quilt show, there will be a display of antique gas and steam powered engines, an antique quilt bed turning, Appraisal Faire and number of Antique, Vintage & Collectible vendors.  Add food and music and you have a great weekend event for the whole family.
    The Captain's Wife - one of my more noteworthy quilts
    The Captain’s Wife – one of my more noteworthy quilts

  • How to Make a Layer Cake!

    And now for a bit of humor:
    How do you make a layer cake?
    Here is my recipe: Start with a foundation made of some sketches you need to file away in your artwork portfolio – when you have the time to find the appropriate folder.
    Add a few bills that need to be paid as soon as you get some checks you are waiting for.
    Next you will need a contract that you need to fill out for a teaching engagement in 2019 (no pressure there – huh?)
    at this point a photo of a quilt you needed to enter a show (the page was big enough to print two images and who wants to waste a two cent sheet of paper, you never know when that second picture will come in handy)
    Scatter some business receipts that you cleaned out of your purse but didn’t have time to sort through before rushing off to a class – they really spice up your cake.
    Don’t forget to tuck in a JoAnn’s coupon flyer – and hope it doesn’t expire before you get around to pulling it out again.
    And finally frost it with some supply lists you printed out for (oh dear, I have no idea why I printed those).
    And don’t forget the filling between your layers – things in sheet protectors have a lovely texture but admittedly make it hard to keep your cake level as they tend to be slippery.
    Now let the cake age a bit before consuming (but don’t forget those JoAnn’s coupons have a shelf life).
    Perhaps I would have eaten it sooner if I had made it chocolate!

    My 'Vanilla' layer cake (I shoulda made it chocolate!)
    My ‘Vanilla’ layer cake (I shoulda made it chocolate!)