Happy Thanksgiving

TBT will return next week. This week, I want to take the time to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope that in the midst of this busy weekend, you’ll find a few moments for quilting. I am incredibly thankful for the journey that I have been on the past year and grateful […]

History of Quilting in America – Crazy Quilts, 1890 – 1920

Crazy Quilts, 1890-1920 The Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876 and interest in Japanese art sparked the Crazy Quilt.  It was fashionable for genteel upper-class ladies to use needlework as a proper use of leisure time. They had servants to do the mundane work. In the rapid changes in the world, like industrialization, the women wanted […]

#TBT – Journal Quilt Week 27

This journal quilt is my favorite from the year. in 2011, we flew to visit my sister in Denver for Thanksgiving and then made an ill-advised 7 hour drive to Durango to ride the Polar Express Train.  It was a lot of time spent in a minivan driving over mountains (and during my first trimester […]

Design Wall Monday – Arabesque #3

  Here’s what the design wall looks like today: Unfortunately, I haven’t made a lot of progress since this morning because it’s one of those days when I am taking out more seams that I put in, but c’est la vie.  I did make one big change over the weekend because my 3 year old […]

Arabesque #3 Design

I have been wrestling with the design for Arabesque #3 for weeks now.  I kept trying to talk myself out of doing it.  The inspiration for the design is from the Alcazar Palace in Seville, Spain (Broug, Eric. Islamic Geometric Design, pg. 27) and it is complicated. It’s a 12-point star inside a hexagon with […]

#TBT – Journal Quilt Week 25

This week in 2011, we spent a weekend in NYC with dear friends.  The purpose for the trip was to see the Spiderman show on Broadway. My DH is a great U2 fan and was interested in seeing the show since they had done the music.  Unfortunately, even U2 couldn’t save it and it was […]

Grandpa’s Waves

This is the top that I finished yesterday.  A little over a week ago, on the day that would have been my grandparents 70th wedding anniversary (though I didn’t realize it at the time because I rarely know what day it is), I started thinking about my grandfather and was inspired to make a quilt […]