Monday, May 20, 2019

Yippee and Yippee Again !!!

Hello - -

Life is good for the Quilting Professor.............

First off, it's Commencement Season in the world of Universities.  As an administrator, I have to go to ALL the Commencement events.  This weekend I saw more than 2000 students walk across the stage and get degrees.  In one morning I shook hands with about 900 of them, and I smiled and said "congratulations" until my cheek muscles hurt !!!  But it is all good, every foot-aching part of it !!!

Secondly, my quilt title "Annabelle's Wedding Feast" came home with a ribbon AND a prize check !

Here's a photo of the ribbon on my kitchen table:

Quiltfest Lancaster, a Mancuso show, had a "throwback" theme... and allowed quilts to be entered that were past the usual 3-year time limit.  Annabelle has won several ribbons before, but she was aging out of competition.  I was so thrilled to send her out again -

and, speaking of "throwback" - what could be more in the spirit of throwback than a quilt made from a piece of linen that is probably 80 or more years old!!!

Here's a photo of Annabelle herself (sorry if you are tired of seeing her, don't tell her or she will get her feelings hurt)

There is a THIRD reason the Quilting Prof is real happy, but this post grows long now, so I will save that for another post - -

til then,  quilt on !


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Hands2Help Spring Harvest of Quilts

Hello Everyone - - -
Oh it's so fun to see everyone's quilts all linked up on Sarah's blog to celebrate the successful conclusion of another Hands2Help initiative.  If you haven't seen them yet, pop over to HERE to see all the linked up quilts.  Congratulations, Sarah and everyone who is participating !

I made four quilts this year.  Let's see...

First up is a quilt made from some denim I got free from Cone Mills in North Carolina MANY years ago...... originally I had boxes and boxes......... now i have about half that much still .  Mixed with some cotton, it makes wonderful manly quilts, or great picnic-type quilts or teen quilts.  

 Film at Five is one of my favorite internet patterns.  It comes from the website called Wedding Dress Blue, and is easy and fun.  I varied the outside border just a bit from the original pattern.

 Number 3 was a no-show on photo day - a sweet little baby quilt, also a long-time UFO that I finally threw a binding on and called "done".

And lastly,  this one better go to someone who likes BRIGHT.  I made the squares around 20 years ago and hated them.  finally I decided i had to bite the bullet and make the quilt !  Hopefully someone will find it cheerful.

The first three have already been mailed to Quilty Hugs, and the fourth will go in the box as soon as it has had a trip through the washer and dryer.

Good work, Sarah, for all your work on H2H - and everyone for making such fabulous quilts !


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Goin to Lancaster !

NO - not me !!!

One of my quilts -    remember this one, it's called "Annabelle's Wedding Feast"

Annabelle was just accepted into the Mancuso Lancaster Show - they are having a "throwback" competition, meaning you can enter quilts made over a wider time span than the usual three years.  so, Annabelle gets another chance to travel !!!  She thought she was retired  - - ha ha. 

Lots of people ask how i did the center of the quilt - so I'll let you in on the secret.  When I first made the quilt, I stitched a quilted medallion in the middle - and it just wasn't good.  It looked awful.  So I put the quilt aside for a year, waiting for an idea......... finally, I remembered something my quilting mentor, Cindy Needham had done - add some special vintage lace or a doily - - and voila !

So how did it get to be that lovely peach color, you ask ?  Well, there are three doilies.  The bottom one is the biggest, and the outside ring of lace is all you see of that one.  The second doily, on top of that, is smaller, and is a peach color.  Then the third one goes on top, and provides the lovely lattice look with the peach peaking through !

Annabelle is very excited to go to Lancaster - after all, every quilts thinks Lancaster is their Mecca, don't you think ???

Now to get her nicely packaged for the journey - my favorite task (not)...




Sunday, April 14, 2019


Yes, once again I am participating in the Hands2Help quilt drive........  Today is check-in day -

and my h2h quilts are both finished... yippee.... in fact, they are in the dryer just at this moment, having gotten a final wash last night.

And here is one of them - all made from scrap 2.5 inch squares, which I cut out of remnants from other quilting.  I love this pattern - I'm sorry i can't tell you who the designer is - I have just seen it around the internet.  UPDATE - as one of my gentle readers pointed out - it's "Film at Five", and you can find it on  I'm so glad to acknowledge the designer ! 
It's fun and not difficult.  In the original style the outside border is bigger, but i just got tired and finished it this way !

Happy Sunday and Springtime to all !


Friday, March 22, 2019


Well, it's been a while since I posted............... and here I am, with the same quilt I posted about six months ago...............FINALLY FINISHED !!!

And - drum roll...................
a Judge's Choice ribbon from the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Virginia !  Oh I am always so touched when a judge picks MY work as their personal favorite.......... thank you, judge Bobbi Bergquist !!!

 A lovely and generous quilter I met on the internet was going to the show and took this wonderful photo of my ribbon, and of the quilt hanging in the show .  Thank you, Constance !!!

I named it Sunday Pearls, because it made me think of crisp white linen, patent leather shoes, and a single pearl necklace, all dressed up for Sunday church. 

I am such a happy quilter !!!


Sunday, September 30, 2018

Progress , but Still a Ways to Go...

Progress ??  Yes......  This tatted linen runner is now bound, the edges are finished, and I am just working on the details - some machine work still to go as well as more beading.  Moving forward, one stitch, one bead at a time !

Keep on quilting,


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Progress on the Tatted Linen Piece

This tatted linen piece is turning out to be lots of fun to sew on...  I love the contrast of the crisp white with the nice taupe linen.

I put some lovely feathers in the arc shapes down the edge and around the corners.

 and started working on the quilting in the linen on the sides and corners.  (disregard the blue pen - it will wash out)

Now I'm working on a nice design to go in the center of each circle.  An antique milk-glass button will go in the center of each of these designs.

AND - since I just must have something bright and fun going at the same time... a round robin i am doing with some quilty friends.  A friend started the bottom row, and i added the flying geese.
 and some tiny log cabins - logs of 1 inch.....
WHY?  I have no idea........... because I can, I suppose. 

Enjoy the last days of summer !


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