Monday, January 25, 2016

Trip to Tokyo

I got to travel to Tokyo last week with my friend Merikay Waldvogel. SHE made the trip, but sent a lot of photos - a vicarious thrill for a quilter home in snowy Kansas.

Merikay has enjoyed judging the Tokyo Great International Quilt Festival for several years. Her judge’s choice for this year's show is I Love Feedsacks #1.

It's a sentimental choice for a judge from Tennessee - finding feedsacks in a Japanese quilter's work.

Merikay sent a lot of photos - here are a few detail shots I really like.

Merikay treated herself to a manicure before she left. She may have enjoyed that as much as the trip!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

I Needed This Today

Just finished piecing this today - I like it! I needed this today!!!!

Thursday, January 7, 2016


This is a good time to tidy - clean offices, files - to discard, pass on  ... My friend Cindy sent some photos so I thought I'd share them with you. She sent them because I love quilts - and she has no idea where they came from. Somewhere in Kansas, likely. Oh how I love their aprons, their expressions ...

Luckily, this photo had some information written on the back in pencil:

Goldie Hutton
Mrs Graden
Inly (?) Pennell
Myrtle Hoffs
Ruth Rathjan
Faye Bishop
Winfred Secrest
Mrs Fifnogle
Nora Witt

Notice the plentiful use of white backgrounds, something we all strove to get away from for years. And now that is back, with the look of modern quilting.

My friend Karla is deconstructing a 1980s quilt she made for her daughter's birth. It features bright cross-stitch blocks and she plans to replace the fading '80s sashing fabric with something modern to celebrate the birth of her first grandchild. We admired the blocks yesterday and brainstormed about the bright colors she could use to sash them together now. But she shook her head and said her daughter would like white ... WHITE!!!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Happy Birthday Barkley

Time flies. I made this quilt 10 years ago. It will always be one of my favorites.

Our stitch group had a custom of making blocks for each other. We would pick the block and specify colors then everyone would make a few. All the different stashes really enlivened the end result. Those blocks are the center of this quilt.

The quilt historian prodded me to finish it by suggesting the border. She pulled the bird designs from antique quilts and I added the funky vine. We named it Barkley's Birds because he always loved to bark at birds.

The pattern is in a swell book, Cranberry Collection by Barbara Brackman and Karla Menaugh. Published in 2005, it is out of print but you can still find a copy on Etsy.

Little Barkley is now 13 years old - his birthday is this month.  It is always hard to believe it when your pets age. He has entertained us so nicely over the years.

He survived kooky Lucy, his companion when he was little.

He modeled hats.

He posed for a holiday card in 2009.

He even pretended to visit Las Vegas.

The secret to Barkley's longevity may be that he knows a good chair to relax on when he sees one.

Happy Birthday Barkley! And thanks to the quilt historian for mentioning our fine boy on this blogpost.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Merry #1

We got to Lincoln, Nebraska last weekend - just in time for the Red, White & Green All Over Show. It's at the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery from now through February 5 and if you are anywhere nearby, it's well worth the trip. The gallery is small, located on the second floor of the Home Ec Building near 35th and Holdrege Streets but this show is knock-your-socks-off wonderful. You can read more about it at here.

I'll post photos of a few of my favorites. LOOK at these tiny stitches!

Here's the entire quilt. It's a Rose of Sharon pattern from 1850-1870. The maker is unknown and it was made in the US. It measures 84" x 84" and is hand appliqued and hand quilted.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

It's December Already!??

It does not seem possible that it is December already, although I have been making some very December-ish looking things.

I just hung a mosaic wreath by my front door. My mosaic buddy planted that seed (what about a holiday wreath?) in my head one day while we shopped and I found a nice baking tin for the base. I also found the nice already mosaic center, a little coaster. And the strings of beads seemed like something festive to add too. Mostly it is made of broken dishes along with a few tiny commercial tiles AND one old ornament from our days in Germany ...

I'm on a roll with these same colors. A recent quilt posted by Nifty inspired me so much I am trying my own version. These are 14" blocks, very exciting to put together! Thanks, Nifty! I've got 10 blocks done so far ... now to find a wild tablecloth for the border ...

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Second Rug Heads South

Another rug is heading south today, leaving icy Kansas for warm and sunny Austin.

A yellow rug was requested, with gray highlights. The gray turned somewhat blue and I think it works. I used a thicker decorator fabric for the base and lots of yellow sheets throughout. The final size is about 4' x 3'- just right for the grandcats.

We had a lovely holiday - hope you did too!